Texas Music Awards
The inaugural year
Nominees List

Song of the Year
Given to the Member Artist who writes the song appearing on a ©2002 album which sets a great example for songwriters.  Criteria include musical hook, lyrical hook, melody, and structure.

“Small Town” – Ty Phillips
“Flowers And Liquor” – Hayes Carll
“Real Men” – Ken Gaines
“Right Where You Belong” – Rick Danna
“Can We” – Steve Hepler (Skeleton Crew)

Male Vocalist of the Year
Given to the Male Member Artist appearing on a ©2002 album who delivers the best vocal performance.  Criteria include dynamics, emotional input, creative delivery, quality, and memorable performance.

Hayes Carll
Mark Zeus
J.D. Faron
Ty Phillips
Chris Sears

Female Vocalist of the Year
Given to the Female Member Artist appearing on a ©2002 album who delivers the best vocal performance.  Criteria include dynamics, emotional input, creative delivery, quality, and memorable performance.

Sarah Golden
Brennen Leigh
Stevie MuRee (Beryl Grady)
Christin Cook
Barbara Malteze (Cosmic Dust Devils)

Production of the Year
Given to the producer and engineer responsible for the ©2002 album which delivers the highest sound quality.  Criteria include song flow, arrangement, enhancement, continuity, and listener enjoyment.

Clayton Ryder – “Ty Phillips”  Ty Phillips (Engineer: Clayton Ryder)
Steve Palousek and Rodney Pyeatt – “Texas Beer Joint Tour”  Rodney Pyeatt (Engineers: Palousek/Pyeatt)
Paul Moak – “For The Love”  Christin Cook (Engineer: Paul Moak)
Tommy Alverson – “Glass Heart”  Jonna and Chip Woodburn (Engineer: Curtis Tilton)
Brian Piper – “Born To Be Wild” – Big-T And The Bada Bings (Engineer: Kent Stump)

Record of the Year
Given to the Member Artist who releases a song appearing on an album which has wide-reaching impact.  Criteria include 2002 airplay, notoriety, number of times covered, and listener appeal.

“I’ve Been Everywhere (In Texas)” – Brian Burns (Geoff Mack, Songwriter, Adaptation by Brian Burns)
“Real Men” – Ken Gaines (Ken Gaines, Songwriter)
“Fool” – Secret Agent 8 (Will Frith, Zack Cayton, Songwriter)
“Cowboy In The Whitehouse” – Smokey Wilson (Smokey Wilson, Songwriter)

“The Beer Song” – Rivertrain (Jerry Martin, Songwriter)

Album of the Year
Given to the Member Artist who releases a ©2002 album which displays all the quality expected in the promotion of fine Texas music.  Criteria include packaging, sound, song quality, performance, delivery, listener appeal, production, and song selection.

Eagle And The Snake: Songs of the Texians – Brian Burns
This Town – J.D. Faron
Ty Phillips – Ty Phillips
Flowers And Liquor – Hayes Carll
Abandoned - Rivertrain

Entertainer of the Year
Given to the Member Artist who exemplifies the true spirit of Texas music.  Criteria include public presence, online presence, community involvement, listener approval, notoriety, airplay, career involvement, career advancement, and Texas pride.

Robert Frith
Rivertrain
Cosmic Dust Devils
Shake Russell
Smokey Wilson

Rising Star Award
Given to a Member Artist who releases a ©2002 debut album or EP and shows incredible promise for future endeavors.

Sarah Golden
Mindy Hughes
Ty Phillips
Rodney Pyeatt
Hayes Carll

Musician of the Year
Given to a musician appearing on a Member Artist’s ©2002 release who delivers an outstanding musical performance.

Rodney Pyeatt – “Texas Beer Joint Tour” Rodney Pyeatt
Ricky Boen – “Trail To San Antone” Ricky Boen and Texas Mud
Chris Gage – “Texas Saturday Night” Smokey Wilson
Mike Horan – “The Hangover Sessions” Beryl Grady
Kenny Dickman – “Start. Action. Stop.” Secret Agent 8