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Apr 30

Eric Church Loves the Opposition in “Give Me Back My Hometown”

Eric Church Loves the Opposition in "Give Me Back My Hometown"

Eric Church photo by John Peets, courtesy of EMI Records Nashville.

Eric Church is closing in on the top of the country charts with his latest single, “Give Me Back My Hometown.” Eric co-wrote the song with Luke Laird and says the track’s opposition fascinates him as a songwriter. It tells the story of a man who is supposed to feel safe in his hometown, but an old flame has left her mark all over it, leaving memories he can’t erase.

“It’s about a guy that’s still in his hometown,” Eric said. “He’s in the most familiar place, the place he knows better than anything, but because his female lover left him there, all those places that he knows so well, become so haunting and foreign to him. To be at the place that you grow up at that is your home, and the person that left you there took that from you, there’s nothing lonelier than that.” Continue Reading


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Jun 11

Songtellers with Darius Rucker: The Story of True Believers Premieres June 20

Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker photo by Jim Wright courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media.

Darius Rucker will share the stories behind the songs on his new album, True Believers, as well as the stage with the songwriters who helped co-write them, in Songtellers with Darius Rucker: The Story of True Believers. Premiering Thursday, June 20 at 10/9c on GAC, the special was filmed at Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre.

Read our album review of True Believers >>

“Back in the Hootie days all the songs I wrote, I wrote by myself,” Darius said. “I used to think I had to be inspired to write something and I learned in Nashville that you can write whenever you want.” Continue Reading


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Mar 22

New Artist Spotlight: Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves photo courtesy of Mercury Nashville.

By Bob Doerschuk

© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

One strength of country music is its ability to mirror real life. Rarer is the artist whose stories come to us not washed in neon but raised from a deeper, dreamier place.

Kacey Musgraves is one such anomaly. Born in Mineola, Texas, she made her performing debut at 8. A year later, she wrote her first song. She appeared on Nashville Star in 2007 and moved to Nashville shortly after that, just 20 years old.

Read our review of Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park >>

As a writer, she’s made a good start, placing songs with Miranda Lambert (“Mama’s Broken Heart”) and Martina McBride (“When You Love a Sinner”). A co-write with Trent Dabbs, “Undermine,” played on the second episode of ABC’s Nashville. Continue Reading


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Mar 11

GAC Album Review: Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves’ 2013 album, Same Trailer Different Park. Photo courtesy of Universal Music Group Nashville.

The critical acclaim for Kacey Musgraves came quick after the release of her major label debut single, “Merry Go Round,” in 2012. Standing ovations at industry events, praise from widespread media outlets and three ACM Award nominations (including Female Vocalist of the Year) were all there to receive the 24-year old East Texas native and her magnificently sharp song about insulated small town life. Now, as “Merry Go Round” breaks Top 10 at country radio and anticipation runs hotter than for most any other release in recent memory, Kacey’s full-length project, Same Trailer Different Park, is set to hit stores next week on March 19.

Kacey co-wrote every song on Same Trailer Different Park as well as co-produced the record alongside award-winning songwriters Shane McAnally (“Come Over,” “Better Dig Two”) and Luke Laird (“Hillbilly Bone,” “Pontoon”). A trio of songwriters producing a major label debut is certainly not the norm on Music Row, but the chemistry is undeniable as the album carves out a unique spot between the up-front honesty of Miranda Lambert and the sweet contemporary melodies of Taylor Swift. “Silver Lining,” which opens the album with a subtle swing and a verse staring straight at rock bottom, looks for the brighter side to appreciate the bad for the good amidst a poetic chorus full of rich harmonies. The descending and forlorn, “Dandelion,” rings with an intimate truthfulness that – much like the album – gives the impression we’re overhearing something meant to remain private. Continue Reading


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Mar 7

Kacey Musgraves Calls Debut Album a Reflection of Her Life So Far

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves’ 2013 album, Same Trailer, Different Park.

