21st Will Rogers Award Announced Winners and Top Five

The Academy of Western Artists is proud to announce the following selections for 2016

Artist-Carrie L. Ballantyne, Sheridan, WY

Bit/Spurmaker-Gary Wiggins, Brewster, KS

Engraver-John Mincer, Fallon, NV

Braider-Billy Albin, Comanche, TX

Bootmaker-Lee Miller, Austin, TX

Master Leather Artisan-Bill Gomer, Highland, KS

Saddlemaker-Bob Klenda, Meeker, CO

Don King Memorial Saddlemaker-Chuck Stormes, Millarville, AB

Garnet Brooks Chuckwagon-Homer Robertson, Granbury, TX

Buck Ramsey Cowboy Poet-Gary Robertson, Thousand Oaks, CA

Buck Ramsey Cowgirl Poet-Sandy Seaton Sallee, Emigrant, MT

Elmer Kelton Book-Glen Samply Ely, Ft. Worth, TX; The Texas Frontier and the Butterfield Overland Mail

MUSIC-TOP FIVE, all categories

YOUNG ARTIST
…Wyatt Aleman
…Leddy Bragg
…Hannah Moore
…Hailee Nixon
…Leah Sawyer
PURE COUNTRY-MALE
…Chuck Cusimano
…Landon Dodd
…Jake Penrod
…Atie Rodriguez
…Jeff Woolsey
PURE COUNTRY-FEMALE
…Lorraine Chavana
…Lisa Layne
…Brennen Leigh
…Janice Maynard
…Myra Rolen
PURE COUNTRY-DUO/GROUP
…Ponderosa Aces
…Jake Penrod/Million Dollar Cowboys
…Rance Norton/Cadillac Cowboys
…Jeff Woolsey/Dancehall Kings
…Will Banister/Modern Day Ramblers
PURE COUNTRY-ALBUM
…Landon Dodd-What Comes Natural To A Fool
…Tommy Hooker-It Should Be Easier Now
…Billy Keeble-Down In Texas
…Lisa Layne-I’m In A Good Mood To Be Bad
…Jimmy Stringer-Pick It Up
PURE COUNTRY-SONG
…Oregon Valley Boys-Don’t Look Now, But It’s A Teardrop
…Lorraine Chavana-Texas Honky Tonk
…Chuck Cusimano-Heaven’s On The Other Side Of Town
…Dennis Ledbetter-Open A Vein
…Bobby Marquez-She’s Not From Texas
WESTERN SWING-MALE
…Coby Carter
…Bobby Flores
…Greg Gibbs
…Rory Hoffman
…Billy Mata
WESTERN SWING-FEMALE
…Susie Blue
…Katie Glassman
…Kristyn Harris
…Stacey Lee Guse
…Carolyn Martin
WESTERN SWING DUO-GROUP
…Bobby Flores-Yellow Rose Band
…Jason Roberts Band
…Carolyn Sills Combo
…The Western Flyers
…Johnny Case/Texas Swingtet
WESTERN SWING ALBUM
…Carolyn Sills Combo-Dime Stories
…Swing Commanders-Steelin’ Back
…Uptown Drifters-Recollections In Swing
…Wayne Hancock-Slingin’ Rhythm
…Timejumpers-Kid Sister
WESTERN SWING-SONG
…Hot House 4-Hot House Jump
…T Jarrod Bonta-Tennessee To Texas
…As Good As Brothers-Sugar Moon
…Hawaiian Pistoleros-Pick Me Up On Your Way Down
…Paul Schlesinger-You Were Meant To Ruin My Dreams
INSTRUMENTALIST
…Richard Helsley
…Dave Martin
…Joey McKenzie
…Jason Roberts
…Mike Sweeney
WESTERN MUSIC-MALE
…Rex Allen, Jr.
…Doug Figgs
…Andy Hedges
…Bob Marshal
…James Michael
WESTERN MUSIC FEMALE
…Eli Barsi
…Mikki Daniel
…Joni Harms
…Mary Kaye
…Carol Markstrom
WESTERN MUSIC DUO/GROUP
…Munsick Boys
…High Country Cowboys
…Hanson Family
…Old West Trio
…Flying W Wranglers
WESTERN MUSIC-ALBUM
…Almeda Bradshaw-Lovers, Wives & Mothers: A Western Woman’s Voice
…Ron Christopher-Into The West
…High Country Cowboys-Songs Of The High Country Cowboys
…Andy Hedges-Cowboy Songster Vol. 2
…Liz Masterson-Mood Swings
WESTERN MUSIC-SONG
…High Country Cowboys-Songs Of The Homecoming Cowboy
…Ryan Fritz-Give A Boy A Rope
…Mary Kaye-Grit, Grace And Bailin’ Twine
…Prairie Moon-Singing My Way Down The Tucson Trail
…Joyce Woodson-a Cowboy’s Exhortation