TN Proclaims Oct. Country Music Month

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed October as Country Music month. The CMA is celebrating with promotions, events and activities designed to drive awareness of the format and to lead up to the 45th annual CMA Awards on Wed., Nov. 9.

Haslam’s proclamation cites the Appalachian foothills as origins of country music and the format’s principles and values. “This art form remains quintessentially American, uncovering the poetry embedded in everyday life, and celebrating the same traits that inspired those who laid its foundation,” reads the proclamation.

Country Music Month was first created by the CMA in 1964 to highlight the format, landmark events and the formation of CMA and the anniversary of the WSM Grand Ole Opry. This year’s Awards will be held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and broadcast live on ABC TV. The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate its 86th birthday (visit CMA is making Web tools available for partners including logos, graphics, banners, video and audio files, and more. For information visit



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