The 1998-99 Austin Music Awards

The 1998-99 Austin Music Awards show was an evening of Austin-style celebration and song. From the burst of musical energy kicking off the show to an unnannounced Grammys presentation, the evening sparkled and its stars shone. A few of its many moments (clockwise from top): Reckless Kelly with Joe Ely, stretching across two frames; 8 1/2 Souvenirs' vocalist Christabell looking appropriately stunning; Musician of the Year Davíd Garza delivered a smoking set; J-Net Ward took time off from Liberty Lunch's showcase to present Kathy McCarty her Hall of Fame Award; Shawn Colvin, Bruce Robison, and Kelly Willis on "Angry All the Time"; Colvin also helped the KGSR krew present the SIMS Foundation with a $73,000 check, then posed with her sister Kay Colvin and Awards show director Margaret Moser; Meg Hengtes during her electrifying opening set; L.A.'s infamous Chuck E. Weiss with Kinky Friedman; Jon Dee Graham, Mambo Treanor, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, George Reiff, and Stephen Bruton ó better known as the Resentments ó regaled the audience with an extended jam of "Taking Care of Business," whose improvised verses wryly poked fun at SXSW. Not shown but certainly a highlight of the evening, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences president Michael Greene and Texas Naras chapter president Carlyne Majer belatedly presented Los Super Seven members Joe Ely, Rick Treviño, Ruben Ramos, and Freddy Fender with Grammys. Not too shabby for a local prom. - Margaret Moser

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