Recent Awards For Excellence Winners and Nominees

Recent Awards For Excellence Winners and Nominees

Each year we recognize individuals, duos and groups for the talents in promoting and preserving western music and poetry.

2021 Bill Wiley Award


Bernard Carr

2021 Hall of Fame Inductees


Ennio Morricone, Charles Starrett, Fred Scott, Les Bufham

Les Buffham

2021 Entertainer of the Year


Joni Harms

2021 Male Performer of the Year


Doug Figgs

2021 Female Performer of the Year


Kristyn Harris

2021 Songwriter of the Year


Dan McCorison

2021 Working Cowboy Song of the Year


Riding Night Hawk

Written by Tim Callaway, performed by Prairie Moon

Tim Callaway

2021 Song of the Year


Range of the Buffalo

Kerry Grombacher

2021 Duo or Group of the Year


The Cowboy Way

2021 Traditional Album of the Year


Me and Les

Dan McCorison

2021 Instrumentalist of the Year


Hailey Sandoz

2021 Radio DJ / Radio Program of the Year


Under Western Skies

Peter Bruce

2021 Male Poet of the Year


Floyd Beard

2021 Female Poet of the Year


A. K. Moss

2021 Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year


Horses Tails and Cow Trails

Floyd Beard

2021 Liz Masterson Crescendo Award


Jenna Thunborg Kacey Thunborg

2021 Curly Musgrave Silver Buckle Award


Susie Knight

2021 President's Award


Marsha Short

2021 Cowboy/Western Swing Album of the Year


Devil on My Tail 

The Hot Texas Swing Band

2021 Team Penning Contest


Dan McCorison Venessa Carpenter

2021 Poetry Contest


Lindy Simmons

2021 Western Wordsmith's Special Achievement Award


Four Aces & A Queen

Dale Page Dennis Russell Floyd Beard Terry Nash Valerie Beard

2021 Entertainer of the Year Nominees


Doug Figgs Jim Jones Joni Harms Kristyn Harris

2021 Male Performer of the Year Nominees


Carlos A. Washington Dan McCorison Doug Figgs Jim Jones Randy Huston

2021 Female Performer of the Year Nominees


Carol Markstrom Jean Prescott Joni Harms Kristyn Harris Lori Beth Brooke

2021 Working Cowboy Song of the Year Nominees


"Hooves of the Longhorns" written by Tim Callaway
:"Riding Out to Meet the Day" written by Dan McCorison & Les Buffham
"Riding Night Hawk" written by Tim Callaway
"Turn 'em Loose" written by Susie Knight
"Welcome to Wickenburg" written by Dan McCorison

Dan McCorison Les Buffham Susie Knight Tim Callaway

2021 Song of the Year Nominees


A Cowboy ‘Til I Die – written by Doug Figgs & Mariam Funke; recorded by The Cowboy Way
Frontier – written & recorded by Mary Kaye
Once Upon a Desert Night – written by Richard Elloyan; recorded by Richard Elloyan & Steve Wade
Range of the Buffalo – written & recorded by Kerry Grombacher
Welcome to Wickenburg – written by Dan McCorison & Les Buffham;  recorded by Dan McCorison

 

Dan McCorison Doug Figgs Kerry Grombacher Les Buffham Mariam Funke Mary Kaye Holt Richard Elloyan

2021 Duo or Group of the Year Nominees


3 Trails West

Allen & Jill (Kirkham)

The Cowboy Way

Hot Texas Swing Band

Notable Exceptions

2021 Instrumentalist of the Year Nominees


Ernie Martinez Hailey Sandoz Leah Sawyer Lori Beth Brooke Mariam Funke

2021 Male Poet of the Year Nominees


Dennis Russell Floyd Beard Mark Munzert Terry Nash Tom Swearingen

2020


2020 Hall of Fame Inductees


Joni Harms, The Ranch Boys, Fred Howard & Nat Vincent, Nathan Howard "Jack" Thorp

Joni Harms

2020 Songwriter of the Year


Ron Christopher

Ron Christopher

2020 Working Cowboy Song of the Year


One More River to Cross

Brad Exton

Brad & Bonnie Exton

2020 Song of the Year


Old Range Cowboy

Christopher Harris, Jim Weber, Steve Thomas

2020 Traditional Album of the Year


Rhythm Rides Again

The Hanson Family

2020 Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year


They Come Prancin'

