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Arkansas Country Music Awards Recipients

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2018

Ed Bruce

Glen Campbell

Johnny Cash

The Browns

Wayne Raney


ENTERTAINER of the Year   

2018 - The Zac Dunlap Band 


AMERICANA / ROOTS Artist of the Year  

2018 - Bonnie Montgomery


BLUEGRASS Artist of the Year   

2018 - The Keisler Brothers Band 


COUNTRY ARTIST of the Year   

2018 - Cory Jackson


INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST of the Year

2018 - Heaven's Echoes


FEMALE VOCALIST of the Year  

2018 - Bonnie Montgomery


MALE VOCALIST of the Year   

2018 - Blane Howard 


ACOUSTIC ACT of the Year   

2018 - Caleb Ryan Martin 


VOCAL GROUP of the Year   

2018 - The Zac Dunlap Band 


ALBUM of the Year   

2018 - "Whiskeytown Crier" by Erin Enderlin 


SONG of the Year   

2018 - "Arkansas' Mine" written by Zac Dunlap,  performed by The Zac Dunlap Band 


SONGWRITER of the Year   

2018 - Erin Enderlin 


MUSIC PRODUCER of the Year   

2018 - Randy Loyd 


SOUND ENGINEER of the Year   

2018 - Jon Raney


PROMOTER of the Year   

2018 - J.R. Rogers


VIDEO of the Year 

2018 - "Arkansas' Mine" by The Zac Dunlap Band


RADIO STATION of the Year   

2018 - KSSN of Little Rock


RADIO DJ of the Year   

2018 - Bob Robbins of KMJX in Little Rock 


PUBLICATION of the Year   

2018 - Arkansas Living 


VENUE of the Year   

2018 - Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View


YOUNG ARTIST of the Year   

2018 - Cam Shelton


BASSIST of the Year   

2018 - Jimmy Young


DRUMMER of the Year   

2018 - Doobie Bowie


FIDDLER of the Year   

2018 - Melody Hart


GUITARIST of the Year   

2018 - Randall George


STEEL/DOBRO PLAYER  of the Year 

2018 - Steve Matlock


A complete list of nominees can be found here: Nominees

 


Arkansas Country Music Hall of Fame

Glen Campbell -2018

Glen Campbell

Delight native Campbell defined excellence as both a recording artist and as a musician. He was a studio guitarist, playing on country hits in both country and pop music. As a country artist, he is known for "Gentle on My Mind," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" and "Rhinestone Cowboy." 

Johnny Cash - 2018

Johnny Cash

The 'Man in Black,' Cash was born in Kingsland and grew up in Dyess. His career began with Sun Records in Memphis with a rockabilly beat that was destined to lead to massive success. He went on to be one of country music's biggest stars. His hits include "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," "Ring of Fire" and "Sunday Morning Coming Down."

Ed Bruce - 2018

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Born in Keiser, Bruce scored on country radio in the 1980s with "My First Taste of Texas" and "You're the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had." His songs were recorded by other artists including "See The Big Man Cry, recorded by Charlie Louvin; "Mama's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys", recorded by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson; and "Texas (When I Die)", recorded by Tanya Tucker. 

The Browns - 2018

The Browns

Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie Brown were from Pine Bluff. The sibling trio set the bar for vocal harmony. Their original recordings on RCA Records remain one of the most sought after by music collectors. Hits like "The Three Bells," "Scarlet Ribbons" and "The Old Lamplighter" are timeless. 

Wayne Raney - 2018

Wayne Raney

Raney was a popular country singer and harmonica player. He grew up on a farm in Cleburne County, and scored a number one hit in 1949 with "Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me." Raney impacted the music field in a number of ways, recording artist, songwriter, musician, disc jockey, record producer and as an owner of a record label.

Conway Twitty - 2019

Conway Twitty

Born Harold Jenkins, Twitty grew up in Helena. He is often referred to as 'the best friend a song ever had.' His multitude of hits would reflect that statement. From his early rock hit "It's Only Make Believe" to countless hit country singles, such as "Hello Darlin'," "You've Never Been This Far Before," "I'd Love to Lay You Down," "Don't Take It Away" and "That's My Job" to several duet hits with Loretta Lynn, he stands as one of the true legends Few performers have had the influence on country music as Twitty. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 1999. 

Kye Fleming - 2019

Kye Fleming

Fleming grew up in Fort Smith. After teaming with Dennis Morgan they wrote mega hits including Barbara Mandrell's "I Was Country (When Country Wasn't Cool)," "Crackers," "Years" and "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed."  Ronnie Milsap scored big with "Smokey Mountain Rain" and "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World." Also, Sylvia took "Nobody" to the heights of both country and pop radio. In 1989, Willie Nelson scored with Fleming's "There You Are." She is a three-time recipient of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)'s Songwriter of the Year and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2009.

Jimmy Driftwood - 2019

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Born in Timbo, Driftwood is one of the all-time great composers and interpreters of folk and country songs. In 1959, Johnny Horton recorded Driftwood’s composition “The Battle of New Orleans.” The following year, it was named Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards. Driftwood wrote more than 6,000 songs, of which more than 300 have been recorded by various artists. He was a key figure in the popularity and preservation of old-time music in Mountain View.

Patsy Montana - 2019

Patsy Montana

Montana was born Ruby Blevins in Beaudry, near Jessieville, just outside of Hot Springs Village. After taking the stage name to better fit her style and image, Montana went on to be an absolute queen in the early days of what was known as Country & Western Music. She was extremely popular on the program The National Barn Dance in Chicago. Her 1935 release of "I Want To Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" became the first single by a female country recording artist to sell a million copies. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. 

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The Wilburn Brothers - 2019

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Teddy and Doyle Wilburn were born in Hardy. For the Wilburn Brothers, their initial stage experience came by performing at any early age with their entire family. As time passed, they became popular as members of the Grand Ole Opry and on television with their own syndicated show. The Wilburn Brothers Show featured weekly guests, giving country music performers valuable exposure in the days of only three networks. Their list of hits include "Trouble's Back in Town," "It's Another World" and "Roll Muddy River."

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Arkansas Country Music Awards

Arkansas Country Music Awards 2018 Recap

The 2018 event at the Center for Performing Arts at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) was a success!


2018 PERFORMERS INCLUDED:  Main Stage: Collin Raye, Ed Bruce, Barbara Fairchild, Debby Campbell,  Erin Enderlin, Phil McGarrah & Runnin’ on Empty, the Zac Dunlap Band, Cory Jackson, Bonnie Montgomery, Greg Ward, United Voice Music, Melody Hart, Diane Berry, Runaway Planet, Melody Pond. VIP Pre-show: David Adam Byrnes, Ten Penny Gypsy, Anna Marie, Bree Ogden with Cliff Prowse, Ben Coulter, Caleb Ryan Martin, Lance Curtis, Doug DeForest, Melodie Rooker with Ricky Rooker, and Blane Howard. The pre-show portion of the evening is open to all VIP ticket holders, where Miss Arkansas Ashton Campbell is the host. Collin Raye cohosted the last event and we can't wait to make the 2019 announcement! By the way. Collin has 24 top ten records, 16 #1 hits, and is a 10 time CMA and ACM nominee. 


2018 SPONSORS:

Big thanks to Southeast Insurance, Inc. and Kristi Stocker of Crossett, Arkansas Heart Hospital, Rockstar Passes, Peluso Microphones, LLC, and Jimmy Doyle's Country Club in North Little Rock.

Arkansas CMA Recipients