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ACM Honors Packed with Performances and Tributes to The Best of the Best

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Last night artists, songwriters, industry folks and fans gathered at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to celebrate the off-camera awards from the 51st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the ACM Honors. Normally a low-key gathering, this year’s show pulled out the big guns with a performance packed show fit for television. Ironically enough, the show will air September 9th on CBS at 9PM ET/PT.

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Musicians, songwriters, artists honored each other with one-of-a-kind covers of songs made famous by those before them. Paying tribute to those that paved the way. Without giving it all away, stand-out performances include Maren Morris’ “Delta Dawn,” Kelsea Ballerini’s tribute to Crystal Gayle with “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell’s “Love a Rainy Night” tribute to Eddie Rabbit… but the performance of the night goes to Alicia Keys and Cam absolutely killing Little Big Town‘s “Girl Crush.” Seriously. Those girls can sing.

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Winners of the evening include:

ACM Triple Crown Award: Jason Aldean

ACM Mae Boren Axton Award: Keith Urban

ACM Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award:
Tanya Tucker
The Statler Brothers
Crystal Gayle

ACM Poets Award:
Jimmy Webb
Eddie Rabbitt

ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award: Miranda Lambert

ACM Songwriter of the Year: Ross Copperman

ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award: Carrie Underwood

ACM Crystal Milestone Award: Little Big Town

ACM Jim Reeves International Award: Jeff Walker

ACM Career Achievement Award: Glen Campbell

The ACM Honors will air September 9th on CBS.
You can see all our photos here.

Sturgill Simpson Slams ACM

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Tomorrow night, Miranda Lambert will be awarded the first ever Merle Haggard Spirit Award by the Academy of Country Music at the ACM Honors, and the honor has sparked some harsh words for the industry from singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson. He didn’t hold back on Facebook with a strongly worded post about the use of Merle’s name and legacy.

Many years back, much like Willie and Waylon had years before, Merle Haggard said,
“Fuck this town. I’m moving.” and he left Nashville.
According to my sources, it was right after a record executive told him that “Kern River” was a bad song. In the last chapter of his career and his life, Nashville wouldn’t call, play, or touch him. He felt forgotten and tossed aside. I always got a sense that he wanted one last hit..one last proper victory lap of his own, and we all know deserved it. Yet it never came. And now he’s gone.

Im writing this because I want to go on record and say I find it utterly disgusting the way everybody on Music Row is coming up with any reason they can to hitch their wagon to his name while knowing full and damn well what he thought about them. If the ACM wants to actually celebrate the legacy and music of Merle Haggard, they should drop all the formulaic cannon fodder bullshit they’ve been pumping down rural America’s throat for the last 30 years along with all the high school pageantry, meat parade award show bullshit and start dedicating their programs to more actual Country Music.

While Im venting about the unjust treatment of a bonafide American music legend, I should also add, if for no other reasons than sheer principal and to get the taste I’ve been choking back for months now out of my mouth, that Merle was supposed to be on the cover of Garden & Gun magazine’s big Country Music issue (along with myself) a few months back.
They reached out to both of us in October of last year while I was on a west coast tour. Merle was home off the road so I took a day off and traveled up to Redding.
He was so excited about it and it goes without saying that I was completely beside myself along with my Grandfather who has always been a HUGE Merle fan. We spent the whole day of the interview visiting in his living room with our families and had a wonderful conversation with the journalist. Then we spent about two hours outside being photographed by a brilliant and highly respected photographer named David McClister until Merle had enough…he was still recovering from a recent bout of double pneumonia at the time and it was a bit cold that day on the ranch.
But then at the last minute, the magazine’s editor put Chris Stapleton on the cover without telling anyone until they had already gone to print. Don’t get me wrong, Chris had a great year and deserves a million magazine covers…but thats not the point.
Its about keeping your word and ethics.
Chris also knows this as he called me personally to express his disgust at the situation. Dude’s a class act.
The editor later claimed in a completely bullshit email apology to both Merle’s publicist and ours (Chris and I share the same publicist) that they didn’t get any good shots that day.
David McClister..
2 hour shoot..
no good photos..
OK buddy,..whatever you say.
Anyway, Merle passed away right after it came out.

Some days, this town and this industry have a way of making we wish I could just go sit on Mars and build glass clocks.

Sturgill

What do you think of his remarks? I have to say that’s how this whole place works. We love you. We hate you. You’re not good enough. You’re amazing!

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Old Dominion, Kane Brown, and LoCash Party at Whiskey Jam in Vegas

Photo: Twitter @WhiskeyJam

Photo: Twitter @WhiskeyJam

Whiskey Jam, a Nashville-based weekly concert series, took its party to Vegas during ACM weekend for a special show at Losers Bar at MGM Grand Casino. Performers included hit songwriter Chris DeStefano, ACM New Vocal Group of the Year winner Old Dominion, Kane Brown, LoCash, and a surprise appearance by Parmalee.

And who better to sponsor the event than George Dickel. The whisky maker offered a variety of cocktails to guests, including our favorite, the Dickel Lemonade. For our 21+ friends, here’s the recipe:

Dickel Lemonade
1.3 ounces of George Dickel No. 12
2 ounces of lemonade
1 slice of lemon
Top with club soda

Coming to Nashville? Be sure to check out the Whiskey Jam concert series every Monday night at Winners Bar & Grill. You never know who will show up!

Lee Brice Honors Military Widow By Retrieving Fallen Husband’s Truck

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At Saturday’s ACM “Party for a Cause” in Las Vegas, Lee Brice surprised a military widow with the family truck her husband traded in before shipping out to Iraq 10 years ago.

Ginger Gurley Gilbert Ravella’s late husband, Troy Gilbert, was an F-16 pilot killed in action on Nov. 27, 2006. Lee heard about Ginger’s desire to recover the 1992 Chevy Silverado 1500 that once belonged to Troy, and he, his management team and several friends of Ginger’s immediately began researching.

Fighting tears, Ginger said, “Troy traded in his old beloved truck for a new one about a month before he found out he was deploying. Things were starting to break on his old one and he needed a reliable ride. Just a week before he took off for Iraq he said, ‘I think we need to sell my new truck. We really can’t afford to make payments while I am gone.’ So we sold it and he left. After he was killed I was most certainly grateful Troy took another big thing off my plate after he was gone.”

Ginger eventually sold the newer truck to save money while Troy was in Iraq.

“Years later, when Lee’s song came out, it wasn’t the new truck I wished we still had,” she said. “It was the old one, the one that belonged to Troy’s dad first, the one Troy drove for years, the one I knew our sons, Boston and Greyson, would get a kick out of.”

Once Lee found the truck, he purchased it and had it shipped to Las Vegas. During his “Party for a Cause” set, Lee presented a $40,000 donation to Folds of Honor — a non-profit that provides educational support to spouses and children of America’s fallen and wounded soldiers — sang his moving “I Drive Your Truck,” and invited Ginger and her family to the stage where he presented her with the keys to Troy’s truck.

“I’m so happy that we were able to locate this truck because it meant so much to Ginger and her family,” Brice said. “Troy paid the ultimate price in service to our country and I’m grateful we got to show our appreciation in a small way, comparatively, this weekend.”

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