2015 Winners and Finalists

2015 Winners and Finalists

The Academy of Western Artists is proud to announce the 20th Will Rogers Western Award winners and finalists. Awards will be presented March 12, 2016 in the Brown Lupton Ballroom at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Congratulations to All of the nominees, finalists and winners for a job well done. We are now accepting applications and nominations for 2016.

Western Trappings:

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 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

Below are the top five finalists in all music categories.  Winners will be announced the evening of the awards.

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
…Rizdalesl-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
…CowboyJoe 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