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By Dave Williams
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Dave's Country Corner


Last updated 1/25/2016 at 5:02am | View PDF

Ameripolitan Awards

First I want to wish everyone a very happy & prosperous 2016 ahead. May you year be a wonderful one and may it be blessed!

Now that the Holiday season is behind us a lot of country artists are gearing up to hit the road and some prepping for their albums to make their way into the hands of adoring fans. Included in the latter are the Brothers Osborne whose debut album comes out Jan. 15, Pawn Shop features their hits Rum and Stay A Little Longer. Also hitting stores are Hank Williams Jr., It's About Time featuring his collaboration with Eric Church Are You ready For The Country also new Randy Rogers Band, Nothing Shines Like Neon.

I'll bet the Zac Brown Band is hoping 2016 is as fruitful for them as 2015 turned out to be. A successful tour, new album with genre crossing hits and whose doesn't love the BOSE commercial they did with J.J. Watt?! ZBB also had the most-heard country song of 2015 with "Homegrown", according to year-end rankings by Country Airplay/Mediabase. Kudos to the guys. Also according to those rankings the top duo/group was Florida-Georgia Line. Luke Bryan had a pretty good year too spending 5 weeks at number one with 3 songs topping the charts claiming the top male crown. Carrie Underwood was the number one female artist in country, did anyone really doubt that?

Speaking of Luke Bryan you might have heard by now that he'll have a new co-host for the 51st ACM Awards in April. Blake Shelton is stepping aside after 5 years of co-hosting, 2 with Luke and 3 with Reba. Dierks Bentley has been selected for his first big time hosting gig. It will be interesting to see what kind of chops Dierks has for hosting and what kind of chemistry he and Luke have together. We'll all find out April 3 I guess won't we?

Next month the 2016 Ameripolitan Music Awards will take place at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. Now if you are not familiar with these awards, they honor Western swing, honky-tonk, rockabilly and outlaw musicians. Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel will do the hosting duties as they hand out the awards and as they honor some legends in the industry, Red Simpson, Wanda Jackson & Charley Pride.

Now Jackson and Simpson will be presented with the Founder of the Sound recognition, while Pride will receive a Master Award. This is a big honor as he is only the second recipient of the award, following the late Ray Price. The three artists will also be part of the performances lined up for the awards show.

Thanks for checking out Dave's Country Corner. I invite you to join me each month as we catch up on all thins country coming out of Nashville and wherever great country music is found. Feel free to drop me a line anytime at and I invite you to join me weekday afternoons from 2 - 6 p.m. (CT) on 106 KIX, you can listen online Remember to keep it real & keep it country!

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