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May 7

GAC Album Review: Trace Adkins’ Love Will…

Trace Adkins

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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Apr 9

The Kentucky HeadHunters to Be Inducted into The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

Kentucky HeadHunters

Kentucky HeadHunters photo by Ash Newell, courtesy of LCMedia.

The Kentucky HeadHunters will be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom on April 12. The museum is located in Renfro Valley, Kentucky, home of Bill Monroe, Merle Travis, The Everly Brothers, Loretta Lynn, Rosemary Clooney, Dwight Yoakam and many more.

Now in their 45th year, the band was formed on Richard and Fred Young’s family farm in Edmonton, Kentucky with cousins Greg Martin and Anthony Kenney. Then called Itchy Brothers and sometimes referred to as “The Best Known – Unknown Band in the South,” the group had several close brushes with record deals in the ’70s, including Led Zeppelin’s Swansong Records and Capricorn. Continue Reading


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Mar 28

Colbie Caillat & Exile Featured on Trace Adkins’ New Album

Trace Adkins

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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Jun 1

R.O.P.E. International to Host “Breakfast with the Stars” June 6

Exile photo courtesy of Morris Public Relations.

R.O.P.E. International will hold a new event during this year’s CMA Music Festival. “Breakfast with the Stars” will take place June 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in Nashville at The New Nashville Nitelife, a venue formerly known as Stardust Theatre. Some of the many stars scheduled to appear are Exile, Mel Tillis, Jean Shepard, T.G. Sheppard and Jeannie Seely.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-12. To purchase tickets, call 615-86-9257 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased by sending a check or money order to PO Box 2048, Madison, TN., 37116.

Artists Scheduled To Attend ‘Breakfast With The Stars’

Mel Tillis
Jean Shepard
T.G. Sheppard
Jimmy C. Newman
George Hamilton IV
Jim Ed Brown
Moe Bandy                         
Brenda Lee
Charlie McCoy
Jan Howard  Continue Reading


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May 8

CMA Music Festival Announces Two Stage Lineups

Frankie Ballard photo courtesy of Warner Music Nashville.

The lineup for the 2012 CMA Music Festival’s Bud Light Stage at the Bridgestone Plaza and the new BIC Soleil Bella Beach Stage have been announced. The two concerts will provide fans with over 40 hours of concerts for free. The CMA Music Festival takes place June 7-10. “Live music is a hallmark of CMA Music Festival and we are excited to be able to add a new stage and even more performances this year,” Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer, said.

The BIC Soleil Bella Beach Stage is a new addition to this year’s CMA Music Festival with concerts and activities starting at 11:00 AM/CT each day during the Festival. The Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, is a fan favorite and a great place to catch up and coming country artists.

Artists currently scheduled to perform at the Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza include:

Thursday, June 7
11:00 AM – 11:25 AM            Jeff Bates
11:45 AM – 12:10 PM             Greg Bates
12:30 PM – 12:55 PM             Julie Roberts
1:15 PM – 1:40 PM                  Tyler Farr
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM                “Classic Country Show” featuring Moe Bandy, T. Graham Brown, Jane Fricke and Gene Watson, hosted by Moore  & Moore
3:20 PM – 3:45 PM                  Trent Tomlinson
4:05 PM – 4:30 PM                  Miss Willie Brown
4:50 PM – 5:15 PM                  Cledus T. Judd

Friday, June 8
11:00 AM – 11:25 AM             Eric Paslay
11:45 AM – 12:10 PM              Rose Falcon
12:30 PM – 12:55 PM              Katie Armiger
1:15 PM – 1:40 PM                   Exile
2:00 PM – 2:25 PM                  The McClymonts
2:45 PM – 3:10 PM                  Frankie Ballard
3:30 PM – 3:55 PM                  Big Smo
4:15 PM – 4:40 PM                  Drake White
5:00 PM – 5:25 PM                  Blackberry Smoke Continue Reading


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Apr 10

Little Big Town Joins Keith Urban’s All for the Hall Benefit

Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Little Big Town is one of the acts set to perform at Keith Urban’s third annual All For The Hall benefit concert tonight, April 10, at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The concert will benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s All For The Hall Fund, which goes towards helping the Museum with its mission to preserve the legacy of country music. Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman remembers her first visit to the Museum as a teenager.

“I think the Country Music Hall of Fame is so important to the whole world of country music,” she said. “When I was 14, we took a family trip and came up to the Hall of Fame. It’s one of the family trips in my whole life that stands out the most. I know what I wore and everything. It just was so special and so important.”

At 14, Kimberly had no way of knowing she would one day be performing with her bandmates to raise funds for the Museum, but realizes the impact that first visit had on her life as a musician. She supports the Museum’s goal of preserving the history country music for future generations.

“Country music is important, not only to our community but to families all over our country who want to see what Nashville is all about and what Nashville history is all about,” she said. “And now that the Hall of Fame is amazing, it’s incredible, one of the best museums I’ve ever been in, I think it’s so important that we continue our history and that we show the rest of the world what Nashville is all about.” Continue Reading


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Mar 14

Kentucky HeadHunters, Exile Among Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Inductees

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Kentucky HeadHunters photo by Ash Newell, courtesy of LCMedia.

