Toby and Merle at BMI

Wow! What a hectic weekend. It’s nice to take a break from the dresses and high-heeled shoes! I’m going to get this blog up to date, starting with where I left off.

The garage at BMI was transformed into a fabulous dining room for their 54th annual country awards.
Merle Haggard (pictured) was the king of the night as he was honored the BMI Icon award. Hank Williams Jr.(pictured), Martina McBride and John Anderson were among those that performed in honor of “The Hag.” Merle even jumped up on stage and chimed in with Hank and then took the stage for Mama Tried!

Toby Keith was also in the spotlight; raking in Songwriter of the Year and his hit As Good As I Once Was snagged Song of the Year.

Other big names that attended black tie invitation only dinner- Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, Kris Kristofferson (pictured), Randy Owen of Alabama and Alison Krauss.

I ran into Toby Keith afterwards at the small honky-tonk on Division Street Losers, where he took over the shuffleboard table.


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