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Oct 10

GAC Album Review: Scotty McCreery’s See You Tonight

GAC Album Review: Scotty McCreery's See You Tonight

Scotty McCreery’s 2013 album, See You Tonight. Photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Scotty McCreery walked a neo-traditional line on his 2011 debut, Clear As Day, with a sterling sound recalling the Alan Jacksons and Clint Blacks of the country music world. Now the former American Idol champion returns October 15 with his follow-up, See You Tonight, an electric 13-song set blending those influences with the idea that things can heat up when the sun goes down.

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Oct 3

Alan Jackson Will Perform at MerleFest 2014

Alan Jackson Will Perform at MerleFest 2014

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Alan Jackson is set to take the stage during MerleFest. Scheduled for April 24-27, MerleFest is a four-day “annual homecoming of musicians and music fans” on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Alan will perform at the festival on April 24.

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“We are very pleased that Alan Jackson will be joining us for MerleFest 2014,” Ted Hagaman, festival director, said. “With his new bluegrass album, he will be sure to please both the diehard country and bluegrass fans at MerleFest. His accomplishments in the music industry are huge and have left their mark on country music history. Jackson’s songs are timeless and will be recognizable to the MerleFest crowds. We know his performance on Thursday night will offer a MerleFest moment as he focuses his set toward his bluegrass project. It is sure to kick off a very successful festival in April.” Continue Reading

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Sep 23

GAC Album Review: Alan Jackson’s The Bluegrass Album

GAC Album Review: Alan Jackson's The Bluegrass Album.

Photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Alan Jackson is one of those rare entertainers with complete creative control over his music and career. Sixty million albums sold and 35 No. 1 singles tend to do that for an artist. So consider what Alan has done over the past 18 months; he released the mainstream country record Thirty Miles West in June 2012, delivered the Gospel album Precious Memories Vol. II in March 2013 and now prepares the traditional bluegrass project, simply titled The Bluegrass Album, for release on September 24. Alan is doing what he wants, when he wants, and making incredibly honest music along the way.

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Sep 20

Alan Jackson Prepares The Bluegrass Album

Alan Jackson Prepares The Bluegrass Album

Alan Jackson Prepares The Bluegrass Album

Alan Jackson will release The Bluegrass Album on September 24, a project he has wanted to make for years. He went into the studio last spring with some of the best bluegrass musicians and came out just days later with a complete album. Alan wrote eight of the 14 songs on the project.

“I just am a fan of the music, and I didn’t want to do something that disappointed the bluegrass world,” he said. “I didn’t want them to think I was just another country act wanting to make a bluegrass album. I’ve always liked the music and wanted to do something in that vein and something I could be proud of.” Continue Reading

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Sep 11

Alan Jackson Describes How September 11 Both Affected & Inspired Him

Alan Jackson Describes How September 11 Both Affected & Inspired Him

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

As we honor the 12th Anniversary of September 11, Alan Jackson is reflecting on his memories of that day.

“I think I was probably like most people that were impacted with that day and the months that followed,” he said. “Everybody was glued to the news and television and I think it really affected a lot of people – their perspective on their lives and their jobs and their families and where they were and what they were wanting to do and how they looked at things.”

Alan wrote his song “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” in the weeks that followed September 11. Initially reluctant to record the song, his family and friends convinced him to share it. He debuted the song live at the 35th Annual CMA Awards that November.

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Sep 5

Alan Jackson Misses Traditional Country Music on the Radio

Alan Jackson Misses Traditional Country Music on the Radio

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Alan Jackson has won two GRAMMY Awards and sold nearly 60 million records worldwide with his traditional country sound. While he doesn’t dislike the music being played on mainstream country radio, he tells the Baltimore Sun that he wouldn’t mind hearing some “real country” too.

“There’s some good music, good songwriting and good artists out there, but there’s really no country stuff left,” he said. “It’s always been that constant pop-country battle. I don’t think it’s ever going to change. What makes me sad today is that I think the real country, real roots-y traditional stuff, may be gone. I don’t know if it’ll ever be back on mainstream radio. You can’t get it played anymore.” Continue Reading

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Aug 30

Alan Jackson to Perform at Carnegie Hall October 28

Alan Jackson to Perform at Carnegie Hall October 28

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Alan Jackson will perform at the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City on October 28. The performance will feature songs from Alan’s upcoming album, The Bluegrass Album, set for release on September 24.

Alan last played the venue in 2005 as part of an all-star Grand Ole Opry 80th Anniversary show celebration. For his October 28 performance, he will be joined by the noted bluegrass musicians featured on The Bluegrass Album. Continue Reading

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Aug 21

Alan Jackson’s Station Inn Show Will Be Broadcast Live on WSM

Alan Jackson's Station Inn Show Will Be Broadcast Live on WSM

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Alan Jackson’s show at Nashville’s Station Inn on August 27 will be broadcast live on 650 AM WSM, streamed on wsmonline.com and available via the WSM mobile app beginning at 10:30/9:30c. Eddie Stubbs will host the broadcast.

The special show will feature the players from Alan’s upcoming CD, The Bluegrass Album, set to hit stores September 24. Alan wrote eight of the 14 songs on the project which will be released on ACR (Alan’s Country Records)/EMI Records Nashville. The album was produced by Keith Stegall and Alan’s nephew, Adam Wright of The Wrights. Continue Reading

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Aug 1

Alan Jackson to Showcase New Bluegrass Music at Special Nashville Show

Alan Jackson to Showcase New Bluegrass Music at Special Nashville Show

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Alan Jackson will showcase the songs found on his The Bluegrass Album, set for release on September 24, with a special performance at Nashville’s Station Inn on August 27. The show will feature musicians who played on the project. The Bluegrass Album includes eight songs written by Alan.

Tickets are $25.00 and can be reserved onsite and in person at the Station Inn beginning at 1 p.m. on August 26. Tickets will be limited to four per purchaser, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Continue Reading

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Jul 18

Alan Jackson to Release The Bluegrass Album September 24

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Alan Jackson will release his first bluegrass album, aptly titled The Bluegrass Album, on September 24. Alan wrote eight songs for the album, which includes both originals and well-known bluegrass standards. The project will be released on his own Alan’s Country Records label.

Recording a bluegrass album is something Alan has discussed for years. This spring, he enlisted some of the best players and singers in bluegrass and completed the album within a few days. Among those playing on the album are Scott Coney (acoustic guitar), Sammy Shelor (banjo), Adam Steffey (mandolin), Tim Crouch (fiddle), Tim Dishman (bass), Rob Ickes (dobro) and Ronnie Bowman and Don Rigsby (vocals). Continue Reading

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