Chesney Keyboardist Wins CMA Touring Award

posted August 29th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

by Josh Martn

At Saturday’s Gillette Stadium show in Foxboro, Kenny Chesney’s keyboardist Wyatt Beard was honored with the first ever CMA Touring Musician Award.

(Four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney and CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore presented the inaugural CMA Touring Musician Award to Chesney keyboard player Wyatt Beard Saturday during the Foxboro Stadium concert date in Boston. (l-r): Wyatt Beard; Shirley Beard, mother; Chesney; Karyn Beard, wife; Moore; and RD Beard, father. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.)

“This is a once in a lifetime ride that I will never even comprehend for another 20 years or so,” said Beard of playing with Chesney’s band. “I try to enjoy the moment.”

“CMA exists to honor excellence throughout the industry,” CMA CEO Steve Moore said. “I’ve witnessed firsthand the contributions and sacrifices touring musicians and vocalists make on the road. They play a significant role in the quality and popularity of our touring artists and are a segment of our industry very deserving of recognition.”

The Touring Musician Award was established by the CMA Board of Directors earlier this year. The award is presented to a touring musician who is known primarily as an instrumentalist or background vocalist in a non-headlining capacity. In order to qualify, a musician must have toured with an artist in the Country Music industry.

CMA members in the Affiliated, Artist, Musician, Personal Manager, Talent Agent/Promoter, and Talent Buyer categories were eligible to nominate and vote for the award recipient.

Beard, who lives near Nashville with his wife, Karyn, and two children, started playing piano before he was four-years-old. Never formally trained, at 5 he was playing for the public and by 9 he had his own band. At 15, Beard started a show in Branson, MO, where he played each summer through high school. After graduation, he moved to Branson where he played fulltime for seven years before being hired to play with Kenny Chesney’s band – a gig he has had for the past 14 years.

Congrats Wyatt!

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  • Tlsmr001

    Congrates you work for a great person. If we could all work for someone like him. Kenny is great but so is the band and supports him.

  • Peggy Robinson

    What a well deserving honor for Wyatt and his family!  Peggy and Chester Robinson

  • Utterlytony

    I hope this is just a warm up to Kenny winning Eoty in november at cmas

  • Cyndi_burr

    Just a shout out to Wyatt from Btown! Think of you often! I am always so very proud of you and Clay for being such lovers of music and awesome entertainers. I run into Clay at the gym a lot.  Great memories of you guys as a youngsters hanging with Buddy Burr. Good memories of the Fabulous Texas Gold Minors!  A big Congrats to you on your success! You Rock baby!!! Cyndi Burr / Branson, MO


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