Winners Announced for 2017 Academy of Western Artists’

Academy of Western Artists

22nd Annual Academy of Western Artists “Will Rogers Awards”
March 15, 2018 Brown Lupton Ballroom, TCU University, Fort Worth, Texas
ART-TRAPPINGS-MEDIA
1-Artist-Teal Blake
2-Cartoonist-Jim Lisk
3-Engraver-Wes Griffin
4-Bit/Spurmaker-Jeremiah Watt
5-Braider-Clint Haverty
6-Bootmaker-Alan Bell
7-Saddlemaker-Jessie Smith
8-Master Leather Artisan-Jim Jackson
9-Don King Award-Eddie Brooks
10-Garnet Brooks Chuckwagon-Wilbur & Annette Wilson
11-Cowboy Poet-Andy Nelson
12-Cowgirl Poet-Carolyn Dufurrena
13-Radio Station-KSSL, Lubbock, TX
14-Disc Jockey-Ann Harwood Lucas
15-Book-Fiction “Dead Mans Boots” by Patrick Dearen
16-Book-Non Fiction “A Promise Fulfilled, The Kitty Anderson Diary and Civil War Texas, 1861″ by Nancy Draves
17-Lifetime Achievement-Bill Mack
MUSIC
18-Pure Country/Male-Bobby Marquez
19-Pure Country/Female-Lorraine Chavana
20-Pure Country Duo.Group-Will Banister & The Modern Day Ramblers
21-Pure Country Album “Fort Worth To Bakersfield-Steve Griggs
22-Pure Country Song-“Tell Me I’m Wrong-Dennis Ledbetter
23-Western Swing/Male-Bobby Flores
24-Western Swing/Female-Cheryl Deseree
25-Western Swing Duo.Group-Wesern Flyers
26-Western Swing Album-Somewhere Near Austin Bret Raper
27-Western Swing Song-Bucket List Kim Blakey
28-Instrumentalist-Junior Knight
29-Western Music/Male-Bob Marshall
30-Western Music/Female-Carol Markstrom
31-Western Music Duo.Group-Hanson Family
32-Western Music Album-Montana Moon Dan McCorison
33-Western Music Song-A Cowboy Tune Dennis Jay
34-Young Artist-Wyatt Aleman

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Mr. Bill Mack Slated for Lifetime Achievement Award From AWA

Mr. Bill Mack Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 Academy of Western Artists'
Mr. Bill Mack
Lifetime Achievement Award 2017
Academy of Western Artists’

26733690_10215689569374511_5542852980525639445_nNobody in broadcasting has a more recognizable voice than Bill Mack. He has been heard on radio – – – seen on television – – – heard on records and featured in various publications for years.

Bill has been closely associated with the truckers and millions of other listeners via his radio programs out of the Fort Worth-Dallas Metroplex since 1969, broadcasting during the wee hours of the morning and keeping the world company with his music and chit-chat that has allowed him to be featured in more publications and to win more awards than any other country music DJ.. in the world.

He has been honored as the “Country Music DJ.. Of-The-Year”, “Mr. DJ.. USA”, “Texas’ Number One Country DJ..” (for over 30 years) and the super honor: He is a member of the “Country Music DJ.. Hall-Of-Fame” in Nashville.

In 1999, Bill was placed in “The Texas Country Music Hall-of-Fame” and “The Texas Country Music Disk Jockey Hall-of-Fame”, both at the same awards banquet, and was in nomination for the prestigious “Marconi Award” in Orlando, Florida.

In 2000, Bill was given the “Media” award for broadcasting by his peers and the members of the world-famous “Grand Ole Opry” in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bill has been hosting “Country Crossroads” on radio (now heard on over 800 outlets) since it began in October, 1969 and has been hosting “Country Crossroads” on FamilyNet Cable TV since 1993, a real honor for him.

Bill is also recognized as one of the better songwriters in the nation. His compositions have been recorded by over 60 artists … including Dean Martin, Ray Price, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones and dozens of other top names in country music.

He is now a member of the most cherished “Million-Air Club”. No, that doesn’t indicate he’s a millionaire financially. It represents the fact his composition, “DRINKING CHAMPAGNE”, has been played over a million times on-the-air (radio & television). George Strait’s recording of the song won Bill a Platinum Album … because the Texan sold over a million copies of the tune.

His biggest moment in music came in 1997 when his song, “BLUE”, made LeAnn Rimes a star and he won a Grammy when it was voted “The Country Song Of The Year in 1996”, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a songwriter.

Adding to the honor, Bill received the American Flag that was flown over The United States Capitol representing him on the day he received his Grammy.

The Honorable Kay Granger, Member of Congress, presented it to him.

“BLUE” was also responsible for Bill winning statuettes and trophies as Song-Of-The-Year at The Academy Of Country Music in L.A. and “Country-Weekly’s Golden Pick Award”. The album, “BLUE”, by LeAnn Rimes, has broken all records … remaining in the Top 10 best-seller charts for over 90 weeks. It has sold over 10 million copies and is still selling hot. A Multi-Platinum record hangs on his wall for “BLUE”.

On June 4, 2003, Bill received a tremendous birthday gift when “BLUE” was selected as one of the TOP 100 COUNTRY SONGS of-all-time by CMT!

Another of Bill’s songs recorded by LeAnn Rimes, “CLINGING TO A SAVING HAND”, is in her “Inspirational Songs” album, which has also sold several millions. This gospel favorite has also been recorded by Connie Smith, Conway Twitty, Bill Monroe and dozens of other great artists.

One of his most cherished gifts: A Lunar Bible from the Apollo XIV, the first lunar module to land on the moon on February 5, 1971.

