The 9th Annual Texas Music Awards Show was this year moved to Linden, Texas and a new home has been named for the show at the World Headquarters of the Academy of Texas Music, Inc. The facility is still being renovated but now serves as home to all future TMA Awards events.
The event is held also as a fundraiser for the non-profit Academy which seeks sponsorships and donations to further its efforts toward music education programs, scholarships, recognition projects, and benevolence programs for musicians in need. Presented by the northeast Texas-based MyTexasMusic.com, retail partner of the show’s production company, Payline Productions, awards honors to independent Texas performers in several categories. Just to be nominated in this prestigious Texas Music Awards Show is an incredible honor!
The fabulous good news is that Austin-based performer Shake Russell was named Entertainer of the Year at the 9th annual Texas Music AwardsTM on July 9th. More good news: I was excited to know that all of this Examiner’s favorites won or were nominated for this prestigious and exciting awards event.
However, excitement is a key word here. An electrical gremlin had the audacity to appear as well. Yes, it was good news, bad news, then good news…if you can imagine that.
The first segment of the show went off without a hitch inside the building, including video, graphics, an excellent sound system, great stage lighting, and magnificent performances by five of the nominees. Several awards were presented in the first segment, including the Musical Honors Memorial Award, which followed a tear-inducing video featuring Troy Allan, an Academy member who passed away last October. Troy and his Country Top Rock music were both adored throughout Texas and the nation. His mother was there to accept the award.
Just prior to the second of three scheduled show segments, the electrical transformer powering the building failed, leaving several buildings in the area without power. The crew of volunteers running the show sprang into action, building a make-shift stage outside in the shadow of the building, allowing the show to continue. (Gremlins beware. Don’t mess with Texas Music Awards, musicians, songwriters and the powerful crew and volunteers of THIS awards show – and especially with Lucky and Jinelle Boyd there!) We also know enough about electrical gremlins and water…they multiply or electrify! The TMA motto for this kind of super glitch should be “Where there’s a will…there’s a way!”
Boards were put down in the grass, covered with carpet remnants, and a pick-up truck was backed in to act as a drum riser. In less than an hour, the show had been transformed from the elegantly decorated, high-tech auditorium to a sea of folding chairs under a group of half-century old Northeast Texas pine trees. Now, that’s the kind of awards show that could only be called “miraculously well-done.
When the blackout occurred, fans, volunteers, and nominees all grabbed chairs and headed outside in the 100 degree heat to see the rest of the show. No one seemed to mind, however, as eleven more performances entertained the crowd and a dozen more awards were presented. When it comes to Texas Country Music and fans, temperatures are the last thought!
A memorable point of the show came when Freddy Powers was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. Powers was on a one-day unscheduled pass from his hospital room in Dallas to attend the Texas Music Awards in support of his good friend and nominee, Bo Porter. Powers, who is in the advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease, was surprised by the announcement of his award. His tearful acceptance speech was considered by many to be a truly treasured moment of Texas music history.
Folk singer and songwriter Tim Henderson, who spent many years performing with Peter Yarrow and Allen Damron, was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. An emotional meeting of Henderson and Powers on stage was a highlight of the day, as these two old friends had not seen each other in many years.
Both Powers and Henderson will be enshrined with exhibits in the music museum which will be housed in a portion of the Academy building at 301 E. Houston in Linden.
Jinelle Boyd, one of the producers of the show, remarked on its success, “Our outstanding volunteers have always been quick to adapt to any situation. This was their biggest challenge thus far, but they acted perfectly, giving Texas music fans and nominees the day they deserved. In true improvisational Texas spirit, what could have been a disaster of epic proportions turned out to be a magical day that will go down in history.” Bill Smith, one of the production assistants, added, “It was a special moment when we announced that the show would continue outside. Everybody just grabbed a chair and headed out. Not one person complained. It was truly magical.”
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Lucky Boyd – 903-756-8944 (1-866-49-TEXAS) [email protected]
Jinelle Boyd – 903-756-8944 (1-866-49-TEXAS) [email protected]
The Academy of Texas Music, Inc., P.O. Box 172 Atlanta, TX 75551
Payline Productions, 119 E. Houston Linden, TX 75563
MyTexasMusic.com, P.O. Box 148 Linden, TX 75563
Texas Music Awards TM, P.O. Box 148 Linden, TX 75563
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