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Miranda Lambert wins solid and brings along a group of new fresh ACM Winners

Monday, April 8th, 2013

48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards sparked and entertained with another stellar night of top-seed performances and a line-up of the biggest names in country music industry, both as presenters and performers. Big congratulations goes to Miranda Lambert, who picked up 4 awards and winning the Female Vocalist Of The Year award, Luke Bryan who won the Entertainer Of the Year award and Jason Aldean who received the Male Vocalist Of the Year award. Fresh Nashville talent was bumped into the woodwork and cheerful newcomer mentions must  go to Florida Georgia Line, who nabbed their very first awards by winning two out their three nominations out of the bat, including New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year and  New Artist Of The Year and to newly engaged Nashville couple Jana Kramer and  Brantley Gilbert who kept it all in the family by winning both the New Female Vocalist Of the Year award and the New Male Vocalist Of the Year award, respectively.

Here’s the complete list, with the winners name in BOLD:

Entertainer of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Blake Shelton
  • Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Toby Keith
  • Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Martina McBride
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Big & Rich
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Love and Theft
  • Sugarland
  • Thompson Square

Vocal Group of the Year

  • The Band Perry
  • Eli Young Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Zac Brown Band

New Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Lee Brice
  • Brantley Gilbert
  • Hunter Hayes

New Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Jana Kramer
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Sunny Sweeney

New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year

  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Love and Theft
  • Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year

Presented by Kohl’s Department Stores (Winners of New Male, New Female & New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year)

  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Brantley Gilbert
  • Jana Kramer

Album of the Year

(Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company)

  • Blown Away – Carrie Underwood (19/Arista Nashville)
    Produced by: Mark Bright
  • Chief – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)
    Produced by: Jay Joyce
  • Red – Taylor Swift (Big Machine Records)
    Produced by: Jeff Bhasker, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker, Dan Wilson
  • Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville)
    Produced by: Mark Bright, Jeff Stevens
  • Tornado – Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville)
    Produced by: Jay Joyce

Single Record of the Year

(Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company)

  • Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville)
    Produced by: Mike Wrucke
  • Over You – Miranda Lambert (RCA)
    Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
  • Pontoon – Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville)
    Produced by: Jay Joyce
  • Springsteen – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)
    Produced by: Jay Joyce
  • Wanted – Hunter Hayes (Atlantic/WMN)
    Produced by: Hunter Hayes, Dann Huff

Song of the Year

(Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s))

  • A Woman Like You – Lee Brice
    Composers: Phil Barton, Johnny Bulford, Jon Stone
    Publishers: 3JB Music (BMI), Adios Pantalones (SESAC), Hears That Skyline Music (SESAC), Sixteen Stars Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
  • Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band
    Composers: Will Hoge, Eric Paslay
    Publishers: Cal IV Songs (ASCAP), Will Hoge Music (BMI)
  • Over You – Miranda Lambert
    Composers: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton
    Publishers: Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)
  • Springsteen – Eric Church
    Composers: Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell
    Publishers: Bug Music (BMI), ole Purple Cape Music (BMI), Sinnerlina (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)
  • Wanted – Hunter Hayes
    Composers: Hunter Hayes, Troy Verges
    Publishers: Happy Little Man Publishing (BMI), Songs From The Engine Room (BMI), Songs Of Universal Inc. (BMI)

Songwriter of the Year

*(Off Show Award)

  • Rodney Clawson
  • Dallas Davidson
  • Josh Kear
  • Luke Laird
  • Shane McAnally

Video of the Year

(Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)) *(Off Show Award) (TIE)

  • Creepin’ – Eric Church
    Producer: Iris Baker
    Director: Peter Zavadil
  • Merry Go ‘Round
    Producer: Perry Bean, Kacey Musgraves
    Director: Perry Bean
  • Tornado – Little Big Town
    Producer: Iris Baker
    Director: Shane Drake
  • Wanted – Hunter Hayes
    Producer: Stephanie Reeves, Eric Williams
    Director: Traci Goudie, Patrick Hubik
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
    Producer: John Nguyen
    Director: Declan Whitebloom
  • The Wind – Zac Brown Band
    Producer: Ben Kalina
    Director: Mike Judge

Vocal Event of the Year

(Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company) *(Off  Show Award)

