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James Otto receives "huge honor"

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 – James Otto said Wednesday it was "huge honor" to be nominated for an Academy of Country music Award. In fact, the singer received his first two ACM nominations in the Top New Male Vocalist Of The Year category and as songwriter for Jamey Johnson's In Color, in the Song Of The Year category.

"The ACM Award nomination for Top New Male Vocalist Of The Year is a huge honor, and then to also be acknowledged as a songwriter totally blows me away," said Otto. "I have attended the ACMs for the past six years participating in the ACM Charity Motorcycle Ride and playing shows down on Fremont Street and look forward to it every year. To be nominated as an artist this time around will be extremely cool. I want to thank the industry for their votes and their confidence in me."

"The past year has been life-changing for me, but it wouldn't even be possible without my fans , especially the Ottomaniacs! I am really psyched about this year's changes in voting that allow the fans to get involved and vote for their favorite new artists. The fans are the reason I love what I do."

Otto's Warner Bros. Records' debut album, "Sunset Man," debuted at number 3 on the Top 200 Billboard Chart. The first single, Just Got Started Lovin' You, produced by John Rich, spent two weeks in the number one on the Billboard, Country Aircheck and R&R top country singles charts.

Otto recently received his first two Grammy nominations in the Best Male Country Vocal Performance Category for Just Got Started Lovin' You and as songwriter in the Best Country Song Category for his contribution on In Color. Otto's newest single, These Are The Good Ole Days, is on the charts.

The ACMS will be held April 5 in Las Vegas.

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James Otto is a member of Muzik Mafia, and his second album reflects the eclectic influences of his troupe. The Washington State native combines country, rock, blues and soul on the 11 songs. He does everything from rockin' tunes about partying, "Ain't Gonna Stop," to the first single, the mid-tempo love song, "Just Got Started Lovin' You." Otto is also in full-party mode with the catchy tongue-in-cheek "Drink and Dial" and the R&B influenced "The Man That I Am. »»»
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"Days of Our Lives" is not based on the long-running soap opera, but some of the lyrics herein are almost as trite as the long-lost-evil-twin-sibling plotline. There's the requisite nostalgia for the young and restless days of "Misspent Youth," the wrestling with passions on "Miss Temptation" and "Lowdown on the High Life." "She Knows" is a retread of Garth's "If Tomorrow Never Comes" that is neither bold nor beautiful, and "The Ball" channels another Brooks ballad ("Unanswered Prayers. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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