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Recording artists featured in OutWest Concert Series on SCVTV, KHTS Radio show nominated for Western Music Association awards.
| Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011
OutWest owners Jim and Bobbi Jean Bell (center) with The Tumbling Tumbleweeds in November.

The KHTS AM-1220 radio show “Around the Barn” has been nominated for radio show of the year in the annual Western Music Association awards competition.

The program airs Saturdays at 9 a.m. and is hosted by Nancy Pitchford Zhe of Heads Up Therapy on Horseback, Bobbi Jean Bell of OutWest Boutique and Cultural Center in Old Town Newhall, and veteran KHTS host Mike Dowler.

While it’s a first-time nomination for the show, several recording artists who’ve performed at OutWest over the past year are looking to reprise their past success at this year’s awards banquet Nov. 19 in Albuquerque.

Topping the list in nominations is WMA board member Juni Fisher for outstanding songwriter, entertainer of the year, original song (“Yakima,” about the late movie stuntman Yakima Canutt of the Acton-Agua Dulce area), and best traditional album by an individual (“Let ‘er Go, Let ‘er Buck, Let ‘er Fly”).

The harmonic trio of The Tumbling Tumbleweeds are also in the running for entertainer of the year and for best album by a group (“Blaze Across the West”).

Ray Doyle of Wylie and the Wild West is nominated for outstanding instrumentalist, while Mary Kaye Knaphus and Judy Coder are competing for outstanding female performer.

SCVTV produced the OutWest performances of all five for television — Fisher, Doyle, Knaphus, Coder and The Tumbling Tumbleweeds. They can be seen in the “music” category on SCVTV.com.

There is no WMA awards category for television shows.

In addition, several “regulars” at the annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival are in the running for top honors in the genre.  Many have been featured in the past on SCVTV talk shows that can be viewed here.

Festival host and performer R.W. Hampton is nominated for a spot in WMA’s Hall of Fame, in addition to entertainer of the year, outstanding male performer and best individual album (“Austin to Boston”).

Crooner Don Edwards also is nominated for outstanding male performer and best individual album (“American”).

Jack Hannah of the Sons of the San Joaquin is nominated for best songwriter and the group is up for entertainer of the year.

Waddie Mitchell is looking for another win in the cowboy poetry category, while Belinda Gail is in the mix with Fisher, Coder and Knaphus for outstanding female performer. Festival favorite Hot Club of Cowtown is nominated for Western swing album (“What Makes Bob Holler”).

Several additional 2011 nominees have performed at the Santa Clarita festival. See the entire list of nominees below. Sept. 15 is the deadline for voting WMA members to return their ballots.

Founded in 1988, the WMA is dedicated to fostering the professional growth of individual performers and educating the public about the contributions of Western music to our culture.




o American – Don Edwards

o Austin to Boston – R. W. Hampton

o The Cowboy Ain’t Dead Yet, Vol. III – R. J. Vandygriff

o Cowboy Country – Robert Wagoner

o Equine – Brenn Hill

o Eyes of a Cowboy – J Parson

o Let ‘er Go, Let ‘er Buck, Let ‘er Fly – Juni Fisher

o Morning Coffee – Richard Martin

o On the Outskirts of Crazy, More or Less – Brenda Libby

o West of the 98th Meridian – Allan Chapman

o Windmill in the Sunset – Earl Gleason


o 3 Trails West – 3 Trails West

o Blaze Across the West – The Tumbling Tumbleweeds

o Free Rangin’ – Prickly Pair & The Cactus Chorale

o My Horse Knows the Way Home – Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band

o RNDNMUP – T. J. Casey & Jim Reader

o Western Tales – Trails & Rails


o Cookin’ With Carolyn – Carolyn Martin

o It’s a Good Day – Asleep at the Wheel

o Texas to a “T” – The Ball Family

o What Makes Bob Holler – Hot Club of Cowtown


o The Bar D Roundup Volume Six – cowboypoetry.com

o Symposium 2011 – Cowboy Poets of Utah

o Women of the West – Sam DeLeeuw


o Charles Goodnight’s Grave – Written by Ian Tyson

o Code of the West – Written by Fred Hargrove

o The Eyes of a Cowboy – Written by J Parson

o He Wore a Blue Bandana – Written by J Parson

o Riding Along the Cimarron – Written by Barry Ward

o Smoke of the Brandin’ Fire – Written by Allan Chapman & Jim Jones

o Waitin’ for Spring – Written by Gary McMahan

o Where the Wind Blows a Different Song – Written by Nancy Ruybal

o Yakima – Written by Juni Fisher


o Tom Boyer (The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers)

o Jeanne Cahill (Call of the West)

o Jerome Campbell (Call of the West)

o Gary Cook (Bar D Wranglers)

o Ray Doyle (Wylie & The Wild West)

o “Uncle Bob” Goldstein (Syd Masters & The Swing Riders)

o Gary LeMaster (Sons of the Pioneers)

o Joey Miskulin (Riders In The Sky)

o Johnny Neill

o Rich O’Brien

o Ric Steinke (Open Range)


o Bill Barwick

o Don Edwards

o R. W. Hampton

o Dave Stamey

o R. J. Vandygriff

o Barry Ward


o Eli Barsi

o Judy Coder

o Devon Dawson

o Juni Fisher

o Belinda Gail

o Mary Kaye Knaphus

o Liz Masterson

o Joyce Woodson


o Clark Crouch

o Waddie Mitchell

o Andy Nelson

o Red Steagall


o Doris Daley

o Sam DeLeeuw

o Yvonne Hollenbeck

o Diane Tribitt


o Juni Fisher

o R. W. Hampton

o Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band

o Riders In The Sky

o Sons of the Pioneers

o Sons of the San Joaquin

o Sourdough Slim

o Dave Stamey

o The Tumbling Tumbleweeds


o Allan Chapman

o Juni Fisher

o Jack Hannah

o Bruce Huntington

o Barry Ward

o Joyce Woodson


o 3 Trails West

o Naomi Bristow

o Kristyn Harris

o Vince & Mindi


o Nancy Pitchford, Bobbi Jean Bell & Mike Dowler–Around the Barn–KHTS, Santa Clarita, CA

o Al Krtil – Early Morning Trails

o Andy & Jim Nelson – Clear Out West

o Ranger Doug & Side Meat – Sirius XM Classic Cowboy Corral

o Barbara Richhart – Cowtrails – KSJD, Mancos, CO

o O.J. Sikes – Western Music Time

o Totsie Slover – The Real West From the Old West, KOTS, Deming, NM

o Tommy Tucker – KRLC, Lewiston, ID


o Colorado Moon – Jim Jones

o A Cowgirl Never Forgets – Dawn Nelson

o Harkin’ Home – Clark Crouch

o West Word Ho – Doris Daley


o R. W. Hampton

o Vaughn Monroe


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To Be Announced During the WMA Awards Show


To Be Announced During the WMA Awards Show


To Be Announced During the WMA Awards Show

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