2008 Texas Music Awards
Nominees
As you know, the Texas Music Awards are open to all members of the Academy of Texas Music, Inc.  Many categories require a release within the qualifying period.  If you feel that there are too many artists in one particular genre, please help by encouraging artists in all facets of Texas music to join the Academy.  We look forward to the day when there can be awards in every genre.  That can only happen when more artists join and release qualifying projects.  Until then, you may have a Country artist being voted on next to a Rock artist or a Christian artist.
Thanks for understanding the process and thanks for your support.

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:

Troy Allan
Hometown: Evadale, TX
Genre:  Americana, Trop Rock, Country


Andy Bertelsen
Lead singer for the band,
Texas Renegade
Hometown: San Marcos, TX
Genre:  Alt-Country, Country


Randy Brown
Hometown: Ft. Worth, TX
Genre:  Country


Tim Fralik
Hometown: College Station, TX
Genre:  Country


Gordy Quist
Hometown: Austin, TX
Genre:  Americana, Country
 

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
Lead singer for the band,
Lil' Bit and the Customatics
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Genre: 
Rockabilly, Swing


Carissa Amberly
Hometown: Longview, TX
Genre:  Country


Kacey Musgraves
Hometown: Mineola, TX
Genre:  Country


Denise Squier
Lead singer for the band,
Crosswind
Hometown: Caldwell, TX
Genre:  Christian Rock


Patti Sullivan
Hometown: Conroe, TX
Genre:  Folk, Pop
 

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:

Bad Monkeys
Hometown: Garland, TX
Genre: 
Trop Rock
 

Blakley-Martinez
Hometown: Marble Falls, TX
Genre:  Country, Swing, Western
 

Hanshaws
Hometown: Brookshire, TX
Genre:  Folk, Country


ShAnnie
Hometown: Fredericksburg, TX
Genre:  Folk


Shake Russell Band
Hometown: Houston, TX
Genre:  Folk, Country
 

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:

Katie Rae Davis
Hometown: Carthage, TX
Genre:  Country
 

Leo Rondeau
Hometown: Austin, TX
Genre:  Country
 

Slow Rollin’ Lows
Hometown: Beaumont, TX
Genre:  Alt-Country, Country Rock
 

Takin’ Back Texas
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Genre:  Alt-Country, Country
 

Texas High Life
Hometown: Cypress, TX
Genre:  Americana, Alt-Country

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:

Elliott Fikes
Saxophone on
THERE'S A TRAIN COMING
Elliot Fikes and Soul Serenade
Hometown: Kingsland, TX
Genre:  Christian, Jazz
 

Brian Kalinec
Guitar on
LAST MAN STANDING
Brian Kalinec
Hometown: Houston, TX
Genre:  Folk, Americana
 

Big John Mills
Guitar on
T.H.A.T.
Big John Mills
Hometown: San Marcos, TX
Genre:  Country
 

George Quiroga
Guitar on
CHANGE IN THE WEATHER
Dust Devils
Hometown: Marble Falls, TX
Genre:  Americana, Country Rock
 

Bad Bob Rohan
Fiddle on
PRAIRIE ROSE
Bad Bob Rohan
Hometown: Houston, TX
Genre:  Texas Swing, Western
 

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:

John M. Greenberg
WATER OVER STONES (ShAnnie)
Genre:  Folk
 

Randy Brown / Tommy Alverson / Chad Rueffer
HARD FACE TO FACE (Randy Brown)
Genre:  Country
 

Stephen Belans
AFTER EVERYTHING (Texas Renegade)
Genre:  Alt-Country, Country
 

Kelly McGuire
BOAT IN BELIZE (Kelly McGuire)
Genre:  Trop Rock
 

Lloyd Maines
ROLL (Kevin Deal)
Genre:  Country
 

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:
"Just South of Corpus"
JUST SOUTH OF CORPUS - Troy Allan
Troy Allan, songwriter
Genre:  Trop Rock
 
"Next Time" - Kacey Musgraves
KACEY MUSGRAVES
Kacey Musgraves, songwriter
Genre:  Country
 
"Quarters and Dimes" - Gordy Quist
HERE COMES THE FLOOD
Gordy Quist, songwriter
Genre:  Alt-Country
 
"White Cross" - Jeff Talmadge
AT LEAST THAT MUCH WAS TRUE
Jeff Talmadge and Claudia Russell, songwriters
Genre:  Americana
 
"Cried Enough" Mark Zeus
ONE MAGIC MOMENT
Mark Zeus, songwriter
Genre:  Alt-Country
 

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:

Richard Dobson
Hometown: Diessenhofen, Switzerland
Genre:  Folk, Country

 

George Ensle
Hometown: Austin, TX
Genre:  Folk, Country
 

Danny Everitt
Hometown: The Woodlands, TX
Genre:  Folk
 

Robert Frith
Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
Genre:  Americana, Alt-Country
 

Mandy Mercier
Hometown: Austin, TX
Genre:  Folk, Americana, Blues
 

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:

Carissa Amberly
“Some Heroes Don’t Come Back”
Genre:  Country
 

Wade Bowen
“One Step Closer”
Genre:  Country
 

Bart Crow
“Driftin’ In The Wind”
Genre:  Alt-Country
 

Jimmy Kaiser
“Pass Me That Bottle”
Genre:  Country
 

Pauline Reese
“Lone Star Flag”
Genre:  Country
 

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:    

Gordon “Big G” Ames

KRVL (Kerrville)

J.B. Cloud

KBCY (Abilene)

Enola Gay

KSST (Sulphur Springs)

Daniel “El Presidente” Miller

Radio Free Texas (Beaumont)
Rick Star KFAN (Fredericksburg)  

BROADCAST RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR

Given to the Broadcast Radio Station 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 – 99.7 FM (Abilene)

KFAN – 107.9 FM (Fredericksburg)

KFWR – 95.9 FM (Fort Worth)

KRVL – 94.5 FM (Kerrville)

KSST – 1230 AM (Sulphur Springs)

INTERNET RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR

Given to the Internet Radio Station 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.

Radio Free Texas (www.radiofreetexas.org)

Texas Music World (www.texasmusicworld.com) 

Texas Music Theater Radio (www.tmtr.net) 

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.
The nominees are:

Ryan T. Briggs
and the Redneck Hippies
Hometown: San Marcos, TX
Genre:  Country
 

Randy Brown Band
Hometown: Ft. Worth, TX
Genre:  Country
 

Dust Devils
Hometown: Marble Falls, TX
Genre:  Americana, Rock, Alt-Country
 

David Lee Kaiser
and the Joint Chiefs
Hometown: Beaumont, TX
Genre:  Country, Rock
 

Texas Renegade
Hometown: San Marcos, TX
Genre:  Alt-Country, Americana
 

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:

HARD FACE TO FACE
Randy Brown
Genre:  Country
 

ROLL
Kevin Deal
Genre:  Country
 

SILOS AND SMOKESTACKS
Mark Jungers and the Whistling Mules
Genre:  Americana, Alt-Country
 

BOAT IN BELIZE
Kelly McGuire
Genre:  Trop Rock
 

JUST BECAUSE
Kim Townsend
Genre:  Folk
 

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:

Wade Bowen
Hometown: Austin, TX
Genre:  Country, Alt-Country, Country Rock
 

Randy Brown
Hometown: Ft. Worth, TX
Genre:  Country
 

Jimmy Kaiser
Hometown: Beaumont, TX
Genre:  Country, Country Rock
 

Kelly McGuire
Hometown: League City, TX
Genre:  Trop Rock
 

Shake Russell
Hometown: Houston, TX
Genre:  Folk, Country