The South Texas Conjunto Association handed out accolades to some of the year’s best Conjunto musicians at the 20th Annual Conjunto of the Year Awards in Elsa, Texas on July 15.
The ceremony was held at the Full Court Dance Hall with Ricky Naranjo Y Los Gamblers winning Conjunto of the Year, Konjunto Kompaz winning Single Of The Year for “KK Special,” and Album of the Year was taken by Tony Saenz for Amor Sin Condiciones.
Conjunto icon Linda Escobar was awarded Female Vocalist of the Year and Epi Martinez won Male Vocalist of the Year.
Awards for the year’s top musicians were also handed out, most notably, Stevie Ray Vavages for Bajo Player of the Year and Ricky Guzman III as Accordion Player of the Year
The night also featured performances from many of the nominees and winners including Epi Martinez and Friends, Los Cucuys de Rodney Rodriguez, Ruben Garza Y La Nueva Era, Katie Lee Y Su Conjunto and many more.
Full list of winners at 20th Annual Conjunto of the Year Awards:
Conjunto of the Year – Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers
CD / Album of the Year – Amor sin Condiciones, Tony Saenz
Single of the year – “KK Special,” Konjunto Kompaz
Composer – Frank Hernandez
Vocalist of the Year – Epi Martinez
Dueto of the Year – Ruben Naranjo III / Roger / Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers
Female Vocalist of the Year – Linda Escobar
Upcoming Conjunto – Los Cucuys de Rodney Rodriguez
Bass player of the Year – Jesse Flores, Los Tremendos Cinco
Bajo of the Year – Stevie Ray Vavages
Accordionist of the Year – Ricky Guzman III
2018 Drummer of the Year – Rey Longoria, Lazaro Perez y Su Conjunto
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