Kacey Musgraves will release her debut album, Same Trailer, Different Park, on March 19. Produced by Kacey, Shane McAnally and Luke Laird, the album includes her Top 10 debut single, “Merry Go ‘Round,” and according to Kacey, is a reflection of her life up until this point.

“The songs all came from different aspects of my life over the years,” she said. “You have your whole life to make your first record, so it really comes from inspiration from everywhere – relationships I was in and whatever.” Continue Reading


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Feb 21

Country Stars Share Their “1994″ Photos in Support of Jason Aldean’s New Single

Jason Aldean

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Jason Aldean’s new single, “1994,” is a fun, nostalgic look back at the year Jason was a senior in high school, Joe Diffie had a mullet, Justin Bieber was born, the OJ Simpson trial was headline news and a gallon of gas was $1.09. To celebrate the release of “1994,” Jason took to Twitter to ask fans to submit their photos from 1994. It didn’t take him long to bring his country star friends on board.

Luke Bryan was one of Jason’s first targets. Jason tweeted a school photo of himself from 1994 and asked Luke an important question. “Hey @LukeBryanOnline were ur jeans as tight in #1994 as they are now? I gotta see a pic! Here’s mine. I had a pager!”

Luke Bryan

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In the name of friendship, Luke replied with an answer – and photographic evidence that he too used to wear a cowboy hat! “buddy, I’d say they aren’t as tight but they are just as cool. #1994,” he wrote. 

Jason also reached out to Keith Urban – to thank him for his support and ask for his throwback photo. “Hey @KeithUrban thanks for all the love on the new song. You’ve always had style. Show us your #1994 look!”

Keith Urban

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Keith was kind enough to reply – with a photo. “I was rockin the oversize thrift store jacket in #1994!!!!!” he tweeted.

Jason revealed some dirt on Dierks Bentley to get him to offer up a photo of his 1994 look. “I heard @DierksBentley was a big Billy Idol fan around #1994 and he had the look to match! I know the ladies would love to see that, DB!” Jason wrote. Continue Reading


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Nov 1

See Photos from the SESAC, ASCAP and BMI Awards

It’s CMA Awards week in Nashville, but there are a few other award shows that take place leading up to “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” Performing Rights Organizations SESAC, ASCAP and BMI each hold their own awards ceremonies to honor the songwriters, composers and music publishers of the year’s most-performed songs in their respective catalogs.

Hillary Scott

2012 SESAC Nashville Music Awards NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 28: SESAC Award winner Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum attends 2012 SESAC Nashville Music Awards at The Pinnacle at Symphony Place on October 28, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

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The 2012 SESAC Nashville Music Awards were held at The Pinnacle at Symphony Place on October 28. Among those honored were Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and Craig Campbell. Catt Gravitt, writer behind “Alone With You” and “Why Ya Wanna,” was named SESAC’s Songwriter of the Year and “A Woman Like You,” recorded by Lee Brice and written by Jon Stone, was named Song of the Year. See a complete list of winners here.

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley poses with award at the 50th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel on October 29, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ASCAP)

See photos from ASCAP’s 50th Annual Country Music Awards >>

ASCAP’s 50th Annual Country Music Awards took place October 29 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort. Ben Hayslip was named Songwriter of the Year while Brad Paisley took home Songwriter/Artist of the Year honors. Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” written by Eric Paslay and Terry Sawchuck and Blake Shelton’s “Honeybee” written by Ben Hayslip were both named Song of the Year. For a complete list of winners, click here.

Tom T Hall

Tom T. Hall attends the 60th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on October 30, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for BMI)

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The 60th Annual BMI Country Awards were held at BMI on October 30. Tom T. Hall was honored as a BMI Icon while Luke Laird and Dallas Davidson both picked up Songwriter of the Year honors. Each of them penned five of the most performed country songs of the year. “Take A Back Road,” written by Luke Laird and recorded by Rodney Atkins, was named Song of the Year. See a full list of winners here.


