In February, 2016 Charley Pride was the first living male musician to receive the illustrious Ameripolitan Masters Award. In a ceremony that took place at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX, Pride was honored as the recipient of this relatively new, but acclaimed, award.
The Ameripolitan Music Awards benefit and acknowledge artists who they say don’t ‘conform to today’s country’ standards. That is to say, those artists who maintain a firm root in classic country when it comes to their musical and lyrical stylings.
While the Awards were not created as a way to debate the relative value of new vs. old, they are a way to recognize classic country artists. The awards are separated into four categories: Honky Tonk, Western Swing, Rockabilly and Outlaw. They are one of the few awards outlets where winners are entirely chosen based on fan votes.
Pride has been performing for several decades, and to this day he’s stayed true to his classic country roots. He performed at the awards alongside other talented artists, including Georgette Jones, Billy Joe Shaver, and many more.
Watch one of Pride’s tried and true classic, “Kiss An Angel Good Morning” in the video below! What did you think? Leave us a comment, we’d love to hear from you!
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