ON – Announced yesterday morning at the 2012 Canadian Country Music
Association (CCMA) press conference, Nashville-based artist Deric Ruttan has received two nominations for Songwriter of the Year.
Ruttan is being recognized for his current single, “Main Street,
1979,”and also as a co-writer for “They Don’t Make Em’ Like That
Anymore” performed by Jason Blaine. The 2011 JUNO Award nominee will
also perform live at the awards show on Sunday, September 9 in
Saskatoon, SK.
“I’m humbled to receive not one but two nominations for Songwriter of the Year
for two songs whose stories are very personal to the writers,” says
Deric Ruttan. “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore” is a special song
for my buddy Jason Blaine, with a deep personal connection. “Main
Street, 1979″ is the most autobiographical song I’ve written to date.
I’m equally proud of both of these songs. My sincere thanks to the CCMA
for the nominations. See you in Saskatoon!”
Ruttan’s nominated single, one of three new track’s from his 2011 release, Up All Night – Deric Ruttan Live,
debuted at #35 on the Canadian Country BDS chart and was the most-added
country single (Canadian or American) the week of release. The
accompanying video is currently #10 on CMT Canada and the single
recently broke Top 20 on all three of Canada’s country music charts.
Last year, Ruttan earned multiple CCMA Award nominations including Male Artist of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Additionally, his independent record label Black T Records was nominated for Record Label of the Year. Earlier in 2011, Ruttan was nominated for a JUNO Award for his self-produced album Sunshine (2010). His 2008 album, First Time In A Long Time,
co-produced with Grammy-nominated producer / songwriter Brett Beavers
(Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn), won him a 2009 SOCAN
Country Music Award and four 2008 CCMA Award nominations.
addition to his career as a performer, Ruttan has had over three-dozen
of his songs recorded by other artists including Blake Shelton, Dierks
Bentley, Gary Alan, Terri Clark and Aaron Pritchett. In 2009,
Capital Nashville’s Eric Church took the Ruttan co-write, “Hell On The Heart,” to #8 on the US Mediabase charts. Additionally in 2003, he collaborated with Brett Beavers on
the Dierks Bentley hit “What Was I Thinkin'” which was a #1 Billboard
chart-topper, as well as Bentley’s Top 5 Billboard hit “Lot of Leavin’
Left To Do.”
Twitter: @DericRuttan

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