After four years in Austin, the Ameripolitan Music Awards is moving to Memphis in February 2018, the annual show spearheaded by local honky-tonker Dale Watson announced on Tuesday.
Launched in 2014 at the Wyndham Garden Inn in South Austin, the Ameripolitan Awards moved downtown to the Paramount Theatre the following year and remained there in 2016 and 2017.
“Austin has been great to us, but when we first started the awards, the dream was to bring the Ameripolitan Music Awards to different host cities,” Watson said in a statement. “And for the fifth year, moving to Memphis, the epicenter of roots music, seemed like a natural progression.”
The fifth annual awards show will be held Feb. 13 in the main ballroom of the Guest House at Graceland, a new hotel that opened last year as part of the Graceland complex featuring the former mansion and estate of Elvis Presley.
The hotel also includes a theater that will host showcases a few days before the awards in the traditional Ameripolitan categories of outlaw, honky tonk, western swing and rockabilly music. Also planned as part of the festivities are a fashion show at the hotel and a VIP party at Sam Phillips Recording Service, the studio run by the family of the legendary Sun Records founder.
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