Austin Music Industry Award Winners Announced

Best radio station, record store, club, music writer, and more honored

While not as much hoopla as this Wednesday's Austin Music Awards, the Industry Awards go to the clubs, radio stations, visual artists, studios, as well as the support organizations and personalities that keep Austin's vaunted musicians in the eyes and ears of locals.

Best Radio Station

1) KUTX 98.9
2) Sun Radio 100.1
3) KGSR 93.3
4) KOOP 91.7
5) KLBJ 99.7
Runners-Up: 101X, KOKE FM, KAZI

Kevin Connor in Sun Radio's on-air room (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

Best Radio Music Program

1) A Hill Country Saturday With Kevin Connor, Sun Radio 100.1
2) The Breaks, KUTX 98.9
3) The Morning X With Jason & Deb, 101X
4) Jamaican Gold, KOOP 91.7
5) Horizontes, KUTX 98.9
Runners-Up: Adventures in Tacoland, KAOS; Blue Monday With Mike Buck, Sun Radio 100.1; The Bobby Bones Show, iHeartRadio

Best Radio Personality

1) Laurie Gallardo, KUTX 98.9
2) Kevin Connor, Sun Radio 100.1
3) Jody Denberg, KUTX 98.9
4) Andy Langer, KGSR 93.3
5) John Aielli, KUTX 98.9
Runners-Up: Mike Buck, Sun Radio; Bobby Bones, iHeartRadio; Loris Lowe, KGSR

Waterloo Records staff circa 2015 (Photo by John Anderson)

Best Record Store

1) Waterloo Records
2) End of an Ear
3) Antone’s Records
4) Breakaway Records
5) Piranha Records
Runners-Up: Groover’s Paradise, Encore, Exploded Records

Best Music Store

1) South Austin Music
2) Strait Music Company
3) Austin Vintage Guitar
4) Switched On
5) Guitar Center
Runners Up: The Musician’s Woodshed, Blackerby Violin Shop, Fiddler’s Green Music Shop

Best Instrument Repair

1) South Austin Music
2) Strait Music Company
3) Austin Vintage Guitar
4) Switched On
5) The Musician’s Woodshed
Runners-Up: Guitar Center, Dick Dubois, Joe’s Amps

Best Specialty Instrument Store

1) Tommy’s Drum Shop
2) Fiddler’s Green
3) Switched On
4) Blackerby Violin Shop
5) Violins, Etc.
Runners-Up: Bass Emporium, Westbank String Shop, Drumz

Jim Norman of Rock n Roll Rentals (Photo by John Anderson)

Best Equipment Rental

1) Rock n Roll Rentals
2) Music Lab
3) Strait Music Company
4) Soundcheck Austin
5) Boss Tweed Backline
Runners-Up: Nomad Sound, Capital Radio Backline

Best Recording Studio

1) 512 Studios
2) Arlyn Studios
3) Good Danny’s
4) The Bubble
5) Orb Recording Studios
Runners-Up: Wire Recording, Gerron Music, Estuary

Adrian Quesada (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

Best Producer

1) Adrian Quesada
2) Chris “Frenchie” Smith
3) Danny Reisch
4) Cris Burns
5) Bryan Ray
Runners-Up: Matt Noveskey, Mark Hallman, AJ Vallejo

Best Local Label

1) Nine Mile
2) Super Secret
3) Modern Outsider
4) Keeled Scales
5) 12XU
Runners-Up: Robot High School, Fable Records, Gold Man Records

Best Music Writer

1) Michael Corcoran
2) Kevin Curtin
3) Deborah Sengupta Stith
4) Doug Freeman
5) Peter Blackstock
Runners-Up: David Brendan Hall, Raoul Hernandez, Andy Langer

Best Austin Music Photographer

1) Katrina Barber
2) Roger Ho
3) Dave Prewitt
4) David Brendan Hall
5) Gary Miller
Runners-Up: Andrew Bennett, Ismael Quintanilla, Daniel Cavazos

Jaime Zuverza's cover art for the Octopus Project's Memory Mirror

Best Poster Artist

1) Billy Perkins
2) Billie Buck
3) Dan Grissom
4) Jaime Zuverza
5) Fez Moreno
Runners-Up: El Duarte, Kerry Awn, Enzo Loechel

Best Album Art

1) Octopus Project, Memory Mirror (Jaime Zuverza)
2) Black Angels, Death Song (Christian Bland)
3) Bourgeois Mystics, Eureka! (Ellie Hammack)
4) Big Bill, Stand by Your Bill (Brian Blomerth)
5) Protextor & Brother Bear, American Neon (Matt Furie)

The Sun Machine playing Best New Club Electric Church (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

Best New Club

1) Electric Church
2) Come & Take It Live
3) Lemon Lounge
4) Monks Jazz Club
5) Mosaic Sound Collective

Best Live Music Venue

1) Mohawk
2) Continental Club
3) Saxon Pub
4) Stubb’s
5) One-2-One Bar
Runners-Up: ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Antone’s, Empire Control Room

Best Live Music Booker

1) Trish Connelly, Cheer Up Charlies
2) Austen Bailey, Mohawk
3) Zach Ernst, Antone’s
4) Amy Corbin, C3 Presents
5) Graham Williams, Margin Walker
Runners-Up: Anthony Stevenson, Come & Take It Live; Lauren Bucherie, Hotel Van Zandt; Adrienne Lake, Empire Control Room & Garage

St. Vincent at ACL Live at the Moody Theater (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

Best Club Lighting

1) ACL Live at the Moody Theater
2) Empire Control Room & Garage
3) Electric Church
4) One-2-One Bar
5) 3ten ACL Live
Runners-Up: Stubb’s, Mohawk, Backstage at El Mercado

Best Club Sound

1) ACL Live at the Moody Theater
2) Mohawk
3) Saxon Pub
4) One-2-One Bar
5) Empire Control Room & Garage
Runners-Up: 3ten ACL Live, Parish, Continental Club

Best Music Venue to Play

1) Antone’s
2) Continental Club
3) Mohawk
4) Cheer Up Charlies
Runners-Up: Stubb’s, Saxon Pub, ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Best Ongoing Music Residency

1) James McMurtry, Continental Club Gallery
2) Sarah Sharp, Elephant Room
3) Lonelyland, Saxon Pub
4) Body Rock ATX, Empire Control Room & Garage
5) Church on Monday, Continental Club Gallery
Runners-Up: Seu Jacinto, Sahara Lounge; the Resentments, Saxon Pub; Peterson Brothers, Continental Club

Best Music Support Nonprofit

2) Austin Music Foundation
3) Black Fret
5) Swan Songs
Runners-Up: Kids in a New Groove, Anthropos Arts, Attendance Records

Music Business Hall of Fame

1) Craig Stewart, SXSW
2) Band Aid School of Music
3) Charles Attal, C3 Presents
4) Kevin Wommack
5) Don Pitts
Runners-Up: Vallejo, Tim Gerron, Waterloo Records

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