The Kentucky HeadHunters, Steven Curtis Chapman, Exile, Skeeter Davis, The Hilltoppers, Old Joe Clark and Emory & Linda Martin will be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum as the 2013 class of professionals honored for their contribution to music in Kentucky and around the world. The announcement was made during a live press conference on WKYT-TV by Robert Lawson,executive director of the Hall of Fame.

“On behalf of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum board of directors and staff I am honored to announce the 2013 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Induction Class,” he said. “The 2013 class showcases why the state of Kentucky has produced some of the world’s greatest music achievers in all genres of music, and I am truly honored to recognize them with induction into the hall of fame.”

“I can’t tell you what an honor this is for us,” Richard Young of the Kentucky HeadHunters said. “We’re obviously proud to be from Kentucky, and this kind of recognition with this group of people is such a privilege.”

The induction ceremony will take place on April 12, 2013 at the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom. Tickets for for the ceremony will go on sale April 9, 2012. For more information,  visit Past inductees include Loretta Lynn, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, Keith Whitley, Crystal Gayle, Dwight Yoakam, Wynonna & Naomi Judd, Ricky Skaggs, Tom T. Hall, Bill Monroe and many more.


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Feb 3

Exile & Trace Adkins to Perform at The Stars Go Blue Benefit Concert

Exile photo courtesy of Morris Public Relations.

Exile will perform at the 4th annual The Stars Go Blue benefit concert on March 6 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Trace Adkins will also make a special appearance during the show. All proceeds from the event benefit the Blue Note Fund, a Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) program designed to provide financial assistance to colon cancer patients in need.

The Stars Go Blue Concert was developed by GRAMMY-nominated producer, artist and musician Charlie Kelley (and husband of GAC host Nan Kelley), who was diagnosed with colon cancer after a routine screening at age 40. Just months after undergoing successful surgery and treatment, he began working to raise awareness about  the prevention and treatment of the disease by joining the board of CCA and creating the benefit concert.

“When you’re fighting cancer, the last thing you want to think about is a bill you can’t pay,” he said. “The Blue Note Fund is our way to help others who are going through tough emotional and financial times.”  To date, the fund has awarded $125,000 to 400 patients in need.

Charlie helped create GAC’s Hit Exchange, which paired Trace Adkins with Exile to re-record one of Exile’s signature hits, “Kiss You All Over.” He is looking forward to having them participate in The Stars Go Blue. Check Hit Exchange Airtimes >>

“It’s more than obvious that Trace and Exile have a mutual respect and chemistry and that certainly translates to the stage,” Charlie said. “I’m thrilled that Exile and Trace are generously giving their time and talents to our fourth concert event.”

Tickets for the concert at $100 per person and include the concert, a VIP cocktail reception, and an auction after the concert. For more information, visit


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Jan 24

Exile to Release First New Album in 15 Years


Exile photo courtesy of Morris Public Relations.

After generating excitement surrounding their remake of “Kiss You All Over” with Trace Adkins, Exile is set to release their first new studio album in 15 years. People Get Ready, a five track EP, will hit stores January 31.

People Get Ready features four new songs written by the band and an a cappella version of “People Get Ready,” written by Curtis Mayfield. The EP will be released on Exile’s own Big Horse Records label and distributed in partnership with GMV Nashville. Fans will be able to download the new EP at most digital outlets.

Exile has also been added to the lineup for Keith Urban’s All For The Hall benefit concert on April 10 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Exile was joined by Trace not only for the remake of “Kiss You All Over” but also for a performance in Las Vegas. You can see their performance on Hit Exchange right here on GAC. Check Air Times >> Continue Reading


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Jan 17

Keith Urban’s ‘All For The Hall’ Benefit Concert Rescheduled for April 10

Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban’s third annual All for the Hall benefit concert has been rescheduled for April 10 after having to be postponed while Keith underwent and recovered from successful vocal cord surgery. The concert, which benefits the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s All for the Hall fund, will feature performances by Keith, Vince Gill, Alabama, Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Band Perry, Blue Sky Riders, Diamond Rio, Exile, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Oak Ridge Boys,  Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts and Thompson Square.

“My goal for the concert, is really the same as the halls,” Keith said. “To help country fans connect the dots – to find out where their music came from, how its evolved and is still evolving and to hear the artists that have influenced their favorite artists. Country music is like a big beautiful strange family tree and nowhere is that more honored than at the Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum.”

“The first two We’re All for the Hall concerts have been landmarks for this institution,” said Museum Director Kyle Young.  “They have been the most successful fundraisers in the museum’s history, together raising roughly $1 million.  And they have not only set a new standard for fundraising and event coordination, but also brought together an entire community and helped us to see what can be done by individuals when there is a collective passion for a cause. Continue Reading


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