CMA PRESENTS THE 2013 SRO AWARDS

CMA PRESENTS THE 2013 SRO AWARDS

The men and women who work behind the scenes on Country’s top tours were in the spotlight Tuesday night at CMA’s annual SRO (Standing Room Only) Awards, hosted by superstar artist Kix Brooks and presented at the Omni Hotel in Nashville.

Originally created in 1990 by the CMA Board of Directors, the Awards were announced at “The 43rd Annual IEBA Conference” in conjunction with the presentation of the IEBA Awards and Hall of Fame Induction in Nashville.

“The individuals honored help to make the touring industry vital to our business,” said Ed Hardy, President of the CMA Board of Directors. “I would like to congratulate each of these deserving individuals.”

CMA’s SRO Awards 2013 winners are as follows (listed by category):

Business Manager of the Year
Jamie Cheek (Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc.)

Coach/Truck Driver of the Year
Kelley Beck (Blake Shelton)

FOH (Front of House) Engineer of the Year
Jeff Parsons (Blake Shelton)

Lighting Director of the Year
Steve Richards (Taylor Swift)

Manager of the Year
Narvel Blackstock (Starstruck Entertainment)

Tour Manager of the Year
Kevin Canady (Blake Shelton)

Monitor Engineer of the Year
Brad Baisley (Blake Shelton)

Production Manager of the Year
Art Rich (Blake Shelton)

Publicist of the Year
Mary Hilliard Harrington (The GreenRoom)

Talent Agent of the Year
Rod Essig (Creative Artists Agency)

Talent Buyer/Promoter of the Year
Brian O’Connell (Live Nation)

Tour Caterer of the Year
TourCats Catering

Touring Musician of the Year
Robby Emerson (Jake Owen – Bass)

Venue of the Year
Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, Tenn.)

Tour Video Director of the Year
Jay Cooper (Kenny Chesney)

By CMA