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Best Austin Musicians

Bass
George Reiff

2. Bruce Hughes
3. Omar Vallejo
4. Kenneth Null
5. Gian Ortiz
6. Sabine Ellison
7. Christopher Alexander
8. Patrick Sanderson
9. Jeff Brown
10. Brent Samperi

Drums/Percussion
Mike Meadows

2. Alex Vallejo
3. Wayne Salzmann II
4. Brannen Temple
5. Keith Langford
6. Joel Duhon
7. Jay Nazz
8. Sophia Baltierra
9. Aric Garcia
10. Jerry Ronquillo

Female Vocals
Jane Ellen Bryant

2. Elizabeth Lee
3. Patricia Vonne
4. Gina Chavez
5. Lex Land
6. Kendall Beard
7. Alesia Lani
8. Tameca Jones
9. Mandy Rowden
10. Barbara Nesbitt

Guitar
AJ Vallejo

Kendall Beard and AJ Vallejo (photo by Todd V. Wolfson)

2. Jon Sanchez
3. Geoff Queen
4. Eric Tessmer
5. Ulrich Ellison
6. Eric Johnson
7. Robert LaRoche
8. Jeff Plankenhorn
9. Sam Pace
10. David Grissom

Horn Players
Ephraim Owens

2. Michael Romero
3. Elias Haslanger
4. Kevin Flatt
5. Joshua Thomson
6. Oliver Steck
7. Zumbi of Golden Dawn Arkestra
8. Hard Proof Horns
9. Lyon Graulty
10. Altin Sencalar

Keyboards
Oliver Steck

photo by David Brendan Hall

2. Zack Morgan
3. Jan Flemming
4. Brad Johnston
5. Red Young
6. Winfield Cheek
7. Emily Gimble
8. Marcia Ball
9. Dave Madden
10. Floyd Domino

Male Vocals
Hayes Carll

2. Bob Schneider
3. AJ Vallejo
4. Malford Milligan
5. Kevin Russell
6. Tje Austin
7. Sam Pace
8. Mobley
9. Nakia
10. Willy Braun

Miscellaneous Instrument
Jan Flemming (accordion)

photo by David Brendan Hall

2. Oliver Steck (accordion)
3. Frank Almendra (cavaquinho)
4. Patricia Vonne (castanets)
5. Kevin Russell (ukulele)
6. Cody Braun (mandolin)
7. Jeff Plankenhorn (the plank guitar)
8. Paul Oscher (harmonica)
9. Guy Forsyth (saw)
10. Jeff Johnson (saw)

Songwriter
Hayes Carll

2. Bob Schneider
3. AJ Vallejo/Kendall Beard
4. Braidy Bingham
5. Kevin Russell
6. Mandy Rowden
7. Mobley
8. Gina Chavez
9. Willy Braun
10. James McMurtry

String Players
TIE: The Tosca String Quartet, Warren Hood

Warren Hood and the Tosca String Quartet (photo by Todd V. Wolfson)

2. Will Taylor
3. Ruby Jane
4. Cody Braun
5. Haydn Vitera
6. Curtis Thomas
7. Eddie Dickerson
8. Jason Roberts
9. Mother Falcon

Bass
Bruce Hughes

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Tiffany Baltierra (Tiarra Girls)
3. Kenneth Null (Gina Chavez)
4. Elliot Morgan (Riders Against the Storm)
5. Omar Vallejo
6. Minh Tran (More Cowbell)
7. Matt Parmenter (Quiet Company)
8. Javier Cruz (Conjunto los Pinkys)
9. Jack O'Brien (Bright Light Social Hour)
10. Speedy Sparks

Drums/Percussion
Conrad Choucroun

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Dave Johnson & Dario Aravena (Riders Against the Storm)
3. Keith Langford (Shinyribs)
4. Joel Laviolette (Rattletree Marimba)
5. Brannen Temple
6. Mike Buck
7. Sophia Baltierra (Tiarra Girls)
8. Drew D'Entremont
9. J.J. Johnson
10. Alex Vallejo

