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23 Jan 13 Texas Music Award Nominees Announced

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The Academy of Texas Music, Inc. released the list of official nominees for the 11th annual Texas Music AwardsTM in a worldwide Facebook event this week.

Lucky Boyd, President of the Academy of Texas Music, Inc. was given the distinct honor of officially posting the list of nominees to the Texas Music Awards organization page on Facebook on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Boyd remarked, “This is such an exciting time for the Texas music-loving public and the musicians who create that music…being able to reach an unlimited number of fans around the globe was quite a thrill, and being able to personally watch the responses from Facebook visitors was exceptional.”

Voting is also now open for the public at and will continue until January 31st.
The awards show, which will be March 23rd, 2013 at The Texas Music Barn, the venue inside the World Headquarters of the Academy of Texas Music, Inc., 301 E. Houston St. in Linden, Texas, is presented by, the retail partner of the Texas Music AwardsTM and the show’s production company, Payline Productions.

The annual event also serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit Academy of Texas Music, Inc. which seeks sponsorships and donations to further its efforts toward music education programs, scholarships, recognition projects, and benevolence programs for musicians in need.

Jinelle Boyd, who is also the Producer of the Texas Music AwardsTM explains how important this process is to the nominees.

”These outstanding artists need something to bring them recognition for their regional success and help them gain the national attention they deserve. Even though some of our nominees are already quite popular in the music world, the Texas Music AwardsTM serve to give many of the newer artists a stepping stone to bigger and better things.”

One recipient in each category will hold the award title for the next year based on a complex voting system. The voting process includes a public involvement component, and interested fans are encouraged to visit the Texas Music AwardsTM website to learn more about the voting process which is now open and continues through midnight on Thursday, January 31st. Fans can listen to clips of music by all the nominees and can hear the tracks in their entirety for five Song of the Year nominees, five Record of the Year nominees, and the five Popular Cover Award nominees prior to voting.

“The public vote is important,” says Boyd, “because it proves that the artists have a connection with their fans, but the bulk of the voting is done by the Academy Board of Honorees. This group of past award recipients casts 70% of the ballots which decide who gets the award in the majority of these categories. This year’s recipients will be added to the Board of Honorees. This is how we insure that the awards are more about the music and less of a simple popularity contest.”

Boyd continues, “There is however, a popular element to the Texas Music AwardsTM. A few of the categories are decided by the public vote. The Live Band award and all the radio awards are decided in that fashion, and this year the Popular Cover category will be added. These results will tell fans who really is leading the charge in Texas music.”
Sponsorships are available for the 11th annual awards show. Sponsors are important in order to raise the needed funds to fulfill the Academy’s mission. It’s also “the best marketing opportunity in Texas Music”, Jinelle Boyd added.

More than a dozen performers will be showcased at the show between award presentations. Plans include performances on three additional stages in Linden. Additionally, there will be an after party in Jefferson.

For more information on voting, the awards, or sponsorships, visit Tickets will go on sale February 1st at the TMA website.

A list of the 2013 nominees appears below:

Mike Amabile for vocal performance on OPEN YOUR EYES by Mike Amabile (Houston, Texas)
Mark Allan Atwood for vocal performance on BURNED AT THE CROSSROADS by Mark Allan Atwood & Brimstone (Burnet, Texas)
Cameran Nelson for vocal performance on RECKLESS IN TEXAS by Cameran Nelson (Blanco, Texas)
Alex Smith for vocal performance on TRUE STORY by The Bigsbys (Palestine, Texas)
Robby White for vocal performance on SMALL TOWN OUTLAW by Robby White & The Tejas Gringos (Dallas, Texas)

Ashlee Rose for vocal performance on SONGS IN A SUITCASE by Ashlee Rose (San Antonio, Texas)
Jessie Samford for vocal performance on PARKER HEIGHTS by Parker Heights (North Zulch, Texas)
Myrna Sanders for vocal performance on BIG HEAD DIVA by Myrna Sanders (Houston, Texas)
T.C. Smythe for vocal performance on THESE ROSITA HILLS by Smythe and Taylor (Houston, Texas)
Sue Young for vocal performance on GLIDING by Sue Young (Austin, Texas)

