Coming to DVD from Time Life is a New Years gift that will keep on giving to country music fans who remember the music and want to see it again with the “CMA Awards Live: Greatest Moments 1968-2015.”
It has been 50 years since the CMA Awards have recognized the performances of some of country music’s greats. Time Life offers a look back to 1968 with amazing performances from singers I learned about from my father. In this three disc set, fans will be delighted in what this three disc set has to offer.
Beginning with the 2nd Annual CMA Awards in 1968 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee we start with a song that still brings me to tears to this day. Bobby Goldsboro croons us with his rendition of the hit song “Honey” only to be charged right away with Johnny Cash and “Folsom Prison Blues.”
Two other hits of country music brought by strong women are “Harper Valley PTA” by Jeannie C. Riley and “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” from Tammy Wynette. Entertainer of the Year Glen Campbell performs his haunting hit “By The Time I Get To Phoenix.”
The 4th and 5th CMA Awards also at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville has performances by Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons” and the wild performance by Jerry Reed with “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot.” Female Vocalist of the Year Lynn Anderson sweetly sings “Rose Garden” and Male Vocalist of the Year Charlie Pride reminds us all to “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’.”
At the 7th CMA Awards, a very young Tanya Tucker tells us the story of “Delta Dawn” and Female Vocalist of the Year Loretta Lynn tell us all that “Love Is The Foundation.” There is also a bonus feature of a “Charlie Pride Interview” along with an interview with Sarah Trahern, the CEO CMA.
On disc two, the 19th Annual CMA Awards in 1985 at the Grand Old Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, fans get their first glimpse of The Highwaymen. Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson come together to perform memorably.
The 20th and 21st Annual CMA Awards bring Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty on stage to belt out “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.” Lionel Richie takes the stage with the group ALABAMA to sing “Deep River Woman.” At the 21st CMA, Randy Travis wins Single of the Year with “Forever and Ever, Amen” as well as winning Male Vocalist of the Year.
At the 22nd Annual CMA, it is John Denver who sings a song that still hits the heart of fans today with “Back Home, Again.” Clint Black receives the Horizon Award and performs “Killin’ Time” at the 23rd Annual CMA.
The 24th and 25th Annual CMA’s bring Single of the Year winner Vince Gill to the stage with Patty Loveless to sing “When I Call Your Name.” Personal favorite Travis Tritt brings his southern growl telling us all to “Put Some Drive In Your Country.” Trisha Yearwood with “She’s In Love With The Boy” and a foot stompin’ Alan Jackson singing “Don’t Rock The Jukebox.”
The DVD includes a bonus feature of “Record Breakers: King George” with more on a man who kept the charts buzzing – George Strait.
On disc three and the 40th Annual CMA’s in 2012 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, a very, very young Taylor Swift sings “Begin Again” as well as Little Big Town with “Pontoon.” The 47th Annual CMA unites Alan Jackson and George Strait with “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” The Vocal Duo of the Year went to Florida Georgia Line as they sang “Round Here.”
At the 48th and 49th Annual CMA, Keith Urban performs “Somewhere In My Car” and Dierks Bentley tells us about being “Drunk On A Plane.” Sam Hunt reminds us to “Take Your Time” and Little Big Town sings “Girl Crush.”
Finish the 49th Annual CMA’s is a performance that still finds its way around the internet through YouTube and Facebook because its that damn good! Justin Timberlake joins Chris Stapleton for a soul rendering “Tennessee Whiskey/Drink You Away” and now you can see and hear it again and again! The bonus feature on this disc is Blake Shelton “Entertain ‘Em, Blake!”
That’s just the performances on the Time Life “CMA Awards Live: Greatest Moments 1968-2015.” Besides the 40 performances by some of the most legendary singers in country music, there are unforgettable moments as well.
There are Award Acceptance speeches from Country Music legends like Glen Campbell and Charlie Pride as well as Loretta Lynn and Lynn Anderson. You can also go behind the scenes on Country Music’s Biggest Night to see interviews.
Time Life continues to bring never before released anywhere classic collections of television shows for fans to revisit and remember what has made television so special. Time Life has released “Mama’s Family,” “CPO Sharkey” and “The Tonight Show.” For more of what Time Life has to offer fans of classic television visit www.timelife.com.
As someone who was raised around all kinds of music (my mother loved opera) but it was my dad was one of country music’s biggest fans. On reel-to-reel and vinyl, country music was always being played in the house. When we went for drives and camping, it was country music that came out of the AM-FM radio. That’s what country music does, it finds its audience through average people who understand the heartache, the daily life and the humor in this life.
Once the CMA Awards came to the airwaves, it was a chance to expand their reach into a bigger audience who came to embrace the music. The performances were sometimes teary, sometimes funny and sometimes to-the-bone in reality and Time Life gives us a chance to see them again and again.
This is an astounding CMA collection of legendary performers and performances that I can’t recommend highly enough. It was pretty cool to revisit some of the moments I shared in my younger days listening to country music and taking a look at how far country music has taken us all.
In the end — these are Country music’s greatest moments with more to come!