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I have a lot of projects brewing for 2019, I have already verbally or signed contracts with 4 festivals and a few small shows across America. So fret not my dear readers I shall be down in Memphis to cover the 2019 Ameripolitan Awards for you!

HERE IS my complete coverage of the event as well as my LIVE BLOG which I had fun doing last year. I’m going to embed some history of the event here, as well as the nominees for 2019 because voting is OPEN NOW, and you can vote by going HERE.

Down below I have included all the links for the bands and artists involved and will be HEAVILY tagging them on social media. PLEASE go voice YOUR opinions and VOTE for YOUR favorite band, and if you cannot make it to Memphis YOU CAN log on here for my live blog.

 

About Ameripolitan

We’re not leaving Country Music behind, we’re taking “real” country music with us.
The Ameripolitan Music Awards were created to benefit and acknowledge artists whose work does not readily conform to the tastes of today’s “country” or other music genres and organizations. It also provides fans with a means of finding these artists and their music.

Ameripolitan – This thought provoking word is intended to be an invitation to discuss the future of the music that is important to so many of us. By leaving the hopelessly compromised word “country” behind and exclusively using the term “Ameripolitan”, our intention is to reestablish this music’s own unique identity, elevate its significance and help reinvigorate it creatively. Also, because of our place in history, we have the privilege and responsibility to pass a great musical tradition on to future generations who will otherwise have no direct connection to this music.

We believe this extra effort is necessary because, for the majority of people under the age 50 years old, their country music experience has been vastly different. As far back as the 1970s, corporations began descending upon country music. Executives, disdainful of the great musical tradition they had inherited, were placed in charge of country music. With ruthless efficiency they separated the music from its roots, redefined the brand, until finally, they succeeded in remaking country music their own superficial image. Today, the only remaining vestige of tradition in country music is the name.

The days of debating the definition of what is, and what is not country music now seem irrelevant. No one involved in producing country music today can even begin to comprehend the argument. Alabama and Lynyrd Skynyrd are classic country to them.

In our opinion, it is time to concede the point, leave them all to their own devices, and put the whole unpleasant chapter behind us. Once we have stopped wasting our time defending the “good name” of country music or decrying the ill-suited alternatives, we can go back to where the record skipped and continue on from there.

The Ameripolitan Music genre is here. We invite all of you who love Ameripolitan Music to help spread the word.

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Ameripolitan DJ

AMERIPOLITAN AWARDS HONORS LARRY COLLINS AS KEEPER OF THE KEY, VOTING LIVE TODAY FOR FULL 2019 BALLOT

Guest House at Graceland to host 2019 festivities Feb. 22-25

 

(MEMPHIS, TN) – Inventor of the surf guitar, rockabilly and punk pioneer Larry Collins of The Collins Kids will be honored as the Keeper of the Key at the 2019 Ameripolitan Awards, held for the second year in Memphis at Graceland’s Guesthouse Hotel, Feb. 25, 2019.

The Ameripolitan Awards show, the culminating night of four full days of festivities celebrating rockabilly, western swing, outlaw and honky-tonk music, will be hosted by Ameripolitan founder Dale Watson alongside Ameripolitan Award winner and western swing bandleader Big Sandy. The artists who will be honored that night will be chosen by fan vote, a process that opens today.

 

LARRY COLLINS, RAY WYLIE HUBBARD, JAMES INTVELD & MORE 
TO PERFORM DURING AMERIPOLITAN AWARDS WEEKEND 2019  
Ameripolitan returns to Memphis Feb. 22-25

FIRST ROW: LARRY COLLINS | SECOND ROW: BRENNEN LEIGH, BIG SANDY
(MEMPHIS, TN) – There’s nowhere on earth to be but Memphis this February if you’re a fan of Ameripolitan music. Details out today for the 2019 Ameripolitan Awards weekend, presented alongside longtime friend and partner Tito’s Handmade Vodka, include five packed showcase line-ups and Awards Show performances by the legendary Larry CollinsRay Wylie HubbardBrennen LeighThe Reeves BrothersSophia JohnsonThe GoGetters, and more to be announced.

