John Rich Wins Top Award From ASCAP

John Rich, one-half of the duo Big & Rich, won his third straight Songwriter/Artist of the Year honor at the 2007 ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville, Oct. 15.

“I spent so many years in this town when people were trying to slow me down,” John told Nashville’s daily newspaper The Tennessean. “So now, I like to go at my own speed . . . and my speed happens to be pretty fast.” The Song of the Year award was shared by Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” and the Rodney Atkins hit, “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows).”

Kenny Rogers accepted the ASCAP Golden Note Award, then surprised songwriter Don Schlitz, who penned Kenny’s classic “The Gambler,” with the ASCAP Creative Achievement Award. Craig Wiseman won ASCAP Songwriter of the Year honors for the third time.

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