It’s the stuff CMA dreams are made of. At least, the dreams of fans. If you love the Country Music Association Awards, or just happen to love iconic country music performances, then you’re going to love what just hit store shelves!
Merle Haggard (photo from cnn.com) CMA Awards Live
CMA Awards Live: Greatest Moments 1968-2015 is complied from archival Country Music Association Awards footage. Inside the massive box set are iconic performances and memorable moments of those 47 years.
Besides how well it chronicles the history of “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” what makes this exceptionally special is that these performances have never been commercially released. Before this, if you missed the show or didn’t “tape it,” (that’s a reference to a VCR, for younger readers), you were just out of luck. Not anymore!
CMA World, the set includes interviews with artists who performed, and won. These include Noami Judd and Charley Pride. There are also interviews with show executives.
George Jones (photo from billboard.com) CMA’s most memorable moments
Some of the more memorable performances include Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, and Alan Jackson.
Haggard’s “Okie From Muskogee” performance is from 1970. That song actually won Single of the Year that night; Merle also won Entertainer of the Year. Parton and Rogers’ 1983 performance of their hit song, “Islands in the Stream” is in the set. Also included is Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” his 1991 tribute in remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Other memorable highlights include Reba McEntire performing “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” in 2008, and Alan Jackson and George’s Strait’s 2013 duet tribute to the late George Jones. The pair performed Jones’ hit single, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” the same year Jones died.
There are also some other collaborative performances you won’t want to miss. In 1993, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Tammy Wynette sang “Silver Threads and Golden Needles.” 2010 saw Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, and Sheryl Crow perform Lynn’s signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
The Country Music Association Awards have an incredibly rich history. Name a prominent country star, past or present, and they’ve likely been on stage performing or receiving their award–likely both! This set brings that history together–and what a wonderful history to relive!