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May 25

Gary Allan Joins The Boot Campaign

Gary Allan photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Gary Allan has become the newest supporter of The Boot Campaign, pledging his commitment to our troops by putting on his own pair of Boot Campaign military issue combat boots to take a walk in a soldier’s shoes. Proceeds from pairs of boots purchased through the campaign go to partner military charities that help with a variety of physical and emotional issues returning soldiers face.

“As a former member of the Army, this holds a special place in my heart.” Gary said. “I’m proud to work with such a fine organization. I’m headlining the Throwdown Tour this year and was glad to see that The Boot Campaign was going to be on the road with us. I think it’s great that a tour of this size is working hand in hand with The Boot Campaign, supporting veterans as they come home from combat. It just feels right.”

Other celebrities who are current members of The Boot Campaign include Dolly Parton, The Rock, Texas Governor Ricky Perry, Troy Aikman, Nolan Ryan, Charlie Daniels, George Jones and Gretchen Wilson. Continue Reading

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May 10

Top 10 Most Beautiful Moms in Country Music

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and country music loves mamas! Here is our list, in no particular order, of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Country Moms. If you don’t see your favorite country mom on this list, let us know by leaving a comment below!

Sara Evans photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Sara Evans – When Sara married husband Jay Barker, her brood swelled to seven. Sara frequently tweets photos of her large family at school functions, hanging around the house and enjoying family outings.

Martina McBride and daughters Ava, Delaney & Emma. Photo by Cheryl Ecton.

Martina McBride – Martina and husband John have three daughters (above) and are navigating the teenage waters with two of them. As her oldest, Delaney, prepares to leave the nest, Martina hopes she’ll remember Mom’s words. “I hope, I pray that she hears the mom voice going, ‘Make good decisions,’ so it’s really important,” Martina said.

Shania Twain photo by Mark Abrahams, courtesy of Sandbox Management.

Shania Twain Despite the ups and downs in her personal life, Shania has remained a dedicated mother to her son, Eja. She once said in a Redbook interview that her greatest hope was for him to grow up “to be well-rounded, humble and honest, without having to be deprived to develop that character.”

Reba McEntire photo courtesy of The Valory Music Co.

Reba McEntire – Anyone who follows this redhead on Twitter knows she is her son Shelby’s biggest fan. Shelby, a race car driver, can count on his mom to be tweeting with pride from track side during his races.

Faith Hill photo by Andrew Southam, courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Faith Hill – Not only is Faith married to Tim McGraw, she’s also the mother of three beautiful girls. Faith puts family first, taking her girls out on the road with her during tours and keeping their lives as normal as possible, despite their parents’ celebrity status. Continue Reading

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Mar 22

Jason Aldean Goes to Bat in Season 2 of Day Jobs

Jason Aldean works out with the Atlanta Braves during a taping of GAC's series "Day Jobs." Photo courtesy of Taillight TV.

A new crop of country stars are heading back to their pre-fame gigs when GAC’s Day Jobs returns for a second season on April 4 at 10/9 p.m. CT. Each one-hour episode follows three celebrities as they go back to the jobs that paid the bills while they pursued their dreams of stardom. During their shift, they find out if they still have what it takes and are reminded of just how far they’ve come.

This season will feature stars such as Jason Aldean, Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Trisha Yearwood and Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton. A new twist for the second season is that participants were able to choose between their former day job or a job they’ve  dreamed of having. For Jason Aldean, that meant spending a day at training camp with the Atlanta Braves, while Scott Hamilton taught at a school within Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville.

“The first season of Day Jobs got great response from both viewers and country stars interested in being a part of the second season, Sarah Trahern, GAC GM/SVP, said. “From Scotty McCreery bagging groceries to Kellie Pickler getting a rare look inside the Elephant Sanctuary, to HLN TV star Robin Meade working at the Ohio factory where her parents spent their careers; viewers will get to see a different side of their favorite stars.”