Female Vocals
Patricia Vonne

photo by John Anderson

2. Gina Chavez
3. Tori Baltierra (Tiarra Girls)
4. Lex Land
5. Carolyn Wonderland
6. Emily Gimble (Asleep at the Wheel)
7. Nagavalli
8. Tameca Jones
9. Sabrina Ellis (Sweet Spirit)
10. Alesia Lani

Guitar
Ulrich Ellison

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. A.J. Vallejo
3. Tori Baltierra (Tiarra Girls)
4. Jon Sanchez
5. Tommy Blank (Quiet Company)
6. Van Wilks
7. Sam Pace
8. John Pointer
9. Eric Tessmer
10. Eve Monsees

Horn Player
Ephraim Owens

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. David McKnight (Mama K & the Shades)
3. Jeff Lofton
4. Jason Frey
5. Elias Haslanger
6. Joseph Wollard
7. Hard Proof
8. Ben George
9. Tijuana Trainwreck Horns
10. Oliver Steck

Keyboards
Zack Morgan (Mamafesta)

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Jonathan Deas (Riders Against the Storm)
3. Bill Gryta (Quiet Company)
4. Kevin Lovejoy
5. Winfield Cheek (Shinyribs)
6. Emily Gimble (Asleep at the Wheel)
7. Stefano Intelisano
8. Oliver Steck
9. Marcia Ball
10. Red Young

Male Vocals
Bob Schneider

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. A.J. Vallejo
3. Malford Milligan
4. Taylor Muse (Quiet Company)
5. Kevin Russell (Shinyribs)
6. Mexican Chocolate
7. John Pointer
8. Sam Pace
9. Alex Marrero
10. Nakia

Misc. Instrument
Patricia Vonne (castanets)

photo by John Anderson

2. Jan Flemming (accordion)
3. Oliver Steck (accordion)
4. Joel Laviolette (marimba)
5. John Pointer (beatbox)
6. Paul Oscher (harmonica)
7. Gina Chavez (charango)
8. Frank Almendra (cavaquinho)
9. Guy Forsyth (saw)
10. Jeff Johnston (telephone)

Songwriter
Bob Schneider

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Kevin Russell
3. Patricia Vonne
4. James McMurtry
5. A.J. Vallejo & Kendall Beard
6. Taylor Muse
7. Gina Chavez
8. Daniel Eyes
9. Jean Synodinos
10. John Pointer

String Player
Warren Hood

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Tosca Strings
3. Will Taylor (Strings Attached)
4. Ruby Jane
5. Roberto Riggio (Atash)
6. David Perales
7. Haydn Vitera
8. Cody Braun (Reckless Kelly)
9. Mother Falcon
10. Bridgid Bibbens

Bass
Omar Vallejo

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Kenneth Null, Gina Chavez
3. Ronn Roberts, the Eggmen
4. Bruce Hughes
5. Elliot Morgan, RAS
6. Francie Meaux Jeaux
7. Matt Parmenter, Quiet Company
8. Chris Maresh
9. Sabine Ellison, Tribe
10. Andrew Molever, Moonlight Social

Drums
Dave Johnson, RAS

photo by Sandy Carson

2. Brannen Temple
3. Sammy Foster, Gina Chavez
4. David Fore
5. Don Harvey
6. Alejandro Vallejo
7. Masumi Jones
8. Alex Marrero
9. Frosty
10. Dony Wynn

Female Vocals
Patricia Vonne

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Gina Chavez
3. Tameca Jones
4. Emily Gimble
5. Eliza Gilkyson
6. Carolyn Wonderland
7. Cella Blue
8. Ghislaine Jean
9. Sabrina Ellis
10. Erin Ivey

Guitar
Redd Volkaert

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. David Grissom
3. Gary Clark Jr.
4. Eric Tessmer
5. Slim Richey
6. Scrappy Jud Newcomb
7. Robert LaRoche
8. Denny Freeman
9. Eve Monsees
10. Ulrich Ellison

Horns
Ephraim Owens

photo by Sandy Carson

2. Elias Haslanger
3. Hard Proof Afrobeat
4. Jeff Lofton
5. Fresh 2 Def Horns
6. Roxy Roca
7. Michael Romero
8. Boss Street Horns
9. Oliver Steck
10. Jon Blondell

