Award Recipients

Arkansas Country Music Awards Recipients


2019 - Conway Twitty

2019 - Jimmy Driftwood

2019 - Kye Fleming

2019 - Patsy Montana 

2019 - The Wilburn Brothers

2018 - Ed Bruce

2018 - Glen Campbell

2018 - Johnny Cash

2018 - The Browns

2018 - Wayne Raney

ENTERTAINER of the Year   

2019 - Phil McGarrah & Runnin' on Empty

2018 - The Zac Dunlap Band 

AMERICANA / ROOTS Artist of the Year  

2019 - Bonnie Montgomery

2018 - Bonnie Montgomery

BLUEGRASS Artist of the Year   

2019 - Runaway Planet

2018 - The Keisler Brothers Band 

COUNTRY ARTIST of the Year   

2019 - Lance Carpenter

2018 - Cory Jackson


2019 - Joanne Cash

2018 - Heaven's Echoes


2019 - Erin Enderlin

2018 - Bonnie Montgomery

MALE VOCALIST of the Year   

2019 - Blane Howard

2018 - Blane Howard 

ACOUSTIC ACT of the Year   

2019 - Heath Sanders

2018 - Caleb Ryan Martin 

VOCAL GROUP of the Year   

2019 - The Reeves Brothers

2018 - The Zac Dunlap Band 

ALBUM of the Year   

2019 - “Unbroken" by Joanne Cash; produced by Chad Randall Crow

2018 - "Whiskeytown Crier" by Erin Enderlin 

SONG of the Year   

2019 - "World Without Willie" written by Erin Endlerin, Alex Kline, Leslie Satcher and Tara Thompson. performed by Erin Enderlin

2018 - "Arkansas' Mine" written by Zac Dunlap,  performed by The Zac Dunlap Band 

SONGWRITER of the Year   

2019 - Erin Enderlin

2018 - Erin Enderlin 

MUSIC PRODUCER of the Year   

2019 - Jon Raney

2018 - Randy Loyd 

SOUND ENGINEER of the Year   

2019 - Bryce Roberts

2018 - Jon Raney

PROMOTER of the Year   

2019 - Keith Symanowitz

2018 - J.R. Rogers

VIDEO of the Year 

2019 - “Back Home in Arkansas" by Joanne Cash. directed by Chad Randall Crow

2018 - "Arkansas' Mine" by The Zac Dunlap Band

RADIO STATION of the Year   

2019 - KDXY "The Fox" Jonesboro

2018 - KSSN of Little Rock

RADIO DJ of the Year   

2019 - Del Hughes of KWCK, Searcy

2018 - Bob Robbins of KMJX, Little Rock 

PUBLICATION of the Year   

2019 - AY Magazine 

2018 - Arkansas Living 

VENUE of the Year   

2019 - Jimmy Doyle Country, Little Rock

2018 - Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View

YOUNG ARTIST of the Year   

2019 - Bree Ogden

2018 - Cam Shelton

BASSIST of the Year   

2019 - Doug DeForest

2018 - Jimmy Young

DRUMMER of the Year   

2019 - David O’Neal

2018 - Doobie Bowie

FIDDLER of the Year   

2019 - Tim Crouch

2018 - Melody Hart

GUITARIST of the Year   

2019 - Steve Davison

2018 - Randall George


2019 - Garland Harris

2018 - Steve Matlock

A complete list of nominees can be found here: Nominees



Conway Twitty - 2019

Conway Twitty

Born Harold Jenkins, Twitty grew up in Helena. He is often referred to as 'the best friend a song ever had.' His multitude of hits would reflect that statement. From his early rock hit "It's Only Make Believe" to countless hit country singles, such as "Hello Darlin'," "You've Never Been This Far Before," "I'd Love to Lay You Down," "Don't Take It Away" and "That's My Job" to several duet hits with Loretta Lynn, he stands as one of the true legends Few performers have had the influence on country music as Twitty. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 1999. 

Kye Fleming - 2019

Kye Fleming

Fleming grew up in Fort Smith. After teaming with Dennis Morgan they wrote mega hits including Barbara Mandrell's "I Was Country (When Country Wasn't Cool)," "Crackers," "Years" and "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed."  Ronnie Milsap scored big with "Smokey Mountain Rain" and "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World." Also, Sylvia took "Nobody" to the heights of both country and pop radio. In 1989, Willie Nelson scored with Fleming's "There You Are." She is a three-time recipient of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)'s Songwriter of the Year and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2009.

