Award Recipients

Arkansas Country Music Awards Recipients


2020 - Levon Helm - upcoming June 1, 2020

2020 - Charlie Rich - upcoming June 1, 2020

2020 - Wayland Holyfield - upcoming June 1, 2020

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   

2020 - 

2019 - Phil McGarrah & Runnin' on Empty

2018 - The Zac Dunlap Band 

AMERICANA / ROOTS Artist of the Year  

2020 - 

2019 - Bonnie Montgomery

2018 - Bonnie Montgomery

BLUEGRASS Artist of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - Runaway Planet

2018 - The Keisler Brothers Band 

COUNTRY ARTIST of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - Lance Carpenter

2018 - Cory Jackson


2020 - 

2019 - Joanne Cash

2018 - Heaven's Echoes


2020 - 

2019 - Erin Enderlin

2018 - Bonnie Montgomery

MALE VOCALIST of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - Blane Howard

2018 - Blane Howard 

ACOUSTIC ACT of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - Heath Sanders

2018 - Caleb Ryan Martin 

VOCAL GROUP of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - The Reeves Brothers

2018 - The Zac Dunlap Band 

ALBUM of the Year   

2020 - 

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

2018 - "Whiskeytown Crier" by Erin Enderlin; produced by Jim "Moose" Brown and Jamey Johnson

SONG of the Year   

2020 - 

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   

2020 - 

2019 - Erin Enderlin

2018 - Erin Enderlin 

MUSIC PRODUCER of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - Jon Raney

2018 - Randy Loyd 

SOUND ENGINEER of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - Bryce Roberts

2018 - Jon Raney

PROMOTER of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - Keith Symanowitz

2018 - J.R. Rogers

VIDEO of the Year 

2020 - 

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

2018 - "Arkansas' Mine" by The Zac Dunlap Band; directed by Joe Lane

RADIO STATION of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - KDXY "The Fox" Jonesboro

2018 - KSSN of Little Rock

RADIO DJ of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - Del Hughes of KWCK, Searcy

2018 - Bob Robbins of KMJX, Little Rock 

PUBLICATION of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - AY Magazine 

2018 - Arkansas Living 

VENUE of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - Jimmy Doyle Country, Little Rock

2018 - Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View

YOUNG ARTIST of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - Bree Ogden

2018 - Cam Shelton

BASSIST of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - Doug DeForest

2018 - Jimmy Young

DRUMMER of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - David O’Neal

2018 - Doobie Bowie

FIDDLER of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - Tim Crouch

2018 - Melody Hart

GUITARIST of the Year   

2020 - 

2019 - Steve Davison

2018 - Randall George


2020 - 

2019 - Garland Harris

2018 - Steve Matlock


2019 - Derek Wells


2020 - Heath Sanders - upcoming June 1, 2020

A complete list of nominees can be found here: Nominees



Levon Helm - Upcoming 2020

Helm with the Band at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 1976 Photo: David Gans

 The wide reaching influence of Helm can’t be measured.  As a singer, songwriter and musician, he has left a mark on many genres, including country.  He  grew up in Turkey Scratch (Phillips County).  Most known as one of the colorful members of The Band, Helm helped popularize songs like “The Weight” and “The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down.”  He grew up loving the country music on the radio, and many of today’s country artists point to Helm as an influence.  He portrayed Loretta Lynn's father in the 1980 movie Coal Miner's Daughter.   He narrated the entire series of ABC’s country music program The Road in 1994.  In 2008, “Dirt Farmer” won a Grammy award for Best Traditional Folk Album.  His “Electric Dirt,” won a Grammy award in 2010 for Best Americana Album. 

Wayland Holyfield - Upcoming 2020

Wayland Holyfield

 Holyfield was born in Mallettown (Conway County).  He attended Hendrix College prior to graduating from the University of Arkansas, and in 1972 moved to Nashville, becaming a powerhouse composer.  His songs have been hits by such artists as Charley Pride, George Strait, Ronnie Milsap, Crystal Gayle, Janie Fricke, Mickey Gilley, Billy Dean, Johnny Russell, and more.  He co-wrote Anne Murray’s 1980 mega-hit “Could I Have This Dance,” and numerous Don Williams hits, including “You’re My Best Friend,” “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend,” and “Til the Rivers All Run Dry.”  In 1986, he wrote and recorded "Arkansas, You Run Deep In Me" for the Sesquicentennial state celebration.  He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992. 

Charlie Rich - Upcoming 2020


 Often referred to as “The Silver Fox,” Rich carved his own musical niche with such early  recordings  as “Lonely Weekends,” ”Big Boss Man,” and “Mohair Sam” through major country hits like  “Behind Closed Doors,” “The Most Beautiful Girl,” “A Very Special Love Song,” and “Rollin’ with the Flow.”  Rich was a true stylist as a singer and a musician.  The Colt (St. Francis County) native scored 10 number one country singles, won a Grammy award and won five awards from the Country Music Association, including being named Entertainer of the Year in 1974.

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

The Wilburn Brothers

 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


Looking Back - The INAUGURAL EVENT


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.