  • Don’t Rush – Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill (19/RCA/Columbia Nashville)
    Produced by: Dann Huff
  • Easy – Rascal Flatts Featuring Natasha Bedingfield (Big Machine Records)
    Produced by: Dann Huff, Brian Kennedy, Rascal Flatts
  • Feel Like A Rock Star – Kenny Chesney (Duet With Tim McGraw) (Blue Chair/BNA)
  • Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
  • Let It Rain – David Nail Featuring Sarah Buxton (MCA Nashville)
  • Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell
  • The Only Way I Know – Jason Aldean With Luke Bryan & Eric Church (Broken Bow)
  • Produced by: Michael Knox

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NEW RELEASES: The New Waylon Tribute Goes Out of the Box

Sunday, February 6th, 2011
Witt Stewart & Jessi Colter (Photo: Julie King)


The late Waylon Jennings, the Legend from Lubbock, TX  gets a fresh musical remake by a select Nashville artists. The First Volume of the upcoming Three Volume Production will be commercially released on the week of the ninth anniversary of his death, February 8th.

In our recent interview with both Witt Stewart and Jessi Colter, Witt revealed that their long list of current Nashville artists did not come along right away. In fact, they started out just with Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.  It became clear  early on that Witt wanted to think “out of the box” and add Waylon’s music also interpreted by today’s artists in their own styles. It was a long process but adding James Otto, Randy Houser and Jamey Johnson who already were huge Waylon fans, was the easy part.  Trace Adkins and the legendary Alabama (they reunited just for the recording) were also honored to be a part.

“It’s a huge honor to be a part of this project that pays tribute to Waylon. He is a true legend, ” says Adkins.  ”Getting to record this song with the original “Waylons” who helped bring life to all of his great music, was also really special and something I’ll always remember.”

Stay tuned for volume 2 and 3 and according to Witt, “you never know if there will be a 4th or 5th”.

The full list of artists on the first album are:

Jamey JohnsonAlabamaRandy Houser, Shooter JenningsSunny SweeneyJessi ColterJames Otto, John HiattKris KristoffersonPatty GriffinTrace Adkins and Chanel Campbell.

Waylon – The music Inside Volume 1 is a production of Scatter Records and Big Machine Records.

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Check out our upcoming extended episode with exclusive interview with Witt Stewart & Jessi Colter!

New Artist Round-Up 2010

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

As we are getting ready to turn our calendars and ears to a new year of new great music, there are a handful of new artists who have already proved this year they will be well worth following-up closely in 2011! Here’s our end-of-the-year new artist round-up highlights:

Easton Corbin capped off a great year among a promising group of new Nashville artists, taking home three Breakthrough Artist trophies from the premier airing of the American Country Awards on December 6. With a banner run that includes a Billboard Hot Country® Songs number one placement for his first single release, “A Little More Country Than That“, the introduction of his self-titled debut album , and a second single, “Roll With It“, topping the country music charts, Corbin’s 2010 has definitely been striking gold.

Meanwhile, The Band Perry also had a stellar year. The release of their first album, plus a dazzling debut for their hit single, “If I Die Young,” which claimed the catbird seat at #1 on the country charts and received a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year, mean that Kimberly, Reid and Neil of the Band Perry are riding high on the tail end of 2010, and enjoying every minute of it. Says Kim, “our very favorite thing to do is to just go out on stage every night with country music lovers and to sing country songs together.”

Not to be outdone, Steel Magnolia, a duo comprised of real-life sweethearts Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones, received the coveted nomination of Top New Vocal Duo from the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2010 as well as a nomination in the same category from the Country Music Association Awards, along with the CMT Music Awards nomination for Duo Video of the Year for Steel Magnolia’s hit single “Keep on Lovin’ You.”

Other notable new country artists enjoying major accomplishments in 2010 include Jerrod Niemann, whose 2010 debut single entitled “Lover, Lover “, a cover Sonia Dada‘s “You Don’t Treat Me No Good,” reached number one on the country music charts in August, and Justin Moore, whose singles “Backwoods” climbed to the sixth rung on the Top Ten ladder, and “How I Got to Be This Way” made the top 20. Popular new artist  Sunny Sweeney released her first single in June of 2010, entitled “From a Table Away,” which rocketed smack dab into Billboard’s Hot Country® Song chart.

We are sure to hear and see more from all of them in the coming year, and from some of them sooner than later: Steel Magnolia is scheduled to release their first full-size album on Januray 11, 2011. When we last spoke with Meghan and Scott, they mentioned that “Good things have always happen to them with number “11″”, thus the release date was set based on their favorite number.  We can be quite sure many more good things will happen with them….with number “11″ or not!