Tommy Jackson: State prepares to showcase its impressive country music roster | Community

The finalists have been announced, the fan votes have been cast, the program is set up quickly and once the selection committee has made its choices, all that’s left to do is wait for the big night.

Of course, I’m referring to the fifth annual Arkansas Country Music Awards scheduled for Reynolds Performance Hall on June 6 at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

The growth of this incredible event is a testament to the incredible and diverse talent that has been a vital part of this program since its inception.

Just like last year, the list of first-time nominees tops 50 again, led by reigning male vocalist and five-time nominee Lance Carpenter. Of course, 28-time nominee Erin Enderlin is back in the fold. VP and co-host Charles Haymes assures country music fans they’ll be wowed by this year’s most diverse lineup of artists.

This event is the brainchild of White County resident Nathan Hunnicutt who deserves great credit first for the hard work and dedication that helped attract huge stars giving the event credibility and a instant prestige. A partial list of such names that have appeared in the past includes Tanya Tucker, Collin Raye, Pam Tillis, Billy Dean, and more. This year’s guest list has not been fully finalized, but a big name has been announced, the great Lee Ann Womack who will be on hand to present longtime producer and friend Mark Wright with his Lifetime Achievement Award. .

Tickets range from $35 to $100 and can be obtained by going to www.arkansas countrymusicawards.com. We are looking forward to the event.

Tommy Jackson is a former daily newspaper editor who now writes a weekly entertainment column. He can be contacted at Tommyjackson1a@yahoo.com.

Tommy Jackson is a former daily newspaper editor who now writes a weekly entertainment column. He can be contacted at Tommyjackson1a@yahoo.com.

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