Dierks Bentley

Since making a life-altering drive with his father from Phoenix to Nashville when he was 19 years old, Bentley has forged his own path in an industry built predominantly on formula. The 2003 ACM Top New Artist of the Year has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. His album Home debuted at No. 1 and spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking 12 career No. 1 songs for Bentley as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies, and garnered 12 ACM Nominations, 11 GRAMMY nominations, and earned him an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry.

facebooktwitterinstagramyoutube

Clint Black

Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of Country music’s brightest stars. The winner of 6 ACM Awards including Top New Male Vocalist and Top Male Vocalist in 1989, Black’s many talents have taken him even further, as he has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music industry. Black has also received 24 ACM Nominations between 1989 and 2004. To date, Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs, a benchmark in any artist’s career. An astounding one-third of these songs eligible for major single release also achieved hit song status at Country radio, while more than 20 million of his albums have been sold worldwide. While it’s well-known that Black is an accomplished singer and guitarist, people may be surprised to learn that he is also proficient on drums and harmonica.

facebooktwitterinstagramyoutube

Luke Bryan

Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke Bryan has placed 12 singles at No. 1 and sold nearly 7 million albums with 27 million digital tracks from his four studio albums, and has been named Entertainer of the Year for the Academy of Country Music in 2012. Bryan has won three other ACM Awards, and has been nominated for 14 ACM Awards since 2007. Luke's latest album Crash My Party was 2013's best-selling country album. It's sold over two million copies with 8 million digital downloads, is certified Double Platinum, and won the Billboard Music Award for "Top Country Album." In 2014, Luke Bryan achieved the best touring year of his career with 1.7 million fans attending his concerts. This May, Luke will be honored with a summer exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and will embark on a new tour, “Kick The Dust Up Tour.”

facebooktwitterinstagramyoutube

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney has sold over one million tickets to each of his 11 headlining tours since 2002. A 4-time ACM Entertainer of the year, Chesney has won 11 ACM Awards and has been nominated for an unprecedented 65 ACM Awards. The man deemed "The King of the Road" by The Wall Street Journal has also won American Music Award’s All-Favorite Artist, ACM's Top Male Vocalist and ACM’s Single of the Year ("The Good Stuff.") With over 30 million albums sold, 7 debuting at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums and 13 topping Country Album chart, “The Big Revival” has spawned the multiple week #1 hit "American Kids," certified platinum.

facebooktwitterinstagramyoutube

Sam Hunt

There is nothing typical about the music that Hunt makes, nor about the way he has introduced his work to the world. In a short time and on his own terms, he has become one of Nashville’s most anticipated new artists, and his debut album, Montevallo, delivers on the buzz and the promise—and then some. The album follows Hunt’s recent four-song album preview, X2C, led by the Top Five, gold-selling track “Leave the Night On.” Hunt is one of the three semifinalists for ACM’s 2014 New Artist of the Year Award. Even though he was a recording rookie, Hunt was no stranger to the country music charts, having already written hits for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Billy Currington.

facebooktwitterinstagramyoutube

Miranda Lambert

Consider all the living she’s done since she stomped onto the scene with “Kerosene” in 2005: she is the five-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, a Grammy winner with four award winning Albums of the Year under her belt, and a happily married woman whose personal foundation, MuttNation, has raised millions of dollars for pet shelters across the country. Lambert has won 18 ACM Awards in total and has been nominated for 43 ACM Awards overall. Take in all that, and you suddenly realize that the little blonde spitfire from Lindale, Texas has grown up right before our eyes.

facebooktwitterinstagramyoutube

Patty Loveless

One of the most popular female singers of the new traditionalist movement, Patty Loveless rose to stardom thanks to her blend of honky tonk and country-rock, not to mention a plaintive, emotional ballad style. Her late-'80s records for MCA were generally quite popular, earning her comparisons to Patsy Cline, but most critics agreed that she truly came into her own as an artist when she moved to Epic in the early '90s. The two time ACM Top Female Vocalist, who tallied 19 ACM award nominations total, released “Only What I Feel” in early 1993 and earned Loveless the best reviews of her career to date. The number one smash "Blame It on Your Heart" helped the record go platinum, and "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye?" and "You Will" also went Top Ten. The following year's “When Fallen Angels Fly” won equal acclaim; it spun off four Top Ten hits in "I Try to Think About Elvis," "Halfway Down," "You Don't Even Know Who I Am," and "Here I Am." Released in 1996, The Trouble with the Truth continued Loveless' renaissance with two more number one smashes, "You Can Feel Bad (If It Makes You Feel Better)" and "Lonely Too Long," and the Top Five "She Drew a Broken Heart".

