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Feb 8

GAC Album Review: Terri Clark’s Classic

Terri Clark

Terri Clark’s 2013 album, Classic.

Those looking for what traditionalists call country are hereby requested in the listening room. On her tenth studio album, Terri Clark – the Alberta, Canada native with a Music City soul – dishes up 11 of the genre’s most cherished possessions on a strikingly heartfelt collection.

The aptly titled Classic, now available in the states after a Fall Canadian release, draws on songwriting riches including hits such as Loretta Lynn’s “Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)” and Glen Campbell’s “Gentle On My Mind.” Yes, they’ve long been revered as country standards, but when Terri sings with fiery passion on the former, Many a night I’ve laid awake and cried here all night long, simultaneously scorned and lonely, she injects infectious new energy into the songs with an immediate impact.

Backed by a band that includes such Nashville A-list session players as Brent Mason (electric guitar) and The Time JumpersPaul Franklin (pedal steel), Terri moves decisively through the project that aims to pull two classics from each decade starting with the ‘50s.  After setting the mood with an antique recording of Terri’s own grandmother covering Kitty Wells’ “The White Circle On My Finger,” Terri launches into Kitty’s 1952 masterpiece, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” thrusting headlong into the tune’s timeless story. Too many times married men think they’re still single, she sings with a conviction and technical prowess that quickly establishes the skill to handle the material. And on the Delbert McClinton-penned song Emmylou Harris made famous, the low-end gear jammer, “Two More Bottles of Wine,” Terri’s inflections and tones show off a compelling sincerity.

Terri’s joined throughout the project by a series of guests spanning Nashville to Canada. Dierks Bentley plays George Jones” to Terri’s “Tammy Wynette” on the pawnshop Honky Tonk, “Golden Ring,” and Tanya Tucker guests on “Delta Dawn,” a song Tanya released herself in 1972. Canadian artists Dean Brody (joining on “I’m Movin’ On”) and Jann Arden (on “Leavin’ On Your Mind”) both make their presence felt with stirring performances, especially on the latter that was made famous by Patsy Cline. However, it’s the combination of Reba and Terri on “How Blue” that steals the show. Originally released on Reba’s 1984 album, My Kind of Country, this version of “How Blue” showcases a stunning chemistry between the two, demanding that they work together again in the future.

Terri packs a suitcase full of heartache into the 37-minute collection. On “Swinging Doors,” originally written and released by Merle Haggard, she sings, My new home has a flashing neon sign, with palpable regret after being kicked out of the one with a bed. But throughout it all, it’s her clear love for the works she chooses that gives the record a fresh sound. Even on the album’s most optimistic song, the Neil Young-penned “Love Is A Rose,” her deep respect for the writing comes through in her graceful melodic ease. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the songs on Classic, because even though we may have heard these songs before, Terri’s powerful performance captures an exciting spontaneity, bringing new life to the collection.

Key Tracks – “How Blue,” “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” “Two More Bottles Of Wine,” “Leavin’ On Your Mind”


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Jan 29

Terri Clark Releases New Album Featuring Duets with Reba, Dierks Bentley & More

Terri Clark

Terri Clark’s 2013 album, Classic.

Terri Clark has released her 10th studio album, Classic. Available now, the project covers four decades of country music and features several of her superstar friends. The lead single from Classic is the George Jones and Tammy Wynette staple “Golden Ring” featuring Dierks Bentley.

“I tried really hard to pick a song or two from every decade from the ‘50s to the ‘80s,” Terri said. “This is the type of project I’ve wanted to do my whole life and it represents so many things for me. My family roots, the Opry, my influences, and many of the songs that make up the fabric of country music.”

Classic reveals some of Terri’s musical influences such as Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Emmylou Harris. Tanya Tucker and Reba join her for duets on “Delta Dawn” and “How Blue” and Jann Arden and Dean Brodyalso appear.

Reba, Terri Clark

Reba and Terri record for Terri’s new album, Classics. Photo courtesy of

“The guests on the album are people who’ve influenced me or people I’m a fan of, as artists,” Terri said. Classic is available now.


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Sep 11

Johnny Reid, Taylor Swift Honored at Canadian Country Music Association Awards

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Country music headed north to Canada for the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards held Sunday night at the Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre. Taylor Swift was honored with the CCMA Generation Award while American country stars Jason Aldean, Pistol Annies, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church were among the night’s performers.

The show kicked off with a performance of “Canadian Girls” by Dean Brody,who went on to be named Male Artist of the Year in addition to picking up the trophy for Album of the Year for his album Dirt. Johnny Reid took home the coveted Fans’ Choice Award as well as Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year.

Carolyn Dawn Johnson was named Female Artist of the Year and trio Hey Romeo took home Group or Duo of the Year. Kira Isabella won her first CCMA award, picking up the Rising Star Award. Presenters included Taylor Swift, Alan Doyle, Allan Hawco, Amber Marshall, Graham Wardle and Theo Fleury among others.

Between performances, Miranda Lambert and her Pistol Annies group mates were busy meeting some of their Canadian country music heroes, including Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Corb Lund and Terri Clark to name a few (and fellow American artist Anita Cochran). See the photo Miranda tweeted when the Pistol Annies ran into Terri Clark HERE!


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Jun 2

New Artist Spotlight: Dean Brody

Dean Brody photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records. Photo credit: David McClister.

Dean Brody photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records. Photo credit: David McClister.

By Bob Doerschuk

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Raised in the shadows of the Canadian Rockies, Dean Brody grew up with an appreciation for rural life in British Columbia. After high school graduation, he continued to work at the local sawmill until the business slowdown forced him to take a new job as a miner.

Brody’s musical gifts led him back into the light and down to Nashville, where he got a publishing deal. But as he made his way into the business, the clock on his work permit kept winding down. After two years, he had no choice but to head back home to the mines. Continue Reading


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