9th annual Texas Music AwardsTM
Nominee Information
Categories are in no particular order, nominees are in
a pre-determined alphabetical order within category;
some by last name, some by group name, some by project name.

Voting is Feb 27th - March 18th

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

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member (male only) Eligible genre:  Any   Criteria:  Must appear on qualifying project    Guidelines:  The entire project is considered, but a single song can be the basis of the nomination.  Considerations are made for dynamics, emotional input, and creative delivery.  A driving factor for the nomination will be the ability to describe the performance as “memorable.” Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the project are studied.

The nominees are:

Paul Ehmer
of Dimitri's Rail
for vocal performance on
WAKE UP by Dimitri's Rail
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David Fenley
of Poor J. Brown
for vocal performance on
HILL COUNTRY SOUL by
Poor J. Brown
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Shawn Jennings
for vocal performance on
MY DESIRE by Shawn Jennings
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Jacob Jones
of Antioch Road Band
for vocal performance on
ANTIOCH ROAD
by Antioch Road Band
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Bo Porter
for vocal performance on
TRY YOUR LUCK by Bo Porter
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FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member (female only) Eligible genre:  Any    Criteria:  Must appear on qualifying project    Guidelines:  The entire project is considered, but a single song can be the basis of the nomination.  Considerations are made for dynamics, emotional input, and creative delivery.  A driving factor for the nomination will be the ability to describe the performance as “memorable.” Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the project are studied.

The nominees are:
Leyla Fences
for vocal performance on
LIARS, CHEATS & FOOLS
by Leyla Fences
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Kylie D. Hart
for vocal performance on
HARD LUCK by Kylie D. Hart
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Libby Koch
for vocal performance on
THE SHADOW OF THIS TOWN
by Libby Koch
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Andi Renfree
of 2-Bit Palomino
for vocal performance on
the self-titled album by
2-Bit Palomino
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Christen Sawyer
for vocal performance on
PICTURE UN-PERFECT by
Christen Sawyer
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VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member who performs primarily as a duet or as a collection of performers and, as a standard part of their normal performances, demonstrate vocals as a significant feature of their performance. One-time collaborations can also be eligible. Eligible genre:  Any  Criteria:  Must appear on qualifying project  Guidelines:  The entire project is considered, but a single song can be the basis of the nomination.  Considerations are made for harmony vocals, diversity and/or creativity in the use of vocals as an instrument, dynamics, emotional input, and creative delivery.  A driving factor for the nomination will be the ability to describe the performance as “memorable.” Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, use of multiple vocalists, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the project are studied.

The nominees are:
2-Bit Palomino
for vocal performances on the
self-titled album by
2-Bit Palomino
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Antioch Road Band
for vocal performances on
ANTIOCH ROAD by
Antioch Road Band
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Mike Blakely &
Thomas Michael Riley
for vocal performances on
LIVE FROM LUCKENBACH by
Mike Blakely & Thomas Michael Riley
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Pear Ratz
for vocal performances on
RAT OUTTA HELL by Pear Ratz
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Christen Sawyer &
Seth Candan
for vocal performance in
"Beside Me" on
PICTURE UN-PERFECT
by Christen Sawyer
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RISING STAR AWARD

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member  Eligible genre:  Any  Criteria:  Performer should show remarkable promise for future endeavors.  Guidelines:  A Member’s released material during the qualifying period is considered.  Considerations are made for public presence, online presence, listener approval, airplay, career involvement, and potential for a high level of future notoriety and career advancement.  Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the Member’s qualifying project are studied.

The nominees are:
Backseat Molly Learn more,
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DunVille Learn more,
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Joe Honea Learn more,
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Buck Johnson Learn more,
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Robby White Learn more,
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MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  A musician appearing on an Academy Performing Member’s qualifying release.  Eligible genre:  Any  Criteria:  Musician should deliver an outstanding performance.  Guidelines:  The entire project is considered, but a single song can be the basis of the nomination.  Considerations are made for dynamics, innovative use of technology, demonstration of skill, and creative delivery.  A driving factor for the nomination will be the ability to describe the performance as “memorable.”  Quality factors:  Performance, production, arrangement, and delivery of the musical selection are studied.  The entire project is also studied for overall quality.  Packaging is allowed to be a factor.

