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The 17th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors Include Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, and Lainey Wilson

Friday, June 21, 2024


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tony Brown, a legendary figure in the music industry, will be honored with the prestigious ACM Icon Award at the 17th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors on August 21, 2024. The event, often described as the “Country Music Industry’s favorite night,” will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. 


“I am honored to receive the ACM Icon Award,” said Tony Brown. “This recognition from the Academy of Country Music is incredibly meaningful to me. I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the most talented artists and musicians throughout my career, and this award is humbling to me.”


Tony Brown’s illustrious career spans decades and includes significant contributions as a keys player, iconic music producer, and record label executive. His career is marked by his early days playing piano with Elvis Presley as part of the TCB Band and performing alongside Emmylou Harris. Transitioning into production, Tony has produced over 100 number one Country songs, producing hits for iconic artists such as Reba McEntire, George Strait, and Trisha Yearwood. His leadership as president of MCA Records Nashville further solidified his influence in the music industry. His work has previously earned him seven ACM Awards, including Producer of the Year.


This year’s ACM Honors, hosted by four-time ACM Award winner Carly Pearce and reigning ACM Song of the Year winner Jordan Davis, will celebrate Tony’s remarkable achievements, alongside other special award honorees including Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Lainey Wilson, and Trisha Yearwood, who will also receive the ACM Icon Award.


In addition to his storied career, Tony has recently reunited with George Strait to produce their 20th album together, Cowboys And Dreamers, set for release on September 6, 2024. The album is available for pre-save here.


The ACM Icon Award is presented to a country music artist, duo/group, or industry leader who has advanced the popularity of the genre through their contributions in multiple facets of the industry, such as songwriting, recording, production, touring, film, television, literary works, philanthropic contributions, and other goodwill efforts. The award honors the contributions of Cliffie Stone, who was known for his producing work along with his country music career.


Previous recipients of the ACM Icon Award include: Alabama, Connie Bradley, Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Mike Dungan, Joe Galante, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Alan Jackson, George Jones, The Judds, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Conway Twitty, Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr. and Dwight Yoakam.


Tickets go on-sale Friday, June 21, via AXSFor more information on the ACM Honors visit

About Tony Brown

Tony Brown’s reputation as an unshakeable pillar of country music spans forty years. As an acclaimed record producer, the co-founder of Universal South Records, and the former President of MCA Records Nashville—a title he held for nearly a decade—Tony has worked with some of the biggest names in music. Having produced numerous hits by artists like George Strait, Reba McEntire, and Vince Gill, Tony is still one of the most sought-after and revered producers around. 


Often credited with founding the Americana country movement, Tony was never afraid to push the envelope. He has proven the power of blending genres, helping establish the legendary careers of Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, and Nancy Griffith, among others, in the Americana format. Tony has earned several awards and recognitions for his achievements, including a Grammy Award, 7 Academy of Country Music Awards, including Producer of the Year, multiple CMA awards, 1 Dove Award for Best Instrumentalist, and many Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum album credits.


Over the course of his monumental career, Tony has yielded over 100 #1 singles and record levels of sales exceeding the $100 million mark, while simultaneously building a pantheon of stars unparalleled in music history. 


Tony also produced most of the tracks on Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee, one of the highest-grossing albums of 2012, which features Lionel’s duets with Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Tim McGraw, Jimmy Buffet, Little Big Town, Kenny Rogers, and Willie Nelson. In 2014, Tony appeared in Dave Grohl’s television docuseries, Sonic Highways. Tony is currently the head of Tony Brown Enterprises.


In 2018, Tony released his first published coffee table book, Elvis, Strait to Jesus, under the Hachette Group. In 2021, Tony was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. His career began as a musician, playing piano with The Oak Ridge Boys, Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, and Rodney Crowell. This year, Tony was a part of the Kenny Rogers 10-Song Collection, Life Is Like A Song, for his production on the Kenny and Dolly Parton duet “Tell Me That You Love Me.” 


About Dead Horse Branding

Dead Horse Branding is an award-winning public relations, management and branding agency with headquarters in both Nashville, TN, and Sydney, Australia. Dead Horse Branding creates, designs, and refines each component of a brand, ensuring that the brand will always hit the right chord on every level. Dead Horse Branding’s business model is a cutting-edge management and branding service all-in-house that spans multiple industries, including music, fashion, design, business, culinary, entertainment, fitness, and more. There are 7 primary formulas to branding and Dead Horse does them all under one roof, making them a very competitive branding agency.


Branding is an identity developed through our DH7 branding formula, which includes: strategic planning, logo and image design, photography and visual assets, website design, marketing and social media, publicity, licensing, and distribution. Dead Horse Branding’s brand-building technique has been implemented into the education system in the USA and Australia. Rick Caballo and Melissa Core-Caballo were instrumental in helping to lead Kennesaw State University’s Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business program (MEBUS) as one of top curriculums ranked by Billboard Magazine 2022.


Baha Men, LOVING MARY (Steven Tyler’s solo band), Cyndi Lauper, Hachette Book Group, Simon and Schuster, Bo Diddley Estate, HENDRIX Music Academy, Grammy Winning Mark O’Connor Band, Universal Music Group, MTSU, Sony Music, ACPI Group, Interior Designer Kathy Anderson, Gigi Butler of Gigi Cupcakes, TEDx, NAMM, Songwriting University, Marc Jordan, Music Producer Tony Brown, Jayne Denham, Average Joes Entertainment, Music Expo, Joel A. Katz MEBUS Program, The Today Show, Lionsgate, and Hallmark are some of the brands we have had the pleasure of working within the USA and internationally.