Free Ride: The Stuff I Talked About Feb 26

Here is the stuff I talked about today!

[Numbers in the News]

Are you a night owl? It could be affecting your work. A study from Finland found that night owls are more likely to struggle during work hours and actually are twice as likely to perform poorly at work than their early bird counterparts. Why? Because they’re tired!

What sounds have you missed since the pandemic began? A new survey found that among the sounds we miss most are live music (38%), a movie playing in surround sound in a theater (35%) and fans cheering at a sporting event (28%). Another sound people miss? Conversation. In fact, 62% of people respondents said social distancing has put a big dent in “the art of the conversation.” (SWNS)

Sippin’ on (booze-free) gin and juice … Tanqueray is rolling out Tanqueray 0.0, a non-alcoholic “gin” that reportedly has the same flavor profile as its boozy counterpart. Tanqueray 0.0 will reportedly be on shelves in the UK and Spain next month. No word on when it will be available in the U.S. (Food & Wine)


Carpe Diem Day

National Tell a Fairy Tale Day


The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast from Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House, The Bluebird Café and the Ryman Auditorium on April 18th on CBS.

Entertainer of the Year

  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Female Artist of the Year

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Maren Morris
  • Carly Pearce

Male Artist of the Year

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Duo of the Year

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

Group of the Year

  • Lady A
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion
  • The Cadillac Three
  • The Highwomen

New Female Artist of the Year

  • Ingrid Andress
  • Tenille Arts
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Mickey Guyton
  • Caylee Hammack

New Male Artist of the Year

  • Jimmie Allen
  • Travis Denning
  • Cody Johnson
  • Parker McCollum

Album of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Born Here Live Here Die Here – Luke Bryan
  • Mixtape Vol. 1 – Kane Brown
  • Never Will – Ashley McBryde
  • Skeletons – Brothers Osborne
  • Starting Over – Chris Stapleton

Single of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • “Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert
  • “I Hope”– Gabby Barrett
  • “I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
  • “More Hearts Than Mine” – Ingrid Andress
  • “The Bones” – Maren Morris

Song of the Year [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

  • “Bluebird”– Miranda Lambert
  • “One Night Standards” – Ashley McBryde
  • “Some People Do” – Old Dominion
  • “Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton
  • “The Bones”– Maren Morris

Video of the Year [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

  • Better Than We Found It – Maren Morris
  • Bluebird – Miranda Lambert
  • Gone – Dierks Bentley
  • Hallelujah – Carrie Underwood and John Legend
  • Worldwide Beautiful – Kane Brown

Songwriter of the Year (Off Camera Award)

  • Ashley Gorley
  • Michael Hardy
  • Hillary Lindsey
  • Shane McAnally
  • Josh Osborne

Music Event of the Year (Tie Within Category Increased Nominees) [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Be A Light – Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
  • Does To Me – Luke Combs featuring Eric Church
  • I Hope You’re Happy Now – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
  • Nobody But You – Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani
  • One Beer – HARDY featuring Lauren Alaina & Devin Dawson
  • One Too Many – Keith Urban, P!nk