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This is the month for country music fans, October being National Country Music Month. The most anticipated event of the month is the 28th Annual Country Music Association Awards ceremony, which will be broadcast live on CBS from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House at 8 p.m. EST, Wednesday, October 5. Vince Gill, the multi-talented recipient of more CMA awards than any other artist, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
At the top of the nominations list is Reba McEntire with a whopping six nominations. These include Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (as part of Rhythm, Country & Blues), Single of the Year, Music Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year (all for her smash duet with Linda Davis, "Does He Love You") and CMA Entertainer of the Year.
Trailing on Reba's heels with five nominations each are Alan Jackson and Vince Gill.
Alan is a contender for Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year for "Chattahoochee," Album of the Year for Who I Am, Album of the Year (as part of Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles) and CMA Entertainer of the Year.
Vince Gill has been nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year three times (for Asleep at the Wheel Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys; Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles; and Rhythm, Country & Blues) and CMA Entertainer of the Year.
Trisha Yearwood and Brooks & Dunn each received four nominations.
The entire list of nominations is as follows: Entertainer of the Year: Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire. Female Vocalist of the Year: Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Reba McEntire, Pam Tillis, Wynonna and Trisha Yearwood. Male Vocalist of the Year: John Anderson, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, George Strait and Dwight Yoakam. Horizon Award: Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, John Michael Montgomery and Lee Roy Parnell.
Vocal Group of the Year: Alabama, Confederate Railroad, Diamond Rio, Little Texas and Sawyer Brown. Vocal Duo of the Year: Bellamy Brothers, Brooks & Dunn, Brother Phelps, Orral & Wright and Sweethearts of the Rodeo.
Single of the Year: "Does He Love You," "Don't Take the Girl," "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye," and "I Swear." Song of the Year: "Chattahoochee," "Don't Take the Girl," "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," "I Swear," and "Little Rock." Album of the Year: Asleep at the Wheel Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys, Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, Easy Come Easy Go, Rhythm, Country & Blues and Who I Am.
Vocal Event of' the Year: "I Fall To Pieces" by Aaron Neville and Trisha Yearwood, "Rainy Night in Georgia"By Conway Twitty and Sam Moore, "Silver Threads & Golden Needles" by Dolly Parton / Tammy Wynette / Loretta Lynn, "Does He Love You" by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis and "The Devil Comes Back to Georgia" by Mark O'Connor with Charlie Daniels, featuring Johnny Cash, Marty Smart and Travis Tritt.
Musician of the Year: Eddie Bayers (drums), Brent Mason (guitar), Mark O'Connor (fiddle), Matt Rollings (keyboards) and Brent Rowan (guitar). Music Video of the Year:. "Does He Love You," "God Blessed Texas," "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye," "Independence Day," and "Standing Outside the Fire."
Be sure to tune in to see if your favorite country artist is selected and to see who will wear the title of the 1994 CMA Entertainer of the Year. Merle Haggard fans will also be pleased to know that he will be the 1994 CMA's inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Your favorite record shop is overflowing with new releases from some of your favorite coimtry artists. Among these artists are Tracy Lawrence with I See It Now, Toby Keith with Boomtown, the follow-up to his smash debut release, Clay Walker with his second release, If I Could Make A Living, Doug Supernaw with Deep Thoughts/Shallow Minds, Dwight Yoakam with Pieces Of Time and Brooks & Dunn with Waiting On Sundown.
Some special releases you'll definitely want to add to your collection are greatest hit records by the Kentucky Headhunters and Alabama, the Conway Twitty Box Set and the tribute album to the late, great Keith Whitley. Keep your eyes open this month for new releases by Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Clint Black, the Everly Brothers and the legendary Georges: George Jones and George Strait.
Concertgoers should be looking forward to Travis Tritt's Ten Feet Tall Tour moseying into Freedom Hall on Saturday night, October 8.
Tritt will be performing tunes from his latest release, Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof, as well as tunes from his hefty collection of hits from his first three releases. Performing along with the current Outlaw of Country Music will be Joe Diffie and Lee Roy Parnell.
Joe's current smash hit, "Third Rock from the Sun," is bound to be a stellar performance out of this world. And you can count on Lee Roy holding his own by performing some of his biggest hits such as "I'm Holding My Own."
Get your tickets now for the upcoming Mark Chesnutt concert to be held at Louisville Gardens on Thursday night, October 20. Mark will be promoting his newly released album, What A Way To Live. Along with Mark will be the hot newcomer Rick Trevino, performing tunes from his self-titled CD.
November holds yet another triple-header for country fans. Louisville Gardens will be swarming with cowboy hats and boots on Friday night, November 4, when Little Texas, Tim McGraw and BlackHawk roll into Louisville. Little Texas will be promoting their newly released album, Kick a Little, while Tim McGraw will perform hits from his triple-platinum album, Not A Moment Too Soon and BlackHawk is bound to please the audience with cuts from their smash debut album.
Congratulations are in order for a couple of country music's favorite newcomers. Neal McCoy's No Doubt About It and David Ball's Thinkin' Problem albums have been certified gold, each selling more than 500, 000 copies. Congratulations and keep up the good work!
We wish Wynonna the best as she waits at home for the arrival of her brand new baby Judd. We'll miss you, Wy!
We will also be anxiously awaiting the success of Dolly Parton's present and future endeavors. Dolly's long-awaited autobiography, Harper-Collins' Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business and her first release on her own Blue Eye record label (a division of Columbia), Heartsongs: Live From Home, are now available. Also, be watching for Dolly's sitcom, "Heavens to Betsy," to be added as a mid-season replacement program. Good luck, Dolly!
We wish the Possum, George Jones, a speedy recovery from his recent triple-bypass heart surgery. We're sure this won't hold him down too long.
And last, but definitely not least, congratulations are in order for Louisville's own Coyote Calhoun. Coyote recently received the Billboard/Airplay Monitor Program/Operations Director of the Year (5th time) and Local Air Personality of the Year (7th time) awards for his work at WAMZ.
Additionally, WAMZ has been nominated by the CMA's SRO awards for the Country Radio Station in a medium market which has demonstrated its support of live entertainment by displaying originality and enthusiasm in promoting country music concerts and events in the area. Congratulations Coyote and WAMZ!
That's it for now. Always remember: Keep your boots shined up and your hat on straight, 'cause country music is comin' your way.