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Carrie Underwood Sheds Tears, Rascal Flatts “Tebows” at ACM Honors Ceremony

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Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

The 8th Annual ACM Honors were held on September 9, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Ryman Auditorium, which is often referred to as the “mother church of country music.” The evening was a celebration of special award recipients from the Academy of Country Music, honoring musicians, industry professionals, and artists. Emotions ran high throughout the night, as both presenters and performers recalled memories of the honorees.

Jake Owen hosted the ceremony, and kicked off the night with a performance of Ronnie Milsap’s “Back on My Mind Again.” Milsap was later presented with the Career Achievement Award, and Hunter Hayes performed a medley of Milsap’s hits “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For the World” and “Smoky Mountain Rain” in his honor.

The Special Awards segment of the ceremony was full of memorable performances, including the Oak Ridge Boys, who received a standing ovation for their performance of “Elvira” in honor of veteran booking agent Paul Moore, recipient of the Mae Boren Axton Award.

“How cool is it to see Carrie Underwood singing ‘oom papa oom papa mow mow’??” said Joe Bonsall.

 Carrie Underwood was visibly emotional during her acceptance of the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, thanking her husband and her team for their efforts. Jake Owen quipped afterwards that this was just the beginning of her emotional rollercoaster, referring to her recently announced pregnancy. The video highlights showcased her achievements from the live Sound of Music television production to her recorded music and touring. The Swon Brothers performed a medley of her hits “See You Again” and “Wasted” in her honor.

A dynamic trio of powerhouse vocals, Kelly Clarkson, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, and Kacey Musgraves, honored Songwriter of the Year Shane McAnally by performing some of his hits that they’ve recorded, including “Tie It Up,” “Downtown,” and “Merry Go Round.”

“These songs are who we are,” said Shane McAnally. He recalled the early days of his career and how he thought that if Kenny Chesney could just hear his songs, he would make it. Sure enough, Chesney ended up hearing and recording “Somewhere With You,” which was McAnally’s first number one hit. Chesney also presented the award to McAnally.

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

Rascal Flatts was honored with the Jim Reeves Internal Award, recognizing their contributions to the expansion of country music around the world with their recent European tour stops. Tim Tebow was a surprise guest, and presented the award to the trio. Joe Don Rooney took the opportunity for a photo-op, and all four of them “Tebowed” after receiving the award, which may be a first for the historic Ryman stage.

An additional recipient of the Jim Reeves International Award was industry veteran Steve Buchanan, for his contributions to the global exposure of the Grand Ole Opry and Nashville television show. Buchanan mentioned during his acceptance speech that he is currently working a musical production of the iconic television show Hee-Haw with hit songwriters Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark. Nashville stars Sam Palladio (Gunnar) and Clare Bowen (Scarlett) performed to honor both Buchanan and Rascal Flatts.

The star-studded evening also included legendary Brenda Lee, who presented the Pioneer Award to Bob Beckham’s family and Tony Joe White performed “Polk Salad Annie” in his honor.

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

The Poet’s Award went to Cowboy Jack Clement, Buck Owens, Dean Dillon, and Kris Kristofferson for their iconic songwriting contributions to country music. Performers honoring the recipients included Shawn Camp, Billy Burnette, Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Clawson, Lee Ann Womack, Jack Ingram, and Will Hoge.

Other awards presented included:

  • Industry Awards: Venues of the year (Billy Bob’s Texas, Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, Grand Ole Opry House, Bridgestone Arena), talent buyer of the year (Nicole More), casinos of the year (Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun Wolf Arena), and promoter of the year (Brian O’Connell).
  • Studio Recording Awards: bass player of the year (Michael Rhodes), guitar player of the year (Rob McNelley), piano/keyboards player of the year (Charlie Judge), steel guitar player of the year (Paul Franklin), audio engineer of the year (Justin Niebank), specialty instrument player of the year (Bryan Sutton), drummer of the year (Shannon Forrest), and producer of the year (Dan Huff).

Kris Kristofferson closed out the evening by summing it up perfectly:

I feel like I’m in church and I can’t thank you enough.

 

Nicole Palsa
@nicolepalsa

Lee Ann Womack Debuts New Music Video for “The Way I’m Livin'”

Lee Ann Womack’s music video for her brand new single, “The Way I’m Livin’,” is now available exclusively on CMT, CMT Pure, CMT.com and CMT Artists App. “The Way I’m Livin’” is the lead single and title track from her forthcoming album due out Sept. 23rd. Directed by Roger Pistole, the video was shot in an abandoned house on a working cattle farm outside Nashville. A departure from a typical Womack video, “The Way I’m Livin’” includes themes open for interpretation from fans, featuring live snakes, the notions of temptation and salvation and even the Devil him or herself.

