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Reactions to CMA nominations predictably are happy

Friday, August 31, 2007 – No one complained about being nominated for Country Music Association awards, which were announced Thursday.

Emerson Drive found out about their two CMA nominations while rolling down the highway. "We got the wake up call of the year this morning. We were on our bus headed to our gig in Ohio when we got a call telling us about our CMA nominations for Vocal Group of the Year and Music Video of the Year. What a great way to wake up!" says Brad Mates of Emerson Drive.

Sarah Buxton received her first ever CMA nomination. As one of the writers on "Stupid Boy," recorded by Keith Urban, Buxton earned a nomination for CMA Song of the Year.

"I was already having a great day when I got the phone call from my manager that 'Stupid Boy' was nominated" she said. "Me (and co-writers) Dave and Deanna were excited to have Keith record the song and now this - it's over the top! I couldn't be happier!"

Buxton joins co-writers Dave Berg and Deanna Bryant as nominees for "Stupid Boy" for CMA Song of the Year.

Tracy Lawrence was nominated in the Musical Event Of The Year category for the song "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" featuring Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney.

"I can honestly say, I found out who my friends are this year," said Lawrence who released his latest album on his own label in January. "I am humbled by the overwhelming support of country radio and so many of my friends and colleagues in the music industry, a business that I dearly love. I've been given the privilege of a career doing what I love to do...entertaining. There is a tremendous amount of hard work and competition, but this business is my passion. It's sort of like running for office, but the campaigning never ceases. I assembled a very strong team around me and I feel very proud of our accomplishment."

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Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
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