The Lonely Biscuits Wins mtvU's College Band Contest, Will Open Woodie Fest (Exclusive)

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The Nashville-based foursome will open the network's day-long music fest in Austin on March 14.

College band The Lonely Biscuits are headed to South by Southwest.

The Nashville-based group from Belmont University has won mtvU's first Chevrolet Sonic College Artist Woodie Award, which honors top emerging college musicians, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

As part of the prize, the foursome -- who fuse soul, funk and pop with rap -- will head to SXSW in Austin to open the mtvU Woodie Awards music festival March 14. Other acts on the festival bill: Alt-J, Jake Bugg and Joey Bada$$.

"It's an honor to win the first ever Chevrolet Sonic College Artist Woodie Award," said The Lonely Biscuits in a statement. "This is huge for us. We've only been a band for a year and a half, so this is definitely the biggest opportunity we've gotten and we're just hoping to take advantage of it and have an awesome time at SXSW." 

On March 6, a mtvU video crew dropped by the Nashville campus of Belmont to surprise the group, formerly known as Gravy and the Biscuits, and inform them of the win. Footage of the visit will hit MTV at 7 p.m. March 11 and also will be broadcast on mtvU earlier that day.

The Lonely Biscuits also received a deal with Hype Music, a music licensing partnership between MTV and Extreme Music, the production arm of Sony/ATV. Through the deal, the band will release a single.

Founding members Grady Wenrich and Sam Gidley were roommates at Belmont who began to make music out of their dorm room in September 2011. John Paterini joined from across the hall, with Nick Byrd rounding out the group two months later as bass guitarist.

MTV and mtvU will air a 30-minute Woodie Awards special on Sunday, March 17 at 8 p.m., which will include The Lonely Biscuits. The band's journey to SXSW also will be profiled on various MTV channels and platforms.

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