Canyon, Road Hammers, Lund Band Lead CCMA Winners
George Canyon, the Road Hammers and the Cord Lund Band were among the double winners Monday night (Sept. 11) at the Canadian Country Music Awards, held at Harbour Station in Saint John, New Brunswick.George Canyon, the Road Hammers and the Cord Lund Band were among the double winners Monday night (Sept. 11) at the Canadian Country Music Awards, held at Harbour Station in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Canyon picked up best male singer and best single for "Somebody Wrote Love" (Universal Music); the Road Hammers were named best group and won best video for "East Bound and Down" (Open Road); and Cord Lund Band were named best roots act and won best album for "Hair In My Eyes Like A Highland Steer" (Stony Plain Records).
Open Road-signed Johnny Reid won the Rising Star trophy plus a 2007 vehicle, courtesy of the presenting sponsor, Chevy Trucks.
Performers on the night included Canyon, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Aaron Lines, Emerson Drive, Great Big Sea, Amanda Wilkinson, and Aaron Pritchett in a duet with Theory of a Deadman frontman Tyler Connelly.
Anne Murray paid an emotional tribute to Hall of Fame inductee Brian Ahern, who produced 10 albums with the veteran Canadian singer early in her career. Murray also paid homage to her current manager Bruce Allen, who was presented with the Leonard T. Rambeau International Award of Achievement; the trophy is named after Murray's former manager, who passed away in 1995.
"Who else who could do this?" Murray told Billboard.com. "I had no choice. I felt I had to be there. Once I got into this career after 'Snowbird' most of the time I had my foot in the studio and the other on plane. I depended on Brian for material a lot. After Leonard passed away Bruce lifted me out of the doldrums."
This year's CCMA Award show was broadcast live on CBC-TV nationally in Canada, on Great American Country in the U.S., and on CMC in Australia. The show will be re-broadcast on CMT Canada.