Keys
Ian McLagan

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. A.J. Vincent
3. Emily Gimble
4. Brad Johnston, Gina Chavez
5. Jonathan Deas, RAS
6. Tom Burgess
7. Dave Madden
8. Darrell Commander, Ulrich Ellison and Tribe
9. Zack Morgan
10. Alex Hartley, O Conqueror

Male Vocals
Malford Milligan

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. AJ Vallejo
3. Shakey Graves
4. Bob Schneider
5. Jonny Gray
6. Alex Marrero
7. John Pointer
8. Nakia
9. Dale Watson
10. Ian McLagan

Misc. Instrument
Castanets, Patricia Vonne

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Beatbox, John Pointer
3. Steel guitar, Cindy Cashdollar
4. Musical saw, Guy Forsyth
5. Theremin, Yvonne Lambert
6. Banjo, Westen Borghesi, White Ghost Shivers
7. Cavaquinho, Frank Almendra
8. Percussion, Jerry Ronquillo, Gina Chavez
9. Xylosynth, Craig Finkelstein, Calliope Musicals
10. Mandolin, Kym Warner

Songwriter
Eliza Gilkyson

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Gina Chavez
3. Dawn & Hawkes
4. Bob Schneider
5. Shakey Graves
6. Taylor Muse
7. Patricia Vonne
8. James McMurtry
9. Jonny Gray
10. AJ Vallejo

Strings
Warren Hood, violin

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Will Taylor, violin
3. Ruby Jane, violin
4. Haydn Vitera, violin
5. Diana Burgess, cello, Mother Falcon
6. Curtis Thomas, violin, White Ghost Shivers, Them Duqaines
7. Erik Hokkanen, violin
8. Phil Davidson, violin, Invincible Czars
9. Cody Braun, violin, Reckless Kelly
10. Kurt Baumer, violin, Dale Watson & His Lonestars

Best Acoustic Guitarist
Shakey Graves

photo by Shelley Hiam

2. Jonny Gray
3. Slim Richey
4. Van Wilks
5. Monte Montgomery
6. John Pointer
7. Paul Cauthen
8. Rick del Castillo
9. Mark del Castillo
10. Barbara Nesbitt

Best Bass Player
Francie Meaux Jeaux

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Tyler Wheeler
3. Bruce Hughes
4. Lonnie Trevino Jr.
5. Omar Vallejo
6. Albert Besteiro
7. Matt Parmenter
8. Alex Peterson
9. Ronn Roberts
10. Pat Harris

Best Drummer
Masumi Jones

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Patrick Wheeler
3. Brannen Temple
4. David Fore
5. Mike Zeoli
6. Phil Bass
7. Alex Vallejo
8. Dees Stribling
9. Eldridge Goins
10. Rob Williams

Best Electric Guitarist
Slim Richey

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Gary Clark Jr.
3. Van Wilks
4. Eric Tessmer
5. Nathan Rigney
6. Josh Zee
7. Nick Curran
8. Tommy Blank
9. Eric Johnson
10. David Grissom

Best Female Vocalist
Gina Chavez

photo by Sandy Carson

2. Wendy Colonna
3. Sarah Sharp
4. Kelsey Wilson
5. Emily Bell
6. Emily Gimble
7. Kelly Willis
8. Patty Griffin
9. Tameca Jones
10. Teal Collins

Best Horn Player
Jeff Lofton

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Ephraim Owens
3. Elias Haslanger
4. Hard Proof Afrobeat horns
5. Minor Mishap Marching Band
6. Oliver Steck
7. Grupo Fantasma horns
8. Michael Romero
9. Grooveline horns
10. Kevin Flatt

Best Keyboard Player
Emily Gimble

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Zack Morgan
3. Basil McJagger
4. A.J. Vincent
5. Evan Magers
6. Earl Poole Ball
7. Mike Flanigin
8. Brad Johnston
9. Marcia Ball
10. Ian McLagan

Best Male Vocalist
Jonny Gray

photo by Sandy Carson

2. Bob Schneider
3. Nolan Wheeler
4. Taylor Muse
5. Alexander Beggins
6. Max Frost
7. Malford Milligan
8. Shakey Graves
9. Gary Clark Jr.
10. 10 Joe Doerr

