3/3/20 Western Music Updates

Yesterday afternoon, I saw David Lee at Gruene Hall. He performed many of the songs he wrote for such artists as Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Easton Corbin, Cody Johnson, Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, John Michael Montgomery, and William Michael Morgan. He also sang “Rodeo Clown,” which is on the upcoming Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen album. Cody Johnson’s “With You I Am” was just certified gold. Here’s the discography listed on David Lee’s site: https://m.davidleemusic.com/app/discography/7801690/36/

As a special surprise, he had Pistol Packin’ Paula perform her gun twirling and bullwhip skills. She’s the only woman to win the world gun twirling championship (and she won twice), and I remember seeing her on America’s Got Talent a few years ago showing off her bullwhip skills. She has worked as a stuntwoman and at wild west shows, and released her own movie in 2015: http://www.pistolpackinpaula.com/allaboutpaula.asp

The Academy Of Western Music will have their annual awards show April 9th in Fort Worth. Here’s the full list of nominees: http://awaawards.org/?p=1569

The AWA has given out awards since 1996, and you’ll see some familiar names sprinkled in the list of past winners, especially in the early years: http://awaawards.org/?page_id=20

Kacey Musgraves won an AWA award for yodeling in 2002, when she was just 13.

In 2006, the AWA added “country” categories, and Dale Watson and Sunny Sweeney were the first winners of “pure country male” and “pure country female,” respectively.

The International Western Music Association has been around since 1989, and their annual gathering is November 11-15 in Albuquerque,NM. The schedule of events was posted recently: https://iwesternmusic.org/event-detail.php?18

The list of past winners, going back to 1997, is on their old website, before they added “international” to their name: https://www.westernmusic.org/awards

They also maintain their own hall of fame: https://www.westernmusic.org/hall-of-fame

Heart Of Texas records and museum in Brady is having their 31st annual festival March 20-28, and many stars of yesteryear will be a part of it: https://www.hillbillyhits.com/music-festival

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