The Alberta Country Music Assocation awards night to be held Jan 27 2012.

The 2012 ACMA Nominee's Are:

Female Artist of the Year

Alee, Danielle Lowe, Dani-Lynn, Emily Seal
Jay D Marie, Joanne Janzen, Katie Mission
Krysta Scoggins, Lauren Mayell
Mary Resek, Netty Mac, Olivia Wik
Payton Klassen, Sarah Beth Keeley
Shannon Smith, Shelly Dubois, Tenille

Male Artist of the Year

Bobby Wills, Chard Morrison, Chris LeBlanc
Craig Owen Jenkins, Drew Gregory, Greg Wood
Jason Greeley, Jason Hastie, Jordan Doell
Larry Vannatta, Quentin Reddy, Scott McKnight, Shane Chisholm

Group/Duo of the Year

Chemical Cowboys, Domino, Friday Night Satellites
Genuine Cowgirls, Hey Romeo, Part-Time Eagle
PEAR, The Boom Chucka Boys, The Command Sisters
The Hanson Jeans, The Orchard,The Travelling Mabels


Fan's Choice

Alee, Bobby Wills, Chard Morrison, Chemical Cowboys,Chris LeBlanc, Craig Owen Jenkins, Danielle Lowe
Dani-Lynn, Domino, Drew Gregory, Emily Seal, Friday Night Satellites, Genuine Cowgirls, Greg Wood
Hey Romeo, Jason Greeley, Jason Hastie, Jaye D Marie, Joanne Janzen, Jordan Doell, Katie Mission, Krysta Scoggins
Larry Vannatta, Lauren Mayell, Mary Resek, Netty Mac; Olivia Wik, Part-Time Eagle, Payton Klassen, PEAR
Quentin Reddy, Sarah Beth Keeley, Scott McKnight, Shane Chisholm, Shannon Smith, Shelly Dubois, Tenille
The Boom Chucka Boys, The Command Sisters
, the Hanson Jeans, The Orchard, The Travelling Mabels

New Category: Industry Person of the Year

Abbey White - KG Country
Bill Hanson - Hanson Productions
Cal Gratton - XM105 - Fabmar Communications
Calvin Bellows - Exposure Productions
Carla Hackman - Elevation Entertainment Group
Chris Nielsen-Smith - Royalty Records
Chris Scheetz - CISN
Derek Hauser - Sony Music Canada
Ed Harris - Highnote Marketing
Eric Moncur - Eagle River Casino & Travel Plaza
Harris Dvorken - Ranchman's Cookhouse & Dancehall
Helis Podnek - Eagle River Casino & Travel Plaza
Hilary Montbourquette - KG Country
Larry Donohue - CFCW
Larry Werner - Panhandle Productions
Marisa Jodoin - CFCW
Neil Shewchuk - XM105 - Fabmar Communications
Phil Kallsen - Corus Radio Alberta
R. Harlan Smith - Royalty Records
Ray Bradley -Snap In Time
Rob Smith - Royalty Records
Scott Phillips - Corus Radio Alberta
Teresa Neuman - City of Red Deer Culture Services
Tim Day - KG Country
Trista Carey - Schnell Hardy Jones
Wendy Daniel - Ranchman's Cookhouse & Dancehall

New Category: Talent Buyer of the Year

Eagle River Casino & Travel Plaza
Panhandle Productions
Ranchman's Cookhouse & Dancehall

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Tickets for the Awards Show Go On Sale
Monday December 17th, 2012


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Mountain RadioFest 40th Anniversary Celebration

Mountain RadioFest
40th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday October 20th in the Crowsnest Pass (October 20th is the exact date when we hit the air in 1972)
3 venues and over 20 artists
Including Jake Mathews, Clayton Bellamy, Bobby Wills, Duane Steele, Boom Chucka Boys, Jason Greely, The Orchard, Friday Night Satellites,
Larry Vannatta, Jordan Doell, and many more!
Admission $5 per venue or $10 in advance for all 3 + an ACMA fan membership


1 Vannatta Working class man
2 Shar Stephens Walkin' Papers
3 Stephanie McIlroy Forever


1 McAdoo Perkins Haggard Had It Right
2 Conny Lee Somewhere Between
3 Vannatta Working class man


1 McAdoo Perkins Haggard Had It Right
2 Vannatta Working class man
3 Michael Thomason You Looked At Me


1 McAdoo Perkins Haggard Had It Right
2 Conny Lee Somewhere Between
3 Vannatta Working class man

Musician Larry Vannatta encourages teachers to let kids express themselves
Giselle Wedemire/Intern Reporter,  Monday, September 3, 2012
Though Milo-area-based country musician Larry Vannatta graduated from County Central High School (CCHS) in 1978, he received his first school award last Thursday at the sixth annual Palliser Wall of Fame induction ceremony.

