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Bamford wins at Canadian CMAs

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 – Gord Bamford won three Canadian Country Music Association Awards on Sunday. Johnny Reid took the big honor, the Fans' Choice Award.

Bamford took home Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year for "Where a Farm Used to Be" and songwriter of the year for the same song along with Buddy Owens and Phil O'Donnell.

Other winners were:

Album of the Year - Dallas Smith - "Lifted"

Female Artist - Jess Moskaluke

Group or Duo: High Valley

Video of the Year - Dean Brody - "Upside Down"

Roots Artist - Lindi Ortega

Interactive Artist/Group - Brett Kissel

Rising Star - Madeline Merlo

CCMA Discovery Award - Raquel Cole

Musician awards went to Lisa Dodd on bass, Chad Melchert on drums, Denis Dufresne on fiddle, Ryan Davidson on guitar, Mike Little and Bart McKay in a tie on keyboards, Robin Pelletier (mandolin) for special instrument and Ed (Peewee Charles) Ringwald for steel guitar.

Album Design of the Year went to "Ramble" by The Boom Chucka Boys with Brandon Heard for design and Ashley Champagne for photography.

Joey Moi took producer of the year for Smith's "Lifted."

Video Director of the Year went to Stephano Barberis for "Undressed" by Bobby Wills, "Boat on the Water" by Aaron Pritchett; "I Only Smoke When I Drink" by Small Town Pistols.

Hall of Fame inductees were Dianne Leigh and Elizabeth "Ma" Henning.

MusicCounts won the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award. Robert Ott took the Leonard T. Rambeau International Award.

The top selling album of the year went to "Crash My Party" by Luke Bryan. Yoan won the Top Selling Canadian Album for its self-titled disc.

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Gord Bamford is capitalizing on the attention brought on by the success of "Is It Friday Yet?", released only a year ago. The Canadian's latest, "Country Junkie," picks up right where he left off, packed to the brim with classic country songs catchy enough for commercial radio, like his country colleague Justin Moore. The album kicks off with the twang anthem, Where A Farm Used to Be, which reflects on the encroachment of the city on rural areas. »»»
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In his native country Canada, Gord Bamford is one of the most popular country artists around. But like his fellow Canuck country stars George Canyon and Dean Brody, he has yet to break through south of the border. The country star from the prairies of Alberta has his eye set on spreading his wings on his fifth release, "Is it Friday Yet?" The album kicks off with an upbeat song perfectly suited for two stepping at the local rodeo dance, Must Be a Woman. Right off the bat, »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Womack planned a good night – Lee Ann Womack pretty much summed up where she's at these days in concluding her show with Don Williams "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good." The ever-strong voiced country traditionalist sang, "I don't need fortune and I don't need fame" with the concluding line of the stanza asking the Man upstairs to "plan a good day for me.... »»»
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