The season two premiere on April 4 will feature Jason Aldean in his baseball attire and comedian Bill Engvall as a caverns tour guide. Watch Day Jobs highlights, see exclusive photos and more »

Celebs featured in the second season of Day Jobs include:

Bill Engvall – caverns tour guide
Colt Ford – sports radio talk show host
Craig Campbell – corrections officer
Gretchen Wilson – Waffle House waitress
Hunter Hayes – IndyCar driver (dream job)
Jack Ingram – automobile restoration
Jason Aldean – training with the Atlanta Braves  (dream job)
Joey + Rory – dairy farmers
Josh Thompson – concrete finisher
Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town) – stylist
Kellie Pickler – elephant caregiver (dream job) Continue Reading

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Feb 24

Carrie Underwood Tops GAC’s Top 50 Videos of the 2000s

GAC's Top 50 Videos of the 2000s

Just like we always like to do, GAC asked fans to help decide which videos should make one of our special countdowns!  And once again, you came through in a big way.  Thanks to everyone who voted for GAC’s Top 50 Videos of the 2000s earlier this year.  And, a huge thanks to our amazing host, Neal McCoy, for making sure the trip through the countdown was a good time for all!  Congratulations to Carrie Underwood who topped the countdown with her smash hit video “Before He Cheats.”  You can check out the complete list below and be sure to leave us a comment and tells what you think! Continue Reading

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Feb 20

Katherine McPhee Covers Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman”

Gretchen Wilson & Katherine McPhee

Gretchen Wilson photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville; Katherine McPhee photo courtesy of NBC.

There’s a new show on NBC called Smash about folks trying to make it big on Broadway. One of its stars, fifth-season American Idol alum Katherine McPhee, plays Karen Cartwright, a young girl from Iowa in pursuit of her dreams. In tonight’s episode (airing at 10/9c), Karen returns home to Iowa for a friend’s baby shower and ends up singing karaoke in a bar with her friends.

Here’s Katherine singing Gretchen Wilson’s signature tune, “Redneck Woman.” What do you think of her performance?

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Sep 19

GAC Album Review: Footloose Soundtrack

Footloose Soundtrack

The 2011 soundtrack to Footloose. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

It’s almost bred into the idea of a film soundtrack that there’s always a possibility of something fun, artistic and uniquely different around every corner. This is because most often a third party was the one picking music specifically to fit a film. Sometimes a soundtrack is like the Director’s mix tape, and other times it can be a mixture of genres and styles picked to match a film’s visual impact.

Footloose Director Craig Brewer, whose remake of the 1984 classic will hit theaters in October, has a history of making music-intensive films. Hustle & Flow (2005) focused on Memphis hip hop (winning the Oscar for Best Original Song), and Black Snake Moan (2007) was knee-deep in Mississippi blues. Brewer, originally from Virginia, told Entertainment Weekly in 2010, “I can promise Footloose fans that I will be true to the spirit of the film. But I still gotta put my own Southern grit into it and kick it into 2011.” After previously focusing on Southern hip hop and blues for his musical choices, Brewer turns his attention to country, rock and Americana to compliment Footloose.

The Footloose soundtrack features new versions of four songs used in the original film. Blake Shelton adds some serious twang to his crisp remake of the legendary title-track originally by Kenny Loggins. The excitement in Blake’s voice is contagious, sounding like he’s having a fantastic time singing, Whoa, Milo, come on-come on let’s go!, while the band rips through the song. Here’s a 30-second preview of Blake’s version:

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On the power ballad “Almost Paradise,” Victoria Justice, of Nickelodeon fame, and Hunter Hayes share sweet harmonies over an acoustic/electric arrangement. Newcomer Jana Kramer, known from acting roles on shows like “Entourage,” belts out a faithful version of “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” over a funky bass line and upbeat drums. The most strikingly different take is on “Holding Out For A Hero,” originally cut as a disco/pop song. Here, 15-year-old South Carolina native Ella Mae Bowen sings well beyond her years with a touch of Tori Amos in her tender voice, accompanied by only an acoustic guitar and accordion on her slow, wishful version.

