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May 14

Trace Adkins Celebrates Love Will… with TV Appearances

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Trace Adkins’ 2013 album, Love Will… Photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Trace Adkins’ 11th studio album, Love Will… is now available. To celebrate, Trace has lined up a week of live performances and appearances. He kicked things off Sunday, May 12 with an album release party and All-Star Celebrity Apprentice viewing party for family and friends at the Hard Rock Café Nashville.

Trace is GAC’s Artist of the Month! Check out exclusive interviews, videos, photos and more and read our review of his new album here.

On Wednesday, May 15, Trace will perform on The Today Show and later that night, he’ll perform a SiriusXM Sounds of Summer concert at Hard Rock Café New York, which will be broadcast live on The Highway, channel 59, at 8/7c. He will also perform on Fox & Friends on May 17. Continue Reading

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May 10

Happy Mother’s Day: Top 20 Country Songs About Mom

The perfect country song, according to David Allan Coe’s hilarious classic “You Never Even Called Me By My Name,” requires that you refer to trains, trucks, prison, gettin’ drunk and – of course – mama. By those standards, none of these songs are perfect, but they’re all at least very good at paying homage to Mom as we slide into Mother’s Day.

It’s probably not the definitive list – you could argue that others, such as Merle Haggard’s “Mama’s Hungry Eyes” – belong here, but it’s good enough to give you a full-bodied picture of your mom, my mom, somebody’s mom.

In no particular order, here are 20 country songs – and one bonus title – for moms everywhere:

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“Mama’s Song,” Carrie Underwood (2010) – A rolling music bed and Carrie’s own romantic storyline with hockey player Mike Fisher form the backdrop for a song that shows a mother just what a great job she’s done. She parented a daughter who picks the right kind of partner.

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“The Hand That Rocks The Cradle,” Glen Campbell with Steve Wariner (1987) – “There ought to be a hall of fame for mamas.” Well, there’s not, but there is this nifty little duet built around the psychologies of birth, breast feeding and teaching life lessons.

“Mama Don’t Forget To Pray For Me,” Diamond Rio (1991) – In many families, Mom is the one who provides the strongest moral compass. In this case, she gets a phone call from her adult son, looking for advice from his best-loved guidance counselor.

“So Much Like My Dad,” George Strait (1992) – “Mom, can we talk?” George is as good at anyone at delivering a song that’s essentially a conversation set to music. In this case, it’s a mother/son chat as he tries to figure out exactly why his own household is falling apart.

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“Mama Tried,” Merle Haggard (1968) – Perhaps the hardest part of the job for mothers: You can do everything right, and the kid insists on messing up anyway. In this mostly autobiographical account, the adult Merle takes responsibility for ignoring Flossie Haggard’s wisdom and ending up in prison by age 21. Continue Reading

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May 7

GAC Album Review: Trace Adkins’ Love Will…

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Trace Adkins’ 2013 album, Love Will… Photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

As if working to craft a response to the open ended title, Trace Adkins reaches deep on his 11th studio album to explore life’s most passionate emotion. Love Will…, due in stores May 14, captures scenes and feelings as different as desperation and security over the course of 11 songs looking to offer some insight on a very complicated subject.

Stretching out to incorporate new sounds, Trace worked with five different producers on the project, including Frank Rogers (Josh Turner, Darius Rucker) and Mark Wright (producer of Trace’s 2011 album Proud To Be Here). The result is a varied collection that sounds fresh at each new turn while still concentrating on one theme. The bluesy, “So What If I Do” flashes darker shades over B-3 keys and a bass-driven rhythm section as Trace pushes himself to express inescapable feelings. The slicing guitars and rising melodies of “Right Now” hint at the dynamic approach of Lady Antebellum while the fireplace-ready “Come See Me” shows off the upper reaches of Trace’s voice in a pristine, fluid chorus. There’s a modern edge to these songs, but it’s done subtly and offers a new element to Trace’s deep baritone and traditional roots.

Songs like the truck stop drama, “When I Stop Loving You,” and the acoustic based ballad, “If The Sun Comes Up” carry a more traditional sound that fans will recognize. The former is a deceptively easygoing tune about a marriage proposal that seems on the verge of going very bad. Though the chorus is smart and engaging, Trace sets the scene by first describing “a lovesick, desperate man” to build the drama. The heartfelt “If The Sun Comes Up” was included on last year’s Act of Valor Soundtrack. Surrounded here by love songs, however, seemingly gives voice to a completely different set of characters to reaffirm those universal feelings.

While the album generally keeps its PG-rating on songs like “Say No To A Woman” and the standout cut “Every One of You,” Trace does take opportunities to show off his more seductive side. “The Altar Of Your Love” is a hard country, electric rocker barely held back by palm-muted power chords. On the country disco “Kiss You All Over,” Trace is joined by Exile (who had a No. 1 hit with the song in 1978) for one of the album’s biggest highlights. Harmonies flow and keyboards rejoice as they sing, I want to kiss you all over/and over again, on a song that really needs to be heard on dance floors this summer.

Grammy winning pop singer Colbie Caillat joins in for the melodrama of “Watch the World End,” and the Harlem Gospel Chorus helps out on the uplifting Southern Gospel title track. Trace has always had fantastic range, but Love Will… features many dynamic performances where simple inflections and nuances add whole new dimensions. An emotion as rich and complicated as love can certainly mean something different from one person to the next, but on Love Will…, Trace succeeds in giving listeners an insightful and personal look at what it means to him.

