Ameripolitan Music Awards 2023 Weekender Announces Full Schedule And Sponsorships For February 17-19 Events The Ameripolitan Music Awards returns in 2023 with some big names, old favorites and rising stars playing showcases during the long weekend of festivities. A complete list of sponsors for this year is being announced including: Robert’s Western World, Terama Tequila, Lonestar Beer, Titos Handmade Vodka, The Globe Theater, Memphis Made Brewery, Koala Kare, The Nick Curran Foundation, Fender, Ham Law Entertainment, Slim Hand Music Foundation, The John Sakelaris Family, Sam Phillips Recording Service, and Lansky Bros.
They will also get a sneak peek of Mule Kick Productions documentary on the World Famous Palomino Club – PALOMANIA on Sunday at the Theater Stage before the awards ceremony. For those who plan to come to Memphis a day early, there will be a pre-party at Hernando’s Hideaway– a reprise of the famed Ronnie Mack’s Barn Dance with James Intveld and friends to kick-off the affair. The mission for the organization founded in 2014 is clear. The Ameripolitan Music Awards have been established to give like minded individuals an opportunity to come together to celebrate and promote the music they love. It serves as an event to rally around each other and as a source of inspiration for artists and fans alike.
The updated and final schedule of events can be found HERE.
Johnny Rodriguez,, Sierra Ferrell, Rosie Flores, Kinky Freidman, Brennen Leigh, Summer Dean, Jeremy Pinnell, and The Waymores are among the artists who are nominated for awards or performing throughout the 3 days of eclectic pageantry. Awards will be given for Honky Tonk male/female and group, Western Swing male/female and group, Outlaw male/female and group, Rockabilly male/female and group, Best Venue, Festival, Radio DJ and Musician.
Ameripolitan is recognizing 3 individuals with momentous achievement awards as well. Johnny Rodriguez – Master Award, Nick Curran – Keeper of the Key and The Adams Brothers – Founder of the Sound. In addition to the artist stages at both Guest House at Graceland and Hernando’s Hideaway there will be a sundry of happenings including a Steel Guitar Pull hosted by Lynn Owsley, a Vintage Western Ameripolitan Fashion Show, “Tequila and Teardrops” with Big Sandy, the Texas Takeover Showcase, the popular “Chicken $#+! Bingo” with Dale Watson and the high note of the weekend – the Ameripolitan Music Awards Show. Attendees will be treated to a viewing of The History of Western Swing documentary on Saturday at 5 pm and 8 pm at Hernando’s Hideaway.
Dale and Celine Lee Watson are the heart and soul of the Ameripolitan community and continue to carry a torch for authentic country music. “These awards are presented in the spirit of camaraderie and friendly competition, knowing that success for one of us helps all of us. On behalf of the Ameripolitan Music Awards organization, we thank everyone who has helped make this event possible.” – Dale Watson, founder, Ameripolitan Music Awards All events will take place at: Guest House at Graceland 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN and Hernando’s Hide-A-Way 3210 Old Hernando Road, Memphis, TN There will be a complimentary shuttle by Backbeat Tours between the Guesthouse Hotel, Holiday Inn, Hernando’s Hideaway & The Travelodge. Every 30 min from 5pm – midnight on Friday and noon – midnight on Saturday and Sunday Weekender pass and Awards Show tickets are still available at www.ameripolitan.org Most events/shows are all ages except for noted late-night events 21+ Hernando’s Hideaway will serve from their full menu + bar from 5 pm till late each night. Brunch from 12 – 2 on Sat and Sun.
All events will take place at: Guest House at Graceland 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN and Hernando’s Hide-A-Way 3210 Old Hernando Road, Memphis, TN There will be a complimentary shuttle by Backbeat Tours between the Guesthouse Hotel, Holiday Inn, Hernando’s Hideaway & The Travelodge. Every 30 min from 5pm – midnight on Friday and noon – midnight on Saturday and Sunday Weekender pass and Awards Show tickets are still available at www.ameripolitan.org Most events/shows are all ages except for noted late-night events 21+ Hernando’s Hideaway will serve from their full menu + bar from 5 pm till late each night. Brunch from 12 – 2 on Sat and Sun.
I would like to take some time out now to share some of my own memories of my past Ameripolitan Awards adventures, and I have quite a few of them. One time I got to sing Amazing Grace in an uber with the Reeves Brothers, as we went from Bealle Street to our hotel ( turns out we had the same hotel that year). That was the same year we got to see Mr. James Hand perform and so many other of these wonderful people that have passed away.
The Ameripolitan Awards is a truly mirific experience that every avid music fan needs to get to attend at least once in their music loving life, and every fan should make it a point to attend. The entire awards program provides so much support to the Legends of Country Music, and remembers many of the overlooked Legends not touched upon by the media.
So, at this time all of the voting is now closed and the nominees have all been chosen, so now all we need to do is sit back and enjoy the upcoming festivities. And please don’t forget to support all of the wonderful bands and artists on this extensive roster of talent.
Many of these people are my own personal friends from past festivals and local shows all across the Country, from so many years of doing this website, and I can personally guarantee that all of these people together in one music function is a special opportunity. I urge all of you to buy your tickets now!
Ameripolitan Music Awards to honor Texas Hall of Famer – Johnny Rodriguez with Master Award
HONKY TONK FEMALE
HONKY TONK MALE
Garrett T Capps
HONKY TONK GROUP
Cory Grinder & The Playboy Scouts
Croy & The Boys
Scott H Biram
Vincent Neil Emerson
Dallas Moore Band
Jenny Don’t & The Spurs
The Rhyolite Sound
The Whitmore Sisters
Sean K Preston
The Phantom Shakers
WESTERN SWING FEMALE
WESTERN SWING MALE
A Jay Wade
WESTERN SWING GROUP
The Southwest Biscuit Company
West Of Texas
Western Swing Authority
The Lucky Stars
Daniel Mason – Banjo
Katie Shore – Fiddle
Kullen Fox – Trumpet + Piano
Mike Bernal – Drums
T Jarrod Bonta – Piano
Celia Villagran – Texas Hellkitten Radio
Jimi Palacios – Country Du Monde
Kevin Martinez – COLONEL PACO CHAOS PACOBILLY HOUR
MARIVI YUBERO GARCIA – Marivipolitan
Del Villarreal Go Kat, GO! The Rock-A-Billy Show!
Knuckleheads, Kansas City, MO
Rattlesnake Saloon – Munich, Germany
Roosters Country – Mesa, AZ
The Southgate House Revival – Newport, KY
Sagebrush, Austin TX
Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance – Taos, NM
Western Swing Out – Tehachapi, CA
Vintage Torque Fest – Dubuque, IA
Zoofest – Lincoln, NE
In Memphis, TN Feb 19th 2023
The Ameripolitan Music Awards will recognize 3 individuals with momentous achievement awards:
Johnny Rodriguez will receive the Master Award
The Adams Brothers will be honored with Founder of the Sound
Nick Curran, upon the 10th anniversary of his passing, will receive the Keeper of the Key
Previous winners have been Ray Price, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charley Pride, Wanda Jackson, Billy Joe Shaver, James Burton, Johnny Bush, WS Holland, Junior Brown and Red Simpson