Friday, September 19, 2014

Jerrod Niemann Reveals Wedding Plans

Details on the country crooner’s imminent nuptial plans with fiancĂ©e, Morgan Petek in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sunday, October 12,  have been revealed exclusively to People Magazine.

In lieu of wedding gifts, Niemann and Petek have requested donations be made to Niemann’s recently established non-profit organization, Free The Music USA.

Born out of the couple’s deeply rooted belief that every child deserves the opportunity to explore their own musical talent, Free The Music USA is dedicated to collecting used musical instruments and giving them to children in need. Philanthropy has always been a cornerstone of Niemann and Petek’s relationship, and their shared passion for promoting music education is perfectly reflected in Free The Music USA. Donations in honor of their upcoming nuptials can be made here.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Gets Big TV

Kenny’s The Big Revival is an album about finding the fire to embrace your life with passion. With a September 23 release date, the East Tennessean is going to be bringing the music to network television in a way that says he’s fired up and ready to take his new music to America with verve. Starting with “The Today Show” on street date, Chesney will also perform on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (9/24), “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (9/26), “CONAN” (9/29) and “The Talk” (10/2), as well as sit for interviews with both “Entertainment Tonight” and “Access Hollywood” live from Rockefeller Center (9/23).
“Normally I don’t get geared up for this much television,” Chesney says. “But this record makes me wanna get out and talk about it. Starting with ‘American Kids,’ all of the songs on here say so much about how the people who see their lives in my music commit to their lives – it’s a lot like showing their home videos on network TV! I’m gonna be sick of talking about me, but not this record; The Big Revival is a whole other kinda record for me.”
Already singled out by USA Today, Rolling Stone, PEOPLE, Entertaiment Weekly and USA Weekend, Chesney’s 15th studio project marks the evolution of an artist who has kept his finger on the pulse of real people living in America since releasing “Young” in 2001. For Chesney, born and raised in a small East Tennessee town, life in smaller towns embraces its own way of being.

“When I went in to make this record, that’s what I wanted: songs that captured the real of life in the flyover, that talked about the passion people live with and the fun they make, how hard they work and the way they set themselves free right where they are. So taking the music straight into their living rooms seems like taking it to the source.”

Contacts for Kenny Chesney:

Columbia Nashville
Wes Vause
(615) 301-4373
 

Essential Broadcast Media, LLC
Ebie McFarland
(615) 327-3259

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Darius Is Already In A Holiday Spirit

Capitol/Nashville’s Darius Rucker will release his first Christmas album, Home For The Holidays, on October 27th. 

The twelve track album will include holiday classics as well as two Rucker originals, “Candy Cane Christmas” and “What God Wants For Christmas.” Also, special guest Sheryl Crow joins Darius on the holiday standard “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

"I am so excited to finally make a Christmas album,” shares Darius. “This has been a lifelong dream and I hope my fans enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making it."

In addition to recording his Christmas album, Darius has been working on his fourth solo county album to be released in early 2015.  The album’s debut single “Homegrown Honey” has just been released to Country radio and is climbing the charts.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tim McGraw Releasing Most Country Album In A While For Him

Tim makes no secret that he is influenced by many different musical genres and even musical decades, especially the 70’s, but he says his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, is “probably a little more country than the last couple records” he’s released.

Although that doesn’t mean that it’s going to sound like Johnny Cash or Willie Nelson or Merle Haggard. Tim explains, “It’s a country album because I’m singing it, but if you want to say, ‘Is it a traditional country? …’ It’s not a traditional country album, but I think it’s very encompassing of everything that I’ve done in my career. I think it’s a good microcosm of what my 20 years in music has been in a lot of ways, so I think that you can certainly hear parts of my career through all these songs.”

Sundown Heaven Town is out this week and features Tim’s latest single, “Shotgun Rider,” as well as his top five hit, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s.” Fans can pick up the standard edition of the album which contains 13 songs, or a deluxe version, which features 18 songs.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Jake Hosts ACM Honors In Nashville

Country music fans, superstar Music City talent and industry elite turned out in force last week for the Academy of Country Music’s 8th Annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. 

The sold-out special event, hosted by Jake Owen, was held in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium and was sponsored by City National Bank.

