PRESS RELEASE February 15, 2010 Bandera Duo Nominated for The Texas Music Awards Art Crawford and Lisa Beck from Bandera are known to music lovers all over Texas as "Art and Lisa" Their debut album "Learning to Breathe Again", produced by Lloyd Maines and John Inmon has placed them in the spotlight once again. The very prestigious Texas Music Awards, sanctioned by The Academy of Texas Music Inc. has officially nominated "Art and Lisa" to the 2010 Texas Music Awards in the category of Vocal Duo or Group of The Year. In January, industry professionals, disc jockeys, artists, and fans were allowed to submit online nomination suggestions to the TMAs in each of the fifteen categories. After more than 43,000 submissions, the difficult and tedious task of narrowing the field to just five nominees began. A complete list of nominees in all categories is available at www.texasmusicawards.org. Also, you will find information on this website about voting and perhaps becoming more involved in Texas music by volunteering or even helping to sponser an event of this magnitude. And, yes, that is a .org at the end of the website. The awards ceremony also serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit Academy of Texas Music, Inc. The 8th annual Texas Music Awards will be held at The Marshall Civic Center in Marshall, Texas on Saturday, May 15, 2010. Legendary performer and songwriter, B.J. Thomas will host the event and will perform a concert with his highly acclaimed band after the awards show. Jinelle Boyd, Executive Director of The Academy of Texas Music, Inc. remarks on the quality of the show. "These are some of the greatest performers in Texas. They're independent musicians making the music the world will be listening to in the future. With B.J. Thomas hosting, this is going to be an amazing event. The most exciting night in Texas music." "Art and Lisa" have been playing the little coffee shops and the bigger honkytonks throughout Texas and further for a few years now. You can learn more about them on their website at www.artandlisa.com. If you don't already know this duo, and you like what you see and hear, then you can vote for them at www.texasmusicawards.org. To describe their music to you is not an easy task. Yes it is kinda "country", yes it might be "folky" at times, absolutely "Americana", definately "red dirt" (probably from Arts Oklahoma roots), you can't categorize this kind of feeling and put a name on it and say thats what kind of music they play. Three of the most respected names in Texas music had some things to say about "Art and Lisa", and then it was noted that they all seperately used the same word to describe their feelings. Soul. Not soul music , but soul. Lloyd Maines said "their writing and vocals are so soulful and real". Then John Inmon talked about how" they make honest music with grace and soul and beauty". Walt Wilkins, who wrote one of the songs on the album, says "this is what the warm soulful heart of texas music really is to me". Michael Martin Murphy, Shake Russell, Wade Bowen, Johnny Gimble, Lloyd Maines, Doug Moreland, Pauline Reese, Hayes Carll, and The Dust Devils are just a few of the Texas legends that have been recipients in past years at The Texas Music Awards.