AMERIPOLITAN AWARDS Announce 2018 Awards Nominees

The countdown is officially on to February as nominees are announced today for the 2018 AMERIPOLITAN AWARDS! The fifth annual event honoring rockabilly, honky-tonk, western swing and outlaw music will take place in Memphis for the first time at the Guest House at Graceland February 10-13. New this year to Ameripolitan's special awards categories is the Legend Award, added in honor of the move to Memphis and being posthumously awarded to rock'n'roll pioneer Sam Phillips. Rounding out the special awards slate will be Brian Setzer (Master Award), Lloyd Green (Founder of the Sound) and Jim Heath (Keeper of the Key).

"I'm excited about this year's nominees and as I'm sure you will find as well, there are some folks I've heard of and some folks I haven't," says Ameripolitan founder Dale Watson. "I'm very glad it's the fans' job to decide the winners, as this is an amazing list of nominees. They should all be considered winners to be nominated with such worthy, talented peers."

The Ameripolitan Awards show, the culminating night of four full days of festivities celebrating rockabilly, western swing, outlaw and honky-tonk music, will be hosted by Watson alongside Danielle Colby, an Ameripolitan music fan and television personality from History Channel's American Pickers.

A list of nominees follows:

Honky Tonk Male
Luke Bell
Tilford Sellers
Zephaniah Ohora
Casey James Prestwood
Charley Crockett

Honky Tonk Female
Brennen Leigh
Kristina Murray
Tommy Ash
Whitney Rose
Emily Nenni

Honky Tonk Group
The Country Side of Harmonica Sam
The Rhyolite Sound
The Lawrence Peters Outfit
Green Line Travelers
The Reeves Brothers

Outlaw Male
James Carothers
Scott H. Biram
Prag Padilla
Steve Griggs
Cody Jinks

Outlaw Female
Summer Dean
Andrea Colburn
Rebecca Jed
Nikki Lane
Sarah Gayle Meech

Outlaw Group
Bucksnort Beauties
Whitey Morgan and the 78s
Barnyard Stompers
Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts
Jenny Don't & The Spurs

Rockabilly Male
Levi Dexter
Bloodshot Bill
Josh Sorheim
Al Dual
Art Adams

Rockabilly Female
Rockin' Bonnie
Bailey Dee
Lindsay Beaver
Anita O'Night
Lily Locksmith

Rockabilly Group
The Go Getters
Matt & The Peabody Ducks
The Kokomo Kings
Don Diego Trio
The Twilight Drifters

Western Swing Male
Jason Roberts
Billy Mata
Kyle Eldridge
Keenan Wade
Bobby Flores

Western Swing Female
Sophia Johnson
Wendy Newcomer
Carolyn Sills
Grace Adele
Stacey Lee Guse

Western Swing Group
Mike Penny & His Moonshiners
The Farmer and Adele
The Carolyn Sills Combo
The Western Toneflyers
The Railhouse band

Don the Beachcomber, Huntington Beach CA
American Legion Hall Post 82, Nashville TN
Southgate House Revival, Newport KY
Lee's Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis MN
The Nashville Palace, Nashville TN
Skinny Dennis, Brooklyn, NY
Knuckleheads, Kansas City MO
The White Water Tavern, Little Rock AR
4 Corners Music Hall, Untermeitingen Germany
Sportsmen's Tavern, Buffalo NY

Colonel Paco Chaos, 88.1fm WRFL
W.B. Walker, Old Soul Radio Show Podcast
Bailey George, 105.7fm WBCM
Woody Adkins, 89.5fm KOPN
Jimi Palacios, 102.3fm WHIV

Screamin' Festival, Calella, Spain
The Rockabilly Rave, England UK
Summer Jamboree, Senigallia Italy
New England Shake Up, Sturbridge MA
Rockin' Race Jamboree, Torremolinos-MálagSpain

Chris Scruggs
Mike Bernal
Peter Andersson
Rose Sinclair
Katie Shore

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