The evening included a mix of live music, historical video retrospectives and current video tributes and interviews with industry veterans honoring Special Awards recipients Bob Beckham (posthumously), Steve Buchanan, Jack Clement (posthumously), Dean Dillon, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Milsap, Paul Moore, BuckOwens (posthumously), Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts.  Studio Recording Awards (formerly MBI Awards) recipients include Shannon Forrest, Paul Franklin, Dann Huff, Charlie Judge, RobMcNelley,Justin Niebank,Michael Rhodes and Bryan Sutton.  Industry Award winners include Brian O’Connell of Live Nation, Nicole More of Neste Event Marketing, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater in Austin, TX, Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, TX, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN,Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT and Mohegan Sun Wolf Den in Uncasville, CT.  Shane McAnally was honored as Songwriter of the Year.

Special Awards recipient Merle Haggard was previously presented with the ACM Crystal Milestone Award for his 50 years in country music on the 49th ACM Awards in April.

Check out photos from the red carpet here.
Country music fans, superstar Music City talent and industry elite turned out in force tonight for the Academy of Country Music’s 8th Annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  The sold-out special event, hosted by Jake Owen, was held in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium and was sponsored by City National Bank.
The evening included a mix of live music, historical video retrospectives and current video tributes and interviews with industry veterans honoring Special Awards recipients Bob Beckham (posthumously), Steve Buchanan, Jack Clement (posthumously), Dean Dillon, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Milsap, Paul Moore, BuckOwens (posthumously), Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts.  Studio Recording Awards (formerly MBI Awards) recipients include Shannon Forrest, Paul Franklin, Dann Huff, Charlie Judge, RobMcNelley,Justin Niebank,Michael Rhodes and Bryan Sutton.  Industry Award winners include Brian O’Connell of Live Nation, Nicole More of Neste Event Marketing, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater in Austin, TX, Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, TX, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN,Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT and Mohegan Sun Wolf Den in Uncasville, CT.  Shane McAnally was honored as Songwriter of the Year.
Special Awards recipient Merle Haggard was previously presented with the ACM Crystal Milestone Award for his 50 years in country music on the 49th ACM Awards in April. 
 Artists who performed in tribute to honorees included:
  •       Dierks Bentley performing “Love’s Gonna Live Here”  in tribute to Buck Owens
  •       Billy Burnette performing “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” in tribute to Cowboy Jack Clement
  •       Shawn Camp performing “Guess Things Happen That Way” in tribute to Cowboy Jack Clement
  •       Rodney Clawson, performing “The Chair” in tribute to Dean Dillon
  •       Hunter Hayes, performing “I Wouldn’t Have Missed it for the World” in tribute to Ronnie Milsap
  •       Will Hoge performing “Me & Bobby McGee” in tribute to Kris Kristofferson
  •       Jack Ingram performing “Sunday Morning Coming Down” in tribute to Kris Kristofferson
  •       Tony Joe White performing “Polk Salad Annie” in tribute to Bob Beckham
  •       Lee Ann Womack performing “An Empty Glass” in tribute to Dean Dillon
  •       Dwight Yoakam performing a medley of “My Heart Skips a Beat,” “Cryin Time,” “Together Again” and “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail” in tribute to Buck Owens
  •       Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson & Hillary Scott performing a medley of “Merry Go Round,” “Tie It Up,” and “Downtown” in tribute to Shane McAnally
  •       Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen, performing “If I Didn’t Know Better” in tribute to Rascal Flatts and Steve Buchanan
  •       Oak Ridge Boys performing “Elvira” in tribute to Paul Moore
  •       The Swon Brothers performing a medley of “Wasted” and “See You Again” in tribute to Carrie Underwood
- See more at: http://www.acmcountry.com/news.html?n_id=699#sthash.z2QlutDI.dpuf
Country music fans, superstar Music City talent and industry elite turned out in force tonight for the Academy of Country Music’s 8th Annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  The sold-out special event, hosted by Jake Owen, was held in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium and was sponsored by City National Bank.
The evening included a mix of live music, historical video retrospectives and current video tributes and interviews with industry veterans honoring Special Awards recipients Bob Beckham (posthumously), Steve Buchanan, Jack Clement (posthumously), Dean Dillon, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Milsap, Paul Moore, BuckOwens (posthumously), Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts.  Studio Recording Awards (formerly MBI Awards) recipients include Shannon Forrest, Paul Franklin, Dann Huff, Charlie Judge, RobMcNelley,Justin Niebank,Michael Rhodes and Bryan Sutton.  Industry Award winners include Brian O’Connell of Live Nation, Nicole More of Neste Event Marketing, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater in Austin, TX, Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, TX, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN,Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT and Mohegan Sun Wolf Den in Uncasville, CT.  Shane McAnally was honored as Songwriter of the Year.
