2000 National Heritage Fellow

Country music is one of the most popular and commercially successful forms of music in the world. Ironically, it is this same commercial success and intense marketing spotlight on the contemporary that has obscured the music's roots in the small towns and rural regions of the American heartland. Cowboy song, popularized on the silver screen in the 1930s and 1940s, and Texan country swing modeled after Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys were two essential ingredients in the evolution of country music.

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1997 Indie Award For the album Texas Top Hand

1998 Best Performing Band

1998 Best Performing Band by the Austin Chronicle. You know, that time Don Walser won along the likes of Dale Watson, Reckless Kelly, Willie Nelson, Kelly Willis, Asleep at the Wheel and Robert Earl Keen!

Austin Music All of Fame 1995 Inductee

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Don Plays the Opry! (1999 & 2001)

1999 & 2001 Don Plays the Opry Don Walser cried the day the Grand Ole Opry asked him if he'd like to perform on its weekend broadcast. It's the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, he says, albeit one he put on hold for four decades. As a young man, Walser sacrificed his musical ambitions so that he could promise his wife and children a comfortable living. Now retired from the Texas National Guard, where he worked for 39 years, Walser has been stunning listeners with his acrobatic tenor and his joyful spirit since he started performing music full-time in 1994.