2006 Texas Music Awards
Nominees

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Given to the Male Academy 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:
Kevin Deal
Jimmy Kaiser
Mike Siler
Lonnie Spiker
Matt Thigpen
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Given to the Female Academy 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:
Jen "Lil' Bit" Adams
Anni Clark
Barbara Malteze
Cari Lee Merritt
T.C. Smythe
VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Given to the Academy 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:
3 Fools On Three Stools
Dust Devils
Lil' Bit & the Customatics
Shake Russell & Dana Cooper
Smythe & Taylor
RISING STAR AWARD
Given to an Academy 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:
The Committed
Clay DuBose
Humanimal
Jason Marbach
Mark Miller
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:
Mark Kerr
Lead Guitar
"ONE DRINK AWAY FROM THE BLUES"
Mark Kerr
Cornell Kinderknecht
Multiple instruments

"RETURNING HOME"
Cornell Kinderknecht
Lloyd Maines
Steel guitar, dobro

"TRUTH IS"
Dan Crump
Tomcat Miller
Stand-up bass, harmonica

"WHISKEY NIGHTS"
Lil' Bit & the Customatics
Big John Mills
Lead Guitar

"I'M GONE"
Jimmy Kaiser
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:
Bill Green
UNAPOLOGETICALLY HONKY-TONK
Lonnie Spiker
John Greenberg
POCKETFUL
Jeff Posey
Davin James
WAY PAST WACO
Matt Thigpen
Ernie Wells
TRUTH IS
Dan Crump
Hank Woji
MEDALLION
Hank Woji
SONG OF THE YEAR
Given to the Academy 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:
"Sugarcane (The Remix)"
from "MOMENT BY MOMENT"
Bruce Anthony

Bruce Anthony, Songwriter
"Long Lonely Life"
from "THESE DAYS"
Clay DuBose

Clay DuBose and Big John Mills, Songwriters
"Walk On"
from "GATHERING DUST"
The Dust Devils

Kevin Higgins, Songwriter
"Hit The Road Again"
from "MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE I'M MISSING YOU"
Smythe & Taylor

Gary Taylor, Songwriter
"Blanket Of Night"
from "TAKE ME SLOW"
Ray Younkin

Ray Younkin, Songwriter
SINGER / SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Given to the Academy 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:
Hayes Carll
Dana Cooper
Robert Frith
Kevin Higgins
Gary Taylor
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Given to the Academy Member Artist who releases a song appearing on an album which has wide-reaching impact.  Criteria may include comparative items such as 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:
"Knockin' On Heaven's Door"
from "SOUTHERN ROOTS REVIVAL"
Shy Blakeman
Bob Dylan, Songwriter
"Lone Star Attitude"
from "LIVE"
Jon Christopher Davis
Jon Christopher Davis, Songwriter
"Cowboy Way"
from "THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY"
Pauline Reese
T. R. Sterzing, Songwriter
"It's About To Get Western"
from "RIDIN' FOR LOVE"
Mike Siler
Mike Blakely, Larry Nye, and Mike Siler, Songwriters
"Fallin'"
from "UNAPOLOGETICALLY HONKY TONK"
Lonnie Spiker
Bobby Jenkins, Jody Jenkins, Songwriters
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.  This award is decided by 100% public nomination and 100% public vote.
The nominees are:  
J. B. Cloud KBCY FM 99.7
Abeline, TX
Chris Collins KPFT FM 90.1
Houston, TX
Justin Frazell 99.5 The Wolf
Dallas, TX
"El Presidente" - Daniel Miller www.RadioFreeTexas.org 
Beaumont, TX
Larry Winters KPFT FM 90.1
Houston, TX
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
Given to the Radio Station (broadcast or Internet) playing a great variety of Texas music, supporting local entertainment, and attending Texas music events.  The station should be known for being willing to listen to a new artist, having programming dedicated to local and regional music, and for being accessible to the listening public.  This award is decided by 100% public nomination and 100% public vote.
KBCY FM 99.7 - Abilene, TX
KFAN FM 107.9 - Fredericksburg, TX
KPFT FM 90.1 - Houston, TX
KPLX FM 99.5 - Dallas, TX
www.RadioFreeTexas.org - Beaumont, TX
LIVE BAND OF THE YEAR
Given to the Academy Member Band who played a great number of shows during the qualifying period and who demonstrates the ability to deliver a quality live performance.  Criteria may include number of shows, connection with audience, sound quality, stage presence, and individual personality.  This is a cross-genre award.  This award is decided by 100% public nomination and 100% public vote.
Captain Legendary Band
Highspeed Hayride
Jimmy Kaiser Band
Russell Ray and Last Call 
Texas Renegade Band
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Given to the Academy 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:
Fabricating Fame
3 Fools On 3 Stools
Truth Is
Dan Crump
Gathering Dust
The Dust Devils
I'm Gone
Jimmy Kaiser
Pocketful
Jeff Posey
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Given to the Academy 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:
Jason Allen
Tommy Alverson
Mike Blakely
Jimmy Kaiser
John Arthur Martinez
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