CMA honors Hardy
Thursday, November 21, 2013
– Country Music Association Board President Ed Hardy received the Chairman's Award today in a surprise move, honoring him for his leadership.
The organization's Chairman Troy Tomlinson gave the award, which is given at the discretion of the chairman. Tomlinson praised the leadership and hours of dedication that Hardy has devoted to the Association since taking over as the board liaison with the staff in July.
"Under Ed's interim leadership, CMA had its strongest awards ratings in four years," Tomlinson said. "Ed set the bar and maintained a high level of expectation, which was not just met, but exceeded by our professional staff and television production teams. His contributions during this transition have been meaningful and will have a lasting impact on the Association."
The CMA Chairman's Award, which was known as the CMA President's Award until 2010, is given when the chairman feels an individual or individuals, through outstanding service to CMA, merit the recognition (the Award maybe given to a current Board member or non-Board member).
Hardy has been a member of the CMA Board of Directors for eight years, serving on every committee. He was named president-elect in 2012 and assumed the role of president on Jan. 1. He will become chairman of the board on Jan. 1, 2014.
More news for Country Music Association
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: Wishing for more McKenna
Telling friends you just saw a Lori McKenna concert usually draws immediate blank stares. That is until you mention some of the more famous songs she's helped write for stars like Little Big Town and Tim McGraw. What your friends may not realize, though, is there are more great songs where those hits came from.
McKenna's set list included a... »»»
Concert Review: Drive-By Truckers finds little to celebrate
While introducing "Guns of Umpqua," off the new "American Band" album, Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood wondered out loud - in a profanity-laced observation - why he can never seem to see a flag not at half-mast anymore. "We can do better, people!" he admonished the crowd. In an election year with two of the most... »»»
Country News Digest
Elsewhere in the news
Currently at the CST blogs
Mercy Rose Isbell recently celebrated her first birthday and, ironically, the album she helped inspire has just been released. Synchronicity is a beautiful thing. Mercy Rose is, of course, the daughter of singer/songwriters Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, two of the most gifted Americana artists working today...
Something old is new again. The Earls of Leicester, fresh from their first release in late 2014 and the IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award for 2015, followed that remarkable success with "Rattle and Roar." The Earls of Leicester play the songs popularized by, and in the musical style of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.... »»»
In the nine years since Nickel Creek declared itself on indefinite hiatus, violinist/vocalist Sara Watkins has been relentlessly busy. She discovered a new pathway for her harmonic gifts with Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan in the vocal trio I'm With Her.... »»»