For the inaugural Austin360 Awards, we asked dozens of local music community experts to nominate five finalists, and then choose a winner, for Album of the Year and other categories. You’ll find those results here:

The Austin360 Awards for 2017

Throughout the year, Austin360 On The Record reviewed or noted about 200 local releases, from high-profile artists who tour the country to little-known acts that play in clubs. Check our On The Record archive for more details about all of those releases. In the meantime, here’s a list of local highlights in 2017, from personal favorites to other high-profile releases to notable EPs, live albums and archival records.

Chris Fullerton’s “Epilepsy Blues” earned him Austin360 Artist of the Month honors in December 2017. Tom McCarthy Jr. for American-Statesman


Willie Nelson, “God’s Problem Child”Chris Fullerton, “Epilepsy Blues”Ray Prim, “To Whom It May Concern”Slaid Cleaves, “Ghost on the Car Radio”Fastball, “Step Into Light”Shinyribs, “I Got Your Medicine”Eric Johnson, “Collage”Suzanna Choffel, “Hello Goodbye”Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band, self-titledRay Wylie Hubbard, “Tell the Devil I’m Gettin’ There As Fast As I Can”


Willie, Lukas & Micah Nelson, “Willie & the Boys: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2”David Ramirez, “We’re Not Going Anywhere”Curtis McMurtry, “The Hornet’s Nest”Sour Notes, “Darkest Sour”Golden Boys, “Better Than Good Times”Balmorhea, “Clear Language”Sam Baker, “Land of Doubt”Kalu & the Electric Joint, “Time Undone”Laura Scarborough, “Reflection”Cotton Mather, “Wild Kingdom”Matt the Electrician, “The Doubles”Pulkingham Layne, “Stringology”Stephen Doster, “New Black Suit”Matt Hubbard, “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”Bluebonnets, “Tonewrecker”My Education, “Schiphol”Robyn Ludwick, “This Tall to Ride”Adrian Ruiz Quintet, “Premiere: A Collection of Originals”Caroline Says, “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong”Porter & the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes, “Don’t Go Baby, It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You”


Spoon, “Hot Thoughts”Missio, “Loner”Midland, “On the Rocks”Ruthie Foster, “Joy Comes Back”Dale Watson & Ray Benson, “Dale & Ray”Sweet Spirit, “St. Mojo”A Giant Dog, “Toy”Black Angels, “Death Song”Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, “Backlash”BoDeans, “Thirteen”Sunny Sweeney, “Trophy”Milligan Vaughan Project, “MVP”Bill Carter, self-titledDarden Smith, “Everything”Whitney Rose, “Rule 62”Carolyn Wonderland, “Moon Goes Missing”Matthew Logan Vasquez, “Does What He Wants”Gurf Morlix, “The Soul & the Heal”Will Johnson, “Hatteras Night, A Good Luck Charm”Band of Heathens, “Duende”


Digital Wild, “Tall As Trees”Christina Cavazos, “Cold”Little Mazarn, self-titled


Jimmie Vaughan Trio featuring Mike Flanigin, “Live at C-Boy’s”Gary Clark Jr., “Live/North America 2016”Ray Prim, “Live at Strange Brew Lounge Side”


LeRoi Brothers, “Check This Action”Tim Henderson, “The Legacy Collection”Johnny Nicholas & Friends, “Too Many Bad Habits”