After a three-year hiatus, the Ameripolitan Weekender & Awards are back with a twang!
The Roots celebration combines a festival and awards show into one all-encompassing spectacle, and serves as a showcase of all the most exciting and boundary-pushing songs, albums and acts that have lit up the genre over the course of the year.
Set to perform at this year's event are a number of high-profile artists, including the alt-country rising star, Sierra Ferrell. Joining her will be Johnny Rodriguez, Willi Carlisle, Emily Nenni and more.
The nominees for the 2023 Ameripolitan Awards have been confirmed, with the accolades uniquely scattered across the sub-genres of ‘Outlaw’, ‘Rockabilly’ and ‘Western Swing’.
The organisers add the qualification that “‘Ameripolitan’ is a word that represents the different heritage of roots music that inform the artists that you see here. Much of the music is hard to define to a single genre and as musicians, we tend to draw inspiration from many things to create a unique voice or sound”.
In a note to artists and fans alike, they go on to underline that, “We have these award categories to allow us to celebrate and acknowledge as many artists working under the umbrella of Ameripolitan music as we can.
The artists nominated in each category demonstrate the influence of that particular genre of music beautifully, even though they may play music that speaks across the board”.
Prizes are also on offer for the best DJ, Musician, Festival and Venue of the year.
The three-day live music extravaganza will culminate in the eagerly awaited awards show, which will take place on Sunday, February 19 at The Guesthouse at Graceland in the legendary musical hub of Memphis, Tennessee. It will be hosted by the Grammy and Emmy winning actress, Grey DeLisle, along with genre veteran, Big Sandy.
For the full list of Ameripolitan Awards 2023 nominees, see below:
Honky Tonk Female
Honky Tonk Male
Garrett T Capps
Honky Tonk Group
Cory Grinder & The Playboy Scouts
Croy & The Boys
Scott H Biram
Vincent Neil Emerson
Dallas Moore Band
Jenny Don’t & The Spurs
The Rhyolite Sound
The Whitmore Sisters
Sean K Preston
The Phantom Shakers
Western Swing Female
Western Swing Male
A Jay Wade
Western Swing Group
The Southwest Biscuit Company
West Of Texas
Western Swing Authority
The Lucky Stars
Daniel Mason - Banjo
Katie Shore - Fiddle
Kullen Fox - Trumpet + Piano
Mike Bernal - Drums
T Jarrod Bonta - Piano
Celia Villagran - Texas Hellkitten Radio
Jimi Palacios - Country Du Monde
Kevin Martinez - COLONEL PACO CHAOS PACOBILLY HOUR
MARIVI YUBERO GARCIA - Marivipolitan
Del Villarreal Go Kat, GO! The Rock-A-Billy Show!
Knuckleheads, Kansas City, MO
Rattlesnake Saloon - Munich, Germany
Roosters Country - Mesa, AZ
The Southgate House Revival - Newport, KY
Sagebrush, Austin TX
Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance - Taos, NM
Western Swing Out - Tehachapi, CA
Vintage Torque Fest - Dubuque, IA
Zoofest - Lincoln, NE