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Feb 14

Alan Jackson & Darius Rucker Praise Their Wives

Alan Jackson & Darius Rucker Praise Their Wives

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

This Valentine’s Day, Alan Jackson and Darius Rucker are praising their wives. Alan has been married to his wife Denise for more than thirty years, but their love for one another is as strong as ever.

“We got a lot of history together now, and we’re happier than we’ve ever been,” Alan said. “She’s still beautiful, and she’s always inspired songs. One of my early hits was a song called ‘I’d Love You All Over Again,’ I wrote for her for our 10th anniversary. There’s been a zillion songs that have pieces of our good days and bad days inspired, and they continue to.”

As for Darius, he didn’t have a doubt in his mind that he would marry wife Beth from the very beginning. He credits her with providing him with stability in the midst of his crazy career. Continue Reading

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Jan 29

Alan Jackson’s The Bluegrass Album Still No. 1

Alan Jackson's The Bluegrass Album Still No. 1

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Alan Jackson’s first bluegrass project, aptly titled The Bluegrass Album, has been the bestselling bluegrass album for four straight months. Released September 24, the album has remained atop the Billboard Bluegrass Album Sales Chart since it hit stories. The album has also garnered critical acclaim from a number of major media outlets.

Read our review of The Bluegrass Album >>

Alan’s music video for “Blue Ridge Mountain Song,” a cut on The Bluegrass Album, has proven to be a fan favorite on Great American Country’s Top 20 Country Countdown. The video has spent a number of weeks at No. 1 since its release, including the last two weeks. The video features his daughter Ali making her solo acting debut. She previously appeared alongside her sisters Mattie and Dani in his 1992 “Drive (For Daddy Gene)” video.

Watch Alan’s “Blue Ridge Mountain Song” video below: Continue Reading

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Jan 24

Alan Jackson Remains at No. 1 on Top 20

Alan Jackson Remains at No. 1 on Top 20

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Alan Jackson repeats No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with “Blue Ridge Mountain Song” this week as Luke Bryan takes over the second spot with his emotional “Drink A Beer” music video. Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away Medley” makes a big debut, coming in at No. 4, while Jason Michael Carroll’s latest video, “Close Enough,” debuts at No. 14.

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Plus, host Nan Kelley spent some time at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis for Country Cares for St Jude, the annual event started by Randy Owen for country radio and artists to come together to show their support of the hospital’s work. Nan visited with patients and chatted with Randy, Rascal Flatts, Rodney Atkins, Kellie Pickler, Scotty McCreery, Sara Evans, Danielle Bradbery and more about the work the hospital is doing to save the lives of children.

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos and photos. You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes, and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart:

  1. Alan Jackson – “Blue Ridge Mountain Song”
  2. Luke Bryan – “Drink A Beer”
  3. Keith  Urban w/Miranda Lambert – “We Were Us”
  4. Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away Medley”
  5. The Band Perry – “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”
  6. Danielle Bradbery – “The Heart of Dixie”
  7. Sara Evans – “Slow Me Down”
  8. Lady Antebellum – “Compass”
  9. Gary Allan – “It Ain’t The Whiskey”
  10. Garth Brooks w/Trisha Yearwood – “The Call” Continue Reading

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Jan 17

Alan Jackson Returns to No. 1 on Top 20

Alan Jackson Returns to No. 1 on Top 20

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Alan Jackson is back at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with “Blue Ridge Mountain Song.” Keith Urban with Miranda Lambert and Danielle Bradbery round out the Top 3 as Luke Bryan and The Band Perry break into the Top 5. Zac Brown Band makes it into the Top 10 with “Sweet Annie” and Jennifer Nettles is back on the countdown with “That Girl.”

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Plus, Jennifer stopped by the studio to talk about her solo debut album, That Girl, available now, and her upcoming solo tour. Host Nan Kelley was on hand to count down this week’s Top 20 videos, all chosen by you!

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos and photos. You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes, and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart:

  1. Alan Jackson – “Blue Ridge Mountain Song”
  2. Keith  Urban w/Miranda Lambert – “We Were Us”
  3. Danielle Bradbery – “The Heart of Dixie”
  4. Luke Bryan – “Drink A Beer”
  5. The Band Perry – “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”
  6. Lady Antebellum – “Compass”
  7. Sara Evans – “Slow Me Down”
  8. Garth Brooks w/Trisha Yearwood – “The Call”
  9. Gary Allan – “It Ain’t The Whiskey”
  10. Zac Brown Band – “Sweet Annie” Continue Reading

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Jan 15

Old Crow Medicine Show & Holly Williams Added to MerleFest

Old Crow Medicine Show & Holly Williams Added to MerleFest

Old Crow Medicine Show photo courtesy of Nettwerk Records.

Old Crow Medicine Show and Holly Williams have been added to MerleFest 2014, set for April 24-27 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music.

Old Crow Medicine Show got its start playing on street corners in New York state and through Canada. They ended up in Boone, North Carolina, where they caught the eye of Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. He extended an invitation for them to play at MerleFest, helping launch their career. The band is set to perform as part of the Friday lineup. Continue Reading

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Dec 21

Alan Jackson & Wife Denise Keep Christmas Traditions Alive

Alan Jackson & Wife Denise Keep Christmas Traditions Alive

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Even though Alan Jackson’s daughters are all grown up, he and wife Denise stick to their Christmas traditions each and every year. From when presents get opened to what music is played, the Jackson family’s Christmas spirit is alive and well.