Also of great importance is the fact the “Wives of the Truckers” presented him with a special award saying they had voted him “their favorite ‘radio personality’.”

He has received keys to various cities, there have been two “Bill Mack Days” in his city of Fort Worth, The Governor of Kentucky proclaimed him a Kentucky Colonel and, now, there is “Bill Mack Street” in his hometown, Shamrock, Texas.

Bill was heard nationwide on SiriusXM Satellite Radio for a decade beginning with the its inaugural day in 2001. He resigned from SiriusXM in 2011 and is busily involved in several lucrative media ventures.

22nd Annual Will Rogers Awards

22nd Annual Academy of Western Artists

Will Rogers Awards” 

March 15, 2018

Brown Lupton Ballroom on the campus of Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas

*All Tickets will be held at the door

*Dinner 6PM  Award Show 7PM

*Open seating unless table purchased

*No Tickets sold at the door

*No refunds

*Tickets $75; after March 1, 2018 Tickets $100

*No ticket sales after March 10, 2018

*Tables for 8 $750;  after March 1, 2018 $950

 


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Academy of Western Artists Top Five Music Nominees

YOUNG ARTIST
TOP FIVE AWA 2017
…Wyatt Aleman
…Hailee Nixon
…Abby Payne
…Jack Phillips
…Leah Sawyer
PURE COUNTRY MALE
…Gary Ash
…Chuck Cusimano
…Bobby Marquez
…Jake Penrod
…Jeff Woolsey
PURE COUNTRY FEMALE
…Leddy Bragg
…Loraine Chavana
…Janice Maynard
…Myra Rolen
…Cathy Whitten
PURE COUNTRY DUO/GROUP
…Rocky King Band
…Brady Honeycutt Band
…Landon Dodd/Dancehall Drifters
…Jeff Woolsey/Dancehall Kings
…Will Banister/Modern Day Ramblers
PURE COUNTRY ALBUM
…Teea Goans-Swing, Shuffle And Sway
…Steve Griggs-Fort Worth To Bakersfield
…Richard Lynch-Mending Fences
…Leslie Tom-Leslie Tom
…Justin Trevino-A Salute To Ray Price And The Cherokee Cowboys
PURE COUNTRY SONG
…Will Banister-What A Way To Live
…Brad Howard-Girls From The Liquor Store
…Dennis Ledbetter-Tell Me I’m Wrong
…Jay Parr-Coming Soon
…Cathy Whitten-Please Blue Moon
WESTERN SWING MALE
…Doug Boggs
…Bobby Flores
…Billy Mata
…Leon Rausch
…Paul Schlesinger
WESTERN SWING FEMALE
…Susie Blue
…Leddy Bragg
…Cheryl Deseree
…Stacey Lee Guse
…Kristyn Harris
WESTERN SWING DUO/GROUP
…Rocky King Band
…Bobby Flores/Yellow Rose Band
…Brady Bowen/Swing Country
…Western Flyers
…Rick & The All Star Ramblers
WESTERN SWING ALBUM
…Hot Texas Swing Band-Off The Beaten Path
…Kim Blakey-Dancin On Daddy’s Boots
…Rick & All Star Ramblers-Welcome To Our Vermont
…Bret Raper-Somewhere Near Austin
…Leon Rausch-Time Changes Everything
WESTERN SWING SONG
…Garry Ash-Swing Me Back Home
…Hot Texas Swing Band-Ain’t Dead Yet
…Kim Blakey-Bucket List
…Susie Blue/Lonesome Fellas-A Thousand Good Nights
…Cherokee Maidens/Sycamore Swing-Longing For Tulsa And You
INSTRUMENTALIST
…Jake Hooker
…Junior Knight
…Joey McKenzie
…Rose Sinclair
…Hank Singer
WESTERN MUSIC MALE
…Rex Allen Jr
…Dennis Jay
…Bob Marshall
…Rick Pickren
…Matt Robertson
WESTERN MUSIC FEMALE
…Almeda Bradshaw
…Mikki Daniel
…Kristyn Harris
…Carol Markstrom
…Jeneve Rose Mitchell
WESTERN MUSIC DUO/ GROUP
…Junction 5-12
…High Country Cowboys
…Hanson Family
…Sisters Of The Silver Sage
…The Cowboy Way
WESTERN MUSIC ALBUM
…High Country Cowboys-Cowboy
…Dan McCorison-Montana Moon
…Donnie Poindexter-Cowboy Life
…Matt Robertson-Makin’ History
…Cowboy Way-Cowboy Way
WESTERN MUSIC SONG
…Panhandle Cowboys-Coyote Swing
…Dennis Jay-A Cowboy Tune
…Dan McCorison-Montana Moon
…Gary/Jean Prescott-He Always Rode Good Horses
…3 Trails West-Silent Trails

2017 Academy of Western Artists Western Trappings

Western Artist of the Year—Teal Blake, Benbrook, TX
Bit and Spurmaker – Jeremiah Watt, Coalinga, Ca.
Engraver- Wes Griffin, Katy, TX
Braider – Clint Haverty, Krum, TX
Bootmaker-Alan Bell, Abilene, Tx
Saddlemaker – Jesse Smith, Pritchett, Colorado
Don King Memorial Saddlemaker- Eddie Brooks, Spring Creek, NV
Garnet Brooks Chuckwagon- Breakaway Chuckwagon, Stamford, TX, Wilbur & Annette Wilson
Master Leather Artisan – Jim Jackson, Sheridan, WY
Buck Ramsey Cowgirl Poet-Carolyn Dufurrena, Winnemucca, NV
Buck Ramsey Cowboy Poet-Andy Nelson, Pinedale, WY
Radio Station- KSSL Lubbock, Tx
Disc Jockey-Ann Harwood Lucas of KCWM
Lifetime Achievement-Bill Mack
Elmer Kelton Book

