Ameripolitan Music Awards Announce 2016 Nominees

The nominees for the third annual Ameripolitan Music Awards have been announced.

The ceremony will be held February 16, 2016 at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin. Legendary western swing artist and Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson will act as host for the event.

The awards, founded by Texas country artist Dale Watson, recognize "artists whose music honors tradition while demonstrating exceptional originality, creativity and musicianship." The artist nominations are split into four categories: Honky Tonk, Western Swing, Rockabilly and Outlaw. There are also special awards for best venue, best music festival, best DJ and best overall musician.

For the first time ever, fans will be able to vote for each category through a specialized app on their phones. A portion of the proceeds from the app, which costs $1.99, will go toward the Fender Music Foundation.

"We love the irony of using a modern app for a genre of music with historic roots," Watson said in a press release. "There's a practicality to it, but the most exciting aspect is offering voters fresh, exciting content. It's not just voting - it's an experience. Users can learn more about each nominee, discover new music and explore artists they might not otherwise know."

Without further ado, here are the nominees.

2016 Ameripolitan Music Awards Nominees

Honky Tonk Group

  • Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels
  • The Country Side of Harmonica Sam
  • The Starline Rhythm Boys
  • Jeff Woolsey and the Dancehall Kings
  • JP Harris and the Tough Choices

Honky Tonk Female

  • Miss Leslie
  • Kelsey Waldon
  • Margo Price
  • Brennen Leigh
  • Tara Dunphy

Honk Tonk Male

  • Jake Penrod
  • Charlie Thompson
  • Cale Tyson
  • Mike Dart
  • Jason James

Western Swing Group

  • Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition
  • JP Cyr & His Radio Wranglers
  • Hot Texas Swing Band
  • Carolyn Sills
  • Western Swing Authority

Western Swing Female

  • Carolyn Martin
  • Kristyn Harris
  • Mikki Daniel
  • Stacey Lee Guse
  • Katie Glassman

Western Swing Male

  • Jason Roberts
  • Billy Mata
  • Doug Moreland
  • Kelly Spinks
  • Coby Carter

Rockabilly Group

  • The Neon Stars
  • The Bellfuries
  • Don Diego Trio
  • The B-Stars
  • Nathan Belt & The Buckles

Rockabilly Female

  • Marti Brom
  • Sara Dee
  • Emmy Lou
  • Lara Hope
  • BaileyDee

Rockabilly Male

  • Jinx Jones
  • Chris Casello
  • Wayne Hancock
  • Scotty Baker
  • Paul Pigat

Outlaw Group

  • The Hillbilly Casino
  • Dallas Moore Band
  • The Ponderosa Aces
  • Jason Boland & The Stragglers
  • Eric Strickland and the B-Sides

Outlaw Female

  • Darci Carlson
  • Rachel Brooke
  • Bonnie Montgomery
  • Tommy Ash
  • Jesse Lafser

Outlaw Male

  • Whitey Morgan
  • Roger Alan Wade
  • Cash O'Riley
  • Scott Biram
  • Bloodshot Bill


  • Icehouse Theater, Selma NC
  • Luckenbach, Luckenbach TX
  • Sportsmen's Tavern, Buffalo NY
  • Lil' Red's Longhorn Saloon, Fort Worth TX
  • Knuckleheads, Kansas City MO
  • The White Horse, Austin TX
  • Skinny Dennis, Brooklyn NY
  • The Thirsty Beaver Saloon, Charlotte NC
  • The Nashville Palace, Nashville TN
  • Don the Beachcomber, Huntington Beach CA


  • Bristol Rhythm and Roots
  • Viva Las Vegas
  • Nashville Boogie
  • San Angelo Cowboy Gathering
  • New England Shake Up


  • Woody Adkins, KOPN 89.5 FM Columbia MO
  • Justin Trevino, KEQX 89.7 FM Dublin TX
  • Gordon "Big G" Ames KERV 1230 Kerrville, TX
  • Timothy Benton, KSVY 91.3 FM Sonoma Valley, CA
  • Johnny Knoxville and Roger Alan Wade Outlaw Country, Sirius/XM Radio
  • James Riley SURF 97.3 FM Flager Beach FL
  • Eddie White, 2RRR 88.5 FM Sydney Australia
  • Ted Branson, KOOP 91.7FM Austin, TX
  • Elizabeth Cook, Outlaw Country, Sirius/XM Radio
  • "Cousin" Lynn Joiner, WHRB 95.3 FM, Cambridge, MA


  • Joel Paterson
  • Chris Casello
  • Jason Roberts
  • Paul Pigat
  • Redd Volkaert
  • Tjarko Jeen
  • Rose Sinclair
  • Richard Helsley
  • Floyd Domino
  • Lisa Pankratz
  • Earl "Pool" Ball
  • Jim Loessberg
  • Chris Scruggs
  • Bobby Trimble
  • Dave Biller

Tickets for the ceremony are currently on sale through the Paramount Theatre.

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