News: Black Water Rising Hits It Bigs

Last weekend at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX, New York rockers BLACK WATER RISING won the High Times Doobie Award for “Best Rock/Alternative Artist,” beating out such tough competition as Staind, Eagles of Death Metal, The Mars Volta, Danko Jones, and Warrior Soul. The award was presented to the band by Doug Pinnick of King’s X.

BWR drummer Mike Meselsohn commented on the band’s victory: “It was an honor to be nominated, and we are psyched to have won, especially considering the other bands we were up against. We’d like to thank High Times Magazine and Bobby Black for the recognition and opportunity to win such a prestigious award. Plus, we had a blast playing the show!”

Vocalist Rob Traynor also commented on the award: “We’re thrilled to have won, and the trophy has been getting a lot of use since we’ve received it.”

BLACK WATER RISING is currently playing a string of dates to support their upcoming self-titled debut, which streets April 7. The band recently recorded a video for their first single, “Brother Go On,” which is now available at or See below for the most up-to-date list of BWR performances!

4/4 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz WDHA 105.5 METAL MANIA & SCOTT EVIL Presents w/ Saint Caine & Piston Driven
4/11 - NY- Crash Mansion w/Diablo Royale- Shadows Lie