Mar 1, 2013

Lonestar Music Awards - Cast Your Vote Today!

By Lauren Gonzalez

Voting begins today for the Lonestar Music Awards.  I decided to show you my choices.    Yay for you! The awards are going to take place at the Texas Music Theater in San Marcos on April 28th.  I am hoping to be in attendance but we'll see how it goes.  So here we go.  To cast your on vote go to Lonestar Music Award Ballot.  Happy voting!

 
 
The nominees for the 2013 Lone Star Music Awards are.....
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Departed - Adventus *Lauren's Pick*
Jason Eady - AM Country Heaven
John Fullbright - From The Ground Up
Ray Wylie Hubbard - The Grifter's Hymnal
Rob Baird - I Swear It's The Truth
Turnpike Troubadours - Goodbye Normal Street
Uncle Lucius - And You Are Me
 
That was a tough one to choose but I think I dig the bluesy guitar solos on Adventus.  Turnpike was a close second for me in this category.
 
ALBUM OF THE YEAR - COUNTRY 
Aaron Watson - Real Good Time
Corb Lund - Cabin Fever
Eleven Hundred Springs - Midway
Jason Eady - AM Country Heaven *Lauren's Pick*
Josh Abbott Band - Small Town Family Dream
Roger Creager - Surrender 
Wade Bowen - The Given - This should have been nominated in the regular album of the year category...Just saying.
 
It didn't get any better than that release.  I loved the Duet with Patty Loveless. Long live the old fart music!
ALBUM OF THE YEAR - AMERICANA/ROOTS 
American Aquarium - Burn. Flicker. Die.
The Departed - Adventus 
Dirty River Boys - Science Of Flight
Lincoln Durham - The Shovel Vs. The Howling Bones *Lauren's Pick*
Shovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful 
Turnpike Troubadours - Goodbye Normal Street
Uncle Lucius - And You Are Me
 
American Aquarium is really awesome and I can't wait to see them later this month.  I have heard their cd's and they are solid well put together packages.  The gritty rawness of Lincoln Durham's songs  and voice are too good not to win.
 
ALBUM OF THE YEAR - SINGER-SONGWRITER/FOLK 
Chris Knight - Little Victories 
John Fullbright - From The Ground Up
Ray Wylie Hubbard - The Grifter's Hymnal 
Sean McConnell - Midland
The Trishas - High, Wide & Handsome *Lauren's Pick*
Todd Snider - Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
Walt Wilkins - Plenty
 
This was the toughest category for me.  All of these people listed above I think highly of.  The Trisha's album though hasn't gotten old for me. Sorry boys but the girls take this award!
 
SONG OF THE YEAR
The Departed - "Prayer For The Lonely"
Jason Eady - "AM Country Heaven"
John Fullbright - "Gawd Above"
Lincoln Durham - "Clementine" *Lauren's Pick*
Ray Wylie Hubbard - "Mother Blues"
Rob Baird - "Dreams & Gasoline"
Turnpike Troubadours - "Good Lord Lorrie"
 
Man this one was tough too.  Once again I go back to the grit in Lincoln's voice singing this song.

 
LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR
 Cody Johnson Band
The Damn Quails
The Departed 
Dirty River Boys *Lauren's Pick*
Robert Earl Keen
Turnpike Troubadours 
Uncle Lucius
 
I am going with the river boys.  They put on a bad ass show. 
 
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE - MALE
 Evan Felker - Goodbye Normal Street
Jason Eady - AM Country Heaven 
Kevin Galloway - And You Are Me
Rob Baird - I Swear It's The Truth
Sean McConnell - Midland
Seth James - Adventus*Lauren's Pick*
Wade Bowen - The Given
 
 
I just love Seth's voice...what else can I say.
 
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE - FEMALE
 Audra Mae - Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound
Cary Ann Hearst - O' Be Joyful
Dana Falconberry - Leelanau
Elizabeth Cook - Gospel Plow
Ruthie Foster - Let It Burn
Shellee Coley - Where It Began
The Trishas - High, Wide & Handsome *Lauren's Pick*
 
The harmonies on that cd and live put them at the top on this category. 
 
EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
 John Fullbright 
Jordan Minor 
K. Phillips
Rob Baird *Lauren's Pick
Six Market Blvd.
The Trishas 
Tyler & The Tribe
 
I really like his stuff.  Truthfully I like all these guys and gals but I have had Let Me Down Easy by Rob in my head all afternoon.  That made the decision.
 
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
 Evan Felker 
John Fullbright
Kevin Galloway
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Sean McConnell
Todd Snider
Walt Wilkins *Lauren's Pick*
 
 
Hard to choose but I am such a fan of Walt's. 
 
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Cody Canada - The Departed
Corby Schaub
Gary Clark Jr.
John Fullbright
Jon Grossman - Uncle Lucius
Ryan Engleman - Turnpike Troubadours 
Seth James - The Departed *Lauren's Pick*
 
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Adam Odor - Adventus*Lauren's Pick*
Jason Isbell - Burn. Flicker. Die
Justin Pollard - Dandelion, Songs We Wish We'd Written II
Kevin Welch - What The Hell Is Going On?
Lloyd Maines - Surrender, Art Of Removing Wallpaper 2012
Ray Wylie Hubbard & George Reiff - Grifter's Hymnal, The Shovel Vs. The Howling Bones
Wes Sharon - From The Ground Up, Goodbye Normal Street
 
ALBUM ARTWORK OF THE YEAR
American Aquarium - Burn. Flicker. Die.
The Departed - Adventus 
The Flatlanders - Odessa Tapes
John Fullbright - From The Ground Up
Lincoln Durham - The Shovel Vs. The Howling Bones *Lauren's Pick*
Paul Thorn - What The Hell Is Going On?
Todd Snider - Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
 
FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
Big Fest - San Marcos, TX
Greenfest - New Braunfels, TX 
KNBT Americana Jam - New Braunfels, TX 
Larry Joe Taylor Fest - Stephenville, TX 
Lone Star Jam - Austin, TX 
MusicFest - Steamboat Springs, CO
Old Settler's -Driftwood, TX 
 
MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR
Billy's Ice - New Braunfels, TX*Lauren's Pick* 
Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK
Cheatham Street Warehouse - San Marcos, TX 
John T. Floore's Country Store - Helotes, TX 
Gruene Hall - New Braunfels, TX 
Luckenbach Dancehall - Luckenbach, TX 
Texas Music Theater - San Marcos, TX 
 
All of these venues have their own special charm but I have to go with Billy's on this category.  Always great up and coming acts there.  Always great quality music!
 
So what do you think? Agree or Disagree?

2 comments :

Kelli S said...

I cast my vote! This is a much more exciting awards show than the ACM & CMA Awards (even though I still watch those). Too bad these aren't televised.

hurricane highway said...

I know! I would rather see these on tv! I hope I get to go.

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