Final Complete Nominee’s in All Music Categories

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DISC JOCKEY 2017

…Woody Adkins
…Dave Alexander
…Michael Babiarz
…Marshal Allen Bailey
…Kat Bostovic
…Billy Bowles
…Ted Branson
…Janice Brooks
…Don Caldwell
…Mike Carr
…Don Cooper
…Mike Day
…Miguel Angel Diaz
…Hank Edwards
…Tim Garmon
…Mike Gross
…Sean Hickey
…Darwin Lee Hill
…Randy Tex Hill
…Billy Keeble
…Graham Lees
…Ann Harwood Lucas
…Judy James
…Shelley Justine
…Phil Kranz
…Hugh McLennan
…David Millsap
…Rod Moag
…Andy & Jim Nelson
…Skeebo Norris
…Marvin O’Dell
…Lillies Ohlson
…Tracy Pitcox
…Nik Pizzigoni
…Odessa Pritchard
…Chuck Ramsey
…Barbara Richart
…Ritchie Ritchison
…Jon Scharphorn
…John Schmitz
…OJ Sikes
…Totsie Slover
…Lori Lynne (Songbird)
…Pepper Stewart
…Don Sticksel
…Steve Tidbury
…Justin Trevino
…Tom Wardle
…Dallas Wayne
…Cathy Whitten
…Scott Wikle

RADIO STATION 2017

…OMCRN
…keepingitcountrylive.com, Don Caldwell/Dave Gore
…KSJD, Mancos, CO
…sansabaradio.com, San Saba, TX
…KTNK, Lonpoc, CA
…WAAK, Ringold, GA
…W&C Radio, Milan, Italy
…Songbird INDIE Radio
…KOPN, Columbia, MO
…KZUM, Lincoln, NE
…KRRM, Grants Pass, OR
…KNEL, Brady, TX
…KCMW, Hondo, TX
…KSEY, Seymour, TX
…KSSL, Slaton, TX
…KWWQ, Texarkana, TX
…KKUS, Tyler, TX
…QXFM, Weatnerford, TX
…KOVE, Lander, WY

YOUNG ARTIST 2017

…Wyatt Aleman
…Alice Black
…Leddy Bragg
…Max Cook
…Hayden Ehlers
…Skip Frontz Jr.
…Caroline Grace
…Jason King
…Frankie Lee
…Austin McKedy
…Mackynsie McKedy
…Hannah Moore
…Hailee Nixon
…Abby Payne
…Ruby Leigh Pearson
…Jack Phillips
…Hailey Sandoz
…Leah Sawyer
…Seth Stafford
…Krislyn Wimerly
…Caroline Grace Wiseman


… 2017
PURE COUNTRY
MALE

…Garry Ash
…Tim Atwood
…Kim Blakey
…Will Banister
…Doug Boggs
…Tony Booth
…Randy Brown
…Johnny Bush
…Michael Carey
…Coby Carter
…Ron Christopher
…Chris Colston
…Ags Connolly
…Bob Corley
…John Crabtree
…Chuck Cusimano
…RJ Daniel
…James Darden
…Landon Dodd
…Shawn Fenner
…Buck Ford
…Keith George
…Ken Goldsmith
…Monte Good
…Dave Gore
…Steve Griggs
…Curtis Grimes
…Bill Harwick Jr
…Brady Honeycutt
…Tommy Hooker
…Jake Houston
…Brad Howard
…Hayden C James
…Jason James
…Dennis Jay
…Rocky King
…Dennis Ledbetter
…John Lilly
…Kenyon Lockry
…Richard Lynch
…Brian Mallery
…Bobby Marquez
…Billy Mata
…Gary McCray
…Charlie McNeal
…JD Micals
…Tommy Lee Moffatt
…Kevin Moon
…Randy Moore
…Craig Murphy
…Rance Norton
…Zephaniah O’Hora
…Shane Owens
…Jay Parr
…Billy Payne
…Jake Penrod
…Jeremy Pinnell
…Gary Quinn
…Cody Rhodes
…Jamie Richards
…Artie Rodriguez
…Travis Scott
…Ray Seguin
…Dustin Sonnier
…Scott Southworth
…Lonnie Spiker
…Justin Trevino
…Dallas Wayne
…Zane Williams
…Jeff Woolsey

2017 PURE COUNTRY
FEMALE

…Brenda Lynn Allen
…Leddy Bragg
…Lorraine Chavana
…Amber Digby
…Dolly Dunn
…Dottsy
…Leyla Fences
…Teea Goans
…Marie Hodson
…Jolie Holiday
…Olivia Seay Jensen
…Kristi Kalyn
…Lisa Layne
…Brennen Leigh
…Cherish Lee
…Frankie Lee
…Linda Lee
…Janice Maynard
…Diane McCall
…Lisa McHugh
…Kimberly Murray
…Heather Myles
…Pauline Reese
…Sam Rochford
…Pat Roden
…Myra Rolen
…Dixie Rose
…Kaye Tolson
…Leslie Tom
…Mary Lou Turner
…Madelyn Victoria
…Kerry Wallace
…Cathy Whitten

