The glamour, history, backstage stories, and memorable moments from more than 40 years of the annual CMA Awards, “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” are collected in a new, unique book, The CMA Awards Vault, now available
Author Deborah Evans Price traces the show’s 43-year run from a one-hour, radio-only broadcast in 1967 to the glittery three-hour, network television spectacle of today. Evans Price interviewed dozens of Country Music’s biggest stars, from Sonny James, the host of the first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show,” to Brad Paisley and
“As someone who grew up watching the CMA Awards, and was then privileged to go to the Awards for the past 25 years, I couldn’t think of anything that would excite me more than doing a book on the institution,” said Evans Price.
What really sets this book apart from other Country Music histories, however, is the unique “scrapbook” approach. The CMA Awards Vault contains never-before-published photographs, artwork, and memorabilia. Tucked into dozens of pockets throughout the book are replicas of such items as a program from that first CMA Awards in 1967; a note to the CMA from the Charlie Daniels Band in 1980; a ticket to “The 40th CMA Anniversary” show; and the set-design blueprint from the 2009 CMA Awards.
“I’m thankful for the wonderful journey this book provides through the history of the CMA Awards,” writes
No Country Music fan should be without this “home archive” of the history of “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” Graced by a foreword by four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year
is published by Whitman Publishing, LLC, of Atlanta. The 144-page hardcover 12-inch by 10-inch book with slipcase is available for $49.95 in bookstores and online retailers. The book can also be ordered at www.CMAawards.com and www.WhitmanVaultBooks.com.
“The 44th Annual CMA Awards” will be broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 PM ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Tickets for the 2010 CMA Awards are on sale now and can be purchased by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com; calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena box office, 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway), Nashville.
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