Frankfort, KY: Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Southern Governors' Association extended sincere congratulations to country music group, Montgomery Gentry, for their Country Music Association Award nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year. Recognized worldwide as "Country Music's Biggest Night," the CMA Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for country music artists, musicians, producers, publishers, songwriters, video directors and industry executives who work in America's most popular music genre. The awards ceremony will be held live tonight at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee beginning at 8:00/EST.
"Tourism plays a tremendously important role in economic development, and the musical talent and heritage of our region are great tourism attractions," said Governor Fletcher. "I am proud to congratulate Montgomery Gentry on their CMA nomination and to thank them for their contribution to Southern music heritage."
Both proud Kentucky natives, Gerald Edward (Eddie) Montgomery and Troy Gentry used their onstage experience to establish themselves as a crowd favorite with country hits like "She Couldn't Change Me" and "My Town." Previous winners of the CMA vocal duo award in 2000, Montgomery Gentry has clearly established a strong reputation in the world of country music.
As SGA Chairman, Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia has chosen to spotlight tourism in the South through his initiative Soul of the South: Our Heritage, Our Hospitality, Our Hometowns. Music is a central theme as artists of all genres have contributed to the cultural fiber of the region.
"Over the course of this next year, I, along with fellow governors from the region, intend to showcase our music heritage," said Chairman Perdue. "We invite visitors to experience our music venues, sample our award winning talent and learn more about how music has played such a vital role bridging audiences across the South."
Known as the Blue Grass state, Kentucky is the place for music and festivals. The Kentucky Music Trail, in eastern Kentucky, highlights the state's broad musical heritage and includes the new Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum at Renfro Valley, historic homes, the Appalachian Artisan Center, the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and more. From mid-June through mid-August a series of concerts featuring Kentucky natives John Michael Montgomery, Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs and Montgomery Gentry among others are presented at the Mountain Arts Center and the Paramount Arts Center.