Curly Tops Western Award Noms

Event set for Nov. 20 in Albuquerque.

Curly Musgrave leads the list of nominees for the Western Music Assn. Awards, with four nods.

Musgrave received nominations in the entertainer, male performer and songwriter of the year categories; he also picked up a nod for traditional western duo/group of the year for his work with Belinda Gail. In addition to that nomination, Gail was recognized in the female performer category.

Kip Calahan, last year's Crescendo Award winner, received three nominations: female performer, song of the year for "What Cowboy Means" and traditional western album of the year for "Cowboy, Cowgirls & Round Up Rodeos."

Joni Harms was nominated for western swing album of the year for her Wildcatter Records set "Let's Put the Western Back in Country." She also received a nod in the female performer category. Harms is the reigning female-performer winner and also won song of the year honors at last year's event in Wichita, Kan.

Sons of the San Joaquin, Sister of the Purple Sage and the Texas Trailhands each received two nominations.

The awards will be presented Nov. 20 in Albuquerque, N.M., as part of the WMA's annual festival. The event has been scaled back to two days this year (Nov. 19-20) and will include a Friday night concert featuring Rex Allen Jr., Syd Masters & the Swing Riders and Calahan.