Jess Wright

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Jess Wright won the ACM Award for Personality of the Year while working at a radio station in the Washington, D.C. area, where she was also nominated for the CMA Award and named Best Radio Personality in a local magazine's reader poll. She grew up in Ithaca, NY and worked at radio stations in Wichita, Wilkes-Barre, PA and Tyler, TX, among others. She lives in Nashville now, and joined Slacker in 2013 as your expert on everything country music. She hosts New Country First, '90s Country and the Slacker Country Countdown. When she's not working (and sometimes when she is) she's probably drinking wine.

The EPIC 50th CMA Awards!

50th CMA Awards

50th CMA Awards

If you watched the 50th CMA Awards on ABC, you got an idea how incredible the anniversary celebration was. Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Charlie Daniels and so many more were there, some performed and Randy Travis SANG. That’s huge — he hasn’t been able to speak for the last three years. It was an emotional night and a reminder of how incredible the music and people are that shaped our format. Also, Beyonce performed. What?! Yeah, I don’t know. But she was good.

Congratulations to the winners:

Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks

Male Vocalist of the Year
Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne

New Artist of the Year
Maren Morris

Album of the Year
Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood

Song of the Year (goes to the songwriter)
“Humble and Kind” – Lori McKenna (performed by Tim McGraw)

Single of the Year (goes to the artist)
“Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett

Music Video of the Year
Chris Stapleton – “Fire Away” (director Tim Mattia)

Musical Event of the Year
“Different For Girls” – Dierks Bentley with Elle King

Musician of the Year
Dan Huff (guitar)

 

CMA Awards have already begun

The 50th CMA Awards show isn’t until tonight, but this morning on Good Morning America, two awards were already given out!

Congratulations to Dierks Bentley & Elle King, who won the CMA for Musical Event of the Year, and and director Tim Mattia for Music Video of the Year for Chris Stapleton‘s “Fire Away!”

Sneak peek of new music? Yes, please.

Jackie Lee is a new artist — you might remember his songs “She Does” and “Headphones” from New Country Now and featured in the Weekly Country Countdown, but even if you don’t, you’ll want to check this out. He’s got new music dropping next week, and this is just a little taste. What do you think? Comment below, yo.

 

Old Blake Shelton had a farm… a funny, funny farm.

Jimmy Fallon is from New York like me. And while there are farms up there, he’s clearly not visited any of them. But Blake Shelton gets a little payback for that sushi incident a while back.

Slot Yeah!

Apparently there will be a new slot machine with Tim McGraw’s mug on it in casinos next summer. What better way to reveal that exciting news than with a bunch of dancing Tims, I always say.

Forever Country

Have you seen this yet?? More importantly, have you HEARD this yet? The CMA is celebrating its 50th anniversary, so somebody came up with this crazy idea to do a mashup of “Take Me Home (Country Roads),” “I Will Always Love You” and “On The Road Again,” and to get a bunch of CMA winning artists to sing it, one line at a time. In fact, there are 30 different artists in it:

Alabama, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Eric ChurchBrett Eldredge, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Milsap, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Rascal FlattsReba, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Randy Travis, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Trisha Yearwood.

Watch it here and let me know what you think in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter!

Kenny Chesney’s and P!nk’s “Setting The World On Fire” video

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Kenny Chesney just released the video for “Setting The World On Fire,” which he sings with P!nk. Check it out here:

kennychesney.com/STWOF

Sara Evans Wins For St. Jude

If you know anything about me, you know I’m a huge supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (click that link and you’ll see). So anytime I see a Country artist doing something that helps St. Jude I get excited. And it happens a lot because most of the country music industry is involved in helping that hospital without walls in one way or another. But I get especially excited when an artist does it on TV and spreads the word even farther than his or her own immediate fan base.

That’s where Sara Evans comes in. In case you missed it, Sara and her siblings went on Celebrity Family Fued and kind of mopped the floor with Todd Chrisley and his family… and won $25,000 for St. Jude!

Watch:

If you’re not aware of why so many of us in the industry support St. Jude, by the way, I’ll tell you: It’s because they cure kids with cancer and other life threatening diseases, and they never charge their families for anything. They provide travel, treatment, housing, food, schooling… I mean, they do it all. For free. Support them here, please.

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