Anyone who knows me personally would say I am never at a loss of words, however at the recent CNN Awards I was just that. The whole event was a resounding success from start to finish and it was so nice to meet up with people I have spoken to via email over the years but never actually met in person.
People came from Scotland, West Sussex, London, Lancashire and all the surrounding areas and on the Sunday night it was almost standing room only as the audience arrived to enjoy the show and see first hand who had won.
During Sunday evening, intermingled with music from the artists and the dj, the awards were presented and I was taken totally by surprise when I was awarded the Services to Industry Award. I would like to say a big thank you for the recognition which is the second time during my time with the magazine and it will take pride of place in the office.
Everyone appeared pleased with the winning acts because the cheers from the crowd after each award were deafening. Inside this issue there is a comprehensive run down on the weekend plus pictures which tell their own story.
Because this event was so successful it has been decided that next year it will be held over four nights and three days and due to the constraints of the venue will move to the first week in September. Weekend tickets are now on sale so don’t leave it too late to book, just go to www.ccnawards.co.uk where you will be able to purchase them. Of course, long before that readers of Cross Country magazine will get the chance to vote for next year’s winners.
Already we are in June and, looking at our calendar of events, we shall be out and about quite a lot, as well as having another holiday coming up in the States. There is just not enough time to go to everything but we do our best. I find that by talking to the people who attend the various events I can get a feel of what the general opinion of Country music and dancing is. I also know, after speaking to a lady recently, that she was overwhelmed by the number of dances we publish each month and didn’t know which ones to actually learn. I realise her and her instructor’s dilemma when deciding what to teach but we do like to give a choice, it is never expected that all will be taught each month. All we try to do is bring to the forefront dances which we think will have the most longevity and are not too complicated and are choreographed to some lovely Country music.
If you are on the internet you will see that each day there is a minimum of three dances being posted. All I can say is if the artists pick up a song to which a dance has been choreographed then that song and dance will last as long as it is popular. Remember though, line dancing is a hobby and should be enjoyed because you want to do it, not because you have to.
Keep listening, keep dancing, keep it Country.
The winners, as voted by readers of Cross Country magazine and pictures and reports on the event.
Las Vegas Honky Tonks
A light-hearted look at the some of the honky tonks in Nevada, USA.
Maura Sutton has been chatting with Josh Turner. He says he too would like to get over to the UK. He is currently promoting his new album entitled Deep South.
Hannah Valize and Tom Caldwell take a look at what is happening around the world in Country music.
We go back to 1980, the year John Lennon was shot and killed in New York.
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