East Texas has always been a hotbed for country music and Linden, Texas is the home of the Texas Music Barn inside the Academy of Texas Music Inc. building. Songwriters and musicians from around Texas will gather for the 11th annual Texas Music Awards March 23.More than 30 performers on four stages will be featured in this Texas showdown rewarding some of the best talent in the state of Texas. The Jason Helms Band is nominated for three awards, Live Band of the Year, Record of the Year, and Rising Star Award. This annual event also serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit Academy of Texas Music, Inc. which seeks sponsorships and donations to further its efforts toward music education programs, scholarships, recognition projects, and benevolence programs for musicians in need.

Jinelle Boyd, who is also the Producer of the Texas Music AwardsTM explains how important this process is to the nominees.

”These outstanding artists need something to bring them recognition for their regional success and help them gain the national attention they deserve. Even though some of our nominees are already quite popular in the music world, the Texas Music AwardsTM serve to give many of the newer artists a stepping stone to bigger and better things.”

All the fun kicks off at high noon and goes to after midnight with an after party in Jefferson, Texas. If you love Texas country this is the place to be on March 23. See the list of the 2013 nominees here.

For ticket information and entertainment lineup head to texasmusicawards.org