Country Fans Endorse "Murder"

Country fans threw their votes behind tradition at the TNN & CMT Country Weekly Music Awards Wednesday night (June 13) in Nashville. "Murder on Music Row," a lament for the ebb of music that features fiddles and steel guitars, was named song, single and collaborative event of the year. The song’s singers, Alan Jackson and George Strait , were named male artist of the year and entertainer of the year, respectively. Jackson also won CMT video of the year for "www.memory." Of "Murder on Music Row," Jackson said, "This song probably rubbed a few people wrong, but I’m glad there’s a lot of us out there that still like what it says. I don’t mean everything on country radio has to sound like Hank Williams , but maybe some every now and then." Vince Gill also had thoughts on the subject. "In the past, the bottom line was there was room for everything," he said backstage. "You could have all these different things, but it still had that core attached to it and that core has seemed to disappear, and I miss it. I think the fans are saying ‘We miss it, too.’" 06/14/01