STEPHENVILLE — Saturday was anything but the disaster that three “Janes” from Waxahachie and the namesake of their Texas Country band claims to cause.
After a runner-up finish last year in the "Best Duo or Group" category at the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards, Calamity Janes was not denied a second time.
The trio — comprised of Waxahachie natives Arwyn Benson, Alyssa Yancey and Courtney Childs-Mock — was voted the 2017 TRRMA "Best New Band of the Year" at the 7th annual Texas Regional Radio Music Awards held Saturday, June 3 at Melody Mountain Ranch in Stephenville. The site is home to the Larry Joe Taylor Music Festival, which draws thousands of visitors a year for a full week of Texas Country and Red Dirt musical performances.
Calamity Janes, who keep boots stompin' from under the Texas Red Dirt genre, were a finalist last year, pitted head-to-head against Prophets and Outlaws, who ultimately received the award.
"We don't have enough words to properly say thank you to everyone who has had a hand in the dream of three little girls from the country," the sisters posted on their official Instagram page. "We're so thankful for every bit of this journey — the good, the bad, the struggles, the blessings, the friends and family, the miles, the sleepless nights, the highway and home. Our journey is just beginning and we could do none of it without all the people in our lives!"
Each year, Texas Regional Radio Report recognizes the "best of the best" in Texas Country and Red Dirt music, according to the TRRMA website. To be considered for a nomination, a band or artist has to have at least one song crack the TRRR top-100 during the previous calendar year.
"The awards show was created to recognize artists in the format for their sacrifices, accomplishments and passion," the website adds. Any fan, industry executive or artist who is a TRRR member and in good standing can nominate and vote for artists or groups in one of the several categories.
"For many years, Nashville has held (its) annual country radio seminar designed to help radio with programming, sales and promotions," the TRRMA website explains. "But there has not been an awards show or seminar for radio stations or artists that are geared to our format's specific needs until T3R and TRRMA.
"[...] Our event is hosted solely with the intention of providing a quality event for the seminar participants, award winners, award show attendees and, of course, and most importantly, the fans."
Calamity Janes began last year dubbed as a band that would "make it big some day" and one to watch by the Dallas Examiner. They then continued that head of steam into the top-100 of the TRRR charts.
"Their smooth harmonies blend country, swing and blues, the very essence of Texas music," the review reads.
Calamity Janes capped 2016 with their single, "Pullin' Weeds," coming in at No. 113 on the final Texas TRRR top-115 songs of the year.
Cody Johnson ("Wild as You"), Kyle Park ("Don't Forget Where You Come From"), Drew Fish Band ("Sounds Like A Plan"), Cody Jinks ("Wish You Were Here") and Sam Riggs ("Secondhand Smoke") held down the top five spots on the chart, respectively.
The sisters have a full slate of upcoming shows, which includes four shows in four days, June 14-17 that begins in Lindale before traveling to Paris, Kansas and ending with back-to-back performances in New York, New York. They then return to Texas for a June 24 show at The Green Wood Saloon in Bluff Dale.