> Album: Ropin’ the Wind
> Artist: Garth Brooks
Prolific hitmaker Garth Brooks won his second straight CMA Album of the Year honor with “Ropin’ the Wind,” defeating the field of Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker, and Wynonna. The album was one of 17 Brooks albums to reach No. 1 on the country chart and also topped the Billboard 200 — the first of Brooks’ nine No. 1 crossover albums. Notable songs from the record include his interpretation of Billy Joel’s “Shameless,” “What She’s Doing Now,” and “The River” — three of his 19 No. 1 country hits.
> Album: I Still Believe in You
> Artist: Vince Gill
Vince Gill won his sole Album of the Year award in 1993 for “I Still Believe in You,” which features four No. 1 singles — “I Still Believe in You,” “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away,” “One More Last Chance,” and “Tryin’ to Get Over You”. Other nominees that year included some of country music’s most popular artists of the 1990s: Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.” Gill also took home awards for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, and Song of the Year.
> Album: Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles
> Artist: Various Artists
A who’s who of country artists paid homage to the Eagles to benefit Don Henley’s Walden Pond project. Among the performers were Clint Black, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, and Tanya Tucker, who collaborated on the CMA Album of the Year that topped other collaborative album efforts. The album was No.1 for 13 weeks on the Billboard country chart and included Eagles’ chestnuts “Take It Easy,” Lyin’ Eyes,” and “Best of My Love.”
> Album: When Fallen Angels Fly
> Artist: Patty Loveless
Patty Loveless’ certified Platinum, seventh studio album earned her her sole Album of the Year award in 1995. Competition consisted of releases from John Michael Montgomery, George Strait, Vince Gill, and Alan Jackson. The album’s title track was penned by outlaw country singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, well known for his work on Waylon Jennings’ seminal album “Honky Tonk Heroes.”
> Album: Blue Clear Sky
> Artist: George Strait
George Strait topped a field of Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, and Martina McBride to win CMA Album of the Year. The country balladeer displayed his vocal virtuosity with songs such as “Rockin’ in the Arms of Your Memory,” “I’d Just as Soon Go,” and the jazzy “Need I Say More.” “Blue Clear Sky” was one of 27 album country chart-toppers for Strait.