“Country Music’s Biggest Night(tm)” continues to get bigger as The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Jerrod Niemann, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, Chris Young, and NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon are announced as the first group of presenters for “The 44th Annual CMA Awards.”
Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 44th Annual CMA Awards” airs Nov. 10, live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
The Band Perry, Bryan, Niemann, Young and Corbin received their first nominations this year.
Author Deborah Evans Price is making a splash with her first book, The CMA Awards Vault: Country Music’s Biggest Night! This is the first book to extensively cover The CMA Awards from its inception as a radio-only broadcast in 1967 to the glittery three-hour, network television spectacle of today.
She will have a booksigning Thursday, November 4th, 7:00 pm, at Davis Kidd Booksellers in Green Hills. The following afternoon, November 5th, Price and video director/CMA Awards Executive Producer Robert Deaton will discuss the show’s history at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The general public is invited to attend.
The coffee table book contains never-before-published photographs, artwork, and memorabilia. Tucked into dozens of pockets throughout the book are replicas of such items as a program from that first CMA Awards in 1967; a note to the CMA from the Charlie Daniels Band in 1980; a ticket to “The 40th CMA Anniversary” show; and the set-design blueprint from the 2009 CMA Awards.
Kenny Chesney has written the foreword for the book and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Barbara Mandrell has supplied the afterword.