That Awards Show takes place Monday, Feb. 25, at the Guesthouse at Graceland, and is the culminating event of four full days of festivities celebrating rockabilly, western swing, outlaw and honky-tonk music. The show will be hosted by Ameripolitan founder Dale Watson alongside Ameripolitan Award Winner and rockabilly bandleader Big Sandy. The artists who will be honored that night will be chosen by fans, who can vote now through January 1 via Ballot Blaster.

The warm up to Monday night’s finale begins on Friday, Feb. 22, with a pre-party at Blues City Café on Beale Street. Showcases Saturday and Sunday at Magnuson HotelClub 152 and Minglewood Hall feature performances by James Intveld, Dallas Moore, Summer Dean,  The Lucky StarsThe Farmer and AdeleWayne HancockBig Cedar FeverTammi SavoyRose SinclairCarolyn Sills and many more. The Ameripolitan fashion show, happening Sunday at Club 152, will feature designs by Riley Reed, Manuel CoutureRocking B ClothingBernie DexterJuke Box MamaMonica J Veronica Designs, Ellie MonsterTina Vines, Ashlyn Evans65 ShillingsFables by Barrie and Vinyl Ranch.

“For the sixth year of the Ameripolitan Awards and our second year in Memphis, it feels bigger than ever and there’s no sign of it stopping,” Ameripolitan founder Dale Watson says. “I think those that take advantage of The Ameripolitan Showcases and Awards Show are going to hear music that will make them lifelong fans of some of these artists. It’s officially not just a night, it’s a week-ender. Welcome to the sixth Ameripolitans!”

Tickets for the full weekend and Awards Show are available now. To reserve rooms at the Guest House at Graceland, call 1-800-238-2000 and use block code 190221AMER. For the Magnuson Hotel, call 901-207-7924 and use code Ameripolitan2019.

Friday, Feb. 22 | 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Blues City Café
Hillbilly Casino
Colton Turner Band
Three Blue TeardropsSaturday, Feb. 23 | 12 p.m. | Showcase at Magnuson Hotel 
Country Heroes
Western Swing Authority
Pat Reedy
Summer Dean with The Reeves Brothers
Lucky Stars
Malin Pettersen
James Intveld

Saturday, Feb. 23 | 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Showcase at Blues City Café
The Farmer & Adele
Casey James Prestwood
Big Cedar Fever
The Rhythm Rounders
Rosie Flores

Sunday, Feb. 24 | 2 p.m. | Chicken $#!+ Bingo Showcase at Club 152
Dale Watson and special guests:
Celine Lee
Marcel Riesco
Bonnie Montgomery
Lawrence Peters
Steve Griggs
Whitney Rose
Peter Sandberg

Sunday, Feb. 24 | 6 p.m. | Fashion Show Showcase Club 152
Cheryl Deseree & Eva Darling co host
House band: The Farmer & Adele
Singers:
Rebecca Jed
Cherry Rat
Abby Girl
More to be announced

Sunday, Feb. 24 | 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Showcase at Minglewood Hall 
Wayne Hancock
Tammi Savoy
Zephaniah O’Hora
Tommy Ash
Dallas Moore
The Rhyolite Sound
Jimmy Dale and The Beltline
Jesse Daniel w/ Carolyn Sills Combo
Two Tons of Steel
The Delta Bombers

Monday, Feb. 25 | noon – 2 p.m. | Cindy Walker Tribute at Rock n Roll Cafe 
Sophia Johnson
Rose Sinclair
Carolyn Sills
Katie Shore
Karen Biller
Brennen Leigh
Grace Adele
Cheryl Deseree
Sunshine Jackson
Stacey Lee Guse
Georgia Parker

Monday, Feb. 25 | 8 p.m. | Ameripolitan Awards Show at The Guesthouse at Graceland
Larry Collins (Keeper of the Key Award)
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Brennen Leigh
The Reeves Brothers
Sophia Johnson
The GoGetters
Roy Head
Jim Heath
Roger Alan Wade
Billy Mata
And more to be announced soon!

RAY WYLIE HUBBARD
BONNIE MONTGOMERY
TOMMY ASH
BIG CEDAR FEVER
THE REEVES BROTHERS
JAMES INTVELD
ROSIE FLORES
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