San Joaquin Tops Western Awards

Act is named entertainer of the year.

Sons of the San Joaquin, Brenn Hill, Belinda Gail and Joni Harms were among the top winners at the Academy of Western Artists (AWA) Awards today (July 13) at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sons of the San Joaquin took home top prize for entertainer of the year. The male vocalist title went to Hill, a Utah-based singer/songwriter. Gail was named top female vocalist. Harms won the accolade for best album for her Wildcatter Records release "Let's Put Western Back In Country."

The awards show also honored radio stations that support western music, as well as saddlemakers, engravers, spurmakers and others involved in western arts.

The show concluded the AWA's yearly gathering, which kicked off July 9. In addition to seminars and showcases featuring western musicians, cowboy poets and western swing performers, this year's event featured the first ever Doral Chuckwagon Cookoff Challenge.