A.K. Moss

A. K. Moss

2020 Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year


Good Medicine - Read Two Poems and Call Me in the Morning

Doc Mehl

(tie)

Reflection

Tom Swearingen

Al Mehl Tom Swearingen

2020 Cowboy/Western Swing Album of the Year


Texas Star

Lori Beth Brooke

Lori Beth Brooke

2020 Songwriter of the Year Nominees


Susie Knight
Red Steagall
Kristyn Harris
Ron Christopher
Dawn Anita

Dawn Anita Plumlee Kristyn Harris Red Steagall Ron Christopher Susie Knight

2020 Working Cowboy Song of the Year Nominees


One More River to Cross - written by Brad Exton (recorded by The Ramblin' Rangers)
I Won't Have Far to Go - written by Trent Willmon (recorded by Red Steagall)
No Place Left to Go - written by Ron Christopher (recorded by Ron Christopher)
Turn 'Em Loose - written by Susie Knight (recorded by Susie Knight)
Hats Off to the Cowboy - written by Red Steagall & Joe Merrick (recorded by Red Steagall)

Red Steagall Ron Christopher Susie Knight

2020 Song of the Year Nominees


Hats Off to the Cowboy - written by Red Steagall & Joe Merrick (recorded by Red Steagall)
Welcome to Wickenburg - writte by Dan McCorison & Les Buffham (recorded by Dan McCorison)
Cows Around - written by Corb Lund (recorded by Kristyn Harris)
Soul of the West - written by Clint Bradley (recorded by Clint Bradley)
Old Range Cowboy - written by Christopher Harris, Jim Weber & Steve Thomas (recorded by Rodeo & Juliet)

2020 Traditional Album of the Year Nominees


Turn 'em Loose - Susie Knight
Rhythm Rides Again - The Hanson Family
New Songs of the West - Jim Schafer
Hats Off to the Cowboy - Red Steagall
One More River to Cross - The Ramblin' Rangers

2020 Western Swing Album of the Year Nominees


Little Bit of Texas - Carlos Washington
Ridin', Ropers and Rounders - Rusted Spurs West
Rhythm Rides Again - The Hanson Family
California Skies - Don Burnham
Texas Star - Lori Beth Brooke

Carlos A. Washington Daniel Hanson Lori Beth Brooke

2020 Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year Nominees


They Come Prancin’ – A.K. Moss
Born to Ponder – Sherl Cederburg
Language of the Land – Tom Swearingen
Snow on the Sage – Marleen Bussma
West Texas Heat – Teresa Burleson

A. K. Moss Marleen Bussma Sherl Cederburg Teresa Burleson Tom Swearingen

2020 Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year Nominees


Reflection – Tom Swearingen
Good Medicine – Al “Doc” Mehl

Al Mehl Tom Swearingen

2019


2019 Bill Wiley Award


Ann Saunders

Ann Saunders

2019 Hall of Fame Inductees


Cowboy Joe Babcock, Lynn Anderson

Cowboy Joe Babcock Lynn Anderson

2019 Entertainer of the Year


Kristyn Harris

Kristyn Harris

2019 Male Performer of the Year


Gary Allegretto

Gary Allegretto

2019 Female Performer of the Year


Kristyn Harris

Kristyn Harris

2019 Songwriter of the Year


LeeLee Robert

LeeLee Robert

2019 Working Cowboy Song of the Year


The Outside Circle

Mike Blakely

2019 Song of the Year


It’s a Cowboy I Will Be

Jim Jones

Jim Jones

2019 Duo or Group of the Year


The Cowboy Way

Doug Figgs Jim Jones Mariam Funke

2019 Traditional Album of the Year


Go West

The Cowboy Way

The Cowboy Way

2019 Western Swing Album of the Year


Plains, Trains and Also Bob Wills

Miss Devon & The Outlaw

Miss Devon & The Outlaw

2019 Instrumentalist of the Year


Hailey Sandoz

Hailey Sandoz

2019 Radio DJ / Radio Program of the Year


Campfire Café

Bobbi Jean Bell Gary Holt

2019 Male Poet of the Year


Tom Swearingen

Tom Swearingen

2019 Female Poet of the Year


Teresa Burleson

Teresa Burleson

2019 Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year


The Truth

A.K. Moss

A. K. Moss

2019 Liz Masterson Crescendo Award


Alice Black

Alice Black

2019 Curly Musgrave Silver Buckle Award


Peggy Malone

Peggy Malone

2019 President's Award


Syd Masters

Syd Masters

2019 Pioneer Trail


Red Steagall

Red Steagall

2019 Cowboy/Western Swing Album of the Year


“Plains, Trains, and Also Bob Wills”