Special Awards recipient Merle Haggard was previously presented with the ACM Crystal Milestone Award for his 50 years in country music on the 49th ACM Awards in April. 
 Artists who performed in tribute to honorees included:
  •       Dierks Bentley performing “Love’s Gonna Live Here”  in tribute to Buck Owens
  •       Billy Burnette performing “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” in tribute to Cowboy Jack Clement
  •       Shawn Camp performing “Guess Things Happen That Way” in tribute to Cowboy Jack Clement
  •       Rodney Clawson, performing “The Chair” in tribute to Dean Dillon
  •       Hunter Hayes, performing “I Wouldn’t Have Missed it for the World” in tribute to Ronnie Milsap
  •       Will Hoge performing “Me & Bobby McGee” in tribute to Kris Kristofferson
  •       Jack Ingram performing “Sunday Morning Coming Down” in tribute to Kris Kristofferson
  •       Tony Joe White performing “Polk Salad Annie” in tribute to Bob Beckham
  •       Lee Ann Womack performing “An Empty Glass” in tribute to Dean Dillon
  •       Dwight Yoakam performing a medley of “My Heart Skips a Beat,” “Cryin Time,” “Together Again” and “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail” in tribute to Buck Owens
  •       Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson & Hillary Scott performing a medley of “Merry Go Round,” “Tie It Up,” and “Downtown” in tribute to Shane McAnally
  •       Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen, performing “If I Didn’t Know Better” in tribute to Rascal Flatts and Steve Buchanan
  •       Oak Ridge Boys performing “Elvira” in tribute to Paul Moore
  •       The Swon Brothers performing a medley of “Wasted” and “See You Again” in tribute to Carrie Underwood
Presenters included the Oak Ridge Boys to Paul Moore, Kenny Chesney to Shane McAnally,Pete Fisher to Steve Buchanan, and Jack Ingram to Kris Kristofferson. Brenda Lee presented to Cindy Devault, who accepted with other family members on behalf of her father, Bob Beckham.  Jake Owen presented to Ronnie Milsap, to Alison Clement, who accepted on behalf of her father Cowboy Jack Clement, and to Buddy Owens, who accepted on behalf of his father Buck Owens.  The Swon Brothers presented to Carrie Underwood, Tim Tebow presented to Rascal Flatts, and Lee Ann Womack presented to Dean Dillon.  Justin Moore presented the Industry awards, and Thomas Rhett presented the Studio Recording Awards.  
Jake Owen opened the show with a performance of Ronnie Milsap’s hit “Back On My Mind Again.”
The house band for the evening, led by musical director Frank Liddell, Wyatt Beard (background vocals), Glen Duncan (fiddle), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Jedd Hughes (guitar/utility), John Jarvis (piano/keys), Liana Manis (background vocals), Brent Mason (guitar), Jerry Roe (drums), included Glenn Worf (bandleader/bass).
SPECIAL AWARDS
Career Achievement Award – Toby Keith andRonnie Milsap received the Career Achievement Award, honoring an individual artist, duo, group or multiple artist collaboration that have advanced the popularity and acceptance of country music through their endeavors in the entertainment industry in multiple areas during the preceding calendar year. Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include John Anderson, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Johnny Paycheck, Carl Perkins, Reba and Kenny Rogers.
Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award – Bob Beckham was honored with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre.  Past recipients of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award include Alabama,Garth Brooks,Johnny Cash,Charlie Daniels, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers,Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, George Jones, The Judds,  Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Jerry Reed, Tex Ritter, Marty Robbins, KennyRogers, Billy Sherrill, Ricky Skaggs, Mel Tillis, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty, Porter Wagoner, Keith Whitley, Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr., Bob Wills and Dwight Yoakam, among others.
Crystal Milestone Award – Merle Haggard received the Crystal Milestone Award during the 49th Annual ACM Awards telecast, which is given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement.  Past recipients of the Crystal Milestone Awardinclude Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Gayle Holcomb, Jennifer Nettles and Taylor Swift
Gene Weed Special Achievement Award – Carrie Underwood received the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, which acknowledges unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music. Past recipients of the Gene Weed Special Achievement Awardinclude Garth Brooks, George Burns, Jeff Foxworthy, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton and George Strait.
Jim Reeves International Award – Steve Buchanan andRascal Flatts received the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an artist for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.  Past recipients of the Jim Reeves International Award include Garth Brooks, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Merv Griffin, Alan Jackson, Charlie Nagatani,Buck Owens,Dolly Parton,Taylor Swift,Keith Urban, and Lady Antebellum, among others. 