"I know it took me 50 years - I've never gotten an award in school, but I finally got it," Vanatta said during his speech at the


More than 900 Palliser staff, friends and families were in attendance at the ceremony, which was part of the Opening Day Celebration for Palliser Regional Schools at Vulcan's Cultural-Recreational Centre.

Vannatta was one of four inductees honoured this year for their outstanding achievements in their particular fields.

In addition to Vannatta, other honoured inductees included Olympic skater Jason Turner, Dr. David Tano, and Lethbridge

Herald photographer Ian Martens - all of whom attended Palliser schools and have since gone on to achieve remarkable goals.

A self-taught musician and songwriter, Vannatta said in his speech that music became his creative outlet primarily because it allowed him to express himself in ways that he never could in mandatory school essays.

Though he admitted that school was difficult for him as he was never the best at spelling, he found that he excelled in music despite never taking music lessons and his inability to read music.

In his career as a musician, during which he has received Juno Awards nominations in 1992 and 1993 as well as the Songwriter of the Year award from the European Country Music Association in 2011, Vannatta has found that education is a constant and lifelong journey.

Echoing the school board's motto of "Dream and believe, learn and achieve," he implored the teachers of Palliser Regional Schools to continue their efforts to seek out the talents and passions of their kids to help them find and reach their dreams.

"As a songwriter, it is my role to express myself emotionally with music," he said.

"Let those kids in school express themselves whether they're good at this or that because if you look for the abilities in those kids, it's amazing what they can do."

Colleen Deitz, vice-chair of Palliser's school board, personally nominated Vannatta because she said his achievements beyond his days at CCHS have "warranted him the committee's recognition."


Window On The West Performers

Larry Vanatta

Larry Vannatta is a country music recording artist and award-winning song writer from Milo, Alberta, Canada. He is a two-time Canadian Juno nominee and was awarded the songwriter of the year award by the European Country Music Association in 2011 and was a nominee for best male artist and fan choice award by the Association of Country Music in Alberta in 2012. Always the consummate entertainer, his shows range from three piece acoustic acts to full five piece shows – performing original toe-tapping melodies, smooth country folk ballads, sharing stories about his songs and rural family roots. With his smooth vocal talents; award-winning, song-writing skills and professionalism, Larry's songs are must-hear music and his live performances are a must to see and experience.

Larry’s latest twelve song album, Working Class Man, has just been released in 2012. This is his “stunning” debut solo album (long overdue). The album is filled with Larry’s smooth vocals and powerful lyrics that will easily relate to the everyday listener. The title track, “Working Class Man” will be his first Canadian single off the album and was released on RDR promotion Feb 2012. Pre-released singles promoted by Ross Allen on Hillcrestcds have gone out across Europe. Tracks “Paradise”, Country Junkie", "Sixteen Tons" are already proven winners topping most major charts throughout Europe. Working Class Man will be the next Larry Vannatta European single release set for April 2012 and is the featured song on Hillcrestcds. Accompanying the songs will be the video which is available in Canada and Europe.

“Quotes” "Vannatta’s live performances are salt of the earth, grass roots, pure entertainment. Toe tapping country music. "Festival Coordinator, Camron Noyes for Alberta North and South Country fairs.