Miss Devon & The Outlaw Miss Devon & The Outlaw

2019 Harmony Award


Youth: Kacey & Jenna Thunborg
Overall: Miss Devon & The Outlaw

Jenna Thunborg Kacey Thunborg Miss Devon & The Outlaw

2019 Poetry Contest


P.W. Conway

P. W. Conway

2019 Male Performer of the Year Nominees


Barry Ward Clint Bradley Doug Figgs Gary Allegretto Jim Jones

2019 Female Performer of the Year Nominees


Jean Prescott Joni Harms Juni Fisher Kristyn Harris Mary Kaye Holt

2019 Songwriter of the Year Nominees


Clint Bradley
Ryan Fritz
Brenn Hill
LeeLee Robert
Trinity Seely

Clint Bradley LeeLee Robert

2019 Working Cowboy Song of the Year Nominees


Horseback Man for Hire - written by Joel Nelson, performed by Andy Hedges
Night on the Open Range - written & performed by Ryan Fritz
The Outside Circle - written by Mike Blakely & Damon Rogers, performed by Mike Blakely
Those Cowboys of Old - written & performed by Donnie Poindexter
Through the Lightning Storm - written & performed by Brenn Hill

Donnie Poindexter Mike Blakely

2019 Song of the Year Nominees


Go West - written by Jim Jones, Doug Figgs & Mariam Funke, performed by The Cowboy Way
It's a Cowboy I Will Be - written by Jim Jones, performed by The Cowboy Way
The Outside Circle - written by Mike Blakely & Damon Rogers, performed by Mike Blakely
Soul of the West - written & performed by Clint Bradley
Those Cowboys of Old - written & performed by Donnie Poindexter

Clint Bradley Donnie Poindexter Doug Figgs Jim Jones Mariam Funke Mike Blakely

2019 Traditional Album of the Year Nominees


Go West - The Cowboy Way
Soul of the West - Clint Bradley
Those Cowboys of Old - Donnie Poindexter
Blues on the Trail - Gary Allegretto
Lucky 13 - Joni Harms

Clint Bradley Donnie Poindexter Gary Allegretto Joni Harms

2019 Western Swing Album of the Year Nominees


Little Bit of Texas - Carlos Washington's Steel Horse Swing
Plains, Trains and Also Bob Wills - Miss Devon & The Outlaw
Rhythm Rides Again - The Hanson Family
Swing Set - LeeLee Robert
Tumbleweeds and Old Horses - Rusted Spurs West
Swingtown - Cowboy Joe Babcock

Cowboy Joe Babcock LeeLee Robert

2019 Instrumentalist of the Year Nominees


Ernie Martinez Gary Allegretto Hailey Sandoz Jeanne Cahill Mariam Funke

2019 Radio DJ / Radio Program of the Year Nominees


Gary Holt & Bobbie Jean Bell - Campfire Cafe
Peter Bruce - Under Western Skies
Judy James - Cowboy Jubilee with Judy James
Totsie Slover - Real West from the Old West
Tommy Tucker - Snake River Roundup

"Toe Tappin" Tommy Tucker Gary Holt Judy James Peter Bruce Totsie Slover

2019 Male Poet of the Year Nominees


Dennis Russell Floyd Beard Mark Munzert Terry Nash Tom Swearingen

2019 Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year Nominees


Early Mornin' Rising - Duane Nelson
Language of the Land - Tom Swearingen
New Mexico Stray - Dennis Russell
Snow on the Sage - Marleen Bussma
The Truth - A.K. Moss

A. K. Moss Dennis Russell Duane Lee Nelson Marleen Bussma Tom Swearingen