Westporter Earns Huge Country Music Honor

Earlier today, “06880” highlighted a recent songwriters’ “boot camp” academy held on Saugatuck Island.

Last night in Las Vegas, a Westport musician made headlines of his own.

Guitarist Brad Tursi — a 1997 Staples High School graduate, best known here for his soccer prowess — and his band Old Dominion was named Vocal Group of the Year, at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Billboard called it”the biggest upset of the night.” They beat Little Big Town, winners 4 of the past 5 years. Other contenders were Lady Antebellum, Lanco and Midland.

Brad Tursi (right) with fellow Old Dominion members, after being named Vocal Group of the Year. (Photo/New York Daily News)

Old Dominion’s 3rd straight nomination came on the heels of their 2nd album, Happy Endings — nominated for ACM Album of the Year, with Number 1 singles “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” and “Written in the Sand” — and a world tour.

They continue to tour and record this year.

No word on whether the Vocal Group of the Year will make a stop in Westport.

(Hat tip: Jeff Lea)

6 responses to “Westporter Earns Huge Country Music Honor

  1. Bettina Gangi

    I wondered when watching these guys accept the award “how did they come up with the group’s name?” Am just curious.

    • According to Wikipedia: “‘Old Dominion’ was chosen because it is a nickname for the state of Virginia, and four members of the group have links to Virginia.” Brad is one of the Virginia connections. He graduated from James Madison University, where he met 2 of his bandmates.

  2. And Brad’s former Staples teammate and good friend, Kyle Martino, was a soccer star at the University of Virginia. (Does that qualify as a fifth VA link?)

    With Brad sharing in this prestigious award and Kyle having been selected years ago as Major League Soccer’s Rookie of the Year, has there ever been another high school soccer team that has produced two award-winning stars in such diverse fields?

    Way to go Brad!