RANDY HUSTON, HANNAH HUSTON RECEIVE WRANGLER AWARDS
Album “Cowboys & Girls” Named Outstanding Traditional Western Music Album; Hannah is Recognized with the New Horizon Award
Randy Huston and Hannah Huston received their first Wrangler Awards Saturday night from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Randy and Hannah received the award for Outstanding Traditional Western Music Album for “Cowboys & Girls.” Hannah also received the New Horizon Award from the organization.
Randy thanked the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, saying, “Eli Barsi said we would be nervous – she was right.” He went on to say, “We’ve been treated with kindness, respect and professionalism. We are thrilled. In addition to our music, we ranch in Northeast New Mexico, so the museum and all it does speaks directly to our hearts.”
After thanking “God for the gift of music,” Randy thanked his father, Darrel Huston, “for always having music in hour home.” He dedicated the award to his late mother, Geri Huston, “for nurturing our gift of music.” He went on to thank all the folks who have an interest in and enjoy cowboy music.
This album is Hannah’s first time to record with her father, although she has been performing onstage with him since she was 10. In her acceptance speech for the New Horizon Award, the 17-year old college student said, “It is such a great honor to receive this award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. When I started singing with my dad at the age of 10, I never imagined winning one award, let alone two in one night.
“I would like to thank my dad for being my singing partner and my guitar player, and my mom, Julianne, for supporting me. I would like to thank my friends and family who helped make this possible and also everyone who helped put the album together. Thank you for this tremendous honor, I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Previous Wrangler award winners Michael Martin Murphey and Eli Barsi presented the awards to Randy and Hannah. Of the album, Michael said it continues the tradition of great western music and noted that all songs were written or co-written by the award recipients. Eli added, “It is no surprise that the songs run the gamut from heartfelt tearjerkers to songs that will make you laugh and lighten your day – songs about family, friends, cows, horses, wrecks, God and family, God and country — all of which paint a picture of the western life and lifestyle.”
First presented in 1961, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Western Heritage Awards were established to honor and encourage the legacy of those whose works in literature, music, film, and television reflect the significant stories of the American West.
The awards program also recognizes inductees into the prestigious Hall of Great Westerners and the Hall of Great Western Performers as well as the recipient of the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award, named in honor of the Museum’s founder. Each honoree receives a Wrangler, an impressive bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback.
The awards ceremony is streamed live at http://wranglernetwork.com/portfolio-view/national-cowboy-western-and-heritage-museum-western-heritage-awards/. For a complete list of winners, go to http://nationalcowboymuseum.org/awards-halls-of-fame/western-heritage-awards/western-heritage-awards-current-winners/.