"Quotas" “Larry Vannatta has been performing at our Calgary Stampede events for the past three years, at Shaw GMC, Sunridge Nissan, and CMP Motors. His professionalism and live performance is second to none. It really has shown in our attendance with each year more and more people are come out to our events.” World and Professional Chuck wagon Driver; Jason Glass

Larry is a born and raised Albertan and comes from a musical back ground that he gives full credit to his mom. “When I started my first band Straight Clean & Simple, the best musician I could find was my mom, who ended up playing piano in my band for 18 years. Not too many mother, son bands that I can recall”. Since those early beginnings Larry has taken those strong family values, experience and added them along with his song writing skills and musical friends. He has gained many friendships with fellow musician, peers and artist over the years and employs these musical friends in his band. “I am really lucky to get to do what I love to do, write songs, play music

BMO Centre – Hall D

The Window on the West stage celebrates western culture by showcasing a variety of talent. It is the "happening" place within Western Oasis. Window on the West provides a dynamic venue for skilled performers to share their country music, song, poetry, magic and imagination! Sunday mornings you will even hear some good ‘ole Gospel tunes as well. Audiences are welcome to sit and relax and enjoy the continuous array of 45 minute performances.

Stampede 2013 promises to be a great show as we celebrate anniversary year 101, and Window on the West promises to deliver superb performances.

We are grateful to the Artists and Artisans for giving us our beautiful surroundings and for occasionally joining in on the special event activities on our Stage. Committee members of Western Showcase, Western Lifestyles and Western Art Show contribute to our success and we thank them for that.

We are looking forward to seeing you at Stampede 2013 and at the Window on the West.


European Country Music Association Country Music Radio Chart Top-100
This is the oldest country music radio chart in Europe, active since 1989

December, 2, 2011.

This list shows what songs are the most played songs this week.

1 Allen Karl Lonelies Only Bar
2 Dave Sheriff Cajun Strut
3 Evi He’ll Have To Go
4 The Band Perry If I Die Young
5 Vannatta Sixteen Tons
6 Eli Young Band Crazy Girl
7 Marty Rivers Midnight sky
8 Allen Karl Butterflies
9 Marty Rivers Run Angel Run
10 Clelia Adams Rainbird Yodel
11 Lonnie Bartmess Too Lonely Tonight
12 David Frizzell w/ Amy Clawson & Jonathan Frizzell It’ll Be Alright
13 Darin Warren Crossroads
14 Brad Paisley Feat Alabama Old Alabama 


1 Dave Sheriff Cajun Strut
2 Vannatta Sixteen Tons
3 T. Paul Matson This time around



1 Vannatta Sixteen Tons
2 Eli Young Band Crazy Girl
3 Darin Warren Crossroads

Poster for Music Showcase Video Shoot Working Class Man

Larry has been select to perform at Room Full of Sound "A Celebration of Southern Alberta Muisicians and their Music.

Check out the link for performing artist and dates.

ECMA Awards Winners

July 26th, 2011.
Palafrugell (Spain)

The European CMA has announced today thru its radio station ECMA Radio the winners of Best of ECMA, our annual awards to country music industry. Congratulations to all winners and nominated people. At the same time, we got the bad and very sad news of that our member and past award winner George McAnthony recently died. Our homage to him, his family and his belove dones.

21st Annual ECMAY's - Country Music Awards

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Song/Single of the Year:
Murder on Music Row - Robert Mizzell & Collin Raye
Artist of the Year:
Hermann Lammers Meyer
Male Vocalist of the Year:
Allen Karl
Female Vocalist of the Year:
Ashley Roberston
Band of the Year:
Zac Brown Band
Duo of the Year:
Paul & Helen Mateki
Vocal Collaboration of the Year:
Murder on Music Row - Robert Mizzell & Collin Raye
Album of the Year:
Allen Karl - My Final Rose
New Composition of the Year:
River Of Love (Billy Burnette, Shawn Camp, Dennis Morgan)
European Entertainer of the Year:
Hermann Lammers Meyer
European Song of the Year:
Murder on Music Row - Robert Mizzell & Collin Raye
European Album of the Year:
Hermann Lammers Meyer - 1961 A Love Song
Christmas Song of the Year:
Elvis Presley & Martina McBride - Blue Christmas
Gospel Song of the Year:
Robert Shields - Calling His Name
Songwriter of the Year:
Larry Vannatta
Production of the Year:
Clelia Adams - Wildflowers (Stuart French)
Hall of Fame:
Dolly Parton
Record Label of the Year:
Arista Records Nashville
Compilation Service of the Year:
Hillcrest Recordings
Promotion Company of the Year:
James Allen Promotions
International Personality of the Year:
Rhonnie Scheuermann
European Personality of the Year:
Peter Dula
Radio Award (Harry E. Fenton Memorial)
Manolo Fernandez (Radio 3, RNE Spain)
Larry Vannatta

21ST ANNUAL EUROPEAN CMA COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS – ECMAY’S These are the Awards that should have been done thru the first part of 2010, but due to several problems we had it was impossible. Late this year we will have the 22nd Annual Awards for may 2010 – may 2011, and June 2012 will see the 23rd.


