2005 Texas Music Awards
Nominees

 

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Given to the Male Member Artist appearing on a qualifying album who delivers the best vocal performance.  Criteria may include dynamics, emotional input, creative delivery, quality, and memorable performance.  This is a cross-genre award and can be awarded to a Member in any genre.
The nominees are:
Mike Clifford
Craig Dillingham
Quincy Harper
Jay Johnson
Mark Jungers
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Given to the Female Member Artist appearing on a qualifying album who delivers the best vocal performance.  Criteria may include dynamics, emotional input, creative delivery, quality, and memorable performance.  This is a cross-genre award and can be awarded to a Member in any genre.
The nominees are:
Mindy Hughes
Brennen Leigh
Lynn Logan
Jen Rathbun
Jean Synodinos
VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Given to the Member Artist appearing on a qualifying album as a duo or group who delivers the best vocal performance.  Criteria may include dynamics, emotional input, creative delivery, quality, and memorable performance.
The nominees are:
Back At The Ranch
Mike Blakely
and The Whiskey Traders
Jiggernaut
Sprague Brothers
Lil' Bit and The Customatics
RISING STAR AWARD
Given to a Member Artist who releases a debut album or EP released within the qualifying period and shows remarkable promise for future endeavors.  This is a cross-genre award and can be awarded to a Member in any genre.
The nominees are:
5 Mile Band
Anthill Society
Dog Men Poets
Robby Abel
and The Gringo All-Stars
Highspeed Hayride
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Given to a musician appearing on a qualifying album who delivers an outstanding musical performance.  This is a cross-genre award and can be awarded to a musician in any genre.  This award may be given to any musician appearing on a Member's release, or to the Member, if the Member is the qualifying musician.
The nominees are:
Brian Duarte
Lead Guitar
Lil' Bit and The Customatics
Mark Lafon
Lead Guitar
Jay Johnson Band
Jim Harrington
Bass Guitar
Jay Johnson Band
Kasey Klepfer
Harmonica
Texas Renegade Band
Matt Otavka
Lead Guitar
Mercury Legion
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Given to the producer responsible for the qualifying album which delivers the highest sound quality.  Criteria include song flow, arrangement, enhancement, continuity, and listener enjoyment.  This is a cross-genre award and can be awarded in any genre.
The nominees are:
Jason Allen
3am
Texas Renegade Band
Billy High
White Man's Blues
Smokey Wilson
Robert Metzgar
and Tony Migliore

Coffee, Chocolate and Men
Jen Rathbun
Chris Nichols
It's A Wonderful Life
Mercury Legion
Larry Nye and Mike Blakely
Any Sky
Mike Blakely
SONG OF THE YEAR
Given to the Member Artist and songwriter(s) who write(s) the song appearing on a qualifying album which sets a great example for songwriters.  Criteria may include musical hook, lyrical hook, melody, and structure.  This award is given to the Member and the songwriter.  This is a cross-genre award and a song from any genre can win the award.
The nominees are:
"Best I Can"
Jarrod Birmingham
Jarrod Birmingham, Songwriter
"I Forgot I Don't
Live Here Anymore"
Sherwin Phillips
Brian Burns, Songwriter
"Josephine"
Jay Johnson
Jay Johnson, Songwriter
"Nothin' To Say
(Austin vs. Nashville)"
Brian Burns
Brian Burns, Songwriter
"Stepping Stone"
Smokey Wilson
Smokey Wilson, Songwriter
SINGER / SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Given to the Member Artist who delivers the best vocal, musical, and songwriting performance in the Singer/Songwriter genre.  Criteria include visibility, performance quality, and with respect to recorded music: lyrics, clarity of delivery, dynamics, emotional input, creative delivery, quality, production, and memorable performance.  This is a genre-specific award and must be awarded to a Member in a genre which typically features singer/songwriters in predominantly acoustic performances.
The nominees are:
Steve Brooks
Austin, TX
Tommy Elskes
Albuquerque, NM
Ken Gaines
Houston, TX
Lu Mitchell
Dallas, TX
Gary Taylor
Houston, TX
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Given to the Member Artist who releases a song appearing on an album which has wide-reaching impact.  Criteria may include comparative items such airplay of a minimum of 200 documented spins within the qualifying period, notoriety, and number of times covered, but must include fan base approval and listener appeal.  This is a cross-genre award and can be awarded to a recording in any genre and does not have to be released withing the qualifying period.
The nominees are:
"Call Me Sometime
When You've Been Drinking"

Craig Dillingham
Craig Dillingham, Songwriter
"Comin' Home"
John Vandiver
John Vandiver, Songwriter
"Home Made Of Stone"
John Arthur Martinez
John Arthur Martinez, Ande Rasmussen, and Steve Seskin, Songwriters
"Leave Me A Lone Star"
5 Mile Band
Cody Cotton, Songwriter
"Texas Dance Hall (Schroeder)"
Smokey Wilson
Smokey Wilson, Songwriter
DISC JOCKEY OF THE YEAR
Given to the Disc Jockey who plays a great variety of Texas music, supports local entertainment, attends Texas music events, is always willing to listen to a new artist, and doesn't buy into the stereotypes created by corporate decision-makers.
The nominees are:
Justin Frazell
Jeremy Halliburton
Kelley Peterson
Mattson Rainer
Leslie T. Travis
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Given to the Member Artist who releases a qualifying 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.  This is a cross-genre award and can be awarded to an album in any genre.
The nominees are:
Birth Of The Cool
Dog Men Poets
Heavy Weather
Brian Burns
Live and Kickin'
at Schroeder Hall

Jarrod Birmingham
One For The Crow
Mark Jungers
Royal Blue Moon
Jay Johnson
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.  This is a cross-genre award and can be awarded to a Member in any genre.
The nominees are:
Tommy Alverson
Jarrod Birmingham
Cosmic Dust Devils
Jay Johnson
John Arthur Martinez