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.
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)