If you’re sick and damn tired of turning on the CMA and ACM Awards and wondering where the hell your favorite artists are as you stare at some dude in skinny jeans shaking his ass with backup dancers, or a tractor rapper singing into an Auto-tuner, it’s about time you checked out the Dale Watson-founded Ameripolitan Awards where you will see many of the artists showcased here at Saving Country Music actually nominated and ultimately winning awards they actually deserve.
Having gone dark over the last two years due to COVID-19, The Ameripolitan Awards are set to return to Memphis, Tennessee on February 19th as the cap off to the Ameripolitan weekender full of events. They have just announced the nominees of the 2023 awards (see below), and there are quite a few very worthy contenders. For 2023, they’ve also brought back the “Outlaw” category, which gives even more opportunities for many of your favorite actual country artists—or as we say in these instances, Ameripolitan artists—to be recognized.
While so many other organizations shoot their gaze over the greatest country artists of today, Ameripolitan often gives them the only opportunity at an award in their career. This was underscored recently with the passing of Luke Bell, who won Best Honky Tonk Male in 2018.
Dale Watson defines Ameripolitan as original music with a prominent roots influence. He’d been using the term for years to separate himself from the corrupted industry in Nashville, but in 2013 after Blake Shelton referred to classic country music fans as “Old Farts and Jackasses,” Watson stepped up to form the Ameripolitan Awards, which is a non-profit organization. Held for the first few years in Austin, Ameripolitan made the move to Memphis along with Dale in 2018.
Along with the awards, there will be events, showcases, and tributes also transpiring over the three days of the Ameripolitan Weekender in local Memphis venues, culminating in the awards that also honor music legends with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
To vote for the Ameripolitan Awards, CLICK HERE.
For more information on attending the Amerpolitan Awards or the Ameripolitan Weekender, visit ameripolitan.org .
HONKY TONK FEMALES:
HONKY TONK MALES:
Garrett T. Capps
HONKY TONK GROUPS:
Cory Grinder & The Playboy Scouts
Croy and the Boys
IV and the Strange Band
Scott H. Biram
Vincent Neil Emerson
Dallas Moore Band
Jenny Don’t And The Spurs
The Rhyolite Sound
The Whitmore Sisters
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
Amy Griffin on Guitar
Sean K. Preston
The Phantom Shakers
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, Missouri
Rattlesnake Saloon – Munich, Germany
Roosters Country – Mesa, AZ
The Southgate House Revival – Newport, KY
Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance – Taos, NM
Western Swing Out – Tehachapi, CA
Vintage Torque Fest – Dubuque, IA
Zoofest – Lincoln, NE