Inside, early arrivers watched as musicians set up on the stage and stagehands ran back and forth making microphone adjustments. Host Dierks Bentley emerged to greet the near-capacity crowd a few minutes past the official 7 p. The duo Love and Theft presided over the musician of the year awards, which went to Michael Rhodes bassKenny Greenberg guitarJohn Hobbs piano, keyboardsAubrey Haynie specialty instruments and an absentee Shannon Forrest percussion, drums. Singer Randy Houser then Flatt & Scruggs - Country & Western Trail Blazers (No.
4) forward to present Davidson his award. Davidson said he was pleased to be mentioned in the same breath with Roger Miller, who would be honored for his gifts of language later that evening. A brief video was shown as background before Vince Gill was brought to the stage to accept the career achievement award.
I timed it. Gill came to the stage to a prolonged standing ovation. He noted that after he had played that night with Bentley, he told Grant he saw something special in the young performer. The lanky singer recalled that not long after he had his country music breakthrough, he was in the Bahamas and saw a man in dreadlocks holding a copy of his album.
Years later, he said, a friend who did missionary in China told him there were churches there that sang music they learned from listening to his gospel album. He could twist a word and fit it into any hole. This accomplishment puts him in the same league as the Rolling Stones and U2. Braddock spoke briefly of his friendship with Roger Miller and his appreciation of his wordplay. Long live country music! The final hour of the show was reserved for conferring pioneer awards on producer Sister Kate - Various - Jazz Volume 6: Chicago No.
2 Sherrill and performers and recording artists Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs and Dwight Yoakam. As his video illustrated, Sherrill produced and in some cases wrote songs for artists he helped make superstars, including Charlie RichTammy Wynette and George Jones. Jones and Taylor Swift both congratulated Sherrill in the video. As usual, the notoriously tight-lipped visionary had nothing to say.
Dolly Parton and Flatt & Scruggs - Country & Western Trail Blazers (No. 4) Costello were among the many who sent their thumbs-up to Harris via video. Costello said that no matter how rough his voice was when it left his mouth, it sounded good when Harris sang with him.
Can I set it down? Among these were her former husband and one-time producer Brian Ahern, former manager Eddie Tickner, talent scout and manager Mary Martin, a parade of former band members and finally her mother, who was in the audience, and her late father, who, she said, took her in unconditionally after her first marriage broke up and left her with a child to raise.
Shults was so impressed by Skaggs music that the offered to sign him, but he was countermanded by his boss in Los Angeles. Not only did Blackburn sign Skaggs, he agreed to let him produce his own records, a privilege Flatt & Scruggs - Country & Western Trail Blazers (No.
4) had extended before only to Larry Gatlin. Skaggs went on to have 11 No. The final pioneer award went to Yoakam. His video illustrated his pairing with his idol, Buck Owensand included complimentary comments from his fellow movie actors Billy Bob Thornton and Vince Vaughn. Asian Dub Foundation - Community Music said he was drawn to the West Coast rather than Nashville to pursue his music largely because of his admiration for what Harris was then doing.
Yoakam recounted being born in eastern Kentucky, near U. But he acknowledged his road to stardom has been considerably smoother than the dirt roads so many of his admired predecessors had traveled.
He credited Skaggs specifically for opening the door through which he and other traditional-oriented artists had entered. All Rights Reserved. CMT News. Edward Morris. Edward Morris is a veteran of country music Smokin In The Boys Room (Alternate Guitar Solo - Rough Mix) - Mötley Crüe - Theatre Of Pain. CMT News about.
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