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John Rich Named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year

John Rich Named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored top writers and country songs of the past year, Monday night at a Ryman Auditorium.

John Rich, a member of duo Big & Rich who has written numerous hits for other artists, was named songwriter/artist of the year in recognition of his credits on songs including Wilson's "All Jacked Up," Faith Hill's "Mississippi Girl" and "Like We Never Loved At All," Jason Aldean's "Hicktown," Big & Rich's "Big Time" and Keith Anderson's "Pickin' Wildflowers." "I'm a pretty cocky dude," Rich said, accepting his songwriter/artist award. "I bring my liquor to the party, but tonight, I am humbled. I'm in awe. I don't necessarily deserve this, but I'll take it." Rich and honky-tonk hero John Anderson opened the ASCAP show with the title track of Anderson's new album Easy Money.

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