Group with local roots nominated for hip-hop award

Eastern Sunz CD

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The Oregon band Eastern Sunz, a hip-hop group with two members local to Ashland, Oregon, has been officially nominated for an Independent Music Award for Hip-Hop Album of the year.

In case you haven’t heard of them, Eastern Sunz is the duo Courage and TravisT, two Northwest locals who have been performing music together for around 10 years. Courage (real name Aaron Harris), is from Pasadena, Calif., while TravisT (Travis Taylor), originates from Medford.

The two have released five albums as Eastern Sunz, the latest of which, “Corroded Utopia,” was released June 1 of last year, and is the album that has been nominated. They are now based in Portland and their music can be purchased from iTunes, at 2nd Avenue Records in Portland, and The Music Coop here in Ashland.

Both members of the band attended Southern Oregon University. Courage also went to Ashland High School, and TravisT graduated from Southern Oregon University in 2002. They are currently touring, and have a show in Ashland set for April 22 at Tabu, at 10 p.m.

Be sure to support these two local artists by voting for their album to win the Hip-Hop Album of the Year Independent Music Award. You can vote for them by visiting their website, easternsunz.com and scrolling down to the link that says “click here to vote for us!”

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