ETexans shine at the CMA awards show

Danny Mogle

We may be in the golden of age of country music talent in East Texas.

I present as evidence the Country Music Association awards show this week. East Texas was well represented at this showcase of the biggest stars in the industry.

Lindale's Miranda Lambert was named Female Vocalist of the Year for the sixth time in a row. Remarkably, she beat out two other East Texas natives, Kacey Musgraves, of Mineola, and LeeAnn Womack ,of Jacksonville.

Lambert, one of this year's most nominated singers, also was up for the CMA's biggest honor, Entertainer of the Year; her song "Smokin' and Drinkin'," a collaboration with Little Big Town, was a finalist for Music Event of the Year; and her video for "Little Red Wagon," was nominated for Video of the Year.

As a performer on the show, Lambert sang "Bathroom Sink," a new single from her album "Platinum." The song is about putting on a good face in pubic when things are not going good in your life.

Musgraves' latest album, "Pageant Material," which was inspired in part by her upbringing in East Texas, was a finalist for Album of the Year and her video for "Biscuits," was a Video of the Year finalist.

East Texas remains a frequent touring stop for country music's hottest rising stars. Maddie & Tae, who won Video of the Year award for "Girl in a Country Song" a song which draws attention to how women often are stereotyped in country music, performed last month at Banita Creek Hall in Nacogdoches.

Vocal Duo of the Year nominees Dan + Shay were headliners at East Texas State Fair in September.



Tickets go on sale Friday for performances of Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance's annual "The Nutcracker" ballet.

This is the 27th year that a cast of more than 100 East Texans will present the ballet of about a young girl whose nutcracker doll comes to life. Dancers with the Dance Theater of Harlem will take on the roles of the Sugar Plum and the Cavalier.

Performances are set for 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 5 and 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at TJC's Wise Auditorium.

Typically the performances sell out.

General admission tickets range from $15 to $25. Tickets for TJC students, seniors and children under 12 cost $10.

Tickets can be purchased at the Financial Aid Annex located on the first floor of TJC's White Administrative Services Center or by calling 903-533-5554



Directors of the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest held annually in Longview are looking for volunteers.

The work to put on what has emerged as one of the best music events of the region will be carried out by volunteers on 15 committee that deal with everything from logistics to marketing, Festival Producer Marc Welch, said in a news release.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to email a short description of their experience and contact information to

The two-day T-Bone Walker Blues Fest features internationally recognized blues artists. It will take place next year on June 3-4 at Longview's Maude Cobb Center.

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