Readers’ Choices Only

Congratulations to all the musicians here who can now proudly proclaim that they have won a Best Of 2023 award. This is not a ballot. There’s more. Along with winning Best Of votes from our readers, these fine musos have also earned a spot on our Music Awards 2023 ballot that goes live in early November. Stay tuned!



Readers’ Choice (Top 5):

Doppelgänger by Broke String Burnett


I Can Dream You by Matt Tedder

SEA/SONS by Abraham Alexander

Summer Suite by Dave Cave

Watch Me Burn by The Troumatics


Americana/Roots Band

Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

Broke String Burnett

Cut Throat Finches

Grady Spencer & The Work

Keegan McInroe

September Moon



Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

Andy Boyd, Freeze Sucka

Marcus Gonzales, Royal Sons

Dylan Kain, Novakain

Kris Luther, Arenda Light

Jacob Martinez, Broke String Burnett


Blues Band

Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

Aurora Bleu

Dr. Wu’s Texas Blues Project

Micheal Lee

Love Shack Band

Matt Tedder


Country Band

Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

Chasing Texas

Holy Moly

Jesse Jennings Band

Squeezebox Bandits

Seth Ward & The Silence


DJ Artist

Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

Alkemyst (Adam Winslett)

CV Fields (Conner Fields)

DJ DataBass (Brian Hill)

Reckless 1 (Ros Cardona)

DJ Soft Cherry (Dominique Patton)



Readers’ Choice (Top 4)

John Bereuter, Novakain

Matt Mabe, Arenda Light

Kyle Parker, Rewind the Sun

John Paul Thomas, Broke String Burnett


Folk Group

Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

Ah Pook the Destroyer

Jacob Furr Band

Monks of Symbiosis

The Shameless Boo-Hoos

Tipps & Obermiller



Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

Chad Beck, Royal Sons

Kyle Kain, Novakain

Cooper Kern, Rewind the Sun

Dustin Massey

Henry Sepulveda III, Broke String Burnett


Hip-Hop Artist

Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

88 Killa (Donovan Payne)

Lou CharLe$

Todd Faroe

J/O/E (Joseph Petty)

JaeBoy (Jason Addington)



Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

Mandy Hand, Big Heaven

Sam Jones, Mike Ryan Band

Justin Pate, Dirty Pool

Calan Rawl, Broke String Burnett

Katie Robertson


Metal Band

Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

Iron Jaw

Life of Scars

Ox Combine

Since My Beloved

Within Chaos


Open-Mic Night

Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

The Cicada, Open Mic Night with Tommy Luke (Weekly on Sundays)

Dirty Water Saloon, Pickin’ Round the Campfire (Weekly on Wednesdays)

McFly’s Pub, Open Mic Night (Weekly on Tuesdays)

Panther Island Brewing, Pickers Night (Every Other Tuesday)

Scat Jazz Lounge, Black Dog Jam (Weekly on Sundays)


Punk Band

Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

A Dangerous Affair

Hotcake Hand Grenade

The Me-Thinks


Take Away Monday


R&B/Soul Group

Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

Abraham Alexander




4 Ya Soul


Regional Act

Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

Brave Little Howl


Raised Right Men

The Wee-Beasties

Texas Flood


Rock Band

Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

Arenda Light

Freeze Sucka


Rewind the Sun

Royal Sons



Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

“Fever Pitch” by Itchy Richie & The Burnin’ Sensations

“Have to Ask My Lawyer” by Jace!

“I Don’t Want You” by LaTasha Lee

“Moonshine” by Jesse Jennings

“The Wolf King” by Iron Jaw


Tejano Group

Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

Latin Express

Monica Saldivar

Squeezebox Bandits

Tejano Outlaw Band

Tejas Brothers


Tribute Band

Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

Chasing Rent

The Dick Beldings

Far Beyond Drunk

Hazard County

Poo Live Crew



Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plz, Fort Worth, 817-624-7117

The Cicada, 1002 S Main St, Fort Worth

Lola’s Fort Worth, 2000 W Berry St, Fort Worth

The Post at River East, 2925 Race St, Fort Worth, 817-945-8890

Tulips FTW, 112 St. Louis Av, Fort Worth, 817-367-9798



Readers’ Choice (Top 5)

Brandon Burnett, Broke String Burnett

Dylan Kain, Novakain

Todd Pack, Iron Jaw

Blake Parish, Royal Sons

Rob Redwine



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  1. Aurora Bleu is honored and just so grateful to be part of this top list. Born and raised in Fort Worth and could not be more proud of my City. Thank you to all of you who have supported our unique style these past 14 years.
    – Aurora

  2. Love Shack Band would like to say thank you for the nomination, and congratulations to all the nominees.
    We are blessed to live in such a rich, deep rooted music community. Congratulations, and good luck to all.