Dierks Bentley, “Need You Now” Earn Songwriting Honors

Dierks Bentley won Songwriter/Artist of the Year, Josh Kear took Song of the Year for co-writing “Need You Now” with Lady Antebellum, and Brett James walked off with Songwriter of the Year during the star-studded ASCAP Country Music Awards for songwriters Tuesday at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium. Dierks picked up the Songwriter/Artist trophy after two of his songs — “Sideways” and “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes” — were recognized among the performing rights agency’s most performed songs of the year. Dierks played a bluegrass version of “Sideways” during the two-hour presentation in which each of ASCAP’s Top 5 songs was rendered live. Chris Young sang “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” songwriter David Lee Murphy played “Big Green Tractor,” Darius Rucker offered “Alright” and Josh Kear teamed with Lady A for a dramatic acoustic version of “Need You Now.” Josh was cheered heavily by the songwriting community when he sang some of the lines that Charles Kelley usually sings — Josh proved he was an admirable singer in addition to being an ace songwriter. Read More

Justin Moore Backtracks on GAC

“I’m just a hick from Arkansas that half the time can sing on key.” Justin Moore’s self-description on last week’s ABC special “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock” suggests that he hasn’t gotten a big head about his early career success. His rise to prominence gets dissected in another special, Justin Moore: How I Got To Be This Way, this week on GAC. Read More