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2000 National Heritage Award
2000 National Heritage Fellow Country music is one of the most popular and commercially successful forms of music in the world. Ironically, it is this same commercial success and intense marketing spotlight on the contemporary that has obscured the music's roots in the small towns and rural regions of the American heartland. Cowboy song, popularized on the silver screen in the 1930s and 1940s, and Texan country swing modeled after Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys were two essential ingredients in the evolution of country music. more...


1997 Indie Award
1997 Indie Award For the album Texas Top Hand
 
 


Best Performing Band
1998 Best Performing Band When the smoke is cleared and the lights fade, there are still over 50 categories honored within, and the sum of their works and accomplishments is nothing short of staggering. It might be a bit unctuous to focus on them analytically, but these 50+ categories represent more than what we hear today; they represent what we will hear tomorrow. more...


Band of the Year
1996 Band of the Year In 1996, The Austin Chronicle's music poll drew a record number of ballot entries -- due in no small part to the Chronicle's website. Voting was up about 20% while stuffing was proportionately down, possibly because Retarted Elf broke up, suggests the ornery Poll Answer Lady. more...


Don Plays the Opry! (1999 & 2001)
1999 & 2001 Don Plays the Opry Don Walser cried the day the Grand Ole Opry asked him if he'd like to perform on its weekend broadcast. It's the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, he says, albeit one he put on hold for four decades. As a young man, Walser sacrificed his musical ambitions so that he could promise his wife and children a comfortable living. Now retired from the Texas National Guard, where he worked for 39 years, Walser has been stunning listeners with his acrobatic tenor and his joyful spirit since he started performing music full-time in 1994. more...