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1985-1986Best Austin Musicians

Best Acoustic Guitar
Eric Johnson

2. Dan Del Santo
3. Daniel Johnston
4. Willie Nelson
5. Butch Hancock
6. Mickey White
7. Will Indian
8. David Halley
9. Joe Ely
10. Scott Wilson

Best Bass Guitar
Keith Ferguson (Tailgators)

2. Sarah Brown (The Antones)
3. Bruce Hughes (Skank, Arthur Brown)
4. Ted Sweeney (Extreme Heat)
5. John Keller (White Trash Revue)
6. John Blondell
7. Jesse Sublett
8. Roscoe Beck
9. Lonnie Hutchinson
10. Chris Maresh (Trik-Trax)
11. Craig Neitfeld (Van Wilks)
12. Brian Beattie (Glass Eye)
13. Clark Ellison (Diana Cantu Band)
14. Bruce Jones
15. Loose Reed
16. Danny Swinney
17. Courtney Major (Pressure)
18. Cola Rodriguez
19. Dennis Ford (51/50)
20. Steve Zirkel

Best Drums/Percussion
George Rains (The Antones)

2. Rock Savage
3. Eddie Cantu
4. Mike Navarro & Hector Munoz
5. Glenn Benavides
6. Tommy Taylor
7. Rey Washam
8. Jon Howard
9. Chris Skiles
10. Rusty Trapps
11. Darby Smotherman
12. Garrett Williams
13. Scott Lanningham
14. Paul Pearcy
15. John Treanor
16. Mike Ford
17. David Fore
18. David Duffy
19. Ian Bailey
20. Bobby Jones

Best Electric Guitar
Eric Johnson

2. Stevie Ray Vaughan
3. Denny Freeman (Antones)
4. Jon Dee Graham (True Believers)
5. Will Indian (Rhythm Rust)
6. Jimmie Vaughan (Fabulous Thunderbirds)
7. Michael English (Wynnd, Fuzz Brothers, Dino Lee)
8. Evan Johns (H-Bombs, Big Guitars)
9. Mitch Watkins
10. Dave Grissom (Lou Ann Barton)
11. Dan Del Santo
12. Mark Ross (Flex)
13. Brad Schultz (Trik-Trax)
14. John Inmon (Lost Gonzo Band)
15. Van Wilks
16. Bill Jones (Kathy & the Kilowatts)
17. John Logan (Bayou Bandits)
18. Brad Shaffer (51/50)
19. Mark Jungers
20. Jum Butler (51/50)

Best Female Vocals
Angela Strehli

2. Lou Ann Barton
3. Marcia Ball
4. Lisa Gamache
5. Elouise Burrell
6. Kim Longacre
7. Kellye Gray
8. Karen Kraft
9. Kathy Murray
10. Diana Cantu
11. Jam & Jelly Girls
12. Eliza Gilkyson
13. Mellissa Cobb
14. Paula Helene
15. Suzie Elkins
16. Nanci Griffith
17. Sheryl Jones
18. Kelly Rene
19. Penny Hanna
20. Sabrina Cummings

Best Horns
John Mills (Beto, Minor Miracle, Dino Lee, Dan Del Santo)

2. Tomas Ramirez
3. Derrick Edmondson
4. Paul Constantine
5. The Mighty Big Horns
6. Nathan Gates
7. Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff
8. Joe Sublett
9. Kirk Whalum
10. Paul Ostermayer
11. Bill Averbach
12. Johnny Reno
13. Don Silverman
14. Richard Hardy

Best Keyboards
Neil Pederson (Extreme Heat)

2. Mel Brown
3. Mike Ramos
4. Riley Osbourne (Shake Russell)
5. Glover Gill
6. Marcia Ball
7. Robert Skiles (Beto y los Fairlanes)
8. Rodney Lee
9. Stella Weir (Glass Eye)
10. Patrick Keel (The Pool)
11. Jeff Clark
12. Rich Harney
13. Gayle Blade
14. Reese Wynans (Double Trouble)
15. Greg Lee

Best Male Vocals
Dino Lee

2. Kent "Omar" Dykes
3. Bruce Spellman
4. Kim Wilson
5. Joe Ely
6. Jesse Sublett
7. Steve Collier
8. Stevie Ray Vaughan
9. Stanley Hall
10. Scott Hoyt
11. Ted Martin
12. Jim Butler
13. Rolan Ramos
14. Robert Kelly
15. Ernie Sky
16. Richard Patureau
17. Charlie Sexton

Best Miscellaneous Instrument
Ponty Bone (accordion, Squeezetones, Dino Lee)

2. Kim Wilson (blues harp, Fabulous Thunderbirds)
3. James Fenner (percussion, Sweaters, Dan Del Santo)
4. Gary Primich (harmonica)
5. Paul "Tex" Sweeney (mandolin, Grassmatics)
6. Paul Glasse (mandolin)
7. Eric Hokkanen (fiddle)
8. Spider Johnson (saw, Butch Hancock)
9. Brian Sokoff (bongos, the Urge)
10. T-Bone Herndon (harmonica, Carolina)
11. Alvin Crow (fiddle, Pleasant Valley Boys)
12. Michael Johnson
13. John Hagen
14. Dean Oldencott
15. Chris Dennis

Best Songwriter
Daniel Johnston

2. Butch Hancock
3. Doyle Bramhall
4. Dino Lee
5. Jesse Sublett
6. Stephen Doster
7. Tex Thomas
8. John Croslin
9. Julia Austin
10. David Halley
11. Stanley Hall
12. Richard Patureau
13. Dennis Ford/Jim Butler
14. Eddie Pantell/Lisa Gamcahe
15. Steve Collier
16. Willie Nelson
17. Sylvester Jones
18. Will Indian
19. Ronnie Dittmar

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