Entertainer of the year
Garth Brooks

Single of the year
(Award goes to the artist, producer[s] and mix engineer[s])
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Keith Urban; producers: Dann Huff and Keith Urban; mix engineer: Chris Lord-Alge

Album of the year
(Award goes to the artist and producer[s])
From a Room: Volume 1 — Chris Stapleton; producers: Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton

Song of the year
(Award goes to the songwriter[s])
“Better Man” — Songwriter: Taylor Swift

Female vocalist of the year
Miranda Lambert

Male vocalist of the year
Chris Stapleton

Vocal group of the year
Little Big Town

Vocal duo of the year
Brothers Osborne

Musical event of the year
Funny How Time Slips Away — Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson

Musician of the year
Mac McAnally (guitar)

Music video of the year
(Award goes to the artist and director[s])
“It Ain’t My Fault” — Brothers Osborne; directors: Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver

New artist of the year
Jon Pardi

Lady Antebellum UK Tour Review

Lady Antebellum : Birmingham Arena
October 9th

Coming, as it did, at the end of a very busy gig schedule for Country music fans in the UK, there must have been a temptation to see these shows by Lady Antebellum as ‘just another show’ to attend, an obligation or a tick to cross off on the list. It’s testament to the line up and the band themselves then that this might well have been the best of all the October gigs I have been lucky enough to see over the past two weeks as the inaugural Country Music Week event clashed with a couple of tours by the likes of Lady A and Kip Moore. Read more... “Lady Antebellum UK Tour Review”

Miranda Lambert Shines in London

Miranda Lambert in London August 2017

British act Ward Thomas were opened for Miranda; having first met the girls before they even had any music out it’s been so interesting to watch their progression in the industry. I found their vocals and harmonies amazing and the crowd sang along to some of their more well-known songs like ‘Cartwheels’. I felt the girls really looked like they were enjoying themselves with the track ‘Town Called Ugly’ however, the only thing I felt lacked was interaction with each other. They spend most of the set at either ends of the stage meaning it lacked a little chemistry between them. That said, it didn’t detract from their talent at all. Read more... “Miranda Lambert Shines in London”

Little Big Town – The Breaker Review

Little Big Town – The Breaker

So called because of its final track and because of the hard time the band had recording it, The Breaker’, Little Big Town’s 8th LP sees the band coming back into the Country fold again after last year’s bizarre experiment with Pharrel Williams on ‘Wanderlust’. The less said about ‘Wanderlust’ the better really although that willingness to experiment and push the boundaries has served to give the band the shot in the arm that they maybe needed at this stage in their careers. Read more... “Little Big Town – The Breaker Review”