2017
PURE COUNTRY
DUO/GROUP

…Ponderosa Aces
…Jeremy Pinnell & The 55s
…Leddy Bragg/Somethin’ To Bragg About
…Buddy Eugene & Claudia
…RJ Daniel Band
…Steve Griggs Band
…Rocky King/Rocky King Band
…Bobby Flores/Yellow Rose Band
…Brady Honeycutt Band
…Richard Lynch Band
…Jason Roberts Band
…Reeves Brothers
…Cashbags
…Coachmen
…Jake Penrod/Million Dollar Cowboys
…Ted Scanlon/Desperadoes
…Landon Dodd/Dancehall Drifters
…Jake Houston/Royal Flush
…Miss Leslie/Juke Jointers
…Jeff Woolsey/Dancehall Kings
…The Merles
…2 Country 4 Nashville
…Wheels Fargo & The Nightengale
…Jake Hooker/Outsiders
…Will Banister/Modern Day Ramblers
…Tessie Lou/Shotgun Stras
…Kelly Spinks/Miles of Texas
…Billy Mata/Texas Tradition
…5 Miles West

2017
PURE COUNTRY
ALBUM

…Dale Watson/Ray Benson-Dale And Ray
…Kim Blakey-Dancing On Daddy’s Boots
…Doug Boggs-One For The Road
…Leddy Bragg-Y’All Ready For Leddy
…Reeves Brothers-King Of Country Music
…Johnny Bush-The Absolute Johnny Bush
…Michael Carey-Calling All Angels
…Chris Colston-Chris Colston
…Ags Connolly-Nothin’ Unexpected
…RJ Daniel-Somewhere West Of Laramie
…Dolly Dunn-The Best Of Dolly Dunn
…Buck Ford-Where I Wanna Be Her
…Keith George-Texas In My Mind
…Teea Goans-Shuffly And Sway
…Steve Griggs-Fort Worth To Bakersfield
…Curtis Grimes-Undeniably Country
…Jake Houston/Royal Flush-Up Yonder
…Hayden C James-One More Time
…Linda Lee-A Matter Of Time
…Richard Lynch-Mending Fences
…John Lilly-State Songs
…Charlie McNeal-Remember The Time
…The Merles-Hate To Say Goodbye
…Craig Murphy-Country My Way
…Zephaniah O’Hora-This Highway
…Billy Payne-Maverick Hillbilly
…Jeremy Pinnell-Ties Of Blood And Affection
…Gary Quinn-I Remember
…Cody Rhodes-Nick Of Time
…Jamie Richards-Latest And Greatest
…Travis Scott-Barely Hanging On
…Dustin Sonnier-Country
…Scott Southworth-Last Honky Tonk In Town
…Leslie Tom-Leslie Tom
…Justin Trevino-A Salute To Ray Price And The Cherokee Cowboys
…Mary Lou Turner-Friends And Memories
…Zane Williams-Bringing Country Back
…Jeff Woolsey-The Real Me

2017
PURE COUNTRY
SONG

…Brenda Lynn Allen-I’m Not Out Of My Mind
…Gary Ash-Total Stranger
…Will Banister-What A Way To Live
…Will Banister-Lucky Man
…Sale Watson/Ray Benson-The Ballad Of Dale And Ray
…Kim Blakey-Dancing On Daddyh’s Boots
…Leddy Bragg-Before The Next Teardrop Falls
…Leddy Bragg-Yes Ma’am
…Leddy Bragg-Crystal Chandelier
…Leddy Bragg-Texas Is Calling Me Home
…Reeves Brothers-I’m Here To Drink It All
…Reeves Brothers-King Of Country Music
…Hayden C James/Johnny Bush-Green Snakes
…Michael Carey-My Old Guitar
…Michael Carey-I’m In Love With You Girl
…Michael Careyy-Candle In The Window
…Buddy Eugene & Claudia-I’ll Always Be By Your Side
…Chris Colston-All Starched Up
…Ags Connolly-I Hope You’re Unhappy
…Bob Corley-Fightin’ For That Flag
…Chuck Cusimano-Love That You Turned Down
…RJ Daniel-Somewhere West Of Laramie
…RJ Daniel-I Can’t Drink Her Off My Mind
…RJ Daniell-98.6 Degrees And Falling
…Dolly Dunn-Somebody’s Angel
…Dolly Dunn-Backstabbing Woman
…Dolly Dunn-My Heart Hasn’t Made Up Its Mind
…Buck Ford-High Heels (My Cowboy Boots)
…Jake Houston/Royal Flush-Ring And Rosary
…Keith George-Texas In My Mind
…Teea Goans-A Way To Survive
…Dave Gore-In Memory Of America
…Steve Griggs-Drinkin’ Texas Off My Mind
…Curtis Grimes-Everything Hank Did
…Bill Harwick Jr-The Day Merle Haggard Died
…Heybale-Honky Tonk Wine
…Brad Howard-Girl From The Liquor Store
…Brag Howard-It Don’t Feel Wrong
…Hayden C James-Drinking Champagne
…Dennis Jay-Texas Skies In A Cowgirls Eyes
…Olivia Seay Jenson-Mary Rocks Him To Sleep
…Dennis Ledbetter-Tell Me I’m Wrong
…Cherish Lee-Tequila Cowgirl
…Linda Lee-Glass Houses
…Linda Lee-A Matter Of Time
…Linda Lee-When It Comes To You
…John Lilly-Nothing Short Of Texas
…Richard Lynch-Country Music Ain’t Country no More
…Richard Lynch-Cut & Paste
…Bobby Marquez-Marlboro Man
…Gary McCray-I Wish Love Hadn’t Taught Me How To Cry
…Lisa McHugh-Why Have You Left The One
…Charlie McNeal-Beer Drinking Woman
…The Merles-Texas In July
…Randy Moore-Goin’ Back To Texas
…Randy Moore-Highway 59 Revisited
…Craig Murphy-No Tellin’ Where She’s Motelin
…Rance Norton-Fort Worth Aint The Place
…Jay Parr-Coming Soon
…Billy Payne-What A Way To Go
…Jeremy Pinnell-Ties Of Blood And Affection
…Gary Quinn-The Best Man Won
…Cody Rhodes-Clock On The Wall
…Jamie Richards-Second Hand Smoke
…Sam Rochford-So Easy
…Ray Seguin-I Don’t Stop At Taverns
…Ray Seguin-Come On Crazy
…Ray Seguin-He Ain’t On The Jukebox
…Ray Seguin-Slipping Away
…Dustin Sonnier-Whiskey Makes Her Miss Me
…Scott Southworth-Whiskey Bottle
…Lonnie Spiker-Haggard All Night
…Lonnie Spiker-All Her Memories
…Leslie Tom-Hank You Very Much
…Leslie Tom-Didn’t Think Twice
…Heybale Honky Tonk-Play Me A Cheatin’ Song
…Mary Lou Turner-Make Friends
…Madelyn Victoria-Hold On
…Cathy Whitten-Please Blue Moon
…Cathy Whitten-Redneck Daddy
…Zane Williams-Honky Tonk Situation
…Jeff Woolsey-Play Me Some Heart Songs
…Jeff Woolsey-I Don’t Think She Loves Me At All

