LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News Release)- The Arkansas Country Music Awards are proud to announce Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, The Browns, Ed Bruce and Wayne Raney as the first five recipients of their Lifetime Achievement Awards.
These awards will be formally presented at the Arkansas Country Music Awards red carpet event hosted at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on June 4th.
“All five are very deserving,” says longtime country music journalist Charles Haymes. “Each had their own distinctive style while making the state of Arkansas proud as they left their mark on the country music industry.”
Haymes, along with country hit-maker Collin Raye, will host the inaugural Arkansas Country Music Awards on Monday, June 4 at the University Theater on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Collin Raye said, “I’m extremely honored to be co-hosting this inaugural event, spotlighting the wealth of talent that the great state of Arkansas has blessed with. It will be a very special evening!”
Known as the ‘Man in Black,’ Cash was born in Kingsland and grew up in Dyess. His career began on 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.”
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.”
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.
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.” However, those hits were preceded by his compositions made popular by other artists. Those include “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.
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.
All five of the Lifetime Achievement recipients will be honored at the inaugural Arkansas Country Music Awards.
An additional set of categories will go up for a public vote from March 17 to April 7. The categories include: Entertainer, Country Artist, Americana/Roots Artist, Bluegrass Artist, Inspirational Artist, Female Vocalist, Male Vocalist, Acoustic Act, Vocal Group, Album, Song, Songwriter, Producer, Engineer, Promoter, Video, Radio Station, Radio DJ, Magazine, Venue, Young Artist (age 17 or younger), Bassist, Fiddle Player, Drummer, Guitarist, and Steel Player.
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