Nominees Announced for the 2019 Arkansas Country Music Awards Event Nominees Announced for the 2019 Arkansas Country Music Awards Event
Nominees Announced for the 2019 Arkansas Country Music Awards Event

The Arkansas Country Music Awards has announced the final nominees for the “The 2nd Annual ACMA Show,” as popular female vocalists Erin Enderlin and Bonnie Montgomery each snagged six nominations, while traditional country group The Reeves Brothers and veteran country/inspirational singer Joanne Cash received four nominations each.

Arkansas CMA President, Nathan Hunnicutt stated, “This year’s nominee list is incredible…it’s a class represented by professional artists who work hard, and it shows.” Hunnicutt went on to say, “Our aim is to open up the music scene here in Arkansas and give the general public a way to participate through the voting platform which opens soon.”

Enderlin, from Conway, won two awards last year and now has a career total of 13 ACMA nominations. She is a finalist for Entertainer, Female Vocalist, Country Artist, and Songwriter, while “World Without Willie” garnered her nominations in both the Song and Video categories.

 

White County native Montgomery, who is a also a two-time ACMA winner, is a finalist for Entertainer, Female Vocalist, and Americana Artist. Her duet with Mark Currey on “Come Sunday Morning” netted the collaboration a nomination for Vocal Group, plus the tune is a finalist for Song of the Year. Additional, her critically acclaimed album “Forever” is an Album of the Year nominee.

Joining Enderlin and Montgomery in the coveted Entertainer of the Year category is Lance Carpenter, Phil McGarrah & Runnin’ on Empty and The ShotGunBIllys. Carpenter is also a finalist for Male Vocalist and Country Artist. McGarrah is also a Male Vocalist nominee while bandmates Josh Dotson and Steve Matlock received Drummer of the Year and Steel/Dobro Player of the Year nominations, respectively. Edgy country group The ShotGunBillys is also a finalist for Vocal Group.

Neo country group The Reeves Brothers are new to the ACMA scene, and are finalists for Vocal Group and Country Artist. Their album “King of Country Music will vie for Album of the Year, while “Sober Up to Face the Night” is a Song of the Year finalist.

Cash, younger sister of 2018 ACMA Lifetime recipient Johnny Cash, nabbed four nominations, including Inspirational Artist of the Year. Her “Unbroken” is a finalist for Album of the Year, while “Back Home in Arkansas” received nominations in both the Song and Video categories.
 
Arkansas’ biggest night for country music will take place on Monday, June 3 at the Maumelle High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
 
Here is the complete list of 2019 Arkansas Country Music Awards final nominees:
 
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
 
Bonnie Montgomery
 
Erin Enderlin
 
Lance Carpenter
 
Phil McGarrah & Runnin’ on Empty
 
The ShotGunBillys
 
 
AMERICANA ARTIST OF THE YEAR
 
A Rowdy Faith
 
Bonnie Montgomery
 
Caleb Ryan Martin
 
Route 358
 
Ten Penny Gypsy
 
 
BLUEGRASS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
 
Highway 36
 
Interstate Thirty
 
The Roving Gambler Band
 
Runaway Planet
 
Twang
 
 
COUNTRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR
 
Cory Jackson
 
David Adam Byrnes
 
Erin Enderlin
 
Lance Carpenter
 
The Reeves Brothers
 
 
INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
 
Hallelujah Harmony Quartet
 
Heaven’s Echoes
 
Joanne Cash
 
The Kinsmen
 
United Voice
 
 
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
 
Ashleigh Rogers
 
Bonnie Montgomery
 
Erin Enderlin
 
Mary-Heather Hickman
 
Savannah Morris
 
 
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
 
Austin Pool
 
Blane Howard
 
Jason Campbell
 
Lance Carpenter
 
Phil McGarrah
 
 
ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR
 
Anna Brinker
 
Caleb Ryan Martin
 
Double Booked
 
Heath Sanders
 
Lee Street Lyrical
 
 
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
 
Mark Currey/Bonnie Montgomery
 
The Reeves Brothers
 
The Salty Dogs
 
The ShotGunBillys
 
Ten Penny Gypsy
 
 
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
 
“Breaking All the Rules” by Greg Ward. produced by Steve Davis, Danny Dunn, Buddy Hyatt, Stephen Merle Kilgore, Silver Stephens, Greg Ward and Luther Zachary.
 
