09/08/2011

RONNIE DUNN, RALPH EMERY, RODNEY ATKINS, DEAN DILLON, RANDY HOUSER, JACK INGRAM, THE ISAACS, JERROD NIEMANN, THOMPSON SQUARE,

Tickets Available for Music Fans at Ticketmaster.com

WHAT: The 5th Annual ACM HONORS, an evening of musical tribute performances and special presentations celebrating the special honorees and non-televised category winners from the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held earlier this year.  Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and cost $37 each. The evening is presented by City National Bank.

WHO: Host and performer Joe Nichols, musical director Buddy Cannon, presenters Laura Bell Bundy, Ronnie Dunn, Ralph Emery, John Michael Montgomery and special performers Rodney Atkins, Dean Dillon, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Randy Houser, Jack Ingram, The Isaacs, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Jerrod Niemann, Thompson Square, The Whites and Lee Ann Womack and honorees including:

Special Awards recipients:

  • Garth Brooks* – Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award

  • Hank Cochran (posthumously) – Poet’s Award

  • John Dorris – Mae Boren Axton Award

  • Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers – Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award

  • Tom T. Hall -- Poet’s Award

  • Reba – Career Achievement Award

  • Taylor Swift – Jim Reeves International Award

  • Country Strong* -- Tex Ritter Award (Produced by Tobey Maguire & Jenno Topping; executive produced by Meredith Zamsky; directed by Shana Feste;  Production studio Screen Gems / Sony Pictures Entertainment.)

Winners of the MBI (Musician/Bandleader/Instrumentalist) categories:

  • Chuck Ainlay - Audio Engineer of the Year 

  • Eddie Bayers - Percussionist/Drummer of the Year

  • Tom Bukovac - Guitarist of the Year 

  • Dan Dugmore - Steel Guitar Player of the Year

  • Aubrey Haynie - Fiddle Player of the Year 

  • Gordon Mote - Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year

  • Bryan Sutton - Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year

  • Glenn Worf* - Bass Player of the Year 

  • Paul Worley - Producer of the Year

Winners of the Industry Awards categories:

  • Steve “Bogie” Bogdanovich – Romeo Entertainment Group – Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year

  • Sally Williams, Ryman Auditorium – Promoter of the Year

  • Joe’s Bar (Chicago, IL) – Nightclub of the Year  

  • Mohegan Sun Casino (Uncasville, CT) – Casino of the Year

  • Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN) – Venue of the Year                         *not expected to attend

WHEN & Monday, September 19th, 2010 Ryman Auditorium

WHERE: 4:45pm Press Check-In 116 5th Avenue North
5:15pm Arrivals Begin Nashville, TN

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:            Brooke Primero, brooke@acmcountry.com, 818.788.8000 x1419