2017
WESTERN MUSIC
MALE

…Rex Allen, Jr.
…Robert Armstrong
…Mark Baker
…Billy Cate
…Ron Christopher
…RJ Daniel
…Don Edwards
…Doug Figgs
…David Frizzell
…Ryan Fritz
…Bill Ganz
…Kerry Grombacher
…Greg Hager
…Andy Hedges
…Brenn Hill
…Randy Huston
…Dennis Jay
…Royal Wade Kimes
…Marty Kosel
…Scott Glen Lambertson
…Bob Marshall
…Dan McCorison
…James Michael
…Rick Pickren
…Donnie Poindexter
…Gary Prescott
…Rich Price
…Luke Reed
…Matt Robertson
…Jared Rogerson
…Del Shields
…Sourdough Slim
…Mark Smith
…Dave Stamey
…Bob Thomas
…Ed Wahl
…Barry Ward
…KR Wood

2017
WESTERN MUSIC
FEMALE

…Eli Barsi
…Aspen Black
…Almeda Bradshaw
…Naomi Bristow
…Deb Bukala
…Patty Clayton
…Mikki Daniel
…Devon Dawson
…Bernadette Ducharme
…Belinda Gail
…Joni Harms
…Kristyn Harris
…Mary Kaye
…Frankie Lee
…Carol Markstrom
…Liz Masterson
…Jeneve Rose Mitchell
…Sandy Paramore
…Jean Prescott
…Leah Sawyer
…Trinity Seely
…Caitlyn Taussig
…Joyce Woodson

2017
WESTERN MUSIC
DUO/GROUP

…Junction 5-12
…Munsick Boys
…Yampaa Valley Boys
…High Country Cowboys
…Panhandle Cowboys
…Ball Family
…Hanson Family
…Sons Of The San Joaquin
…Allen & Jill Kirkham
…Prairie Moon
…Miss Devon/Outlaw
….Pioneer Pepper/Sunset Pioneers
…Prairie Rose Rangers
…Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers
…Saddlestrings
…Sisters of the Silver Sage
…Riders In The Sky
…Stampede
…Steeldust
…Many Strings
…Old West Trio
…The Cowboy Way
…Three Trails West
…New West
…3 Trails West
…Flying W Wranglers
…Bar J Wranglers
…Bar D Wranglers

2017
WESTERN MUSIC
ALBUM

…Junction 5-12-San Miguel
…Rex Allen Jr.-Garage Songs X, This Is The Last Cowboy Song
…Aspen Black-Lovin’ The West
…Almeda Bradshaw-Cowboy
…Billy Cate-A Cowboy’s Prayer
…Panhandle Cowboys-Cows,s Horses & Cowgirls
…High Country Cowboys-Cowboy
…Orin/Jesse Friesen-Home On The Range
…Mary Kaye-Take Me Back To Texas
…Royal Wade Kimes-Love Of A Cowboy
…Scott Glen Lambertson-From The North Platte To The San Juan
…Bob Marshall-Screen Door
…Dan McCorison-Montana Moon
…Sandy Paramore-Sandy Paramore Sings Country
…Rick Pickren-Pale Moon On The Prairie
…Donnie Poindexter-Cowboy Life
…Gary/Jean Prescott-Satisfied Hearts
…Matt Robertson-Makin’ History
…Sisters of the Silver Sage-WANTED: Cowboys, Outlaws & Dreams
…Cowboy Way-The Cowboy Way
…3 Trails West-Silent Trails
…KR Wood-Songs And Tales Of The Old Chisholm Trail

