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Wind machines and tender moments at ACM Awards

Wind machines, tender moments and heavy hardware for Stapleton.

This year’s ACM telecast had it all.  I have the attention span of a sugared up 3rd grader on the last day of school.  Yet, I was thoroughly entertained and intrigued by every performance.  This televised showcase really hit checked all the boxes that make this a tremendous music format.

A few surprises?  Check.  (Luke stealing Dierks’ opening salvo moment – I know.  It was staged.  I stilled giggled)

A nod to the rich history of country music?  Double check.  Dolly could have performed all night.  (And Katy dressed like a cowgirl, so there’s that)

A big heart?  You betcha (A Nashville record rep I talk to weekly say that’s a Midwestern term) Tim McGraw’s “Humble and kind” was one of those special moments – that appeared at just the right time amidst a political election kerfuffle, social media bullies and national newscasts that can be increasingly hard to consume.

Trophies to likely winners?  Yup.  I can’t say there was a surprise in the bunch.


kbThere was so much to like:

  • Luke Bryan’s opening ditty about huntin, fishin’ lovin’ every day – Heck, that sounds like it could be a theme song for country – way better that workin’ cryin’ and despair – which also sounds like a country theme song
  • Kenny Chesney’s social commentary “Noise” which I watched while looking at my phone
  • Chris Young and the Shania Twain outfit inspired Cassadee Pope rocked it with “Think of You”
  • Eric Church is equal parts classy and a rebel
  • Thomas Rhett’s “Holy Crap God” was funny, genuine and heartfelt
  • Kelsea Ballerini got 2 songs! And a wind machine!
  • Ashley on our Facebook page had the line of the night on Carrie’s dress “What was that? A metal cage dress?   I loved “Church Bells”.  Probably won’t see that dress at church though
  • Brett Eldredge paid homage to Janet – from Three’s Company
  • Urban is so fun to watch!
  • It looks like national companies see the power of country spokespeople. Chris Stapleton is a Traveller…in a Dodge RAM truck.

A few things could have been better:

  • Poor Chris Janson watched the ACM’s from Wal Mart – Cole Swindell from the parking lot.
  • Those off site arena shots don’t do much for me – Seems contrived. Garth in Vegas would have been better than Garth in Calgary.  Give the spotlight to someone who is in the building.
  • Those canned conversation cutaways were odd – some more than others.
  • The writers on the CMA Awards Show are better.
  • Katy Perry appeared more patronizing than heartfelt.  Dolly could have carried it by herself.
  • The Grammy Awards go over by an hour, let’s make this telecast longer.

Overall grade   B +


Tony Michaels

Sioux City, IA

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