Wednesday, January 27, 2016

ACADEMY OF WESTERN ARTISTS ANNOUNCES WINNERS AND NOMINEES

ACADEMY OF WESTERN ARTISTS ANNOUNCES
WINNERS AND NOMINEES
Awards Show March 12 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas
The Academy of Western Artists is proud to announce the 20th annual Will Rogers Western Award winners and finalists. Awards will be presented at the Dinner and Awards show on March 12 in the Brown Lupton Ballroom at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
Winners have been announced in the Western Trappings categories. The men and women who are award winners will be recognized at the Dinner and Awards Show in March.
Western Trappings:
Western Artist - Steve Devenyns, Cody, WY
Cowboy Cartoonist - Anit Klein, Surry, British Columbia, Canada
Saddlemaker - Mark Brogger, Three Forks, MT 59753
Don King Saddlemaker Award - Gary Dunshee, Alpine, TX 79831
Bit/Spurmaker -  Mark Stewart, Lipan, TX 76462
Engraver - Rex Crawford, Walsh, CO 81090
Braider - Pablo Lozano, Tandril, Argentina
Bootmaker - Paul Kruse, Prescott, AZ 86303
Master Leather Artisan - Kathy Flanagan, Conifer, CO 80433
Garnet Brooks Chuckwagon Award - Arthur Garcia, Lubbock, TX
Buck Ramsey Cowboy Poet - John Dofflemeyer,  Lemon Creek, CA
Buck Ramsey Cowgirl Poet - Linda Hasselstrom, Hermosa, SD
Radio Station - Defenders of Freedom Radio Network,  Albuquerque, NM
Disc Jockey - Chuck Ramsey, KSEY Radio, Seymour, TX

Top Five Nominees In Music Announced
Kristyn Harris, Susie Blue, Cowboy Joe Babcock and Jim Jones have three nominations each in AWA’s Music Awards. Babcock is nominated for Western Swing Male, Western Swing Album for “Trail Jazz,” and Western Swing Song for “Everything’s Gotta Swing In Texas.” Jones picked up nominations for Western Music Male, Western Music Album for “Race With The Wind” and Western Music Song for “The Fires Of Goliad.” 
Harris is nominated for Western Swing Female, Western Swing Album for “Down The Trail” and Western Music Female. Blue has nominations for Western Swing Female and, with Susie Blue/Lonesome Fellas, she is nominated for Western Swing Duo/Group and Western Swing Song for “Love Is A Lingering Thing.”
Several nominees received double nods. R.J. Vandygriff is nominated for Western Swing Album for “Cowboy To The Bone,” and the title cut is nominated for Western Music Song.
Mikki Daniel is a nominee for Western Music Female and Western Music Song for “She Could Ride.” Rizdales are nominated for Pure Country Duo/Group and Pure Country Album for “Blue Ain’t The Word: A Tribute To The Music Of Ray Price.”
Tickets for the Dinner and Awards show are $75 per person or $750 per table (table seats eight). There will be a cash bar. Tickets must be purchased by March 2.  No tickets will be sold the night of the event.
There will be jam sessions Thursday and Friday, March 10 and 11, at the Longhorn Saloon in Ft. Worth’s Stockyards area. Performers for these sessions will be announced soon.
To purchase tickets through Pay Pal for the Dinner and Awards show, go to www.awaawards.com. Click on 20th Annual Award Pay Pal Tickets on the left side of the screen. To purchase tickets by mail, send check to AWA Tickets, P.O. Box 35, Gene Autry, OK 73436. The association does not accept credit cards at this time.
Winners will be announced during the 20th annual Academy of Western Music Dinner and Awards Show on March 12 in the Brown Lupton Ballroom at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Dinner is at 6 p.m. The awards show starts at 7:30 p.m.
A complete list of music award nominees follows:

PURE COUNTRY
MALE

Gary Ash
Billy Keeble
Dennis Ledbetter
Jake Penrod
Jeff Woolsey

PURE COUNTRY
FEMALE
Tara Dunphy
Pat Roden
Myra Rolen
Anita Stapleton
Cathy Whitten

PURE COUNTRY
DUO/GROUP
Richard Lynch Band
2 Country 4 Nashville
Will Bannister/Modern Day Ramblers
Rizdales
Brady Honeycutt/Branded In Texas

PURE COUNTRY
ALBUM
Brennen Leigh - Sings Lefty Frizzell
Richard Lynch- A Better Place
Rizdales - Blue Ain’t The Word: A Tribute To the Music Of Ray Price
Myra Rolen -  Dancing Your Memory Away
Toni West - Lost In My Memories

PURE COUNTRY
SONG
Brad Howard - I’ll Let The Bottle Kill Me
Bob Manning/Kimberly Murray - Your Bottle Called Me
2 Country 4 Nashville - Last Cowboy In Wyoming
Myra Rolen - Yours To Hurt Tomorrow
Lonnie Spiker - Things Only A Fool Would Know

WESTERN SWING
MALE
Cowboy Joe Babcock
Coby Carter
JP Cyr
Alex Dormont
Tony Harrison


WESTERN SWING
FEMALE
Susie Blue
Stacy Lee Guse
Kristyn Harris
Carolyn Martin
Selena Rosanbalm

WESTERN SWING
DUO/GROUP
Swing Commanders
Brady Bowen/Swing Country
Susie Blue/Lonesome Fellas
Texas Tradition
Coby Carter/5 Miles West

WESTERN SWING
ALBUM
Western Swing Authority - Now Playing
Cowboy Joe Babcock -Trail Jazz
Hot Texas Swing Band - Ain’t Dead Yet
Mikki Daniel - Cowgirl Swing
Kristyn Harris - Down The Trail

WESTERN SWING
SONG
Cowboy Joe Babcock - Everything’s Gotta Swing In Texas
Susie Blue/Lonesome Fellas - Love Is A Lingering Thing
Cherokee Maidens - Belle Of The Plain
Well Swung - Ida Red
JP Cyr/Radio Wranglers - Mean Mistreater

INSTRUMENTALIST
Tim Atwood
Billy Briggs
Casey Driscoll
Rory Hoffman
Hank Singer

WESTERN MUSIC
MALE
Clint Bradley
Doug Figgs
Tom Hiatt
Jim Jones
Bob Marshall

WESTERN MUSIC
FEMALE
Mikki Daniel
Kristyn Harris
Mary Kaye
Carol Markstrom
LeeLee Robert

WESTERN MUSIC
DUO/GROUP
Bill Ganz/Western Band
Horse Crazy
Hanson Family
Allen & Jill Kirkham
Three Trails West

WESTERN MUSIC
ALBUM
Tom Hiatt - Goodnight From Texas
Randy & Hannah Huston - Cowboys and Girls
Jim Jones - Race With The Wind
Tony Lundervold - From The Ranch To The Rodeo
RJ Vandygriff - Cowboy To The Bone

WESTERN MUSIC
SONG
Marshal Allen Bailey - Night Rider
Mikki Daniel - She Could Ride
Jim Jones - The Fires of Goliad
Daron Little - Cowboy Standard Time
RJ Vandygriff - Cowboy To The Bone

YOUNG ARTIST
Mikah Johnson
Jackson Mitchell
Hailey Sandoz
Leah/David Sawyer
Eric Vasquez

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