Ameripolitan Awards and news from Halls of Fame
Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 22, 2014
NOW THAT’S AMERIPOLITAN: Presumably a blend of Americana and Countrypolitan – if such a hybrid is possible to parse – the first annual Ameripolitan Music Awards show will take place on Feb. 18 at the Woodward Conference Center, in the Wyndham Garden Hotel at Woodward Street and Interstate 35.
Organized by Dale Watson, the event will include performances by Watson as well as Ray Benson, James Hand, Wayne Hancock, Johnny Bush, Rosie Flores, Heybale!, Big Sandy, the Derailers, James Intveld, Whitey Morgan, W.S. Holland, Dawn Sears and others. Details are at ameripolitanmusic.com.
WAYLON, BUCK AND K.T.: The Texas Heritage Songwriters Association will induct the late Buck Owens (born in Sherman) and Waylon Jennings (born in Littlefield), along with K.T. Oslin, who grew up in Houston, into its Hall of Fame at its ninth annual awards show on June 22 at ACL Live. Performers will be announced later; tickets go on sale April 15.
Owens is associated primarily with Bakersfield, Calif., but he was born in Sherman. Jennings spent much of his career in Nashville, but he was born in Littlefield and was central to the 1970s outlaw country scene for which Austin was ground zero. Oslin was born in Arkansas but was raised in Houston and attended college at Lon Morris in Jacksonville.
ACL R&R HOF: The Library and Archives department of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has made a considerable stash of documents detailing the history of “Austin City Limits” available on its website.
The new Austin City Limits/KLRU Collection “spans the years 1974 to 2013 and consists of documents, photographs and publications created during the process of planning, budgeting, contracting, producing, editing, distributing and marketing the Austin City Limits television show,” states a post on the Library’s tumblr site.