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Reflections On 50 Years of CMA
Leaving the arena last Wednesday night left me breathless and even more awe inspired of the genre then I ever have been. Where do I even begin? There were so many highlights and all in all it was a night I will never forget! First and foremost when you are involved in this industry, no matter how professional you are, a huge part of being involved is because you are FIRST a fan of the genre. I grew up listening to country music from the 80s and 90s along with being exposed to the likes of Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette and many other greats from the 50s and 60s of the genre because of my mom’s influence. I’ve enjoyed this musical candy to the ears for a couple decades, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve looked back and appreciate how blessed I was to be exposed to all of it at such a young age.
Last Wednesday night was my first time attending the awards, and as soon as they handed me that program when we walked in I knew it was going to be a great night. From beginning to end the night was filled with amazing music, surprises and great tributes. Admittedly I even got choked up a couple times realizing I was there and watching some of my favorite legends perform before my eyes, celebrating 50 years strong in a genre and all those that left a legacy in this music. Below are just a few of the highlights that made this night a night to remember:

Talk about starting off with a bang.. The CMA’s couldn’t have opened up any better by filling the stage with incredible talent from over the years and capping the tribute off with the great Randy Travis singing “Forever And Ever, Amen”


This song continues to inspire.. Lori McKenna really wrote a masterpiece with this song and every time I get to hear Tim McGraw sing it is a blessing. In the world we live in we need more people who will live by these words. There’s no question it deserved winning “Song Of The Year”.


Well, bring two of my favorite country artists on stage, then have them sing two of my favorite songs and you’ve got a guaranteed showing of waterworks. As soon as Alan Jackson first breathed, “Remember When” the tears started streaming, the mash up with George Strait‘s “Troubadour” was perfection. These cowboys are legends in my heart- the genre needs more of this and less gimmicks.


Um.. WOW is all I can say about this one.. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood delivered a flawless performance in honoring the artists of yesterday. The theme “Forever Country” really rang true this year and I can’t say enough how blessed and honored I was to witness such an incredible night of music..


Annette Gibbons
Hi, I’m Annette, I have been a huge country music fan since the early 90s those were the days we were lucky enough to have CMT in the UK. I enjoy nothing more than listening to country music whilst having a cold beer (or a moonshine) with friends. I try to as many gigs as I can here in the UK and in the USA; I think of Nashville as my second home and I am lucky to have made some amazing friends in Tennessee. Think Country is something I am very proud of, I just want to share my love and passion of all things country music related with you all.
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