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BILL MACK TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM ACADEMY OF WESTERN ARTISTS

BILL MACK TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

FROM ACADEMY OF WESTERN ARTISTS

Hall
of Fame DJ Hosted Late Night Show Beginning in 1969, Welcomed Hundreds
of Singers and Songwriters Into His Studio Over The Years

Bill
Mack, known to millions for his late-night show which welcomed hundreds
of music guests over the years, will receive the Academy of Western
Artists Lifetime Achievement on Thursday, March 15, at the 22ND
Academy of Western Artist’s (AWA) annual Awards show and dinner at the
Brown Lupton Ballroom on the campus of Texas Christian University in
Fort Worth, Texas at 6 p.m.

Mack
has been closely associated with the truckers and millions of other
listeners via his radio programs out of the Fort Worth-Dallas Metroplex
since 1969, broadcasting during the wee hours of the morning and keeping
the world company with his music and chit-chat. He has hosted “Country
Crossroads” and is a member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and
the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in Nashville. As a songwriter, Mack
penned LeAnn Rimes’ first hit, “Blue,” which won him a Grammy for
Country Song of the Year in 1996. He also wrote “Drinking Champagne,”
recorded first by Webb Pierce and then George Strait.

The
AWA recognizes entertainers in Western, Western Swing and Pure Country
music categories. The organization also recognizes the authors, cowboy
poets, cartoonists, radio personalities and men and women who work in
the arts side of the west, including saddle makers, bootmakers and bit
and spur makers.

This
is the only awards show that presents awards in multiple genres of
music, as well as awards to artisans who are a part of the culture that
the singers and songwriters write and sing about.

A complete list of the top five nominees in the music categories follow:

MUSIC AWARDS

YOUNG ARTIST

Wyatt Aleman

Hailee Nixon

Abby Payne

Jack Phillips

Leah Sawyer

PURE COUNTRY MALE

Gary Ash

Chuck Cusimano

Bobby Marquez

Jake Penrod

Jeff Woolsey

PURE COUNTRY FEMALE

Leddy Bragg

Loraine Chavana

Janice Maynard

Myra Rolen

Cathy Whitten

PURE COUNTRY DUO/GROUP

Rocky King Band

Brady Honeycutt Band

Landon Dodd/Dancehall Drifters

Jeff Woolsey/Dancehall Kings

Will Banister/Modern Day Ramblers

PURE COUNTRY ALBUM

Teea Goans – Swing, Shuffle And Sway

Steve Griggs – Fort Worth To Bakersfield

Richard Lynch – Mending Fences

Leslie Tom – Leslie Tom

Justin Trevino – A Salute To Ray Price And The Cherokee Cowboys

PURE COUNTRY SONG

Will Banister – What A Way To Live

Brad Howard – Girls From The Liquor Store

Dennis Ledbetter – Tell Me I’m Wrong

Jay Parr – Coming Soon

Cathy Whitten – Please Blue Moon

WESTERN SWING MALE

Doug Boggs

Bobby Flores

Billy Mata

Leon Rausch

Paul Schlesinger

WESTERN SWING FEMALE

Susie Blue

Leddy Bragg

Cheryl Deseree

Stacey Lee Guse

Kristyn Harris

WESTERN SWING DUO/GROUP

Rocky King Band

Bobby Flores/Yellow Rose Band

Brady Bowen/Swing Country

Western Flyers

Rick & The All Star Ramblers

WESTERN SWING ALBUM

Hot Texas Swing Band  –  Off The Beaten Trail

Kim Blakey  –  Dancin On Daddy’s Boots

Rick & All Star Ramblers  –  Welcome To Our Vermont

Bret Raper  –  Somewhere Near Austin

Leon Rausch  –  Time Changes Everything

WESTERN SWING SONG

Gary Ash  –  Swing Me Back Home

Hot Texas Swing Band  –  Ain’t Dead Yet

Kim Blakey  –  Bucket List

Susie Blue/Lonesome Fellas  –  A Thousand Good Nights

Cherokee Maidens/Sycamore Swing  –  Longing For Tulsa And You

INSTRUMENTALIST

Jake Hooker

Junior Knight

Joey McKenzie

Rose Sinclair

Hank Singer

WESTERN MUSIC MALE

Rex Allen Jr

Dennis Jay

Bob Marshall

Rick Pickren

Matt Robertson

WESTERN MUSIC FEMALE

Almeda Bradshaw

Mikki Daniel

Kristyn Harris

Carol Markstrom

Jeneve Rose Mitchell

WESTERN MUSIC DUO/ GROUP

Junction 5 -12

High Country Cowboys

Hanson Family

Sisters Of The Silver Sage

The Cowboy Way

WESTERN MUSIC ALBUM

High Country Cowboys  –  Cowboy

Dan McCorison  –  Montana Moon

Donnie Poindexter  –  Cowboy Life

Matt Robertson  –  Makin’ History

Cowboy Way  –  Cowboy Way

WESTERN MUSIC SONG

Panhandle Cowboys  –  Coyote Swing

Dennis Jay  –  A Cowboy Tune

Dan McCorison  –  Montana Moon

Gary/Jean Prescott  –  He Always Rode Good Horses

3 Trails West   – Silent Trails

AWARD WINNERS – WESTERN ARTISTS AND GEAR MAKERS

(These awards will be presented during the awards show and dinner)

ARTIST –Teal Blake, TX 

CARTOONIST– Jim Lisk, WA

BIT/SPURMAKER –Jeremiah Watt, CA

ENGRAVER –Wes Griffin, TX

BRAIDER –Clint Haverty – TX

BOOTMAKER –Alan Bell – TX

SADDLEMAKER –Jessie Smith – CO

DON KING AWARD –Eddie Books, NV

CHUCKWAGON– Breakaway Chuckwagon, Wilbur & Anneette Wilson, TX

MASTER LEATHER ARTISAN –Jim Jackson – WY

POET – MALE –Andy Nelson – WY

POET – FEMALE –Carolyn Dufurrena, NV

RADIO STATION –KSSL, Lubbock, TX

DISC JOCKEY –Ann Harwood Lucas, KCMW Radio, P O Box 447, Hondo, TX

ELMER KELTON BOOK

Fiction:Patrick DearenDead Man’s Boots”

Non – Fiction: Nancy Draves “A Promise Fulfilled: The Kitty Anderson Diary and Civil War Texas, 1861”

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Bill Mack

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