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May 29

Marty Stuart to Release Saturday Night & Sunday Morning September 30

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Marty Stuart photo courtesy of The GreenRoom.

Marty Stuart will release a double album, Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, on September 30. The ‘Saturday Night – Rough Around the Edges’ disc will feature rowdy songs appropriate for a weekend of fun, while the ‘Sunday Morning – Cathedral’ disc will include gospel-themed songs one may hear while sitting in a church pew.

“A few years ago, I rededicated myself to traditional country music,” he told Radio.com. “We spent some time in RCA Studios in Nashville, where so much of modern country was created, and we worked to imitate that style of production and songwriting.” Continue Reading

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Nov 29

Travis Tritt Plans “Travis Tritt & Friends” Concerts to Kick Off 25th Anniversary

Travis Tritt Plans "Travis Tritt & Friends" Concerts to Kick Off 25th Anniversary

Travis Tritt photo courtesy of Aristo Media.

Travis Tritt will hold two special acoustic concerts, “Travis Tritt & Friends,” at the historic Franklin Theatre on January 13-14 in Franklin, Tennessee. The shows will be Travis’ first Nashville concert since 2002 and his first ever all-acoustic performance in Nashville. They will also serve to kick off the 25th anniversary of Travis’ career.

James Otto and Marty Stuart will join Travis for the performances, with more guests to be announced soon. The two shows will showcase Travis’ biggest hits and also share the stories behind the songs and anecdotes about his life as a musician. Continue Reading

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Sep 18

Old Crow Medicine Show Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry

Old Crow Medicine Show Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry

(l-r): Pete Fisher, Opry Vice President and General Manager; Dierks Bentley; Marty Stuart; Old Crow Medicine Show. Photo by Chris Hollo, courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Modern-day string band Old Crow Medicine Show was formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry last night by Opry members Dierks Bentley and Marty Stuart. Among the award-winning group’s first performances in Nashville were on the sidewalks outside the Opry House in Summer 2000, playing for fans entering and exiting Opry performances. The band graduated to the Opry stage for its official Opry debut on Jan. 13, 2001, quickly became a fan favorite during dozens of Opry performances since, and was invited by Stuart to join the Opry on Aug. 16 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Just before show time, the band reprised its Opry Plaza performances from more than a dozen years ago, walking outside the Opry House and playing tunes including “Brave Boys” and “Hesitation Blues” for surprised fans waiting outside for the evening’s Opry show.

Onstage later in the night, Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher and Opry members Dierks Bentley and Stuart took the stage alongside Old Crow Medicine Show, presenting the group with its Opry member award. “Congratulations, Old Crow, on being a part of the coolest club there is,” Bentley said.

Addressing the band, Marty added, “You offer a whole new energy and love for country music in the 21st century.”

Speaking on behalf of the group, Ketch Secor related that years ago members of the band asked themselves if they’d ever make it big in TV. Secor recalled having said, “I don’t know about TV, but we might make something of ourselves on radio.” Fast forwarding to tonight’s show, Secor concluded, “We’re standing out here on the most beloved broadcast anywhere on earth. I think we made it big on radio! We, the Old Crows, are just so proud to be entrusted to carry on the traditions of the Grand Ole Opry’s good-natured riot.”

After tearing into the band’s signature song, “Wagon Wheel,” (currently covered by fellow Opry member Darius Rucker) the group invited fellow Opry members Bentley, Stuart, Connie Smith, and the Del McCoury Band to join them on the standards “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and “I Saw The Light.”

“Old Crow has over the years become a favorite of Opry audiences and everyone backstage, as well,” said Fisher. “It’s fun for so many of us that in many ways Old Crow looks and sounds a lot like some of the great early Opry bands like Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys—bands which helped propel the Opry to national prominence. Tonight represents a great full circle, and as the great Jimmy Dickens says, ‘The circle can’t be broken.’”

After the induction, the group added a plaque bearing its name to the Opry Member Gallery backstage at the Opry House.

Old Crow Medicine Show is scheduled to perform concerts on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 at the Ryman Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 27 at 10 a.m.

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Aug 29

GAC Album Review: Charlie Worsham’s Rubberband

GAC Album Review: Charlie Worsham's Rubberband

Charlie Worsham’s 2013 album, Rubberband. Photo courtesy of charlieworsham.com.

A former member of beloved Nashville band KingBilly, Charlie Worsham headed his own way in 2010 to pursue a career as a solo artist. Landing a deal with Warner Music Nashville, the multi-instrumentalist from Mississippi’s debut album, Rubberband, plays with similarly bright acoustics and newgrass melodies found throughout KingBilly’s lone 2009 EP. However, on Rubberband, which is available now, Charlie sharpens his own sound to carve out a unique niche of groove-oriented country that blends traditional and progressive.

