It's country music's biggest night. The 45th annual CMA Awards took place Wednesday night in Nashville and a couple Kentucky natives were up for 'Vocal Duo of the Year'. Montgomery Gentry lost to Sugarland but they're an inspiration to many back here in the Bluegrass who hope to one day be on that national stage.
Derby Laine of Woodford County has been trying to catch that big break for the past two decades.
"I've sung ever since I was three years old. I've been writing for probably 20 years but the past 16 years I've been singing professionally," says Laine.
And she's already had some success.
"Eleven years ago I did my first CD and I got a cut off there, the old Peggy Lee song 'Fever' got in a little movie and then I wrote another song called 'Mother Trucker' and I got to tour out west,"
But she's hoping her new CD, 'Wasted Days and Wasted Nights,' takes her to the next level.
"It's my first CD of all originals," explains Laine.
She's recording it at Grooves Recording Studio in Versailles. Owner John Range has worked with some big names and believes Derby Laine is going to be the next.
"I worked with Billy Ray Cyrus quite a bit and the old vintage group, the Ink Spots and over time I've turned out three Billboard hits," comments Range.
And Laine says she's never going to give up and she has some advice for other aspiring country music stars.
"Believe in yourself and go after your dreams. Don't stop doing what you're doing til it's done. That's one of my songs, just keep on, keeping on," says Laine.
Laine is going to have her song "Kentucky Home" featured in a PBS documentary on Woodford County next year.