And the Winners Are …

Our 13th Annual Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards wrap up a banner year for 817 music.
Posted July 14, 2010 by ANTHONY MARIANI in Music

Nearly 300 people –– all nominees in our 13th Annual Music Awards and their plus ones –– packed the Fort Worth Community Arts Center for our version of the Grammys, the Panthys, named after the panther-head trophy that winners receive. Highlights: the heartfelt acceptance speeches, especially by our hall of famers and especially by the hall-of-fame team of Wesley Hathaway and Richard Van Zandt, whose beloved Ridglea Theater will be closing after more than a dozen years to make room for a bank. Lowlights: We killed two kegs of beer — and several bottles of wine and sweet tea-flavored vodka — in under two hours.


As I said at the event, everyone’s pretty much a winner. Even bands that finished last in their respective categories still received hundreds of votes. Some winners had thousands. The increase in numbers of ballots cast is no doubt attributable to the snazzy online voting system that we installed last year. Now fans from all over the globe can vote — and do. According to Google Analytics, a software program that allows you to track the geographic location of your readers, we received votes from places as far afield as Russia (!) and India (?). How do you say, “Cowtown” in Hindi?

Now on to the winners. Telegraph Canyon and The Burning Hotels had the biggest night, winning three awards apiece. Telegraph won Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (The Tide and The Current), and Song of the Year (“Safe on the Outside”). The Hotels took home top honors in the categories of Rock, Rock Album of the Year (Novels), and Rock Song of the Year (“Austin’s Birthday”).

Rock – The Burning Hotels


Hard Rock – Stella Rose


Heavy Metal – Sweetooth


New Artist – Rabbit’s Got the Gun


Live Performance -Pablo and the Hemphill 7


Avant-Garde/Experimental – Fungi Girls


Americana/Roots-Rock -Whiskey Folk Ramblers


Texas Music – Casey Donahew


C&W – Scott Copeland


Acoustic/Folk – Blackland River Devils


Jazz/World – Johnny Case


Blues/Funk – Josh Weathers and the True+Endeavors


R&B/Rap – Rivercrest Yacht Club


Cover/Tribute Artist – Poo Live Crew


Vocalist (Female) – Maren Morris


Vocalist (Male) – Peter Black(The Orbans)


Artist of the Year – Telegraph Canyon


Album of the Year -The Tide and The Current, Telegraph Canyon


Song of the Year -“Safe on the Outside,” Telegraph Canyon


Rock Album of the Year - Novels, The Burning Hotels


Rock Song of the Year  -“Austin’s Birthday,” The Burning Hotels


Songwriter(s) - Tim Locke, Jordan Roberts (Calhoun)


MVP – Fort Worth Sings for Haiti


Venue – Lola’s Saloon


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