2017
WESTERN MUSIC
SONG

…Junction 5-12-One Wild Heart
…Junction 5-12-San Miguel
…Junction 5-12-Once A Cowboy
…Junction 5-12-Bright Sun Of Montana Skies
…Rex Allen, Jr-Call Of The Canyon
…Aspen Black-Go West
…Aspen Black-Lovin The West
…Aspen Black-Must Be The Rain
…Almeda Bradshaw-Tribute
…Billy Cate-Every Cowboy Knows There’s A God Above
…Billy Cate-Christ Is A Wonderful Saviour
…High Country Cowboys-Old Cowboy
…High Country Cowboys-Cowboy’s Life
…Panhandle Cowboys-Coyote Swing
…Ron Christopher-May You Always Find A Way To Be A Cowboy
…RJ Daniel-Somewhere West Of Laramie
…Bernadette Ducharme-Hoof Prints In The Snow
…Dennis Jay-South of Seguin
…Dennis Jay-A Cowboy Tune
…Dennis Jay-Watch Over You Tonight
…Sons Of The San Joaquin-Down Where The Saguaros Grow
…Mary Kaye-Take Me Back To Texas
…Royal Wade Kimes-Hello Lonely
…Scott Glen Lambertson-Blame It On The Wyoming Wind
…Scott Glen Lambertson-Grey Bearded Cowboys
…Scott Glen Lambertson-Wide, Cold River
…Bobby Marquez-Cowboy Way
…Bob Marshall-Heaven Has A Screen Door
…Bob Marshall-Halo And Noose
…Bob Marshall-Gonna Get Western
…Bob Marshall-He Talks To God
…Bob Marshall-You Just Can’t See Them From The Road
…Bob Marshall-The Wolf We Choose To Feed
…Dan McCorison-Montana Moon
…Dan McCorison-Our Colorado Home
…Sandy Paramore-Sandy’s Country Waltz
…Rick Pickren-God Save The King And Queen
…Rick Pickren-Swing’ Through The Sagebrush
…Rick Pickren-Beneath The Apple Trees
…Rick Pickren-A Prairie Prelude
…Rick Pickren-A Cowboy Needs A Horse
…Donnie Poindexter-Pancho And Lefdty
…Donnie Poindexter-Cowboy Life
…Donnie Poindexter-Another Day
…Gary/Jean Prescott-He Always Rode Good Horses
…Gary/Jean Prescott-Tall In The Saddle
…Gary/Jean Prescott-The Pitchfork Grays
…Gary/Jean Prescott-I Once Rode With The Best
…Rich Price-Lone Star Over Texas
…Mat Robertson-Ridin’ and Ropin’
…Matt Robertson-Frigid, High And Lonesome
…Matt Robertson-Midnight Rider
…Matt Robertson-Winter Nights
…Matt Robertson-Makin’ History
…Mat Robertson-Falling Star
…Leah Sawyer-Western Skies
…Del Shields-The Spirit of Casey Tibbs
…Del Shields-Ride A Few Miles For Me
…Del Shields-Wanted
…Sisters of the Silver Sage-Billy Could Ride
…Sisters of the Silver Sage-Lonesome In His Smile
…Sisters Of The Silver Sage-Ole Paint, You And I
…Leah Sawyer-Cowboy Swing
…Mark Smith-Wanderlust And Prairie Dust
…Mark Smith-Thunder On The Mountain
…Mark Smith-The Storm
…Mark Smith-A Cowboy Jus Like Me
…Ed Wahl-Cariboo Trail
…Barry Ward-Orphans Preferred
…Barry Ward-Growing Dust
…The Cowboy Way-Tulsarosa Rose
…The Cowboy Way-Los Ladrones
…The Cowboy Way-The Wheel Fell Off The Wagon
…The Cowboy Way-Take Me Back To Texas When I Die
…3 Trails West-Along The Rio Grande
..3 Trails West-Silent Trails
…KR Wood-Another Day On The Chisholm Trail
…KR Wood-Red Silk Bandana
…KR Wood-A Nickle A Head

2017
WESTERN SWING
MALE

…Garry Ash
…JD Barham
…Doug Boggs
…Kevin Macneil Brown
…Coby Carter
…Billy Cate
…Brian Cloud
…Eugene Chrysler
…Chuck Cusimano
…Alex Dormont
…John England
…Bob Fjeldsted
…Bobby Flores
…Skip Frontz Jr.
…Keith George
…Greg Gibbs
…Sage Guyton
…Greg Hardy
…Tony Harrison
…Brady Honeycutt
…Hayden C James
…Skip Krevens
…Larry Lange
…Billy Mata
…Levi Mullen
…Jody Nix
…Rick Norcross
…Greg Parker
…Mike Penny
…Jake Penrod
…Leon Rausch
…Jason Roberts
…Ernie Rowell
…Paul Schlesinger
…Ethan Shaw
…Willie Stratton
…A Jay Wade
…Lloyd Wood
…Jeff Woolsey

2017
WESTERN SWING
FEMALE

…Teresa Anderson
…Amberley Beatty
…Susie Blue
…Leddy Bragg
…Mikki Daniel
…Cheryl Deseree
…Naomi Emmerson
…Stacy Lee Guse
…Kristyn Harris
…Elana James
…Sharyn Lee
…Amber Martin
…Carolyn Martin
…Lynette Morgan
…Kristi Nebel
…Barbara Nelson
…Chris O’Connell
…Angela Parker
…LeeLee Robert
…Selena Rosanbalm
…Louise Rowe
…Carolyn Sills
…Patsy Thompson
…Hannah Williamson
…Dayna Wills

2017
WESTERN SWING
DUO /GROUP 2

…A Jay Wade/Tennessee No. 9
…Doug Boggs/CowboyJazz Band
…Brady Honeycutt Band
…Rocky King Band
…Jason Roberts Band
…Hot Texas Swing Band
…Railhouse Band
…Rocky King Band
…Bobby Flores/Yellow Rose Band
…Oregon Valley Boys
…Blackwater Valley Boys
…Bob Fjeldsted/Round Up Boys
…Randy Tex Hill/Oregon Valley Boys
…Big Hat No Cattle
…Brain Cloud
…Southern Comfort
…Brady Bowen/Swing Country
…Steel Country
…Jody Nix/Texas Cowboys
…Cowgirls Dream
…Uptown Drifters
…Susie Blue/Lonesome Fellas
…Lake Travis Fiddlers
…Western Flyers
…Mike Faast/Jangles
…Jeff Woolsey/Dancehall Kings
…Cherokee Maidens
…Fia Sco & The Majestics
…Mike Penny/Moonshiners
…Jake Hooker/Outsiders
…Jack Phillips
…Louise Rowe/Texan Playboys
…Go Outside/Playboys
…Gypsy Playboys
…Tulsa Playboys
…The Palomars
…Rick & The All Star Ramblers
…Quebe Sisters
…Swing Sisters
…Barm Door Slammers
…The Lucky Stars
…The B Stars
…Sharyn Lee/Sundowners
…Well Swung
…Sugar Moon Swingers
…Johnny Case/Texas Swingtet
…Timejumpers
…Billy Mata/Texas Tradition
…Larry Lange/Lone Star Troubadours
…5 Miles West