facebooktwitteryoutube

Ronnie Milsap

Milsap used pop, rock, and R&B elements to test country’s borders, and did so in a way that connected fiercely with the music-buying public. He compiled 40 #1 country hits. Milsap’s sales accrued eight gold albums; his Greatest Hits made him one of the first acts in any genre to obtain double-platinum status after the RIAA introduced the multi-platinum honor in 1984. The industry responded as positively as the public. Milsap won six Grammys, and five Academy of Country Music trophies, including lifetime honor, the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award and the 2013 Career Achievement Award.

facebooktwitteryoutube

Darius Rucker

Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, Rucker has had a truly remarkable few years. In 2008, he released Learn to Live. The album's first single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," made him the first African American with a number one country song since Charley Pride in 1983. It was followed by two more singles that topped the chart - "It Won't Be Like This For Long" and "Alright." His 2010 follow-up, Charleston, SC 1966, included two more Number Ones, "Come Back Song" and "This." Rucker tallies 4 ACM Awards nominations, and in October, he achieved a childhood dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

facebooktwitterinstagramyoutube

Dwight Yoakam

A long-time Los Angeleno, Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, placing him in an elite cadre of global superstars, yet the sales have never come at the expense of his musical integrity. Whether singing about the twisted wreckage of romance, the broken dreams of this hard life, or the burgeoning optimism that marks 3 Pears, Yoakam brings a knowing, glorious edge to his delivery and stands, in a world of artifice and flash, as a beacon of authenticity. He has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple-platinum “This Time”. Five of those albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another 14 landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 going Top 20, including the incomparable hits “Honky Tonk Man,” “Please Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” “Fast as You” and “Thousand Miles from Nowhere.” He’s won two Grammys and earned a staggering 21 nominations. Yokam is a 2 time ACM Award winner for Top New Male Vocalist in 1986 and the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award in 2011.

facebooktwitteryoutube

Alabama

It's been 40 years since a trio of young cousins left Fort Payne, Alabama, to spend the summer playing in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina bar called The Bowery. It took Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook six long years of tip jars and word of mouth to earn the major label deal they'd been dreaming of, but then seemingly took no time at all to change the face of country music. They reeled off 21 straight #1 singles, a record that may never be equaled in any genre. They brought youthful energy, sex appeal and a rocking edge that broadened country's audience and opened the door to self-contained bands from then on, and they undertook a journey that led, 73 million albums later, to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The group has won 20 ACM Awards including 1984 Entertainer of the Year, 1988 Artist of the Decade and the 2002 Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award.

facebooktwitteryoutube

Eli Young Band

With the 2011 release of their Republic Nashville debut, Life at Best, the Eli Young Band scored their first No. 1 hit with “Crazy Girl.” The double platinum single became the # 1 most played country song of the year on Billboard’s 2011 Year End chart and earned them the ACM Award for Song of the Year. The band’s next single, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” became their second No. 1 and was certified platinum. It earned the band Grammy nods for Best Duo/Group Performance and for Best Country Song as well as Single of the Year and Song of the Year nominations from the ACM. The group has been nominated for 9 ACM Awards total since 2008. After years of paying dues and gaining experience, the Eli Young Band is at the top of their game. While they started playing in tiny clubs, they’ve graduated to packing out theatres and mid-size venues as a headliner. Their road dog reputation helped them to earn an opening slot playing stadiums on the Kenny Chesney tour. All those miles on the road and visits to 10,000 towns coalesce to make their new album the band’s strongest effort yet. “At this point in our personal lives and in our career, we’re all in really good places,” Thompson says. “We’re all happy in our personal lives, so it shows on this record; it’s fun.”

facebooktwitterinstagramyoutube

Florida Georgia Line

Since forming in 2010, Florida Georgia Line has taken the songwriter skills honed from their early days in Nashville and shredded them to bits, all while simultaneously using the deep roots of country music to build something new and totally thrilling. From the most raucous party moments to unexpected self-reflective odes, FGL is an unstoppable powerhouse only looking to answer to themselves, and, perhaps most importantly, their fans. Their signature anthem “Cruise” was certified 8X platinum and became the best-selling Country single ever (according to SoundScan) – and the remix with Nelly rocked both the charts and eager genre-taggers. Since 2012, the duo has won 3 ACM Awards and has been nominated for 12, including five nominations this year. With their Republic Nashville debut, FGL is the only artist in history to join legends Brooks & Dunn in achieving four back-to-back, multi-week #1 singles. They’ve taken the “anything goes” approach with them from day one – never once, however, compromising their vision.

facebooktwitterinstagramyoutube