Ameripolitan Awards Announce 2024 Nominees and a Return to Austin

Those who attended the return of the Ameripolitan Awards in February of 2023 in Memphis can attest that the non-profit organization founded by Dale Watson took a big step forward after pausing for a couple of years during the pandemic. The performers they were able to draw to the Guesthouse at Graceland, and the performances that transpired proved why the participants, nominees, and winners deserve the recognition they’ll likely never receive from the mainstream country awards.

For the first three years of the Ameripolitan Awards starting in 2014, the event was held in Austin, with the 2015-2017 awards held at the prestigious Paramount Theater before moving to Memphis in 2018. But for 2024, they’re not only headed back to Austin, they’re stepping it up yet another notch by holding them at the vaunted Moody Theater, home of ACL Live on February 18th. This will not only make for more seats so more people can attend, it also adds to the production value since the Moody is set up to record live performances.

The nominees for the 2024 Ameripolitan Awards have just been announced, and its a who’s who of independent performers who you’ve probably have seen mentioned here at Saving Country Music before. Nominees are broken up into “Honky Tonk,” “Rockabilly,” “Western Swing,” and “Outlaw” categories. You can see all of the nominees below, and vote now for your favorites. Voting will close on December 31st.

Along with the annual nominees, the 2024 Ameripolitan Awards will also be honoring Western Swing flamekeeper Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel with the “Master of the Sound” award, as well as the surviving members of The Texas Tornados Augie Myers and Flaco Jimenez as Founders of the Sound.

The 2024 Ameripolitan Awards will be the culmination of a weekend of events and performances throughout Austin’s iconic honky tonks like The Continental Club, The Broken Spoke, and The Saxon Pub. These events will include:

– A Tribute to James Hand at The Continental Club
– A Tribute to the Original Texas Dance Halls at The Broken Spoke
– Rockabilly/Tiki/ Surf Jamboree at C-Boys
– Women of Ameripolitan songwriter swap at The Saxon Pub
– Pre-party on Thursday, February 15 at C-Boys

Dale Watson defines Ameripolitan as original music with a prominent roots influence. He founded the awards in 2013 after Blake Shelton referred to classic country music fans as “Old Farts and Jackasses.” The Ameripolitan Awards are a non-profit organization.

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2024 Ameripolitan Nominees:

Honky Tonk Female Nominees

  • Cristina Vane
  • Emily Nenni
  • Hannah Juanita
  • Kaitlin Butts

Honky Tonk Male Nominees

  • Dylan Earl
  • Gabe Lee
  • Johnny Falstaff
  • Sterling Drake
  • Theo Lawrence

Honky Tonk Group Nominees

  • Teddy & the Rough Riders
  • The Deslondes
  • The Golden Roses
  • The Shootouts

Western Swing Female Nominees

  • Brennen Leigh
  • Meg Ferrell
  • Melissa Carper
  • Stacey Lee Guse

Western Swing Male Nominees

  • Cory Grinder
  • Kevin Mauzy Martin
  • Kyle Eldridge
  • Mitch Polzak

Western Swing Group Nominees

  • Carolyn Sills Combo
  • Lovesick Band
  • Sad Daddy
  • The Cowpokes

Rockabilly Female Nominees

  • Angie Monroy
  • Gizzelle Becerra DeAnda
  • Mozzy Dee
  • Svetlana “Zombierella” Nagaeva

Rockabilly Male Nominees

  • Eddie Clendening
  • Les Greene
  • Oleg “Guitaracula” Fomchenkov (aka Oleg Gitarkin)
  • Omar Romero

Rockabilly Group Nominees

  • Black Kat Boppers
  • Messer Chups
  • Televisionaries
  • The McCharmlys

Outlaw Female Nominees

  • Kat Hasty
  • Kelsey Waldon
  • Taylor Hunnicutt
  • Stefanie Joyce

Outlaw Male Nominees

  • Billy Don Burns
  • Dallas Burrow
  • Jason Boland
  • Willy Tea Taylor

Outlaw Group Nominees

  • Banditos
  • Kyle Nix & the 38’s
  • Reckless Kelly
  • Supersuckers

Musician Of The Year

  • Eleanor Whitmore – Fiddle
  • Floyd Domino – Piano
  • Jason D Williams – Piano
  • Kullen Fox – Horn
  • Lisa Pankretz – Percussion

Ameripolitan Venue Of The Year

  • American Legion Post 82, Nashville TN
  • Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, TX
  • Skinny Dennis, Brooklyn, NY
  • Southgate House revival, Newport KY

Ameripolitan DJ Of The Year

  • Ashli Dansby on KMHT RADIO 103.9, MARSHALL, TEXAS
  • Del Villareal on WCBN FM ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
  • The Morning Crew on KCWM, TEXAS
  • Tracy Pitcox on KNEL RADIO, BRADY TEXAS

Ameripolitan Festival Of The Year


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