Mae Boren Axton Award – Paul Moore received the Mae Boren Axton Award, which is given in recognition of years of dedication and service by an outstanding individual to the Academy of Country Music.  Past recipients of the Mae Boren Axton Award include John Dorris, Rod Essig, Gayle Holcomb, Jack Lameier, Marge Meoli, Ray Pilzak, Gaynelle Pitts, Gene Weed, Tommy Wiggins and David Young.
Poet’s Award – Jack Clement (awarded posthumously), Dean Dillon, Kris Kristofferson, andBuck Owens (awarded posthumously),received the Poet’s Award, which honors songwriters for outstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their careers in the field of country music. Previous recipients of the Poet’s Award include Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, Guy Clark, Hank Cochran, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Harlan Howard, Roger Miller, Fred Rose, Don Schlitz, Cindy Walker and Hank Williams.
INDUSTRY AWARDS
CASINO OF THE YEAR:  Small Capacity - Mohegan Sun Wolf Den - Uncasville, CT
CASINO OF THE YEAR:  Medium Capacity - Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR:  Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, TX
VENUE OF THE YEAR:  Small Capacity - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX
VENUE OF THE YEAR:  Medium Capacity - Grand Ole Opry House – Nashville, TN
VENUE OF THE YEAR:  Large Capacity - Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR:  Nicole More – Neste Event Marketing
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR:  Brian O’Connell – Live Nation
STUDIO RECORDING AWARDS (FORMERLY THE MBI AWARDS)
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Michael Rhodes
DRUMMER OF THE YEAR:  Shannon Forrest
GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Rob McNelley
PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Charlie Judge
SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bryan Sutton
STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Paul Franklin
AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR:  Justin Niebank
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR:  Dann Huff
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR:   Shane McAnally
- See more at: http://www.acmcountry.com/news.html?n_id=699#sthash.z2QlutDI.dpuf
Country music fans, superstar Music City talent and industry elite turned out in force tonight for the Academy of Country Music’s 8th Annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  The sold-out special event, hosted by Jake Owen, was held in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium and was sponsored by City National Bank.
The evening included a mix of live music, historical video retrospectives and current video tributes and interviews with industry veterans honoring Special Awards recipients Bob Beckham (posthumously), Steve Buchanan, Jack Clement (posthumously), Dean Dillon, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Milsap, Paul Moore, BuckOwens (posthumously), Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts.  Studio Recording Awards (formerly MBI Awards) recipients include Shannon Forrest, Paul Franklin, Dann Huff, Charlie Judge, RobMcNelley,Justin Niebank,Michael Rhodes and Bryan Sutton.  Industry Award winners include Brian O’Connell of Live Nation, Nicole More of Neste Event Marketing, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater in Austin, TX, Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, TX, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN,Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT and Mohegan Sun Wolf Den in Uncasville, CT.  Shane McAnally was honored as Songwriter of the Year.
Special Awards recipient Merle Haggard was previously presented with the ACM Crystal Milestone Award for his 50 years in country music on the 49th ACM Awards in April. 
 Artists who performed in tribute to honorees included:
  •       Dierks Bentley performing “Love’s Gonna Live Here”  in tribute to Buck Owens
  •       Billy Burnette performing “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” in tribute to Cowboy Jack Clement
  •       Shawn Camp performing “Guess Things Happen That Way” in tribute to Cowboy Jack Clement
  •       Rodney Clawson, performing “The Chair” in tribute to Dean Dillon
  •       Hunter Hayes, performing “I Wouldn’t Have Missed it for the World” in tribute to Ronnie Milsap
  •       Will Hoge performing “Me & Bobby McGee” in tribute to Kris Kristofferson
  •       Jack Ingram performing “Sunday Morning Coming Down” in tribute to Kris Kristofferson
  •       Tony Joe White performing “Polk Salad Annie” in tribute to Bob Beckham
  •       Lee Ann Womack performing “An Empty Glass” in tribute to Dean Dillon
  •       Dwight Yoakam performing a medley of “My Heart Skips a Beat,” “Cryin Time,” “Together Again” and “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail” in tribute to Buck Owens
  •       Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson & Hillary Scott performing a medley of “Merry Go Round,” “Tie It Up,” and “Downtown” in tribute to Shane McAnally
  •       Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen, performing “If I Didn’t Know Better” in tribute to Rascal Flatts and Steve Buchanan
  •       Oak Ridge Boys performing “Elvira” in tribute to Paul Moore
  •       The Swon Brothers performing a medley of “Wasted” and “See You Again” in tribute to Carrie Underwood