The nominees are:

Rick Boss, harmonica
for his performance on WILD NIGHT IN TEXAS
(Mark Searcy Band)

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Brad Davis, multiple instruments
for his performance on MY BEST (Joe Honea)
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Chris Gage, multiple instruments
for his performance on GYPSY ALIBI (Bob Livingston)
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Cameron Parsons, steel, dobro
for his performance on the self-titled album by
Tim Nichols
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John Starek, drums
for his performance on RAT OUTTA HELL
(Pear Ratz)
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PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  The producer of an eligible Academy Performing Member’s project.  This can be the Member or a person hired by the Member to produce the project. Eligible genre:  Any  Criteria:  Must appear on qualifying project; the person considered must be listed on the project as the producer and cannot be listed solely as the executive producer.  Person considered must have had creative control of the project with or without the input of the Performing Member.  Guidelines:  The entire project is considered.  Considerations are made for song flow, recording quality, continuity, arrangement, listener appeal, creative uses of technology, marketability to audio-only performance venues, and overall sound.  Quality factors:  Clarity, both traditional and innovative instrumentation, dynamics, proper uses of enhancements, and packaging of the project are studied.

The nominees are:
Mack Damon
for the album HILL COUNTRY SOUL
(Poor J. Brown)
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Billy Jo High
for the album SMOKING BARREL (Charlie Hager and The Captain Legendary Band)
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Chris Miller
for the album I FEEL FINE (Chris Miller Band)
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Ryan Murphey
for the album BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II
(Michael Martin Murphey)
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Walt Wilkins
for the album THE SMOKING GUN EP
(Nick Verzosa)
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LIVE BAND OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  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, existence of current releases, connection with audience, sound quality, stage presence, and individual personality.  This is a cross-genre award. 
Since the fans are the ones catching live performances, this award is decided 100% by public vote.
The nominees are:
Ben Morris and
The Great American Boxcar Chorus

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Clint Martin Band

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Push Water Band

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Slow Rollin Lows

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The Captain Legendary Band

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SONG OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member and any co-songwriters Eligible genre:  Any  Criteria:  Must be written or co-written by Member, must appear on qualifying project  Guidelines:  Song will be a great example for songwriters, considerations are made for musical hook, lyrical hook, melody, and structure.  Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the project are studied.

The nominees are:
"Bridge Builder"
off TROPIC OF TEXAS (Dennis Davis)
Dennis Davis, Songwriter
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"The Whiskey"
off HILL COUNTRY SOUL (Poor J. Brown)
Leon Waddy, Songwriter
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"Turn Your Heart Around"
off BOX IN YOUR HEAD (Tommy Elskes)
Tommy Elskes, Songwriter
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"West Texas Sun"
off BACKROADS IN BARE FEET (Mike Clifford)
Mike Clifford, Songwriter
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"Young At Heart"
off the self-titled album by Tim Nichols
Tim Nichols, Songwriter
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SINGER / SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member  Eligible genre:  Singer/Songwriter, predominantly acoustic  Criteria:  Performer should deliver the best vocal, musical, and songwriting performance.  Guidelines:  A Member’s entire career during the qualifying period is considered.  Considerations are made for public presence, online presence, community involvement, listener approval, notoriety, airplay, career involvement, career advancement, and Texas pride.  Above all, the recorded material should contain quality lyrics, clarity of delivery, dynamics, emotional input, and creative delivery.  Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the Member’s qualifying project are studied.  Production quality should be high and the project should be lyrically sound, demonstrating the performers songwriting ability.

The nominees are:
Bob Cheevers Learn more,
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Dana Cooper Learn more,
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Tommy Elskes Learn more,
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Robert Frith Learn more,
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Michael Hearne Learn more,
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RECORD OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member  Eligible genre:  Any  Criteria:  Recording must appear on qualifying project and the Member must be able to demonstrate a minimum of 200 spins within the qualifying period.  Spins can be either through traditional broadcast, Internet, or satellite methods.  Appearance on respected musical chart listings which delineate the popularity of songs is required and such listings must substantiate the basis of their respective charts.  Guidelines:  A recording is considered.  Considerations are made for mass marketability, notoriety, being covered by additional performers, wide-reaching impact, and fan base approval.  Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the project are studied.