Key Tracks – “Love Will,” “Kiss You All Over,” “Every One Of You,” “If The Sun Comes Up”

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Mar 28

Colbie Caillat & Exile Featured on Trace Adkins’ New Album

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Trace Adkins photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Trace Adkins will release his new album, Love Will… a project about one of the world’s strongest emotions, on May 14. The project will include special guests Colbie Caillat, the Harlem Gospel Choir and Exile. Fans can pre-order Love Will… through online retailers on April 2. Any pre-orders on iTunes will receive an instant download of “Watch The World End” featuring Colbie Caillat.

“What is love, if not a collaboration between unique individuals?” Trace said. “Regardless of genre, I’m a fan of strong songwriting and vocal ability – I can’t say enough about what Colbie, the Harlem Gospel Choir and Exile brought to the table in their own way. It is an honor to have such talented performers, songwriters and producers join me on the most inspiring, satisfying album of my career.” Continue Reading

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Mar 5

Trace Adkins to Release Love Will… This Spring

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Trace Adkins photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Trace Adkins is feeling the love. His new album, Love Will… is set to be released this spring. According to Trace’s label, the collection will include “sexy grooves, heart-wrenching ballads and up-tempo anthems” about one of the world’s most powerful emotions, love. The album is now available for pre-order on www.TraceAdkins.com.

The album is a product of relationships built over time and based on respect. Producers who worked with Trace on the album include Tony Brown, Mark Wright, Frank Rogers, Kenny Beard and Mickey Cones. Additionally, several unexpected, to be announced, guests will appear on the project. Continue Reading

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Dec 11

Luke Bryan Sweeps American Country Awards

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LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 10: Singer Luke Bryan poses in the press room after winning multiple awards during the 2012 American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The American Country Awards was a clean sweep for Luke Bryan! He was nominated for and walked away with a grand total of seven fan-voted awards, including the coveted Artist of the Year trophy. He also picked up Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Single of the Year: Male, Music Video of the Year, Music Video of the Year: Male.

“First of all, I want to thank God for the ability to get out there on the road and play music and do what I love night in and night out and play for great country music fans,” Luke said as he accepted Artist of the Year. “Thank you so much. This is crazy.”

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Jason Aldean also picked up a major award. Fans named him Touring Artist of the Year. “I couldn’t win an award that means more to me than for something that has to do with touring,” Jason said. “That to me is what I’ve really tried to build my career around. I’ve tried to go out every year and make it bigger and better and hoped that you guys would show up and you have. You guys have not let us down.” Continue Reading

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Dec 9

Kristin Chenoweth Was Determined to Return as ACAs Co-Host

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Kristin Chenoweth and Trace Adkins photo courtesy of FOX.

Kristin Chenoweth will return as co-host of the American Country Awards alongside Trace Adkins on Monday, December 10. Airing live on FOX at 8p|7c, Kristin is looking forward to the chance to step back into the co-hosting role. So much so that she was steadfast in making sure she got the call to return.

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“We’re really excited,” she told News Day. “We really get along, and he’s just a cool person,” she says of Trace. “For some reason, we have this crazy chemistry that people enjoy. I enjoy it myself, and I was bound and determined to not lose that date. That was my goal, to be there for that.” Continue Reading

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Nov 11

Trace Adkins to Perfom During Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Trace Adkins photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Trace Adkins will be spending his Thanksgiving in New York City. He’s scheduled to perform during the 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which airs live on NBC on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, at 9a|8c. Other performers include Carly Rae Jepsen, Flo Rida, The Wanted, Karmin, Neon Trees, Cody Simpson, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Jennette McCurdy, Chris Isaak and Don McLean.

“The 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will again make history as it debuts three impressive giant balloons, six over-the-top floats, an amazing array of talent and the most remarkable high school, college and professional marching bands in the nation,” Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, said. Continue Reading

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Oct 26

Watch Trace Adkins’ Live “Tough People Do” Video

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Trace Adkins photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Trace Adkins just released his new single, “Tough People Do,” an inspiring song that encourages those who might be going through a hard time to not give up. He has also released a video of a live performance of the song.

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Trace doesn’t just sing about tough, inspiring people, though. As the host of GAC’s Great American Heroes, he steps out of the spotlight in order to shine it on ordinary people doing extraordinary things in communities across America. Visiting three hometown heroes in each episode, Trace not only thanks them for their work, he surprises them with something special.

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Oct 26

Noteworthy At The Opry Celebrates Loretta Lynn’s 50th Anniversary

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NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 25: Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley and Miranda Lambert of Pistol Annies, Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn and Lee Ann Womack perform the finale during the celebration of Loretta Lynn’s 50th Opry Anniversary at The Grand Ole Opry on September 25, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

This week’s episode of Noteworthy at the Opry will celebrate Loretta Lynn’s 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Premiering Saturday, October 27 at 9p|8c, Loretta will perform “You Ain’t Woman Enough” and will be joined by Trace Adkins on “Lead Me On” and Pistol Annies, Lee Ann Womack and Loretta’s sister Crystal Gayle for “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Other tribute performances during the show include Carrie Underwood’s “You’re lookin’ At Country,” Miranda Lambert’s “Honky Tonk Girl,” Lee Ann Womack’s “I Know How,” and Crystal Gayle’s “Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’.”

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Carrie, Miranda, Trace, Sara Evans and Kix Brooks will also share what Loretta means to them and tell stories about Loretta. “She was a mama and a housewife but she didn’t sing somebody else’s songs,” Miranda said.  “She sang her own songs about that stuff.”  Continue Reading

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