Best Misc. Instrument
A.J. Molyneaux, lap steel

photo by Sandy Carson

2. Yvonne Lambert, theremin
3. El Borracho, cowbell
4. John Pointer, human beatbox
5. Westen Borghesi, tenor banjo
6. Joe Deuce, washboard
7. Jose Ruiz, harmonica
8. Oliver Steck, accordion
9. Cindy Cashdollar, pedal steel
10. Leila Henley, flutophone

Best Songwriter
Bob Schneider

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Jonny Gray
3. Sarah Jarosz
4. Gina Chavez
5. Taylor Muse
6. Sarah Sharp
7. Barbara Nesbitt
8. Dale Watson
9. Kevin Russell
10. Max Frost

Best Strings Player
Warren Hood

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Ruby Jane
3. Phoebe Hunt
4. Will Taylor
5. Sarah Jarosz
6. Diana Burgess
7. Curtis Thomas
8. Tosca strings
9. Erik Hokkanen
10. Haydn Vitera

Best Acoustic Guitar
John Pointer

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Nolan Wheeler, Wheeler Brothers
3. Guy Forsyth
4. Van Wilks
5. Bob Schneider
6. Monte Montgomery
7. Junior Sandoval, Los Texas Wranglers
8. Shakey Graves
9. Chase Weinacht, Marmalakes
10. Barbara Nesbitt, the Whiskey Sisters

Best Bass
Tyler Wheeler, Wheeler Brothers

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Bruce Hughes
3. Amador Salazar, Los Texas Wranglers
4. Ronn Roberts, the Eggmen
5. Danny G, Eric Tessmer Band
6. Alex Peterson, the Peterson Brothers
7. Kevin Smith, the Derailers
8. Omar Vallejo
9. Lonnie Trevino Jr.
10. Matt Parmenter, Quiet Company

Best Drums/Percussion
Patrick Wheeler, Wheeler Brothers

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Julian Fernandez, Los Texas Wranglers
3. Conrad Choucroun
4. Brannen Temple
5. Alex Vallejo
6. David Fore
7. Lisa Pankratz
8. Don Harvey
9. Masumi Jones
10. Sorne

Best Electric Guitar
Gary Clark Jr.

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Eric Tessmer
3. Nick Curran
4. Danny Matthews, Wheeler Brothers
5. Van Wilks
6. Rosie Flores
7. David Grissom
8. Charlie Sexton
9. Jon Sanchez
10. Eric Johnson

Best Female Vocals
Ruthie Foster

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Teal Collins, the Whiskey Sisters
3. Kelsey Wilson
4. Barbara Nesbitt, the Whiskey Sisters
5. Akina Adderley
6. Gina Chavez
7. Dana Falconberry
8. Emily Gimble
9. Cella Blue, White Ghost Shivers
10. Tameca Jones

Best Horn Player(s)
Ephraim Owens

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Elias Haslanger
3. Oliver Steck
4. Jeff Lofton
5. Tito Carrillo
6. Grooveline Horns
7. Fresh 2 Def Horns
8. Cody Ackors, Quiet Company
9. Jon Doyle
10. John Mills

Best Keyboards
Emily Gimble

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

2. Steve Silvas, Los Texas Wranglers
3. Basil McJagger, the Derailers
4. A.J. Vincent, the Bright Light Social Hour
5. Tom Burgess, the Eggmen
6. Kris KeyZ
7. Earl Poole Ball
8. Marcia Ball
9. Oliver Steck
10. Kyle Johnson, Whitman

Best Male Vocals
Gary Clark Jr.

2. Tje Austin
3. Jirod Greene, Suite 709
4. Bob Schneider
5. Nolan Wheeler, Wheeler Brothers
6. Sorne
7. Guy Forsyth
8. Nick Curran
9. Malford Milligan
10. Dale Watson

Best Songwriter
Gary Clark Jr.

2. Bob Schneider
3. Barbara Nesbitt, the Whiskey Sisters
4. James McMurtry
5. Taylor Muse, Quiet Company
6. Ray Wylie Hubbard
7. Alejandro Escovedo
8. Alexander Beggins, Wild Child
9. Julian Fernandez, Los Texas Wranglers
10. Ram Vela, Whitman

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