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American Country Countdown Award Winners

American Country Countdown Award

• Jason Aldean

• Luke Bryan

• Miranda Lambert

• Florida Georgia Line

SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to the Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s]
• “Beat of The Music” – Brett Eldredge; Songwriters: Brett Eldredge, Ross Copperman, Heather Morgan; Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville

• Kip Moore

• “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line ft. Luke Bryan

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
• “The Outsiders” – Eric Church; Producer: Jay Joyce; Record Label: EMI Nashville

• “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line ft. Luke Bryan

• Kenny Chesney

• Reba

Lady Antebellum and Hank Williams Jr. to Perform on “American Country Countdown Awards”

American Country Countdown Award

Country trio Lady Antebellum and, in a rare television performance, country legend Hank Williams, Jr. will join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood on the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards, airing LIVE from Nashville’s Music City Center on Monday, Dec.15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Hosted by Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, American Country Countdown Awards is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” and will honor country music’s biggest stars based on album sales and radio airplay. Presenters for the inaugural show include country artists Kix Brooks, Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Maddie & Tae, Scotty McCreery, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell and Chris Young. NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and 2014 National League MVP Clayton Kershaw, actors Emily Kinney (“The Walking Dead”) and Melissa Fumero (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE) and Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev will also present.

The two-hour show will also honor Kenny Chesney with The Groundbreaker Award, which recognizes an artist who has consistently pushed the boundaries and is a trailblazer in the realm of concerts, musical accomplishment, creative innovation and connecting with fans across the United States. Chesney will be on hand to accept his award. Multimedia entertainer Reba will receive the first-ever NASH Icon Award, presented by Kix Brooks, which celebrates an iconic artist whose extraordinary talent has influenced generations of musicians and who has made a profound and lasting impact on country music. Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert will join together to honor Reba with a special tribute performance.

Country Artists Discuss Drug References In Songs


Country artists are pushing the boundaries these days with songs that have obvious drug references in them. Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line says they considered taking out the reference to getting stoned in their song “Sun Daze,” but they decided they wanted to be transparent with fans about who they are.

Brandy Clark told the Assocsiated Press several other artists were interested in recording her song “Take A Little Pill” but didn’t like the drug reference. Brandy recorded it herself because she knew people would gravitate toward it.

Eric Church believes what’s a big deal now becomes tame with the passing of time. He says he got all sorts of grief from radio programmers eight years ago over his song “How ‘Bout You” and now it sounds like old country.

What are your thoughts?  Do you shy away from songs that have a drug reference in them?

Eric Church Debuts New Music Video for “Talladega”

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This week, Eric Church debuts the music video for his latest hit single, “Talladega.”

“Talladega” is the fourth single from Church’s critically acclaimed 2014 album The Outsiders, a CMA Album of the Year Award nominee. The poignant song looks at memory through the lens of a youthful trip taken to the iconic Alabama racetrack. Like an earlier single from The Outsiders, the chart-topping “Give Me Back My Hometown,” “Talladega” showcases Church’s softer side and his ability to filter shared universal experiences through deeply personal points of view.

The video, directed by Peter Zavadil from a concept by Church’s longtime manager John Peets, arrives as the song is set to break into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. “Talladega” is the North Carolina native’s 14th Top 20 entry on that chart.

“Talladega” weaves performances filmed at Nashville Speedway with a narrative about the passing of time that’s augmented with archival Super 8mm footage of family, celebration and, of course, racetrack scenes. The video’s release caps a stellar year for Church. The Outsiders enjoyed one of 2014’s best debuts regardless of genre and will likely appear on several year-end best-of lists. He was a top nominee at the CMA Awards as he continued to push country music in new directions, appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone’s first country issue, and played to his largest crowds yet.

Church is on the road with his “The Outsiders World Tour” mates Dwight Yoakam and Halestorm through Dec. 13 before kicking off the 2015 leg of the tour in January. For tickets or to learn more about Eric Church, visit

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