The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) hs announced the second round of performers for the CCMA Legends Show: A Tribute to Yesterday & Today. The show features award-winning country musicians paying tribute to some of Canada’s most admirable country artists. Hosted by Beverley Mahood, attendees will enjoy performances by Hall of Fame inductees who have made a mark on the Canadian country music scene alongside rising and current hit-makers.
Announced for Friday, September 7, the Legends Show will now also include performances by Chad Brownlee, 2018 Hall of Fame Inductee Terri Clark, Aaron Goodvin, Charlie Major, Jason McCoy, and JJ Shiplett, and 2018 Spotlight Performance Contest winner Cory Gallant. These celebrated artists join previously announced guests Patricia Conroy, Russell deCarle, Beverley Mahood, Jess Moskaluke, Murray McLauchlan, and Michelle Wright.
A special part of this year’s show will be the induction of Dallas Harms’ “Paper Rosie” into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. The BMI award-winning country ballad originally appeared on Harms’ 1975 LP Paper Rosie. Earning Harms several awards in 1976 (RPM’s Big Country Best Single, Top Composer awards and a BMI Canada Certificate of Honour), “Paper Rosie” became a #1 hit when recorded by Gene Watson in 1977. Proving highly successful in both Canada and the USA, Watson’s “Paper Rosie” beat out Kenny Rogers’ “Lucille” and topped RPM’s country chart at No. 1 (w/o May 28, 1977). The track also reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart (April 9, 1977 behind “Lucille” at No. 1), No. 4 on the Cash Box Chart, and was a winner of the 1977 Clement Cup for No. 1 singles recorded at Clement Studios.
“Paper Rosie” earned Harms a 1981 JUNO Award nomination (Country Male Vocalist of the Year), paving the way to him becoming an inductee to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989. Its induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame will be celebrated with a performance by Jess Moskaluke and Aaron Goodvin in Harms’ hometown, Hamilton, ON on Friday, September 7.
Tickets to the CCMA Legends Show are available for purchase in-person through the FirstOntario Centre box office and online at ticketmaster.ca.
Country Music Week 2018 will be held in Hamilton, ON from Sept. 6 – 9. For more information, go to ccma.org.