Next week, Lee Ann will tape a CMT Crossroads with John Legend.

John Legend & Lee Ann Womack Set to Team Up for CMT Crossroads

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Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend will team up with Grammy Award-winning country star Lee Ann Womack next month when CMT presents an all-new episode of CMT CROSSROADS. Legend and Womack will meet and collaborate for the first time on the CMT CROSSROADS stage in Franklin, Tenn. CMT CROSSROADS: JOHN LEGEND AND LEE ANN WOMACK will premiere Friday, September 26th at 10 p.m. ET/PT only on CMT.

“Having John and Lee Ann join us on CMT CROSSROADS is going to be an incredible pairing – they are both among the most respected singers in their genres,” says John Hamlin, SVP Music, Events and Talent, CMT. “This has all the makings of another classic CROSSROADS collaboration.”

Lee Ann Womack, Del McCoury Band and Keller Willams to Perform at Wide Open Bluegrass

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To celebrate the 75th birthday of one of the most respected artists in contemporary bluegrass, a special 90-minute set, “Del McCoury Band with special guests Lee Ann Womack and Keller Williams”, will take place on Saturday, October 4 during the Wide Open Bluegrass festival. Wide Open Bluegrass is part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event, which takes place September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The set, scheduled to take place at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater, will be presented in three segments:
7:00-7:30pm Travelin’ McCourys with Keller Williams
7:30-8:00pm Del McCoury Band
8:00-8:30pm Del McCoury Band with Lee Ann Womack

“Since Del McCoury turned 75 this year, it is the perfect time for Wide Open Bluegrass to celebrate one of our most beloved performers,” said William Lewis, Executive Director of PineCone (the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music) and Wide Open Bluegrass producer. “Del and the Del McCoury Band have a unique ability to appeal to music lovers of all stripes, including fans of traditional bluegrass, jamgrass and country. Whether playing before a diverse crowd at Bonnaroo or at his own DelFest, Del McCoury remains one of the best global ambassadors we have for bluegrass music.”

Artists that have been previously announced for Wide Open Bluegrass, which takes place October 3-4, include Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder, Hot Rize (with Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers), Yonder Mountain String Band, Gibson Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Balsam Range, Lonesome River Band, Chatham County Line, Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan, Della Mae, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Grascals, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Special Consensus, Town Mountain, The Deadly Gentlemen, James King Band, Larry Stephenson Band, Mustered Courage, The Roys, The Davidson Brothers, Jesse McReynolds, Bobby Hicks, Sierra Hull, The Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet’s world premiere of new concerto “Lucid Dreamer” and the Wide Open Jam, featuring the superstar lineup of Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton and Stuart Duncan.

Womack’s performance with Del McCoury will come at the end of a busy week for the Grammy winner at World of Bluegrass 2014. The country vocalist will join fellow Grammy recipient, musician Jerry Douglas, to host IBMA’s 25th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for October 2 at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The Way I’m Livin’, her much anticipated roots music project on the Sugar Hill label, continues to receive positive notice from esteemed media outlets like The Wall Street Journal, RollingStone.com and USA Today.

Artist Keller Williams recorded his 18th album, Pick, with the Travelin’ McCourys. “Playing with Keller is like being in a 2-car chase on a mountain road: you’re trying to catch him, only to find, as you round the corner…he’s already gone!” Ronnie McCoury has said about the experience. “He’s an inspirational musician and songwriter. It’s so satisfying to try to keep up with him – and you can’t stop smiling along the way!

IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event, an annual bluegrass music homecoming, consists of four parts: the IBMA Business Conference, September 30 – October 2; the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, October 2; Wide Open Bluegrass, October 3-4 (which includes both free stages and ticketed festival performances) and the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place September 30 – October 2 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Those wishing to obtain tickets for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass (which takes place at Red Hat Amphitheater and Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom Stages), Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, IBMA Award Show tickets and hotel reservations should go to IBMA’s website, ibma.org. Single day general admission for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass starts as low as $50, with a three-day Bluegrass Ramble pass available for $75. Additional details and pricing information are available at the website.

Lee Ann Womack Gets Detailed in New Interview

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Lee Ann Womack always impresses on the red carpet – but you won’t often find her sitting front row during New York City’s Fashion Week. So when designer Tory Burch requested an interview with Lee Ann for her blog, the singer admitted,

“I was puzzled, because while I like clothes, I don’t necessarily think of someone like Tory Burch and my kind of music.”

Read Burch’s in-depth interview with Le Ann here and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Womack’s new album, The Way I’m Livin’, out Sept. 23.

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