The 4th Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards took place on February 15, 2017 at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin, TX presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and hosted by music mavens Ray Benson and Dale Watson. The event honored the best of Ameripolitan Music as voted by the fans.

Over 95 nominees and avid Ameripolitan music fans packed the theatre to celebrate the best of Ameripolitan Music; a music genre originally coined by singer/songwriter Dale Watson, defined as having a prominent root influence, not conforming to the ‘country’ of today. It is broken into four related subcategories: Honky Tonk, Western Swing, Rockabilly and Outlaw. Artists and bands can fall into one or more of these categories.

The Ameripolitan Music Awards, a 501(c)3, was created under the leadership of Texas Honky Tonk legend, Dale Watson, to acknowledge the exceptional creativity and dedication of roots artists whose work does not readily conform to the tastes of today’s “Country”, or other music genres and organizations. Ameripolitan Music LLC and The Ameripolitan Music Awards were founded to benefit and acknowledge these artists. It also provides fans with a means of finding these artists and their music.

The Ameripolitan Music Awards acknowledges those Ameripolitan artists whose music honors tradition while demonstrating exceptional originality, creativity, and musicianship. Through their work, Ameripolitan music is now being defined. The Awards also acknowledge Ameripolitan DJs and venues that promote these artists and their music along with honoring a living legend who has kept the tradition alive through their music and perseverance.

2017 AMERIPOLITAN MUSIC AWARD WINNERS
HONKY TONK FEMALE: Leona Williams
HONKY TONK MALE: Jake Penrod
HONKY TONK GROUP: Gary P. Nunn and the Bunkhouse Band
ROCKABILLY FEMALE: Lara Hope
ROCKABILLY MALE: Lance Lipinsky
ROCKABILLY GROUP: The Silver Shakers
WESTERN SWING FEMALE: Kristyn Harris
WESTERN SWING MALE: Pokey LaFarge
WESTERN SWING GROUP: The Western Flyers
OUTLAW FEMALE: Darci Carlson
OUTLAW MALE: Hank3
OUTLAW GROUP: Dallas Moore Band
AMERIPOLITAN VENUE: Lil’ Red’s Longhorn Saloon
AMERIPOLITAN MUSICIAN: Chris Casello
AMERIPOLITAN DJ: James Riley
AMERIPOLITAN FESTIVAL: Nashville Boogie

The 2017 “Keeper of the Key” Award went to Junior Brown, while the evening’s highest honor, the “Master Award” was presented to the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis.
Led by an all-star band, nominees dazzled the audience with performances, including numbers from Leonna Williams, Jason Roberts, Jake Penrod, Marti Brom, Bonnie Montgomery and many others. There were also special performances by Lance Lapinsky, James Inveltd, Jessie Dayton, Rosie Flores, Dale Watson, and Ray Benson.
Celebrity presenters included Andy Langer, Rosie Flores, KOKE FM’s Rita Ballou, James Hand, Johnny Knoxville and Tito Beveridge of Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Sirius XM’s Dallas Wayne also jumped into the announcer’s seat for another year.

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JMR_6140 - Co-Hosts - Dale Watson, Ray Benson

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JMR_6194 - Darci Carlson, Winner

Photo Credit: Jennifer M. Ramos (Photos 1,2 and 6)

Photo Credit: Sandra Dahdah (Photos 3,4 and 5)

Article courtesy of: Nicole Shiro