Hope’s Night Owl Country Band is earning new recognition as singer-songwriters and that is opening more doors for the group.

Earlier this year, Matt Lee and the guys of the NOCB became members of the International Singer Songwriter Association, as well as official ISSA representatives for southern Indiana.

Not too long afterwards, the band was notified they had been nominated for ISSA Entertainer of the Year and Band of the Year for 2019.

Lee says he wasted no time letting the guys know the great news.

“As soon as I found out, I called the guys and told them we had been nominated for those awards,” he says.

Voting opened one week later and when the last votes were cast in early May, the Night Owl Country Band became finalists for ISSA Band of the Year.

The band was originally slated to perform an acoustic version of one of their original songs at the ISSA after party show August 2 at the Hard Rock Café in Atlanta, Georgia.

“It would have been a very bare bones performance,” Lee says.

However, they guys soon found that the winds of change were blowing strong.

After the band received its nominations, ISSA founder, Tamanie Dove, called the band and sweetened the deal. The Night Owls were asked to play at the award show’s pre-party where they would be mingling with music industry executives.

Not only did the new offer give the band the opportunity for more exposure, but they would be given the stage to play five songs with a full setup, similar to one of their regular shows.

“At first, we had made plans to play another show the following evening in Nashville, Tenn.,” Lee says. “That show hadn’t been booked yet, which was a good thing. Maybe the Lord above saw what was getting ready to happen, so it worked out for the best.”

NOCB guitarist Brett Denney says he is still trying to wrap his head around the enormity of it all.

“It is still mind boggling to me that stuff like this can happen,” Denney says. “I thought I would be eating a hamburger at the Hard Rock sometime, I never thought I would be playing there.”

Among the bands performing with NOCB at the Hard Rock Café will be Electric Mud, which is fronted by brothers Matt and Marc Hansen, who are nephews of supermodel Patty Hansen, the wife of Rolling Stones’ co-founder and guitarist Keith Richards.

Adding to the excitement of what is shaping up to be a summer to remember is the anticipated release of the NOCB’s latest song “Made In America,” an ode to Americana, Lee says. The song pays tribute to all things American-made, as well as standing up for the American flag and American troops, Lee says.

“I thought with everything that is going on, it is time to strike with that song,” Lee says.

Following their Hard Rock performance and ISSA appearance, the guys will coast on south for another performance in Florida.

Denney says nerves aren’t an issue, a sentiment echoed by the rest of the band, as their Grand Ole Opry performance last year shuttered any future pre-show jitters. He says he is blessed to be able to play as much as he has and that alone is huge.

“I am going along for the ride,” he says. “I’m just going to enjoy a good weekend and something I didn’t think I would ever get to do.”