1. SONG OF THE YEAR Ashley Smith. Dancing With Myself Tonight. Hermann Lammers Meyer. Alley of Shame Jeff Chance. Lonesome's My Friend. George Strait. Twang Hermann Lammers Meyer. Fastest Growing Heartache In The West. David Pool & Hermann Lammers Meyer. What Are You In Here For. Graham Rodger. We're Gonna Be Alright. Robert Mizzell & Collin Raye. Murder On Music Row. George Strait. River Of Love. Clelia Adams. I Love You A Thousand Ways. Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis. I Told You So.

2. ARTIST OF THE YEAR Hermann Lammers Meyer George Strait Brad Paisley Ashley Smith Clelia Adams Jeff Chance Graham Rodger Kathy Kane Vannatta Miranda Lambert 3. MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Hermann Lammers Meyer George Strait Brad Paisley Jeff Chance Graham Rodger Robert Mizzell Arly Karlsen Allen Karl Frank Fara Randy Travis

4. FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Ashley Smith Clelia Adams Kathy Kane Miranda Lambert Ashley Robertson Shirley Raye Conny Lee Carrie Underwood Anita Perras Helen Mateki

5. BAND OF THE YEAR Vannatta Dun The Veil The Beggars Lady Antebellum Michael Thomason Band The Big Bull Band The European Highwaymen Zac Brown Band Copperhead Creek Slow Horses

 6. VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis. I Told You So. Johnny Lyon & Willie Nelson. Old School. Rosanne Cash & Bruce Springsteen. Sea Of Heartbreak Kenny Chesney & Mac McAnally. Down The Road. George McAnthony & Jacqueline van der Griendt. Bridge To El Dorado. Perley Curtis & Erin Hay. Making Plans. Brooks & Dunn with Reba. Cowgirls Don't Cry. Robert Mizzell & Collin Raye. Murder On Music Row. David Pool & Hermann Lammers Meyer: What Are You In Here For. Kimberly Bibb-Marrs & John Swaim. Don't Let Me Fall.

7. DUO OF THE YEAR Gary & Carol Bibb. Denise Brooks & Bobby Magee. Terry & Jenny. Paul & Helen Mateki. Stevie Cee & Deb. Annette Hawkins & Kim Copedo


