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Walkersville Resident Mike Kuster Named IMN Country Impact Artist of 2022

Los Angeles, CA —-The Independent Music Network announced this week that local Country Music Singer-Songwriter, Mike Kuster has been named 2022 Country Impact Artist of the Year.

The IMN revealed the winners for their annual Independent Music Network Awards Monday, January 23, 2023. “All of the final winners were based on past artists votes and recommendations from IMN radio affiliates. The continued votes and support on the IMN website had a profound impact on the final outcome.,” IMN Talent Director Debi Fee explained in announcing the winners.

While announcing the winner for Impact Artist of the year, Fee told Kuster, “Impact Artist says it all. You made the biggest impact with your songs in 2022. I’ve also heard your new song and love it!  What a way to start 2023 with an Award win and new hit song! Congratulations, and well deserved, my friend.”

“The Independent Music Network continues to be so supportive of my music and I could not be more grateful,” Mike Kuster said this afternoon. He continued, “Last year, I was shocked to win Song of The Year from IMN. This is an even bigger surprise, because it recognizes all of the music I released to radio this year. I really need to thank everyone for requesting my songs on radio and all of the program directors and DJs for spinning my records!”

Kuster released three songs in 2022, “Seeing Less Than Half of Their Faces”, “King of the Honky Tonk”, and “FarmHer”. All three spent multiple weeks at number one on IMN’s Country Charts.

Mike’s single, “FarmHer” continues climbing charts on mainstream Country radio, while his next single, “Friends With Benefits” went to radio two weeks ago. “Friends With Benefits” is already at Number 4 on Europe’s HotDisc Top 40 Charts.

Mike Kuster has also been nominated for several WAMMIE Awards this year, also. The WAMMIE Awards recognize D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area artists and musicians for their artistic works and impact across the region. Mike’s nominations include Best Country/Americana Album, Best Country/Americana Artist-Group, and several nominations for Best Country/Americana Song. The public is encouraged to vote at https://wammiesdc.awardsplatform.com. The top seven vote-getters move onto the judging round. Winners will be announced at the 35th Wammie Awards Ceremony in April.

Kuster’s debut studio album, Better Late Than Never is available on all streaming services, and on CD from Amazon, BandCamp, and Mike’s web site, https://mikekuster.net now.

“I’m about finished with my next album. The last few songs are getting their finishing touches in the mixing and mastering stage. We’ve been recording in Nashville for a while between everyone’s touring and work schedules. So, I hope to be releasing that in a few months,” Mike shared.

Kuster performs on stages small and large sometimes solo, but also with his band, The Catoctin Cowboys. Dates can be found on his web site https://mikekuster.net.

Mike grew up on a small farm near Frederick. He and his wife, Emily, live in Walkersville, Maryland with their three children. Mike owns an I.T. firm in Frederick, and volunteers for several organizations and local governments. Recording artist and radio personality Buck McCoy will host Winners & New Discoveries 2022 Radio Special for both the Mainstream and the Country formats in February. 

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