Lonesome Onry and Mean: Miss Leslie Takes Top Honors in Freeform Americana Radio Awards

Miss Leslie and Her Juke-Jointers, "Yes Ma'am"

Houston's own Miss Leslie Sloan of Miss Leslie and Her Jukejointers was tipped for a slew of honors in the most recent Best of 2008 voting by FAR (Freeform Americana Radio) members. She was voted Female Artist of the Year over Eliza Gilkyson and Carrie Rodriguez, and Songwriter of the Year over another Houstonian, Hayes Carll.

leslie whiskey.jpgLeslie's Between the Whiskey and the Wine took home top album honors, while Carll's Trouble In Mind was slotted at No. 3. FAR is a project of Third Coast Music's John Conquest. In addition to a monthly music-news magazine, Third Coast operates an online freeform radio program on KSYM (90.1 FM) in San Antonio.

According to the website, "FAR charts are compiled from reports sent in by actual DJs with freeform (i.e. no playlists) radio shows on public, college and community stations round the country (and world). Each of them lists the six albums they took most pleasure in playing."

Hayes Carll, "Wish I Hadn't Stayed So Long"

Other 2008 FAR winners include: Justin Townes Earle for Debut Album; Alejandro Escovedo for Male Artist (Carll was second); Starline Rhythm Boys for Group of the Year; and Gurf Morlix as Instrumentalist. The full lists are below.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1. Miss Leslie, Between The Whiskey And The Wine (Zero Label)

2. Starline Rhythm Boys, Live at Charlie O's World Famous (Cow Island)

3. Hayes Carll, Trouble in Mind (Lost Highway)

4 James McMurtry, Just Us Kids (Lightning Rod)

5. Arty Hill & The Long Gone Daddies, Bar Of Gold (Cow Island)

6. Cornell Hurd Band, American Shadows: Songs Of Moon Mullican (Behemoth)

7. Alejandro Escovedo, Real Animal (Back Porch)

8. Jim Stringer & The AM Band, Triskaidekaphilia (Music Room)

9. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, Rattlin' Bones (Liberation/Sugar Hill)

10. Drive-By Truckers, Brighter Than Creation's Dark (New West)

DEBUT ALBUM

1. Justin Townes Earle, The Good Life (Bloodshot)

2 The Dixons, Still Your Fool (Cow Island)

3. The Belleville Outfit, Wanderin'

4. Rod Picott & Amanda Shires, Sew Your Heart With Wires

5 Grant Peeples, It's Later Than You Think

6. Peter Cooper: Mission Door (Red Beet)

VARIOUS ARTISTS/TRIBUTE ALBUMS

1. Ribbon Of Highway Endless Skyway (Music Road)

2. Our Side Of Town (Red House)

3 Cornell Hurd Band, American Shadows; Songs of Moon Mullican (Behemoth)

4. The Imus Ranch Record (New West)

5. Moneyland (McCoury Music)

6. Welcome To The Club: Early Female Rockabilly (El Toro)

REISSUE/HISTORIC ALBUM

1. Hank Williams, Unreleased Recordings (Time Life)

2. Border Blasters: Blast From The Past (Boquillas)

3. Charlie Pickett & The...,  Bar Band Americanus (Bloodshot)

4. Bob Dylan, Tell Tale Signs (Columbia)

5. Neil Young, Sugar Mountain (Reprise)

6. Whiskeytown, Stranger's Almanac (Lost Highway)

7. Best Of The Johnny Cash TV Show (Columbia Legacy)

8. Walter Hyatt, Some Unfinished Business, Vol. 1 (King Tears)

FEMALE ARTIST

1. Miss Leslie

2. Eliza Gilkyson

3. Carrie Rodriguez

4. Eilen Jewell

5. Caroline Herring

6. Emmylou Harris

7. Kathleen Edwards

8. Amber Digby

9. Lucinda Williams

10. Abi Tapia

MALE ARTIST

1. Alejandro Escovedo

2. Hayes Carll

3. James McMurtry

4. Cornell Hurd

5. Darrell Scott

6. Rodney Crowell

7. Arty Hill

8. Ry Cooder

9. Justin Townes Earle

10. Eric Hisaw

GROUP

1. Starline Rhythm Boys

2. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson

3. Joe Ely & Joel Guzman

4. Drive-By Truckers

5. Cornell Hurd Band

6. Robin & Linda Williams

7. Arty Hill & the Long Gone Daddys

8. Jeni & Billy

INSTRUMENTALIST

1. Gurf Morlix

2. Jim Stringer

3. Redd Volkaert

4. Buddy Miller

5. Deke Dickerson

6. Bobby Flores

7. Duke Levine

8. Lloyd Maines

SONGWRITER

1. Leslie Sloan

2. James McMurtry

3. Hayes Carll

4. Arty Hill

5. Ronny Elliott

6. Rodney Crowell

7. Alejandro Escovedo

8. Eliza Gilkyson

9. Tim Grimm

10. Chip Taylor

11. Bobby Charles

BEST IN THE INDUSTRY

1. Bill Hunt (Cow Island)

2. Joe Swank (Bloodshot)

3. Martha Moore (Somuchmoore)

4. Ellen Stanley (Red House)

5. Al Moss & Trish Wagner

6. Fred Boenig

7. Leslie Rouffe

8. Jenni Finlay - William Michael Smith


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