“Christmas is pretty traditional,” he said. “We don’t let anybody open any presents until Christmas morning, after Santa Claus comes. We don’t let them get up on their own and take off. Everybody has to wait and kind of get situated, and maybe have a cup of coffee, and then we start all of the regular Christmas morning activities, opening presents, taking pictures and video. I try to keep Christmas music going in the background. I like to turn that on before I let them come down to the tree and everything.” Continue Reading

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Dec 20

Scotty McCreery Continues No. 1 Streak on Top 20

Scotty McCreery Continues No. 1 Streak on Top 20

Scotty McCreery photo by Russ Harrington, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Scotty McCreery holds on to No. 1 again this week on Top 20 Country Countdown with Alan Jackson holding steady at No. 2. Several new videos make their countdown debuts this week with Garth Brooks coming in at No. 11 with “The Call,” featuring Trisha Yearwood. New videos from LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves and Billy Currington also make their debuts.

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Plus, the weather outside might be frightful, but it was warm, cozy and oh so delightful in our Music Row studio! During the special holiday-themed episode, host Nan Kelley looked back at some of her favorite moments from 2013, all while counting down the Top 20 videos, chosen by you!

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos, photos and more! You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes, and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart:

  1. Scotty McCreery – “See You Tonight”
  2. Alan Jackson – “Blue Ridge Mountain Song”
  3. Keith  Urban w/Miranda Lambert – “We Were Us”
  4. Parmalee – “Carolina”
  5. Danielle Bradbery – “The Heart of Dixie”
  6. Kenny Rogers w/Dolly Parton – “You Can’t Make Old Friends”
  7. The Band Perry – “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”
  8. Sara Evans – “Slow Me Down”
  9. Gary Allan – “It Ain’t The Whiskey”
  10. Jennifer Nettles – “That Girl” Continue Reading

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Dec 20

Top 20 Looks Back at the Best Moments of 2013

Top 20 Looks Back at the Best Moments of 2013

Top 20 Country Countdown host Nan Kelley hangs out with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Photo by GAC Staff.

The weather outside might be frightful, but it’s warm, cozy and oh so delightful on Top 20 Country Countdown! On tonight’s holiday-themed show, host Nan Kelley is in our Music Row studio to count down this week’s Top 20 videos while looking back at some of her favorite moments in 2013!

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On the chart, Scotty McCreery has held on to No. 1 for the last couple of weeks, but Alan Jackson is coming on strong. Plus, Garth Brooks makes a big debut! Tune in tonight at 8/7c for this week’s Top 20 videos, chosen by you! Check the full schedule » Continue Reading

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Dec 18

Great American Country’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

While several conversations this year focused on the struggle that women artists face on the country music charts, female artists delivered some of the best albums of 2013. From Kacey Musgraves to Ashley Monroe and Brandy Clark, it’s been a banner year for female country singers. Gritty realism and emotional honesty marked many of the year’s best albums  – be they from women or men – in what has been a tremendous year for the genre. And as the year comes to a close, we offer our look at the Best Country Albums of 2013 in no particular order. As is the case with all Top 10 lists, some very worthy projects can’t be included. So if your favorite album of the year isn’t on here, let us know what you’ve been listening to all year long by leaving a comment!

GAC Album Review: Brandy Clark's 12 Stories

Brandy Clark’s 2013 album, 12 Stories. Photo courtesy of Shore Fire Media.

Brandy Clark 12 Stories

Nashville singer/songwriter Brandy Clark’s debut album is so honest that some listeners might be left speechless. Using mostly traditional arrangements that recall greats from Waylon Jennings to Roseanne Cash, Brandy spins one moral dilemma after another on 12 Stories with a razor sharp eye for character development. Read our original review here >> From cheatin’ songs like “What’ll Keep Me Out Of Heaven” and “Illegitimate Children” to tales of revenge (“Crazy Women”) and addiction (“Take A Little Pill”), Brandy’s ever-so-smart wordplay and talent for rich storytelling are captivating. Country fans might be unknowingly familiar with her songwriting (Brandy co-wrote Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” in addition to The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two” and Reba McEntire’s “The Day She Got Divorced”), and that same wry humor is on display here. In the old school Western “Stripes,” mortal revenge will not be carried out because those prison jumpsuits are just too unflattering. No crime of passion’s worth a crime of fashion, Brandy sings with a sardonic twist as she delivers one of country music’s best debuts in recent memory. Key Tracks – “Stripes,” “Hungover,” “Pray To Jesus,” “Crazy Women”

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Dec 13

Scotty McCreery Remains at No. 1 on Top 20

Scotty McCreery Remains at No. 1 on Top 20

Scotty McCreery photo by Russ Harrington, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Scotty McCreery is at No. 1 again this week on Top 20 Country Countdown with “”See You Tonight.” Alan Jackson holds on to the No. 2 spot for a second week in a row while Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert round out the Top 3 with “We Were Us.” Eli Young Band makes its countdown debut with “Drunk Last Night,” coming in at No. 20.

See photos from the American Country Awards >>

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Plus, host Nan Kelley was in Las Vegas for all the glitz and glamor from the American Country Awards Red Carpet. Kellie Pickler and more stopped in to chat, confirming that what happens in Vegas – ends up on Top 20!

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos, photos and more! You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes, and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart:

  1. Scotty McCreery – “See You Tonight”
  2. Alan Jackson – “Blue Ridge Mountain Song”
  3. Keith  Urban w/Miranda Lambert – “We Were Us”
  4. Danielle Bradbery – “The Heart of Dixie”
  5. Parmalee – “Carolina”
  6. Kenny Rogers w/Dolly Parton – “You Can’t Make Old Friends”
  7. The Band Perry – “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”
  8. Sara Evans – “Slow Me Down”
  9. Hunter Hayes w/Jason Mraz – “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me”
  10. Joe Nichols – “Sunny and 75” Continue Reading

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