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Winners of 2017 Awards Announced

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
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
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-Western 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


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.