The ETX Music Office
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    ETX Music Awards

    September 2018

    Important 2018 Dates

    ETX Music Awards 2018

    • Nominations ended May 3rd
    • Final vote began June 16th
    • Final vote ends July 15th
    • Awards event - September 2018

    Love East Texas

    Since 2011

    Thank you for supporting the upcoming 2018 East Texas Music Awards™ red carpet event. We are pleased to  cover all major music genres in Texas including country, latin, rock, Americana, R&B, punk, blues, jazz, and much more. 

    Performers each year are selected from the nominee list and may include winners or nominees from previous years. Recipients of the ETX Music Award from previous years include Don Henley, Kidd Kraddick, Neal McCoy, among many other notable regional acts like Kadie Lynn, Darrin Morris, Cody Wayne, Rockett Queen, and much more.™

    Oficial Nominees for 2018

    Voting has reached half a million votes since 2011. As NBC, FOX, and CBS affiliates have reported, Texas once again comes together for the eighth annual ETX Music Awards event.

    1. Entertainer of the Year

    Ally Venable Band

    Koe Wetzel

    Curtis Grimes

    Darrin Morris 

    Lee Mathis 

    2. Americana / Roots Artist of the Year


    Cole Allen

    Lulu and the Black Sheep

    Riley Redding

    The Kid Icarus Project

    3. Blues Artist of the Year

    Lance Lopez

    Hubcap and the Loose Nuts

    Salvation From Sundown

    Johnny & The Nightcrawlers

    Bobby Edwards & the Bluez Boyz

    4. Bluegrass Artist of the Year

    Hickory Hill

    The Purple Hulls 

    East Mountain Bluegrass

    The Hubbard Family

    Sabine River Bend Bluegrass Band

    5. Country Artist of the Year

    Lee Mathis

    Chris Colston 

    Sarah Hobbs

    Curtis Grimes

    John Hord 

    6. Hip Hop / Rap Artist of the Year


    Lil Levi (Mr. 501)

    Myzta Hamblen

    TC (Todd Clayton) 

    Yung Ted

    7. Inspirational Artist of the Year

    Max Mcruiz


    Robert Stowell

    Jill Brandon

    Justin Gambino

    8. Jazz Artist of the Year

    Texarkana Youth Jazz Orchestra 

    Maryah McHam & Martyn Popey 

    Purple Velvet Fox

    Apache Jazz Ensemble

    Low D 

    9. Latin Artist of the Year

    Karisia Hernandez 

    Los Guerreros de la Musica (LGM)

    David Olivarez

    Senor gringo jazz

    Los Texmaniacs

    10. Metal Artist of the Year

    Victims of Sanity

    Post Profit

    Deathrow Bodeen



    11. Punk Rock Artist of the Year


    Outbound Train

    The Dead Chachis

    The Pullouts


    12. Rock Artist of the Year

    We Have Your Dog

    Eli Tidmore

    Porters Bluff

    White Trash Wannabees

    Alan Fox Band

    13. Acoustic Artist of the Year

    Billie Jo Sewell


    Anna Stockdale

    Meredith Crawford

    Clint Alford

    14. Female Vocalist of the Year

    Sarah Hobbs

    Anna Stockdale

    Kensie Coppin

    Billie Jo Sewell 

    Meredith Crawford

    15. Male Vocalist of the Year

    Matthew Jackson

    Drew Theiring

    John Hord 

    Curtis Grimes

    Eli Tidmore

    16. Bassist of the Year

    Greg Cagle

    Ronnie Edwards

    Zach Terry

    Clint McMullen

    Syd Hydro

    17. Drummer / Percussionist of the Year

    Darrell Lewis

    Mike Hill

    Kenneth Brackeen

    Mike Reiner

    Gunner Ammons

    18. Guitarist of the Year

    Rio Wallace

    Donnie Dodson

    Bobby Edwards

    Griffin Tucker

    Nathan Tubb

    19. Fiddler of the Year

    Milo Deering

    David Varnado

    Sheila Weaver

    Wes Barlow

    Lacie Carpenter

    20. Harmonica Player of the Year

    Tad Phillips

    Teddy Haynes

    Cole Allen

    Heather Linn Gunsolus

    Chris Wallace

    21. Keys Player of the Year

    Dr. Randall Sutton

    Sonia Tiner

    Clayton Jones

    Karisia Hernandez

    George Faber

    22. Steel / Dobro Player of the Year

    Laine Thibodeaux

    Dillon Horton

    Milo Deering

    Red Leone

    Cody Angel

    23. Producer of the Year

    Orlando Williams

    Walter Lee

    Chad Mauldin

    Frank Pryor

    Lloyd Maines

    24. Video of the Year

    So Grateful by Exalt

    Raining in Amarillo by Crystal Yates

    Green Eyed Texas Angel by Darrin Morris

    Dallas on Your Boots by Holly Tucker

    Leeway by Bibeau

    25. Songwriter of the Year

    Anna Stockdale

    Heather Little

    Sheila Clark

    Chris Colston

    Eli Tidmore

    26. Song of the Year

    Redneckin by Billie Jo Sewell

    Something About the Rain by Lee Mathis

    Ride by Alan Fox

    Green Eyed Texas Angel by Darrin Morris

    903 in the Game by TC (Todd Clayton)

    27. Album of the Year

    Chameleon by Eli Tidmore

    Bibeau by Bibeau

    Tell the Truth by Lance Lopez

    Puppet Show by Ally Venable

    Steel by Holly Tucker

    28. Junior Artist of the Year

    Trinity Wennerstrom

    Simon Young


    Cardis Wilkinson

    Karisia Hernandez

    29. Marching Band of the Year

    Carthage High School

    Mineola High School 

    Sabine High School 

    Kilgore High School

    Athens High School

    30. Radio Station of the Year

    KYKX - 105.7 FM 

    KKTX - 96.1 FM 

    KVNE - 89.5 FM

    KYYK - 98.3 FM

    KNUE - 101.5 FM

    31. Radio DJ / Media Personality of the Year

    Buddy Logan

    John Burnley

    Kat Powers

    Boston Chris

    Diane Day

    32. Music Venue of the Year

    Crossroads Music Venue, Tyler, Texas

    XL'N Pool Hall & Club, Tyler, Texas

    The Back Porch, Kilgore, Texas

    Moore's Store, Ben Wheeler, Texas

    The Gladewater Opry, Gladewater, Texas

    33. Magazine of the Year


    EGuide Magazine

    BScene Magazine

    Tyler Today

    County Line Magazine

    34. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be given during the ETX Music Awards event.

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