WESTERN SWING 2017
ALBUM

…Gary Ash-Ride This Barstool
…Railhouse Band-Coming Out Swingin’
…Hot Texas Swing Band-Off The Beaten Path
…Kim Blakey-Dancing On Daddy’s Boots
…Blackwater Valley Boys-Step Back Brother
…Leddy Bragg-Y’all Ready For Leddy?
…Big Hat, No Cattle-Big Hat, No Cattle
…Eugene Chrysler-Hillbilly Fun Park
…Brain Cloud-Live At Barbes
…Chuck Cusimano-Swing Through The Years
…Cowgirls Dream-Cowgirls Dream
…Lake Travis Fiddlers-I Hear You Talkin’
…Frank Maloy/Paul Anastasio & Friends-Stop Look and Listen
…Keith George-Texas In My Mind
…Bumper Jacksons-I’ve Never Met A Stranger
…Hayden C James-One More Time
…Fia Sco & The Majestics-Icebear
…Paul Moore-Mandolin Magic
…Lynette Morgan-Roadside Diner
…The Palomars-Supper Club Riot
…Jack Phillips-Jack Phillips
…Louise Rowe/Texas Playboys-Louise Rowe and her Texas Playboys
…Rick/All Star Ramblers-Green Mountain Standard Time
…Rick & All Star Ramblers-Welcome To Our Vermont #2
…Bret Raper-Somewhere Near Austin
…Leon Rausch-Time Changes Everything
…Country Side Of Harmonica Sam-Drink After Midnight
…Justin Trevino/Quebe Sisters-The Son Shines Down On Me
…Cherokee Maidens/Sycamore Swing-My Dixie Darling
…Jeff Woolsey-Double Live At The Western Club

2017
WESTERN SWING
SONG

…Teresa Anderson-What Makes Bob Holler
…Garry Ash-Swng Me Back Home
…Railhouse Band-Chinatown
…Hot Texas Swing Band-Ain’t Dead Yet
…Hot Texas Swing Band-Snow In Amarillo
…Marci Beasley-Sassy Texas Music
…KIim Blakey-Bucket List
…Kim Blakey-Out Of Sight
…Doug Boggs-There I Said It Again
…Doug Boggs-I Picked A San Antonio Rose
…Leddy Bragg-The 24th Hour
…Leddy Bragg-Texas Is Calling Me Home
…Kevin Macneil Brown-Dancehall On The Brazos
…Big Hat No Cattle-Somebody From Texas
…Eugene Chrysler-Broke On Bob Wills Music
…Brian Cloud-Speedin’ West
…Chuck Cusimano-Home For The Heartache
…Chuck Cusimano-How Many
…RJ Daniel-Five Minutes More
…Cowgirls Dream-Oklahoma Hills
…Susie Blue/Lonesome Fellas-A Thousand Good Nights
…Lake Travis Fiddlers-I Hear You Talkin’
…Lake Travis Fiddlers-Crazy Man, Crazy
…Hayden C James/Bobby Flores-Deep Water
…Frank Maloy/Paul Anastasio & Friends-Old South Georgia Home
…Skip Frontz Jr-Asphalt In My Veins
…Greg Hardy-Milk Cow Blues
…Skip Krevens-Crazy Cause I Love You
…Fia Sco & The Majestics-Shame On You
…The Palomars-Swing Valley Drifter
…Jack Phillips-Home In San Antone
…Jack Philllips-South
…Louise Rowe/Texan Playboys-In The Mood
…Jack Phillips-Corinne, Corinna
…Rick & The Ramblers-Texoma Bound
…Rick & The Ramblers-Texoma Bound
…Rick & The Ramblers-Here’s Yer Hat What’s Yer Hurry
…Rick & The Ramblers-I Love Western Swing
…Bret Raper-One Fiddle, Two Fiddles
…Leon Rausch-Rose Of Old Pawnee
…Leon Rausch-Taking Bob Back To Tulsa
…Leon Rausch-Four Or Five Times
…Justin Trevino/Quebe Sisters-Bluebonnet Lane
…Cherokee Maidens/Sycamore Swing-Longing For Tulsa and You
…Lloyd Wood-Cherokee Maiden
…Jeff Woolsey-Take Me Back To Rulsa
…Jeff Woolsey-Route 66

2017
INSTRUMENTALIST

…Tim Atwood
…Bryon Berline
…Ricky Boen
…Justin Branum
…Richard Chon
…Chuck Cusimano
…Wayne Glasson
…Dixie Hankins
…Richard Helsey
…Rory Huffman
…Jake Hooker
…Robert Huston
…Elana James
…Doug Jernigan
…John Jones
…Sarah Jory
…Junior Knight
…Dave Martin
…Joey McKenzie
…Rick McRae
…Levi Mullen
…Bret Raper
…Luke Reed
…Eddie Rivers
…Jason Roberts
…Joe Settlemiers
…Rose Sinclair
…Hank Singer
…R J Smith
…Steve Smith

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Top Five Music Category To Be Announced

On Saturday January 13th,  2018, the top five in all Music Categories will be announced on the air on Billy Bowles Swinging Country Show, KSSL Radio, Slaton, Texas.  Streaming Worldwide, ksslfm.com, and the app is available for free download on your app site.  Show starts at 10 a.m. and will conclude at 12 noon.