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Aug 19

Old Crow Medicine Show Invited to Join the Grand Ole Opry

Old Crow Medicine Show invited to join Grand Ole Opry

Old Crow Medicine Show, Sally Williams (second from left), Ryman Auditorium, Marty Stuart and Pete Fisher (far right), Grand Ole Opry. Photo by Chris Hollo.

Old Crow Medicine Show was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry by Opry member Marty Stuart during the group’s performance at the Ohio Theatre in Cleveland on Friday, August 16. The group will be officially inducted into the Opry at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on September 17. Some of the group’s first performances were in Nashville on the sidewalk outside the Opry House in 2000. They made their Opry debut on January 13, 2001.

Near the end of the group’s concert, Marty surprised the group onstage. “In 1925, there was a show started in Nashville called the Grand Ole Opry,” he said. “It was founded on a traditional fiddle tune. It was founded on hard-hitting old-time music. It was founded on being a good-natured riot. And it’s been going on for 88 years. It’s a great American story. Would you all consider becoming a part of this great American story and becoming Grand Ole Opry members?”  Continue Reading

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May 16

Marty Stuart Announces Lineup for Annual Late Night Jam

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Marty Stuart photo courtesy of The GreenRoom.

Marty Stuart has announced the lineup for his annual Late Night Jam. Set for June 5 at the historic Ryman Auditorium, the lineup has an old school theme featuring some of the best bands in country music. Marty and his Fabulous Superlatives, Connie Smith & The Sundowners, The Oak Ridge Boys, Bobby Bare with Brandy Clark, Charlie Worsham, Sleepy Man Banjo Boy and more are set to perform.

This year’s show will benefit Musicares and the CMA’s Keep The Music Playing Fund. As always, fans can expect surprise guests during the show. Continue Reading

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Apr 19

Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels & More Featured in Music City USA Documentary

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Vince Gill photo by Tim Wright, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

The spirit and talent of Music City will be highlighted in filmmaker Chris McDaniel’s new documentary, Music City USA, which premieres at the Nashville Film Festival on April 24. Chris grew up a few hours outside of Nashville and interviewed dozens of artists and industry members, including Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels, Montgomery Gentry, Josh Thompson, Mike Wolfe from American Pickers, Larry Gatlin, Marty Stuart and many more.

Music City USA will highlight those who make the music and those behind the scenes as well as how the community banded together in the wake of the 2010 flood that devastated Nashville. Many who appear in the film talk about what makes the city so special to them even as the national spotlight turns to the city, thanks in part to ABC’s Nashville. Continue Reading

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Feb 18

WSM’s Eddie Stubbs Welcomes Don Williams to Interview Series

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Don Williams photo by David McClister, courtesy of Sugar Hill Records.

Eddie Stubbs, host of 650 AM WSM’s evening show, will welcome Don Williams to his ‘Intimate Evening’ interview series on Monday, February 18. Taking place live from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Don will be joined by his longtime producer, Garth Fundis. The special will air at 8p|7c.

Read our review of Don Williams’ And So It Goes >>

 ”When Don Williams sings, you immediately know who it is,” Eddie said. “His impressive track record of 40 years worth of hits has won him millions of fans. Don’s latest album shows that what he does still matters to the industry. This will be the first time that we’ve gotten together for an interview, and we’re sure looking forward to it. To have his long-time producer Garth Fundis join us that evening will make it even more special.”  Continue Reading

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Dec 24

2012 Rewind: No. 3 – Banjo Legend Earl Scruggs Dies at 88

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INDIO, CA – APRIL 25: Musician Earl Scruggs performs onstage during day one of California’s Stagecoach Country Music Festival held at the Empire Polo Club on April 25, 2009 in Indio, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Country Music Hall of Famer Earl Scruggs passed away at a Nashville hospital on March 28. He popularized a three-fingered style of playing banjo that transformed the instrument and inspired countless musicians. He was 88.

