Hip-hop, rock, blues and pop are all among the winning submissions in the Montana Mixtape Project.
The Top 10 songs, as selected by Billings Gazette readers and readers of the Missoulian, Montana Standard and Independent Record, are available Friday.
The Public Library, a Bozeman five-piece progressive rock group, took first place with 516 votes. The band was originally formed by frontman Garrett Lenderman, lead guitarist Joe Johnson and drummer Stefan Eccles in the winter of 2009. In the fall of 2010, keyboardist Jared Wiley and bassist Garrett Heidie joined the group.
Lenderman wrote the featured song “Swimming Hole” about moving to Montana from his hometown of Roswell, Ga. The song characterizes two main aspects of the band’s style, simplicity and power.
The other Top 10 submissions are:
Great Falls musician Curtis Thompson with his blues shuffle, “Misser Smithy;” Billings rock band Death Smiles Back with “Hopeless Consequence;” Billings hip-hop group Magik City Music with “Do What You Do;” Billings pop songstress Vanessa Dent with “I Am;” Missoula electronic band Six Point Pros with their song "Escape Artist;" Billings hip-hop performer Jake Frickle with “Recognize;” Billings rock band Headbutter with “Something You’re Not;” Greybull, Wyo., blues rock project David J with “Whiskey Dent Blues;” and Billings pop rock band Me and Mr. Cassidy with “Keep Me Awake.”