“Forever” by Bonnie Montgomery. produced by Chris Burns
 
“King of Country Music” by The Reeves Brothers. produced by Matt and Cole Reeves “Matthew Huff” by Matthew Huff. produced by Jon Raney
 
“Unbroken” by Joanne Cash. produced by Chad Randall Crow
 
 
SONG OF THE YEAR
 
“Back Home in Arkansas” written by Chad Randall Crow. performed by Joanne Cash
 
“Come Sunday Morning” written by Mark Currey. performed by Mark Currey and Bonnie Montgomery
 
“Sober Up to Face the Night” written by Kelly Bishop and Cole Reeves. performed by The Reeves Brothers
 
“Way Back” written and performed by Lauren Richmond
 
“World Without Willie” written by Erin Endlerin, Alex Kline, Leslie Satcher and Tara Thompson. performed by Erin Enderlin
 
 
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
 
Don Presley
 
Doug DeForest
 
Erin Enderlin
 
Robert Martin
 
Rog Tipton
 
 
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
 
Barry Poynter
 
Darian Stribling
 
Jason Miller
 
Jon Raney
 
Nathaniel Stone
 
 
SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
 
Bryce Roberts
 
Darian Stribling
 
Doyle McHaffie
 
Ernie McCoy
 
Jon Raney
 
 
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
 
Aalesha Cartner
 
Barth Grayson
 
Bill & Linda Lovett
 
Keith Symanowitz
 
Ray Bingham
 
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
 
“Back Home in Arkansas” by Joanne Cash. directed by Chad Randall Crow
 
“Own It” by The Zac Dunlap Band. directed by Joe Lane “Promise to Love Her” by Blane Howard. directed by Brandon Chambers
 
“The Possum” by Anna Brinker. directed by Supi Boonaphai
 
“World Without Willie” by Erin Enderlin. directed by Jenna Doolittle
 
 
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
 
KCYT ‘The Coyote’ Fayetteville
 
KDXY “The Fox” Jonesboro
 
KMAG ‘New Country” Fort Smith
 
KMJX ‘The Wolf’ Little Rock
 
KWOZ ‘The Country Super Station” Batesville
 
 
RADIO DJ OF THE YEAR
 
A.J. Parker, KHLR Little Rock
 
Del Hughes, KWCK Searcy
 
Ken Murphy, KABF Little Rock
 
Kenny Loggains, KWOZ Batesville
 
Stafford & Frigo, KDXY Jonesboro
 
 
PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR
 
AY Magazine (Little Rock)
 
The Daily Citizen (Searcy)
 
Nightflying (Morrilton)
 
Oxford American (Little Rock)
 
The Sun Times (Heber Springs)
 
 
VENUE OF THE YEAR
 
Collins Theater, Paragould
 
Jimmy Doyle Country Club, Little Rock
 
Little O’ Oprey House, West Fork
 
Roundup Country Show Theater, Brookland
 
South on Main, Little Rock
 
 
YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR
 
Bree Ogden
 
Lance Curtis
 
Mary Parker
 
Sarah Cecil
 
TRIPPP
 
 
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
 
Big Shane Thornton
 
DaWayne George
 
Doug DeForest
 
Jerry Bone
 
Terry Rhoades
 
 
DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
 
David O’Neal
 
Doobie Bowie
 
Josh Dotson
 
Kevin King
 
Scott Varady
 
 
FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
 
Dexter Rowe
 
Jenee Flenor
 
Melody Hart
 
Tim Crouch
 
Wayne Massengale
 
 
GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
 
Beezer Wagler
 
Caleb Ryan Martin
 
Randall George
 
Rick Campbell
 
Steve Davison
 
 
STEEL/DOBRO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
 
Garland Harris
 
Jerry Roller
 
Robert Jones
 
Rodger King
 
Steve Matlock
 
All five of the Lifetime Achievement recipients, Conway Twitty, Jimmy Driftood, Patsy Montana, The Wilburn Brothers, and Kye Fleming will also be honored during the Arkansas Country Music Awards 2019 red carpet event on June 3, 2019 at the Maumelle High School Auditorium.
 
The Millennial Award will be presented to Derek Wells.
Tickets and sponsorship information: ArkansasCMA.com

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