2002 Academy of Western Artists' Will Rogers Awards

Academy of Western Artists' Will Rogers Awards winners.

Here are the winners for the Academy of Western Artists' Will Rogers Awards, handed out July 9 at the Scott Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas. The Academy, based in Gene Autry, Okla., serves to further interest in Western arts, including music, poetry, and crafts.




Joni Harms - Entertainer of the year
Jake Hooker - Rising Star

Western Music:
R.W. Hampton - Male vocalist of the year
Eli Barsi - Female vocalist of the year
Kacey Musgraves - Yodeler of the year
Lone Star Chorale - Duo/group of the year
"Every Cowgirl's Dream" - Joni Harms, Song of the year
"Tapestry of the Old West" - Jean Prescott, Album of the year

Western Swing:
Curtis Potter - Male vocalist of the year
Robin Deeter - Female vocalist of the year
Time Jumpers - Duo/group of the year
"Each Time I Hear That Song" - Dugg Collins, Song of the year
"Juggling Cats" - Tom Morrell, Album of the year
Floyd Domino - Instrumentalist of the year

Cowboy Poetry:
Joel Nelson - Male poet of the year
Debra C. Hill - Female poet of the year
"The Big Roundup," by Margo Metegrano - Poetry book of the year
"Out With the Crew," Chris Isaacs - Album/cassette of the year
Kent Rollins - Humorist/storyteller of the year

Additional Awards:
KNTX Bowie, Texas - Radio station of the year
Orin Friesen, KFDI Wichita, Kan. - Disc jockey of the year
Toni Schutte - Hitcher/Braider of the year
Bill Maloy - Saddlemaker of the year
Bill Adamson - Spurmaker of the year
Johny Wyerts - Engraver of the year
Jerry Slaton - Chuckwagon of the year
Bill Owen - Artist of the year
Bonnie Shields - Cartoonist of the year

Special Recognition:
First Annual Don King Award for Artist Recognition - Don King