Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry concert hall is synonymous with country music and some of the genre’s most legendary performances have taken place here.
On Sunday evening, October 23, the venue hosted the Josie Music Awards – the biggest independent all-genre awards show since its debut in 2015 – and Lancaster country/Southern rock group The Jess Zimmerman Band took home the award album of the Year in their category for their 2021 release “Breathe”.
“I don’t think it really sank for me or the band,” Zimmerman said in a Facebook post. “I remember sitting in the audience during the show thinking, ‘This place is like home. I feel like I’m supposed to be here.’ I’m speechless. Bringing home Country Rock Album of the Year for our album “Breathe” feels like a dream. I haven’t always thought of myself as a songwriter, more like just a singer who entertains. So having the band and this album wins in such an iconic place in music. Speechless.”
The Jess Zimmerman Band beat out two other nominees for Country Rock/Southern Rock Album of the Year. The group was nominated in a total of five categories, including Album of the Year—Country/Southern Rock, Entertainer of the Year—Duo/Group Rock, Vocalist of the Year, Fan’s Choice Award and Music Video of the Year for the group’s music video for their song “The Old Me” performed by Alyx Digital Media.
According to the awards website, the organization received more than 52,000 submissions for this year’s awards and less than 2% received nominations.
“Breathe” is available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.
The band wraps up their trip with a performance in Music City on Monday night, October 24, before heading back to Lancaster. But local fans won’t have to wait long to catch a concert by the Jess Zimmerman Band. The band, along with special guest Fast Lane, take the stage for an all-ages show at Mickey’s Black Box in Rock Lititz from 6:30-10 p.m. on Friday, November 4.
Get tickets for the show here.
Listen to “Big White Truck” from the Jess Zimmerman Band’s award-winning “Breathe” album.