Ashley Monroe’s 2012 CD, Like A Rose.
Known mostly to country music fans as one-third of the all girl outlaw troupe Pistol Annies, Ashley Monroe heads solo this time around with her new project, Like A Rose. Produced by Vince Gill and Justin Niebank (LeAnn Rimes, Vince’s Guitar Slinger), Like A Rose laces stirring traditional country with vivid storytelling and Ashley’s unforgettable voice to create a timeless collection.
She’s got a Tennessee mountain point of view, is how Miranda Lambert describes Ashley on the Pistol Annies’ rollicking single, “Takin’ Pills.” And on Like A Rose, available March 5, that point of view comes across in deeply personal ways. Ashley co-wrote all nine of the songs on the album, and many strike an autobiographical tone. With pristine acoustic steel strings and a meandering rhythm, the title track “Like A Rose” (co-written with Guy Clark) opens the album with the despondent line, I was only thirteen when Daddy died. Ashley goes on to sing of bus tickets and lonely diners, but most importantly, escaping the hard knock life that seemed destined to be. With a sweet, yet ever guarded delivery, Ashley’s voice is rich with the emotional consequences of the song.
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
Jason Aldean photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.
Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert will headline the 2012 Stagecoach Festival. Returning for its sixth year, the festival has expanded to from two to three days of music. The 2012 Stagecoach Festival will take place April 27, 28 and 29 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
Alabama, Martina McBride, Kenny Rogers, Luke Bryan, Sara Evans, Chris Isaak, The Band Perry, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band and more are also scheduled to perform during the festival. The Mavericks will reunite for their first performance together since the band dissolved in 2003 at Stagecoach. Continue Reading
Kenny Rogers as "The Gambler."
Tonight is the premiere of Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years – airing at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, only on GAC! In this special, Kenny is joined by superstars including Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw, Wynonna, Billy Currington, Darius Rucker, Alison Krauss, Lionel Richie, Sheena Easton, Smokey Robinson, Chris Isaak and original members of the First Edition. They’re all singing songs from Kenny’s treasure trove of hits. Browse our exclusive photo gallery from the concert »
Kenny also performs his classics, including one of his best-known hits, “The Gambler.” In this latest trip in the “GAC Time Machine,” we thought we’d unearth a clip of the 1978 No. 1, played with scenes from Kenny’s 1980 TV movie of the same name. See if you can spot another country legend in the clip. Hint: she first appears at the 47 second mark. Continue Reading
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers perform at Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years at The MGM Grand at Foxwoods on April 10, 2010. Photo credit: Rahav Segev/ Retna Ltd.
For five decades, Kenny Rogers has been topping the country and pop charts. Tomorrow night, we’re honoring Kenny’s incredible achievements with Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years, premiering Tuesday, March 8 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern — only on GAC!
The show’s special guests include Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw, Wynonna, Billy Currington, Darius Rucker, Alison Krauss, Lionel Richie, Sheena Easton, Smokey Robinson, Chris Isaak and original members of the First Edition. They’re all singing songs from Kenny’s impressive catalogue of hits. But wait, there’s more! Kenny also performs his classics including “The Gambler” and “Islands In The Stream.”
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Kenny Rogers photo courtesy of Capitol Records.
A bevy of stars just dropped in on Connecticut Saturday to see what condition Kenny Rogers’ career was in. The tribute concert — shot for a forthcoming TV special, “Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years” — underscored what an incredible hit-making career it’s been.
Wynonna Judd kicked off the event, according to The Hartford Courant, with the original members of the First Edition in a version of Kenny’s psychedelic-era single “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).”
From there, it was a parade of stars and hits: Alison Krauss turned in “But You Know I Love You”; Linda Davis covered “Daytime Friends”; Billy Dean sang “Love Will Turn You Around” and the Oak Ridge Boys joined Kenny on “The Gambler.” The entire ensemble — including Smokey Robinson, Dolly Parton, Sheena Easton, Lionel Richie and Chris Isaak — closed the show with a mass rendition of “Islands In The Stream.”
Tim McGraw photo by Danny Clinch, courtesy of Curb Records.
He’s touring, he’s finished work on a movie and has yet another on the way. Now Tim McGraw’s been added to the lineup for a concert TV special and there’s speculation that he — or another of his fellow country stars — could become the halftime entertainment at next year’s Super Bowl.
Fitting in more recording sessions might be difficult, but you can bet Tim will be doing that, too.