Get to know the 2008 grandstand entertainment

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 29, 2008

Jason Aldean graced the cover of &8220;People&8221; magazine&8217;s country special this month and is touring the country with Tim McGraw. This year Aldean was nominated and Academy of Country Music Award for &8220;Johnny Cash&8221; as best video by a male artist. Last year he won a CMA for top new male vocalist. Popular songs include &8220;Laugh Until We Cried&8221; and &8220;Johnny Cash&8221; from his recent CD as well as

songs from his first, self-titled CD &8220;Hicktown&8221; and &8220;Why,&8221; which made it to No. 1 on the country music charts.

Emerson Drive was nominated this year for a Grammy award for their No. 1 hit &8220;Moments.&8221; The group&8217;s recent album &8220;Countrified&8221; had the single &8220;A Good Man&8221; in the top 20 country charts. Emerson Drive will perform with Ashton Shepherd, a new female country artist whose first single is &8220;Takin&8217; Off This Pain&8221; of the CD &8220;Sounds So Good.&8221;

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The Guess Who has been around for 40 years and produced such mega hits at &8220;These Eyes,&8221; &8220;Clap for the Wolfman,&8221; &8220;Hand Me Down World,&8221; &8220;No Time,&8221; &8220;Star Baby,&8221; &8220;Share the Land&8221; and &8220;American Woman,&8221; which was covered by rocker Lenny Kravitz a few years ago. Forming in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Guess Who reunited in 2000 and wrapped up a world tour in 2005-06.

Craig Morgan&8217;s

song &8220;International Harvester&8221; made it to the top 10 on the country music charts. &8220;That&8217;s What I Love About Sunday&8221; made it to No. 1. In 2006 he was nominated for a CMA for best new male vocalist. Popular songs include &8220;I Got You,&8221; &8220;Redneck Yacht Club&8221; and &8220;Almost Home.&8221;

Returning for their fifth or sixth time in the past 10 years are the Oak Ridge Boys.

The country and gospel band started in 1945 as the Oak Ridge Quartet, but changed to the Boys in the early 1960s. In the 1970s the group changed its format to focus on country and pop music. Their first No. 1 hit was &8220;I&8217;ll Be True to You.&8221;