Jimmy Driftwood - 2019


Born in Timbo, Driftwood is one of the all-time great composers and interpreters of folk and country songs. In 1959, Johnny Horton recorded Driftwood’s composition “The Battle of New Orleans.” The following year, it was named Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards. Driftwood wrote more than 6,000 songs, of which more than 300 have been recorded by various artists. He was a key figure in the popularity and preservation of old-time music in Mountain View.

Patsy Montana - 2019

Patsy Montana

Montana was born Ruby Blevins in Beaudry, near Jessieville, just outside of Hot Springs Village. After taking the stage name to better fit her style and image, Montana went on to be an absolute queen in the early days of what was known as Country & Western Music. She was extremely popular on the program The National Barn Dance in Chicago. Her 1935 release of "I Want To Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" became the first single by a female country recording artist to sell a million copies. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. 

The Wilburn Brothers - 2019


Teddy and Doyle Wilburn were born in Hardy. For the Wilburn Brothers, their initial stage experience came by performing at any early age with their entire family. As time passed, they became popular as members of the Grand Ole Opry and on television with their own syndicated show. The Wilburn Brothers Show featured weekly guests, giving country music performers valuable exposure in the days of only three networks. Their list of hits include "Trouble's Back in Town," "It's Another World" and "Roll Muddy River."

Glen Campbell -2018

Glen Campbell

Delight native Campbell defined excellence as both a recording artist and as a musician. He was a studio guitarist, playing on country hits in both country and pop music. As a country artist, he is known for "Gentle on My Mind," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" and "Rhinestone Cowboy." 

Johnny Cash - 2018

Johnny Cash

The 'Man in Black,' Cash was born in Kingsland and grew up in Dyess. His career began with Sun Records in Memphis with a rockabilly beat that was destined to lead to massive success. He went on to be one of country music's biggest stars. His hits include "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," "Ring of Fire" and "Sunday Morning Coming Down."

Ed Bruce - 2018


Born in Keiser, Bruce scored on country radio in the 1980s with "My First Taste of Texas" and "You're the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had." His songs were recorded by other artists including "See The Big Man Cry, recorded by Charlie Louvin; "Mama's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys", recorded by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson; and "Texas (When I Die)", recorded by Tanya Tucker. 

The Browns - 2018

The Browns

Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie Brown were from Pine Bluff. The sibling trio set the bar for vocal harmony. Their original recordings on RCA Records remain one of the most sought after by music collectors. Hits like "The Three Bells," "Scarlet Ribbons" and "The Old Lamplighter" are timeless. 

Wayne Raney - 2018

Wayne Raney

Raney was a popular country singer and harmonica player. He grew up on a farm in Cleburne County, and scored a number one hit in 1949 with "Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me." Raney impacted the music field in a number of ways, recording artist, songwriter, musician, disc jockey, record producer and as an owner of a record label.

Arkansas Country Music Awards - 2019 Supporters


Arkansas Country Music Awards

Arkansas Country Music Awards 2018 Recap

The 2018 event at the Center for Performing Arts at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) was a success!

2018 PERFORMERS INCLUDED:  Main Stage: Collin Raye, Ed Bruce, Barbara Fairchild, Debby Campbell,  Erin Enderlin, Phil McGarrah & Runnin’ on Empty, the Zac Dunlap Band, Cory Jackson, Bonnie Montgomery, Greg Ward, United Voice Music, Melody Hart, Diane Berry, Runaway Planet, Melody Pond. VIP Pre-show: David Adam Byrnes, Ten Penny Gypsy, Anna Marie, Bree Ogden with Cliff Prowse, Ben Coulter, Caleb Ryan Martin, Lance Curtis, Doug DeForest, Melodie Rooker with Ricky Rooker, and Blane Howard. The pre-show portion of the evening is open to all VIP ticket holders, where Miss Arkansas Ashton Campbell is the host. Collin Raye cohosted the last event and we can't wait to make the 2019 announcement! By the way. Collin has 24 top ten records, 16 #1 hits, and is a 10 time CMA and ACM nominee. 


Big thanks to Southeast Insurance, Inc. and Kristi Stocker of Crossett, Arkansas Heart Hospital, Rockstar Passes, Peluso Microphones, LLC, and Jimmy Doyle's Country Club in North Little Rock.

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