Thursday, March 3, 2016

20th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF WESTERN MUSIC AWARDS

MELINDA MIERS ANNOUNCED AS MASTER OF CEREMONIES
FOR 20th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF WESTERN MUSIC AWARDS
Performers and Presents Also Announced For Awards Show


Melinda Miers, Co-Producer of the Legends of Western Swing Festival in Wichita Falls, Texas, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the 20th annual Academy of Western Music awards show on March 12 in Fort Worth, Texas. The awards show will be held in the Brown Lupton Ballroom at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
Announced as performers for the event are Cowboy Joe Babcock, Hanson Family, Jake Penrod, LeeLee Robert, Myra Rolen and 2 Country 4 Nashville.

Presenters include Daniel Williams, TCU Press; Tom Cartlidge, Olsen Stelzer Boot Company; and Jim Linnell, Tandy Leather Marketing Director.

Also announced as presenters are Wayne Mitchell, Western Collector and Texas Rancher; B.K. Nuzum, Chuck Wagon historian and builder from Oklahoma; Don Caldwell, Event Promoter; Billy Bowles, Radio Personality; Marvin O’Dell, Radio Personality; Barbara Martin, Editor, “Western Swing Monthly”; and Deborah Evans Price, freelance journalist/“Billboard” magazine.

Awards will be presented to performers in Western Music, Western Swing and Western Country music categories. Award winners in the Western Trappings categories have already been announced, and winners will be recognized during the awards show. 



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 5.  No tickets will be sold the night of the event.
The Billy Bowles Birthday Bash and 3rd Annual Swinging Country and AWA Pre-Awards Jam & Dance on Friday, March 11 at the Longhorn Saloon in Ft. Worth’s Stockyards area, 121 West Exchange, Fort Worth, Texas. Among the performers will be Myra Rolen, Chuck Cusimano, Cathy Whitten, Lonnie Spiker, 2 Country 4 Nashville, Colby Carter, Rikki Daniel, Alex Dormot, Leddy Bragg, Cowboy Joe Babcock, Randy Tex Hill, Greg Gibbs, Kerry Wallace, Bob Marshall, Allen and Jill Kirkham, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Hanson Family, Jim Jones, Doug Figgs and Carol Markstrom. The United States Navy Color Guard is opening the show and Taylor Rudd will do the invocation. Rikki Daniel will do the National Anthem.
To purchase tickets through Pay Pal for the Dinner and Awards show, go to www.awaawards.org. 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 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.

The awards show will be streamed live for the first time in the 20-year history of the awards over keepingitcountrylive.com. Fans can preorder to watch the awards online at keepingitcountrylive.com.
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
Stacey 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

WESTERN TRAPPINGS
Winners have been announced in the Western Trappings categories. The men and women who are award winners will be recognized at the Awards Show in March.
Western Artist - Steve Devenyns, Cody, WY
Cowboy Cartoonist - Anita 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 Krause, Prescott, AZ 86303
Master Leather Artisan - Kathy Flanagan, Conifer, CO 80433
Garnet Brooks Chuck Wagon 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

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