Presenters included the Oak Ridge Boys to Paul Moore, Kenny Chesney to Shane McAnally,Pete Fisher to Steve Buchanan, and Jack Ingram to Kris Kristofferson. Brenda Lee presented to Cindy Devault, who accepted with other family members on behalf of her father, Bob Beckham.  Jake Owen presented to Ronnie Milsap, to Alison Clement, who accepted on behalf of her father Cowboy Jack Clement, and to Buddy Owens, who accepted on behalf of his father Buck Owens.  The Swon Brothers presented to Carrie Underwood, Tim Tebow presented to Rascal Flatts, and Lee Ann Womack presented to Dean Dillon.  Justin Moore presented the Industry awards, and Thomas Rhett presented the Studio Recording Awards.  
Jake Owen opened the show with a performance of Ronnie Milsap’s hit “Back On My Mind Again.”
The house band for the evening, led by musical director Frank Liddell, Wyatt Beard (background vocals), Glen Duncan (fiddle), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Jedd Hughes (guitar/utility), John Jarvis (piano/keys), Liana Manis (background vocals), Brent Mason (guitar), Jerry Roe (drums), included Glenn Worf (bandleader/bass).
SPECIAL AWARDS
Career Achievement Award – Toby Keith andRonnie Milsap received the Career Achievement Award, honoring an individual artist, duo, group or multiple artist collaboration that have advanced the popularity and acceptance of country music through their endeavors in the entertainment industry in multiple areas during the preceding calendar year. Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include John Anderson, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Johnny Paycheck, Carl Perkins, Reba and Kenny Rogers.
Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award – Bob Beckham was honored with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre.  Past recipients of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award include Alabama,Garth Brooks,Johnny Cash,Charlie Daniels, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers,Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, George Jones, The Judds,  Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Jerry Reed, Tex Ritter, Marty Robbins, KennyRogers, Billy Sherrill, Ricky Skaggs, Mel Tillis, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty, Porter Wagoner, Keith Whitley, Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr., Bob Wills and Dwight Yoakam, among others.
Crystal Milestone Award – Merle Haggard received the Crystal Milestone Award during the 49th Annual ACM Awards telecast, which is given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement.  Past recipients of the Crystal Milestone Awardinclude Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Gayle Holcomb, Jennifer Nettles and Taylor Swift
Gene Weed Special Achievement Award – Carrie Underwood received the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, which acknowledges unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music. Past recipients of the Gene Weed Special Achievement Awardinclude Garth Brooks, George Burns, Jeff Foxworthy, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton and George Strait.
Jim Reeves International Award – Steve Buchanan andRascal Flatts received the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an artist for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.  Past recipients of the Jim Reeves International Award include Garth Brooks, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Merv Griffin, Alan Jackson, Charlie Nagatani,Buck Owens,Dolly Parton,Taylor Swift,Keith Urban, and Lady Antebellum, among others. 
Mae Boren Axton Award – Paul Moore received the Mae Boren Axton Award, which is given in recognition of years of dedication and service by an outstanding individual to the Academy of Country Music.  Past recipients of the Mae Boren Axton Award include John Dorris, Rod Essig, Gayle Holcomb, Jack Lameier, Marge Meoli, Ray Pilzak, Gaynelle Pitts, Gene Weed, Tommy Wiggins and David Young.
Poet’s Award – Jack Clement (awarded posthumously), Dean Dillon, Kris Kristofferson, andBuck Owens (awarded posthumously),received the Poet’s Award, which honors songwriters for outstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their careers in the field of country music. Previous recipients of the Poet’s Award include Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, Guy Clark, Hank Cochran, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Harlan Howard, Roger Miller, Fred Rose, Don Schlitz, Cindy Walker and Hank Williams.
INDUSTRY AWARDS
CASINO OF THE YEAR:  Small Capacity - Mohegan Sun Wolf Den - Uncasville, CT
CASINO OF THE YEAR:  Medium Capacity - Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR:  Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, TX
VENUE OF THE YEAR:  Small Capacity - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX
VENUE OF THE YEAR:  Medium Capacity - Grand Ole Opry House – Nashville, TN
VENUE OF THE YEAR:  Large Capacity - Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR:  Nicole More – Neste Event Marketing
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR:  Brian O’Connell – Live Nation
STUDIO RECORDING AWARDS (FORMERLY THE MBI AWARDS)
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Michael Rhodes
DRUMMER OF THE YEAR:  Shannon Forrest
GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Rob McNelley
PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Charlie Judge
SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bryan Sutton
STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Paul Franklin
AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR:  Justin Niebank
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR:  Dann Huff
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR:   Shane McAnally
- See more at: http://www.acmcountry.com/news.html?n_id=699#sthash.z2QlutDI.dpuf