Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Nov. 12, 2001

Past Winstock performers on CMA awards; first Winstock acts announced

By Ryan Gueningsman

Along with country music legend George Jones, the organizers of Winstock have also added Lonestar and two-time Winstock performers Jo Dee Messina and BlackHawk to the line-up for next year's festival.

Lonestar was recently named the CMA Vocal Group of the Year, beating out favorites Alabama and the Dixie Chicks, as well as past Winstock performer Diamond Rio.

Jo Dee Messina, who was a presenter for this years ceremony, is currently on her first major headline tour promoting her top-selling album, "Burn."

Following the death of close friend and third member of the BlackHawk trio, Van Stephenson, lead singer Henry Paul and Dave Robbins have decided to continue making hit songs. They recently signed to a new record label, and will have a single out mid-November titled "Days of America."

George Jones did a well received duet with Garth Brooks during the CMA Awards. The two did their hit duet, "Beer Run."

Winstock's first ever headliner, Waylon Jennings, who closed the first Winstock in 1994, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Wednesday. He was chosen among 11 other inductees.

Winstock 1997 performer Toby Keith took home the Male Vocalist of the Year title, beating out Alan Jackson, George Strait, Tim McGraw, and Brad Paisley.

Martina McBride, who was at Winstock in 1998, was nominated for the Female Vocalist of the Year title, but lost to Lee Ann Womack.

Other past Winstock performers taking part in the CMA Awards included Montgomery Gentry and The Kinleys, who were both nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year, and Chely Wright, and Rascal Flatts.

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