2-Bit Palomino for vocal performances on RIDES AGAIN by 2-Bit Palomino (Houston, Texas)
Jeff Keith Band for vocal performances on SORROWS CREEK by Jeff Keith Band (Fredericksburg, Texas)
Parker Heights for vocal performances on PARKER HEIGHTS by Parker Heights (North Zulch, Texas)
Smythe and Taylor for vocal performances on THESE ROSITA HILLS by Smythe and Taylor (Houston, Texas)
The Washers for vocal performances on TIRED EYES by The Washers (Richmond, Texas)

Eric Myers Band (Houston, Texas)
Crissy Harrold (Denton, Texas)
Jason Helms Band (Hope, Arkansas)
Cameran Nelson (Blanco, Texas)
Parker Heights (North Zulch, Texas)

Brad Hobson, for his musical performance on TRUE STORY (The Bigsbys)
Mark LaFon, for his musical performance on SMALL TOWN OUTLAW (Robby White & The Tejas Gringos)
Charles Peters, for his musical performance on OPEN YOUR EYES (Mike Amabile)
Tubie Pushee, for his musical performance on WHEN THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD (Tubie & The Touchtones)
Jack Saunders, for his performance on NORTH BOUND TRAIN (Keith Rea)

Billy Jo High / Adam Odor for the album TIRED EYES (The Washers)
Lyndon Hughes for the album TRUE STORY (The Bigsbys)
Adam Odor for the album BURNED AT THE CROSSROADS (Mark Allan Atwood & Brimstone)
Jesse Sims for the album SMALL TOWN OUTLAW (Robby White & The Tejas Gringos)
Mark Sinko for the album SORROWS CREEK (Jeff Keith Band)

Aubrey Lynn & Yellow Rose (McKinney, Texas)
Ben Morris & The Great American Boxcar Chorus (College Station, Texas)
Jason Helms Band (Hope, Arkansas)
Jerry Audley Band (Anna, Texas)
Sammy Fox & The Intervention (Fort Worth, Texas)

“A Texan’s Prayer” off SMALL TOWN OUTLAW (Robby White & The Tejas Gringos) Robby White, songwriter
“Gettin’ There” off GETTIN’ THERE (Connie Mims) Connie Mims & JP Williams, songwriters
“Soldier’s Wife” off BLUEGRASS BONUS SET (Lou Ann Petty) Lou Ann Petty, songwriter
“Tennessee Left Texas” off YOU PLAY MY HEART (john Arthur martinez) john Arthur martinez & Rick Bussey, songwriters
“Word” off WORD (Dewveall) Jonathon Dewveall, songwriter

Matt Harlan (Houston, Texas)
Michael Hearne (Austin, Texas)
Brian Kalinec (Houston, Texas)
Brennen Leigh (Austin, Texas)
Connie Mims (Houston, Texas)

“Hometown Hero” Jason Helms Band
“Just Getting Started” Pauline Reese
“Thrown” Cameran Nelson
“Trouble Is” Randy Brown
“Yeah Yeah Yeah” Jeremiah Houston Band

BURNED AT THE CROSSROADS Mark Allan Atwood & Brimstone
SMALL TOWN OUTLAW Robby White & The Tejas Gringos
TIRED EYES The Washers
TRUE STORY The Bigsbys

Mike Blakely (Buchanan Dam, Texas)
Randy Brown (Fort Worth, Texas)
Joe “King” Carrasco (Austin, Texas)
john Arthur martinez (Marble Falls, Texas)
Pauline Reese (Marble Falls, Texas)

Ted Branson KOOP – 91.7 FM (Austin)
Brett Dillon KHYI – 95.3 FM (Dallas)
Justin Frazell KFWR – 95.9 FM (Ft. Worth)
Big Gus Samuelson KHYI – 95.3 FM (Dallas)
Roark Smith KPFT – 90.1 FM (Houston)


“Carefree Highway” off STRAWBERRY MOON (Rick Busby) (made popular by Gordon Lightfoot)
“I Can’t Make You Love Me” off SONGS IN A SUITCASE (Ashlee Rose) (made popular by Bonnie Raitt)
“Missing You” off THESE ROSITA HILLS (Smythe and Taylor) (made popular by John Waite)
“Sing Me Back Home” off YOU PLAY MY HEART (john Arthur martinez) (made popular by Merle Haggard)
“Tiger By The Tail” off SMALL TOWN OUTLAW (Robby White & The Tejas Gringos) (made popular by Buck Owens)

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