Magpie Cafe presents: Wyatt Easterling (Nashville Hit song Writer), Larry Vannatta (Two Time Canadian Juno Nominee), and Carolyn Harley (Calgary Song Writer) to perform at Music Centre Canada, 35 Elizabeth St. Okotoks, Alberta. March 4 at 8 pm till 10:30pm. Tickets $15 each contact MCC at 1(403)995-3060 Come hear the stories behind the original music and song.
Vannatta performed an acoustic showcase to a sold out crowd at the Vulacn Concert series, in Vulcan Alberta on Feb 4. Check out on youtube Vannatta perform their orginal song Roas Blanca. Link:
"Heart on my Sleeve" is Vannatta's new Single now being sent off the radio Stations Across Europe. With the great success and radio air time from previous released singles "Paradise", "Country Junkie" the new single "Heart on my Sleeve" will draw a lot of radio attention. Stay tune for Chart up dates.
Dates are coming in for summer events and functions. Check out Calender for events near you.
Vannatta was honored to be ask to perform a songwriter show case call the Sweatshop, in Calgary Oct 17 at the Ironwoods (See events for address). Six song writers have been sellected to perform new songs they have written that day. Come watch them sweat live on stage.
The new single called "Paradise" hits number 3 on the ECMA top 100 European Country Charts. The Second single release off the new Cd album coming soon.
Alberta Notes (link: Alberta Music and Global Country Showcases Edmonton September 9–11, 2010 Alberta Music and Global Country are pleased to present the following Alberta performers at the Westin, Sutton Place, and Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe hotels during Canadian Country Music Week: Mark Lorenz, Darlene Olson, Vannatta, Myrol, Kory Wlos, No Limitz, Chris Le Blanc, Kayla Patrick, Patrick Masse, Livy Jean, Candace Lacina. All showcases will be in the afternoon. Larry Vannatta will be performing at: Thursday, Sept 9 2:30 – 3:15 @ Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe Friday, Sept 10 2:00 – 2:45 @ The Westin Hotel
The song Paradise is the second single release from the new and upcoming Larry Vannatta album. It was released on Hillcrest records to 600 radio station across Europe and is soaring up the ECMA charts. . Based on airplay throughout Europe. TABULATED BY COMPUTER AND BASED STRICTLY ON AN AIRPLAY PLAYLIST REPORT BASIS. ECMA'S REPORTERS ARE RADIO STATIONS, INDIVIDUAL SHOWS AND/OR SYNDICATORS, EACH WITH EUROPEAN COVERAGE. THIS CHART SHOWS COUNTRY MUSIC PENETRATION THROUGHOUT EUROPE EUROPEAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION COUNTRY MUSIC RADIO CHART PAN-EUROPEAN TOP-100 11th year. Survey 260. August 27, 2010 This Wk Last Wk 2 Wks Ago Wks on Chart Name of Artist & Song. Label Top Position 1 1 1 7 Robert Mizzell. Mama Courtney. Hillcrest 2 9 11 6 Hallur Joensen. Walking The Floor Over You. Hillcrest 3 6 10 8 Alan Jackson. It's Just That Way. Arista 4 8 47 4 Vanatta. Paradise. Hillcrest 5 12 34 4 Ann Pascoe & Hermann L. Meyer. Foggy Mountain Top. Hillcrest 6 25 39 5 Alan Jackson. Hard Hat And A Hammer. Arista 7 18 12 7 Maureen MacGillavry. Blue Kentucky Girl. Hillcrest 8 51 86 3 Brad Paisley. Water. POWERPLAY SONG Arista
With the first two single releases topping the charts the new album is a sure bet to attack the country music fan. "Country Junkie" the first single topped the European Country Music Charts for four weeks at number one. "Paradise" is the second single release to radio land and has just moved into the four spot on EMCA in just the four week. Session from nashville studio are underway. Stay tuned for for the new album going soon.
The first single release from the new album tops the charts at number one for four weeks on European Country Music Charts. Country Junkie was written for the country music fan. Radio programs jump on this song right away and was played right across Europe. European Country Music Association Country Music Radio Chart Top-100 This is the oldest country music radio chart in Europe, active since 1989. TOP-100 CHART Based in airplay throughout Europe. Number 246. Survey, Updated 2010/04/06 TW LW 2WA WOC ARTIST & TITLE REDORD LABEL 1 5 7 5 Vannatta. Country Junkie. POWERPLAY SONG Hillcrest 2 1 1 6 Robert Mizzell & Collin Raye. Murder On Music Row. Hillcrest 3 3 14 4 John Maines Jr. Lonely Broken Heart. Endless Love 4 2 2 10 Hermann Lammers Meyer. Alley of Shame. Hillcrest/Desert Kid 5 9 4 5 Doug Bruce. Just Three Minutes. Hillcrest 6 6 3 7 George Strait. Twang. Mca 7 8 12 11 Debbie Nunn. Looks So Good. AGR 8 10 16 5 Kathy Kane. Pins & Needles. Hillcrest 9 4 6 6 Brad Paisley. Welcome To The Future. Arista 10 13 28 4 Liz Talley. Johnny's Getting Out Of Jail BBQ. Armadillo 11 18 43 5 Zac Brown Band. Toes. Atlantic 12 7 18 4 Toby Keith. American Ride. Show Dog

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Previews and Interviews Treaty Seven live acoustics interview on Q91 Radio 2013 Working Class Man Paradise Sixteen Tons live at the Calgary Stampede 2013 Country Junkie Preacher Man Joe Gone Fishen Live acoustic two piece

New Release!

For my son and Daughter I release "Hooked on You" on Hillcrestcds Records