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Jun 25

Carrie Underwood to Appear in CMA Songwriter Series in Boston

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Carrie Underwood will appear for the first time in the CMA Songwriters Series, which will return to Boston Tuesday, July 31 (7 p.m. Eastern) at Royale, a concert venue in downtown Boston’s Theater District.

“We first brought the CMA Songwriters Series to Boston last year and it was a huge success,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We are so excited to have Carrie participating in this event. New England’s country music fans are in for an unforgettable night.”

“I’m so excited to be a part of the CMA Songwriter Series with Hillary, Luke, Brett, and Bob!” said Carrie. “Not only are they some of the most respected songwriters in Nashville, but I’m very lucky to call them my friends. It’s going to be a great night!”

Since her debut in 2005, Carrie has sold more than 14 million albums and amassed 15 No. 1 singles, seven of which she co-wrote , “So Small,” “All American Girl,” “Last Name,” “Cowboy Casanova,” “Temporary Home,” “Undo It,” and her most recent No. 1 song “Good Girl”  from her new album Blown Away (read our review HERE). The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s all-genre 200 chart as well as Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, where it remained for five consecutive weeks. Carrie, who has co-hosted the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley the past four years, has won five CMA trophies including three consecutive CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Awards.

Joining Carrie will be Brett James (“Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Cowboy Casanova,” both recorded by Carrie, “The Truth” recorded by Jason Aldean, and “Out Last Night” recorded by Kenny Chesney); Luke Laird (“So Small,” “Last Name,” “Undo It,” “Mama’s Song,” and “Temporary Home” all recorded by Carrie, “Baggage Claim” recorded by Miranda Lambert, and “Drink In My Hand” recorded by Eric Church); Hillary Lindsey (“Just a Dream,” “So Small,” “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” “Wasted,” and “Last Name,” all recorded by Underwood, “American Honey” recorded by Lady Antebellum, and “A Little Bit Stronger,” recorded by Sara Evans); and the evening’s host and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Bob DiPiero (“Southern Voice” recorded by Tim McGraw, “Blue Clear Sky” recorded by George Strait, and “You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl” recorded by Brooks & Dunn). Continue Reading


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Oct 11

Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton Produce New Neal McCoy CD

Neal McCoy

Neal McCoy photo courtesy of Webster & Assoc.

Neal McCoy has been a busy man! In the next three months, Neal will release two new projects. In November, DPTV Media will release a concert CD and DVD collaboration that pairs Neal with Les Brown Jr. and his Band of Renown. Music of Your Life with Les Brown Jr. and His Band of Renown, Starring Neal McCoy, and Special Guests Charley Pride and Janie Fricke will be released November 8 and will include a 13-song CD and 21-song DVD.

In January, Neal will release an album called XII. Produced by Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Brent Rowan, this will be Neal’s 12th studio album and his first on his new label home, Blaster Records. His first single from the album, “A-OK,” written by Barry Dean, Luke Laird and Brett Eldredge, will be released this month.

“My DPTV project with Les Brown gave me the opportunity to do something I always wanted to do, sing with horns and a Big Band,” Neal said. “And I’d like to do more of that. Having Miranda and Blake involved in ‘XII’, the first project at my new label, Blaster Records, is huge for me. Not only do they have great vision, but they know when to have fun and when to get serious along with being fantastic musicians. I’m so excited about everything that’s coming up.” Continue Reading


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Aug 10

Miranda Lambert’s New Single Is Her Highest Chart Debut to Date

Miranda Lambert photo by Randee St. Nicholas, courtesy of Front Page Publicity.

The official add date for Miranda Lambert’s new single, “Baggage Claim,” isn’t until August 22 but it is already the highest debuting single of her career, entering the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at No. 33. The song is the lead single from her upcoming album, Four The Record, due out November 1, 2011. The track is now available exclusively on iTunes at

Miranda co-wrote the song with Natalie Hemby and Luke Laird and Josh Kelley contributed background vocals. “It’s the grooviest song I’ve ever recorded,” Miranda said. “It makes you want revenge and want to dance all at the same time!” Continue Reading


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