COFFS Coast musicians are the cream of the crop of finalists nominated for The North Coast Entertainment Industry Association Dolphin Music Awards in Ballina on September 8.
Bellingen act The Mid North is the second most nominated band for this year's awards, with a huge four nominations.
The country folk band's latest album, Tales From a Mountain, is nominated for Album of the Year, Country Song of the Year, Folk Song of the Year and Production (Mixing/Engineering) of the Year.
Winning Album of the Year and Country Song of the Year in 2012, guitarist and lead vocalist Scott Collins is keen to add a few more awards to The Mid North's growing collection.
"We're stoked, clearly to be acknowledged by your peers is great," he said.
Since forming three years ago, The Mid North's music has evolved from slower bluegrass tunes to faster rhythms experimenting with bold vocal harmonies.
"The difference between our first album and this album is vocal harmonies," Scott said.
"It sounds like a thicker group vocal, you have a very warm rich vocal quality to this album."
Scott said the band are "daring to dream", with plans to enter in the Tamworth Golden Guitar awards later this year.
The Mid North are up against their friends, country act Honey & Knives, who are also up for Album of the Year with their album You Don't Make the Rules.