33rd San Diego Music Awards honor Sara Petite

The San Diego Union-Tribune


Washington native and longtime San Diegan Petite — a three-time winner at the 2022 edition of the annual awards fete — this year was voted Best Country or Americana Artist. In addition, her most recent release, “The Empress,” won in the Best Country or Americana Album category.

“This ain’t about me,” Petite said as she and her band accepted the Best Country or Americana Artist award. She then thanked Joey Harris of the Beat Farmers for encouraging fellow San Diego roots-rock great Mojo Nixon — who died in February — to play her 2010 song, “Bootlegers,” on his “Outlaw Country” SiriusXM radio show.

“That started my career,” Petite said. “Because he believed in me, he played my songs and other radio DJs (followed)... I want to dedicate this award to Mojo and (his wife) Adaire McMillan, who I love so much, and the Beat Farmers.”

Best Country or Americana Artist 2024: Sara Petite

Best Country or Americana Album 2024: Sara Petite, “The Empress”