More Legendary Performers Added To CMA Awards

The star power at the upcoming 50th Annual CMA Awards continues to grow with the addition of more legendary acts to the lineup.  Joining the star-studded lineup are 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis; former Entertainer of the Year winners Ricky Skaggs and Roy Clark and former CMA Awards host Clint Black. The new wave of performers also includes Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride and Dwight Yoakam, as well as multi-format performers Elle King and Pentatonix.


·       These artists join previously announced performers Alabama, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Reba, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood.

·       The 50th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 2 at 8:00-PM ET on ABC.

October 14th: On This Day


On this day in 1985, George Strait won CMAs for Male Vocalist and Album of the Year for Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind. The album produced three singles, “The Fireman”, “The Cowboy Rides Away”, and the title track which hit #1 on the charts.”

The album is Certified Platinum by the RIAA.


Strait Out Of The Box: Part 2 – George Strait

George Strait has announced the release of his Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 compilation, available exclusively at Wal-Mart on November 18. The three-disc, 56-track collection features 36 hit singles — including 26 chart-toppers — as well as two brand new songs, his latest radio single “Goin’ Goin’ Gone” and 18 album cuts, all personally chosen by  King George.


·       Spanning 20 years of Strait’s career from 1996 to 2016, Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 follows the success of his 1995 compilation, Strait Out of the Box, which has sold more than 8 million copies to date.

Chris Stapleton Wins Big At Americana Music Awards

Chris Stapleton was a big winner at the 5th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday night (9/21). During the ceremony, Stapleton was presented with the Artist of the Year award – his first-ever win (or nomination) in this category. Chris told the crowd during his acceptance speech, “Thank you to all the Americana radio stations out there, it’s been a big part of what we’ve been doing. I’m nervous, there’s so many heroes out here in audience and up here on the stage, this is a remarkable thing.”


·         The ceremony also featured special appearances by George Strait and Dwight Yoakam, among others.

August 18th: On This Day

On this day in 2003, George Strait’s box set, Strait Out of the Box, was certified 8X Platinum. The set contains four albums spanning Strait’s career from 1976 to 1995. Two singles were released from the box set, “Check Yes or No” and “I know She Still Loves Me”, which both charted on the Billboard Country charts.


George Strait Will Present Jim Lauderdale With A Special Award

George Strait will present famed singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale with the Americana Music Association’s Wagonmaster Award during the upcoming 15th Annual Honors & Awards Show in Nashville. The annual ceremony will take place at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium on September 21.


·       Named after country music icon Porter Wagoner, the Wagonmaster Award is a lifetime achievement honor reserved for the most valuable contributors to the Americana format.

·       Strait has recorded more than a dozen of Lauderdale’s songs in his career, including “Where The Sidewalk Ends” and “I Gotta Get to You.”


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