Born in Shelby, North Carolina and raised on a farm in the Flint Hill area, Earl started playing banjo at age four after his father George, also a banjo player, died in 1928 following an illness. He and his musical partner, Lester Flatt, were the face of bluegrass in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Before that, he was a member of bluegrass creator Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. Continue Reading

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Dec 17

GAC’s Top 10 Country Albums of 2012

Every year, music reviewers pull from the year’s releases to create Top 10 lists. 2012 was a fantastic year for country music, offering album after album of quality titles to choose from while overall sales for the genre rose 3.2% compared to this point last year. By the very nature of a ‘Top 10′ list, not every title can be included, but the albums below make up our list of releases that stood out. If you don’t happen to see your favorite album on the list, let everyone know what you thought was the best country album of the year by leaving a comment. Now, in no particular order, onto GAC’s Top 10 Country Albums of 2012!

Carrie Underwood's 2012 CD, Blown Away

Carrie Underwood’s 2012 CD Blown Away. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Carrie Underwood‘s Blown Away:

Carrie Underwood’s fourth studio album, Blown Away, is a musical tour de force so strong listeners are best off grabbing hold of anything they can find before pressing play. Read Our Original Review >> With an opening tri-fecta that includes the hook-heavy, “Good Girl,” the mesmerizing and emotional title-track, “Blown Away” (nominated for two Grammy awards including Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song), and the dark tale of vengeance, “Two Black Cadillacs,” Carrie displays the greatness ‘pop country’ can achieve in just the first 13 minutes of the album. Working again with producer Mark Bright, the platinum certified, Blown Away, is Carrie’s most polished work to date. Whether she’s moving through tender, patient melodies (“Forever Changed”), dipping into sunny, island-inspired rhythms (“One Way Ticket”), or showing off some serious fire (“Cupid’s Got A Shotgun” with Brad Paisley dropping some twang guitar), Carrie is a master of melody and vocal expression. Carrie co-wrote more than half the songs on the album, including the traditional-leaning, “Wine After Whiskey,” which captures loneliness and heartache with breathtaking clarity. Key tracks – “Blown Away,” “Two Black Cadillacs,” “Forever Changed,” “Wine After Whiskey”

Little Big Town's 2012 CD, Tornado

Little Big Town’s 2012 CD, Tornado. Photo courtesy of Sandbox Entertainment.

Little Big Town‘s Tornado

Harmony quartet Little Big Town scored a massive hit with their 2012 CMA Single of the Year and Grammy-nominated “Pontoon,” a laid-back summer tune that powered the group’s fifth studio album to a No. 1 Country album chart debut. Read Our Original Review >>  Working for the first time with producer Jay Joyce (the man behind Eric Church’s CMA Album of the Year, Chief), Tornado sounds vastly different than any of LBT’s previous work as it stretches from shimmering harmony to atmospheric grooves. Though the songs are shorter and many buzz with electric guitars, an infectious live energy runs through the project to ignite each song. The album-opener “Pavement Ends,” the muddy water rocker “Front Porch Thing,” and the bluesy “Self Made,” highlight LBT’s delta spirit while the spaghetti western title-track brings the storm straight through the speakers. However, it’s still the sparkling harmonies and spellbinding chemistry on songs like the emotionally-estranged, “Your Side of the Bed,” and the sexy, “Night Owl” that make this one of the best records of the year. Key Tracks – “Tornado,” “Your Side of the Bed,” “On Fire Tonight,” “Pontoon”

Jamey Johnson's 2012 CD, Livin' For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran

Jamey Johnson’s 2012 CD, Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran. Photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Jamey Johnson‘s Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran

Nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Album of the Year, Jamey Johnson proves once again that he is one of the genre’s finest traditional artists.  Read Our Original Review >> Here, on a loving and heartfelt tribute to his friend, the late Hank Cochran, Jamey assembles a guest list of epic proportions (how’s seven Country Music Hall of Famers for a start?) to pay tribute to the iconic songwriter. Jamey draws from Hank’s deep catalog to perform classics including “I Fall To Pieces” (sung here with Merle Haggard), “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me” (with Willie Nelson) and “Make The World Go Away” (with Alison Krauss). If pulling together such an impressive cast wasn’t enough, Jamey’s anticipation, timing and expressive range show just how deeply connected he is to the sad honky tonk sounds under the collection’s strikingly stark arrangements. It’s all about the song here, and when Jamey moves from pointed judgment (“This Ain’t My First Rodeo” with Lee Ann Womack) to guarded restraint (“Don’t Touch Me” with Emmylou Harris) and soul-bearing vulnerability (“Would These Arms Be In Your Way”), he surpasses even his own previous achievements. Hank, however, has the line of the album when he’s heard singing, Life’s so full of melodies, with words that rhyme and harmonies, on the project’s captivating title-track. Key Tracks – “Living For A Song,” “The Eagle,” “I Don’t Do Windows,” “This Ain’t My First Rodeo” Continue Reading

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