The Man In Black Brightens First Radio Awards

This appeared in Country Weekly - July 1994

How could this be an awards show? The setting was intimate. The banter among presenters was actually funny. The audience members were wearing street clothes. There were no TV cameras.

But the First Annual Country Radio Music Awards Show did have plenty of stars: Billy Dean hosted, while Patty Loveless, Tim McGraw, Doug Supernaw, the Gibson/Miller Band, Terry McBride, Michelle Wright, Rick Trevino, Boy Howdy, Marty Stuart, Martina McBride and John Michael Montgomery all packed into the tiny theatre at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center to sing and present awards in eight categories.

Best of all, a certified legend came to sing--Johnny Cash received the Legend Award and later delighted the audience with a heartfelt performance. Marty Stuart introduced the big man. The stars became fans, staring with awe at Johnny Cash as he made his way to the stage.

There, he enchanted the entire crowd with the song "Drive On," from his new album American Recordings. "I'd like to thank these musicians," he said, pointing to Marty Stuart and his band, "for just standing by while I sing a song with just my guitar. I've always felt that a real country singer should take his guitar and show the people what he's got, for better or worse."

It was definitely for better when Marty and his band joined Johnny Cash for two songs. Even Marty, who has played with Cash, looked at the Man in Black with utter reverence as they played side by side.

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