The nominees are:
"Back When Love Was Easy"
Nick Verzosa
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"Love Don't Live Round Here Anymore"
Jeremiah Houston Band
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"Nice Ice Cold Bottle Of Beer"
Pear Ratz
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"Pure Blue Heartache"
Jarrod Birmingham
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"The Talent Requires"
James Lann
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ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member  Eligible genre:  Any  Criteria:  Album should display all the elements expected in the promotion of fine Texas music.  Guidelines:  A full album project is considered.  Considerations are made for mass marketability, song flow, song selection, and fan base approval.  Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the project are studied.

The nominees are:
BACKROADS IN BARE FEET
Mike Clifford
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GYPSY ALIBI
Bob Livingston
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HONKY TONK KUNG FU
James Lann
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THE AFTERMATH
Seth Candan
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SMOKING BARREL
Charlie Hager & The Captain Legendary Band
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ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member  Eligible genre:  Any  Criteria:  Performer should exemplify the true spirit of Texas and the music of Texas. Guidelines:  A Member’s entire career during the qualifying period is considered.  Considerations are made for public presence, online presence, community involvement, listener approval, notoriety, airplay, career involvement, career advancement, and Texas pride.  Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the Member’s qualifying project are studied.

The nominees are:
Tommy Alverson Learn more,
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Mike Blakely Learn more,
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Michael Martin Murphey Learn more,
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Thomas Michael Riley Learn more,
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Shake Russell Learn more,
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DISC JOCKEY OF THE YEAR

This award is decided 100% by public vote.

The nominees are:
J.B. Cloud

KBCY - 99.7 FM (Abilene)

Brett Dillon

KHYI - 95.3 FM
(Dallas)

Gus Samuelson

KHYI - 95.3 FM
(Dallas)

Dave Wheaton

KBST - 95.7 FM
(Big Spring)

Neely Yates

KJDL - 105.3 FM (Lubbock)

 

BROADCAST RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR

This award is decided 100% by public vote.
The nominees are:
KBCY - 99.7 FM

ABILENE, TEXAS
KBST - 95.7 FM

BIG SPRING, TEXAS
KHYI - 95.3 FM

DALLAS, TEXAS
KJDL - 105.3 FM

LUBBOCK, TEXAS
KPFT - 90.1 FM

HOUSTON, TEXAS
 

CARL T. SPRAGUE AWARD

This is a new category for the 2011 TMAs.  Carl T. Sprague was known as "The Original Singing Cowboy" and was said to be the first person to ever record Texas music.  These nominees embody the traditional cowboy spirit of Carl T. Sprague.  Whether it be traditional country, western, or bluegrass, tell us which one you like the best.
The nominees are:
COMING TO A HONKY TONK NEAR YOU
Lonnie Spiker

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DOGGONDEST FEELIN'
Jeremy Parsons

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LIVE AT LEGENDS CORNER, VOLS. 1 & 2
Mike Siler

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LIVED THAT SONG BEFORE
Aaron Wendt

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LONE COWBOY
Michael Martin Murphey

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ACADEMY AWARD OF DISTINCTION

This is a new category for the 2011 TMAs.  The Academy of Texas Music celebrates musical diversity, and the projects of these nominees might not precisely fit the criteria of the other award categories.  They are unique and worthy of recognition.  This award will be determined 100% by public vote.
The nominees are:
ACOUSTIC AUDIO-DACITY
Tom Tranchilla & Buddy Allen

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A PLACE INSIDE MY HEART
Bill Reid & The Fewer Sorrows Band

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CAMINO ALTO
Opie Hendrix

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ECLIPSE
Jason Marbach

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RADIX
Pug Johnson

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SINGER IN A ROADHOUSE BAND
Mandy Mercier

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THERE WAS A TIME
Hank Woji

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