1996-1997Best Austin Musicians

Best Acoustic Guitar
Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Loose Diamonds

Olivier Giraud, 8 1/2 Souvenirs
David Garza
Rich Brotherton
Guy Forsyth
Britt Daniel
Alejandro Escovedo
Dave Sebree
Willie Nelson
Caspar Rawls
Steve James
Eric Johnson
Amberjack Rice
Billy White
Champ Hood
Shawn Colvin
Will Sexton
Mitch Watkins
Monte Montgomery
Pam Flores

Best Bass Guitar
Tommy Shannon, Storyville

Kevin Smith, High Noon
Chris White, Ian Moore Band
Mark Rubin, Bad Livers
Pat Fogarty, Pushmonkey
Omar Vallejo, Vallejo
Gil T
Sarah Brown
Jon Blondell
Glen Fukunaga
Courtney Audain
Darrell Phillips, Sister 7
Josh Dawkins, Breedlove
Roscoe Beck
Edwin Livingston, Elias Haslanger

Best Drums/Percussion
Chris Layton, Storyville

Frosty, Papa Mali
Terry Kirkendall, Derailers
Chris Searles, Abra Moore
J.J. Johnson, Billy White
Jim Eno, Spoon
Lisa Pankrantz
Brannen Temple
Michael Villegas, Ian Moore Band
Davis McLarty, Joe Ely, Booze Weasels
George Rains
Jason White, Breedlove
Paul Pearcy, Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Terri Lord, Sincola
Dave Mider, Javelin Boot

Best Electric Guitar
Eric Johnson

Ian Moore
Billy White
David Grissom, Storyville
Chris Duarte
John Lockhart, Lisa Tingle
Jimmie Vaughan
Derek O'Brien
Mitch Watkins
Paul Skelton
Jesse Taylor
Jud Newcomb
Junior Brown
Guitar Jake Andrews
David Holt, Storyville

Best Female Vocals
Lisa Tingle

Toni Price
Shawn Colvin
Kelly Willis
Patrice Pike, Sister 7
Kris McKay
Julianna Sheffield, 8 1/2 Souvenirs
Christina Marrs, Asylum Street Spankers/Jubilettes
Rebecca Cannon, Sincola
Miss Lavelle White
Abra Moore
Tish Hinojosa
Michelle Solberg
Lou Ann Barton
Kacy Crowley
Natalie Zoe
Julie Burrell
Amy Atchley & Pam Miller, Hush
Carrie Clark, Sixteen Deluxe
Amy Boone, Damnations

Best Horns
Elias Haslanger

Tomas Ramirez
Grooveline Horns
Tie: Jon Blondell/Tony Campise
Stan Smith, Asylum Street Spankers
Kyle Turner
Bill Jeffery
Kaz Kazanoff
Casino Royale Horns

Best Keyboards
Glover Gill, 8 1/2 Souvenirs

Floyd Domino
Bukka Allen, Ian Moore Band
Marcia Ball
Ezra Reynolds, Breedlove
Dave Boyle, Ugly Americans
Michael Ramos, Sexton Sexter
Pete Gordon
Heather Bennett
Jay Clark

Best Male Vocals
Malford Milligan, Storyville

Dale Watson
Ian Moore
Don Walser
Guy Forsyth
Dan Dyer, Breedlove
Dino Lee, Mr. Fabulous
Bob Schneider, Ugly Americans
Doyle Bramhall II
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Jimmy LaFave
Ted Roddy
Charlie Sexton
Olivier Giraud, 8 1/2 Souvenirs
Lyle Lovett
Britt Daniel, Spoon
Tony Villaneuva, Derailers
MC Overlord
Joe Ely
Alejandro Escovedo

Best Miscellaneous Instrument
Wammo; washboard, Asylum Street Spankers

Danny Barnes; banjo, Bad Livers
Mambo John Treanor; washboard
Junior Brown; guit-steel
Paul Glasse; mandolin
Glover Gill; accordion, 8 1/2 Souvenirs
Gary Primich; harmonica
Scott Walls; steel guitar, Don Walser
Ponty Bone; accordion
Kevin Russell; mandolin, Gourds

Best Singer-Songwriter
Alejandro Escovedo

Chris Wall
Kris McKay
Will Sexton
Billy White
Bruce Robison
Ian Moore
Natalie Zoe
Pam Peltz
Jimmy LaFave
Darden Smith
Shawn Colvin
Butch Hancock
Lyle Lovett
Charlie Sexton

Best Songwriter
Dale Watson

Shawn Colvin
Alejandro Escovedo
Townes Van Zandt
Chris Wall
Will Sexton
Bruce Robison
Ian Moore
Billy White
Butch Hancock
Craig Ross
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Britt Daniel
Lisa Tingle
Bill Carter & Ruth Ellsworth

Best Strings
Champ Hood, fiddle

Erik Hokkanen, fiddle
Howard Kalish, fiddle
Alvin Crow, fiddle
Amy Tiven, violin
Gene Elders, violin
Richard Bowden, violin
Danny Levin, cello
Will Taylor, viola
David Perales, violin
John Hagen, cello
Mandy Mercier, fiddle
Paul Glasse, mandolin
Susan Voetz, violin
Pop Bayless, banjo

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