Dec 182016
 

The Ameripolitan Music Awards is once again upon us folks and as always it shall be held at the Paramount Theater in Austin Texas. I had to politely decline an invitation to attend due to other prior commitments however I implore YOU to buy tickets HERE. Once voting officially opens I’ll also include the link here on this article.

I always vote and I do have my own favorite people in these areas however I try my best to concentrate on festivals and local shows to dedicate enough time toward everything going on within music. I know of several websites that do a really good job of covering live action form this yearly Texas function and I want to help push a few of the nominees through some side articles I have going up soon with links to them.

Some  of these names I have included in my TOP 50 OF 2016 which is going up at midnight on Christmas Eve promptly, It’s what I have been working on right now and is a very lengthy project however you can click HERE to vote on these artists.

HONKY TONK MALE
Jake Penrod
Artie Rodriguez
Luke Bell
Jason James
Joshua Hedley

HONKY TONK FEMALE
Lorraine Chavana
Brennen Leigh
Vanessa Niemann
Leona Williams
Karen Jonas

HONKY TONK GROUP
Country Side Of Harmonica Sam
Gary P Nunn And The Bunkhouse Band
Jake Hooker And The Outsiders
The Cactus Blossoms
The Maplass Borthers

ROCKABILLY MALE
Marcel Riesco
Adam Lopez
Bloodshot Bill
Babe Miller
Lance Lipinsky

ROCKABILLY FEMALE
Lara Hope
Bailey Dee
Rockin Bonnie
Fia Sco
Cherry Divine

ROCKABILLY GROUP
The Silvershakers
The Doel Brothers
Jittery Jack
Don Diego TrioDon Diego Trio
Nathan Belt And The Buckles

WESTERN SWING MALE
Billy Mata
Jake Hooker
Pokey LaFarge
Dave Alexander
Jody Nix

WESTERN SWING FEMALE
Stacey Lee Guse
Carolyn Sills
Kristyn Harris
Mikki Daniel
Wendy Newcomer

WESTERN SWING GROUP
Carolyn Sills Combo
Western Flyers
50 Shades Of Hay
Western Swing Authority
Shoot Low Sheriff

OUTLAW MALE
Dusty Rust
Hank 3
AJ Hobbs
Cash O’Riley
Scott Biram

OUTLAW FEMALE
Jenny Don’t
Tommy Ash
Darci Carlson
Sissy Brown
Emily Neeni

OUTLAW GROUP
Dallas Moore
Barnyard Stmopers
Ponderosa Aces
Miss Lonely Hearts
Tony Martinez

AMERIPOLITAN DJ
Jimi Palacios
Julea Thomerson
James Riley
Woody Adkins
Charlie Ramsey
Marivi Yubero
Eddie White
Tim Benton
Ann Harwood Lucas
Don Sticksel

AMERIPOLITAN VENUE
Rock’n Bowl New Orleans LA
Don The Beachcomber Huntington Beach Ca
Nashville Palace Nashville Tn
The Little Longhorn Saloon

Sportsman Tavern, Buffalo NY
Skinny Dennis Brooklyn NY
Four Corners Music Hall, Germany
Lee’s Liquor Lounge Minneapolis Mn
Zoo Bar, Lincoln Ne

FESTIVAL
Nashville Boogie
New England shakeup
Best little cowboy gathering
Screamin’ Festival Spain
West Port Roots Festival

MUSICIAN
Mike Bernal
Clyde Mattocks
Joel Patterson
Chris Scruggs
Chris Casello
Ashley Kingman
Brett Resnick
Earl Poole Ball
Rose Sinclair
T Jarrod Bonta

Dec 182016
 

 

Last week Sunday Tracey Pitcox C.E.O. of Heart Of Texas Records made an announcement to the music community that last Saturday night the world of Country Music lost the “Cajun Gentleman Fiddler” Frenchie Burke had died at 81. His biggest commercial success was a song often performed on the Opry by Cajun singer Jimmy C. Newman was called “Big Mammou” which was a Cajun waltz until Frenchie got a hold of it and altered it more upbeat.

He was born and raised in Louisiana but moved to Texas in his teens and enlisted in the Air Force although he continued to play, and he won many of the talent contests during his service. He played fiddle with the likes of Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys and Johnny Bush whom he recorded his first album with, he also played with Little Jimmy Dickens before recording his own studio albums.

Frenchie’s Fire On The Mountain and other records adorn LP collections of people’s like mine from random lucky finds throughout my years of amassing what I have at yard sales and flea markets. Many people have not a smidgen of a clue what exactly they have in their possession.

In 2011 the local Texas music community gathered together to raise money for his medical expenses for a hip replacement he needed. There was a huge concert benefit used to raise thousands of dollars for his medical expenses and bills.