21st Will Rogers Award Winners

 

This is a link to some of the photos Melissa Arnold took at the 21st Annual Awards.  If you want to use one, there is also a link to her email and website.  Thank you Melissa. As we get other photos, we will put them up along with the links.

Texas Red Photography

www.texasredproductions.com

254-744-5196

texasredphotography@gmail.com

Steven Jeffers Photography:
Steven@StevenJeffersPhotography.com

 

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The Academy of Western Artists is proud to announce the following selections for 2016
Radio Station-KOOP, Austin, TX
Disc Jockey-Woody Adkins, KOPN, Columbia, MO
Buck Ramsey Cowboy Poet-Gary Robertson
Buck Ramsey Cowgirl Poet-Sandy Seaton Sallee
Elmer Kelton Book-Glen Sample Ely “The Texas Frontier And The Butterfield Overland Mail, 1858-1861
Engraver-John Mincer
Spur/Bitmaker-Gary Wiggins
Master Leather Artisan- Bill Gomer
Bootmaker-Lee Miller
Cartoonist- Lex Graham
Artist-Carrie Ballantyne
Saddlemaker-Bob Klenda
Braider-Billy Albin
Garnet Brooks Chuckwagon-Homer Robertson
Don King Saddlemaker Award-Chuck Stormes
Lifetime Achievement-Ray Odom
Memorial Tribute-Larry Scott
Pure Country Male-Artie Rodriguez
Pure Country Female-Lisa Layne
Pure Country Duo/Group-Jeff Woolsey and the Dancehall Kings
Pure Country-Album-Tommy Hooker “It Should Be Easier Now”
Pure Country-Song-Lorraine Chavana “Texas Honky Tonk
Western Swing Male-Greg Gibbs
Western Swing-Female-Katie Glassman
Western Swing Duo/Group-Jason Roberts Band
Western Swing Album-Timejumpers “Kid Sister
Western Swing Song-Paul Schlesinger “You Were Meant To Ruin My Dreams”
Western Music Male-Rex Allen Jr.
Western Music Female-Mikki Daniel
Western Music Duo/Group-Munsick Boys
Western Music Album-Ron Christopher “Into The West”
Western Music Song-Mary Kaye “Grit Grace And Bailin’ Twine
Young Artist- Leddy Bragg
Instrumentalist-Mike Sweeney
Appreciation Award-JB Taylor
Distinguished Service Award-Don Reeves
Living Legend Award-Roy Clark

 

 

22nd Annual Awards General Information

FT WORTH, TX-The 22nd Annual Will Rogers Awards will be held, Thursday,  March 15, 2018 in the Brown Lupton Ballroom on the campus of Texas Christian University. 2901 Stadium Drive, Ft. Worth, TX 76129. The AWA is a non profit 501 c 3 organization.  For sponsorship and program ads, please contact working_cowboy@hotmail.com.

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We are proud to announce that Penny Gilley, star of RFD Television’s Penny Gilley Show will be the Mistress of Ceremonies for the 22nd Annual Academy of Western Artists “Will Rogers” Awards.

Tickets: $75 per person or $750 per table (seats 8 per table) After March 1, Tickets $100: Tables $950  Dinner: 6 PM Award Show: 7:00 PM

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The  Brown-Lupton Ballroom located on the third floor of the Student Union Building at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.   The Student Union is directly east of the TCU Football stadium and parking is just west of the Student Union.  There is a drive around in case you want to let people out and park.  There are elevators inside the Student Union to take you to the third floor and the ballroom.  Please consult your GPS and computer for exact directions to the Student Union. If you are interested in performing on the Awards or during the dinner, please contact the AWA at working_cowboy@hotmail.com. No decisions will be made until the first of the year.

*All tickets will be held at the door, none sent out.

*Unfortunately, we do not accept credit cards.

*Tickets after March 1, 2018 $100

*No tickets after March 10, 2018

*The award show lasts around 2 1/2 hours.

*Open seating unless table is purchased

*Plated meals

*Cash bar

*No tickets will be sold the night of the event and must be purchased by March 8, 2018. Tickets after March 1, $100. * To purchase tickets through Pay Pal, go to  the website AWAAwards.org  22nd Annual Award Pay Pal Tickets on the left side of the screen.  To purchase tickets by mail send to AWA Tickets, P O Box 35, Gene Autry, OK 73436

*TCU is located in the southwest cultural part of Ft. Worth, with many museums close by including the Ft. Worth Zoo, National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Texas and Southwest Cattleraisers,  Amon Carter and other interesting things to see.

*The Ft. Worth Stockyard is also an interesting tourist site with many things to see and do. It is located north of downtown Ft. Worth

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LOCATION: HOST HOTEL: The Host Hotel is the Radisson Fort Worth North Fossil Creek Hotel. It is located at 2540 Meacham Boulevard, Ft. Worth, TX 76106. It is a couple of miles north of the Stockyards area on Interstate 35 W. Room rates are $92 per night until February 13, 2017. Their phone number is 800-333-3333. Please mention the Academy of Western Artists to receive the discounted rate.  They do have a limited number of rooms set aside for us, after that it is the full rate.  Please book your rooms early for discounted rate.

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Wednesday night jam will be held at the Lil Red’s Longhorn Saloon in the Stockyard area of Ft. Worth and hosted by Billy Bowles.

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