Country artists such as Zac Brown, Big & Rich and Whitney Duncan lend their talents as the collection skews heavily country. Zac Brown channels 70s Southern rock a la Allman Bros. Band and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young on “Where The River Goes,” and Big & Rich reunite on the collection’s first single, “Fake ID,” with a little help from Gretchen Wilson. While over half the songs are provided by country artists, some of the deeper cuts have an edge and grit that fill out the album nicely.

Roots/Americana artist Lissie (named Paste magazine’s No. 1 Best New Solo Artist of 2010) displays a haunting and soulful voice on the delta blues-tinged “Little Lovin’.” Blake’s fellow coach from NBC’s The Voice, Cee Lo Green, Continue Reading

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Sep 14

Justin Moore Writes NRA Country Theme Song

Justin Moore photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of The Valory Music Co.

Justin Moore is NRA Country’s featured artist for the month of September as part of the organization’s ‘This is NRA Country’ movement. As part of the movement, a new artist will be featured on the organization’s website every month, highlighting what makes them ‘NRA Country.’ Justin penned and recorded the organization’s theme song, “This Is NRA Country.”

“I’m proud to be a member of the NRA and I was honored to write a theme song for NRA Country,” Justin said. “I hope this song helps spread the word about how important it is to protect our freedoms and inspires people to live a good wholesome all-American lifestyle that would make our founding fathers proud.” Continue Reading

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Aug 14

GAC’s Top 20 Tailgating Songs

Keith Anderson & JT Hodges

Keith Anderson & JT Hodges

Saturday night on GAC, Keith Anderson and JT Hodges counted down the Top 20 Tailgating Songs, chosen by YOU, the fans! While taping the show, Keith and JT traveled to ”tailgating central,” a.k.a.  a stop on Kenny Chesney‘s Goin’ Coastal Tour. If you missed the premiere, click HERE for additional airtimes.

Here are the fan-voted Top 20 Tailgating Songs:

20           Kenny Chesney – “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems”

19           Craig Morgan – “Redneck Yacht Club”

18           Brad Paisley – “Alcohol”

17           Joe Nichols – “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”

16           Jason Aldean – “She’s Country”

15           Trace Adkins – “Swing”

14           Alan Jackson – “Good Time”

13           Big & Rich – “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)”

12           Zac Brown Band – “Toes”

11           Billy Currington – “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer” Continue Reading

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Jul 27

Trace Adkins Added to CMA Music Festival Special

Trace Adkins will perform during "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" airing Sunday, Aug.14, on the ABC Television Network. Trace is pictured performing at the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during the 2011 CMA Music Festival. Photographer: John Russell / CMA.

Trace Adkins has been added to the list of performers appearing during CMA Music Festval: Country’s Night To Rock. The three hour primetime concert special will air on ABC on August 14 at 8/7 CT. The special was taped during this year’s CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

Trace joins a lineup that includes performances at LP Field from Alabama with Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Josh Turner featuring Scotty McCreery, Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson , Martina McBride with Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Sugarland, Taylor Swift,  Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town. Continue Reading

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Jul 7

All-Star Collaborations Added to CMA Music Festival Special

Clockwise from top left: Josh Turner & Scotty McCreery; Alabama & Brad Paisley; Zac Brown Band & Alan Jackson. Photos courtesy of CMA.

CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” just got bigger. More artists have been added to the broadcast, filmed during this year’s CMA Music Festival and scheduled to air on Sunday, August 7 at 8/7 CT on ABC. For the first time during the special, fans will be treated to scenes from backstage and interviews during the three hour show. There will also be a late night jam session featured and a camera crew following American Idol’s Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina as they navigate their first CMA Music Festival.

Artists added to the lineup for the special include  LP Field performances from Alabama with Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Josh Turner featuring Scotty McCreery and Alan Jackson performing with Zac Brown Band. Previously announced performers include Martina McBride with Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. Continue Reading

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