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Sep 24

Jason Aldean Tops The Charts with “Night Train”

Jason Aldean Tops The Charts with "Night Train"

Jason Aldean photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.

Jason Aldean has topped the Billboard country chart in both the U.S. and Canada with “Night Train.” The single is Jason’s 12th chart topper and was written by Neil Thrasher and Michel Dulaney.

“When I first heard this song we were already done looking for material for this last record, but I just loved it and thought it was worth making room for,” Jason said. “It seems so crazy to say that this is my 12th No. 1. I promise you each one is just as sweet as the first one.”

Jason will release a live concert film, Night Train To Georgia on October 15. The concert was filmed during his stop at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium where he played to a sold-out crowd of more than 66,000 fans. It was the first-ever concert event to take place at the stadium.

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Feb 21

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

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Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/Jason_Aldean.

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

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/LukeBryanOnline

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

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/KeithUrban

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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Jan 11

Jason Aldean to Perform at Madison Square Garden

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Jason Aldean photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.

Jason Aldean announced today that he will perform for the first time at Madison Square Garden on his 2013 Night Train Tour in New York City on Saturday, March 2. Special guests Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett will jump on the Train with Aldean in 2013.  Tickets for this performance will go on sale Friday, January 18 at 10 a.m. at www.ticketmaster.com <http://www.ticketmaster.com> .

“The thing I’m most excited about for next year is getting to add some new songs off the ‘Night Train’ album into my show,” said Aldean. “As a musician, it’s great to be able to shake up the set list and think of cool ways to present these new songs in the live show. We’re already working on some cool production ideas, and we’re going to come back from the holidays ready to go. I’m a big fan of both Jake and Thomas Rhett, so it’ll be awesome to have those guys out with us.”

Read our review of Night Train >>

Jason solidified his stadium headliner status when the first announced stadium dates of the 2013 Night Train Tour sold out in just minutes at the on sale over the past three weeks. In 2013 he’ll play to sold out crowds at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA (4/13), with a two-night stand at Boston’s Fenway Park (7/12 and 7/13) before heading to Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The Macon, GA native debuted the second single off Night Train, “The Only Way I Know” featuring Luke Bryan and Eric Church, as the show opener on last week’s CMA Awards broadcast.  The album’s first single, the gold certified “Take A Little Ride,” already had a three-week reign at No. one making it the longest running chart-topper of 2012.

For a full list of appearances and more information on Night Train, please visit www.jasonaldean.com.

Tickets for the Madison Square Garden performance will go on sale Friday, January 18 at 10 a.m. at www.ticketmaster.com <http://www.ticketmaster..com> , www.msg.com <http://www.msg.com>, charge by phone at 1-866-858-0008, and at select Ticketmaster locations.

If tickets remain, they will be available at the venue box office on Saturday, January 20.

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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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Dec 14

Jason Aldean’s Night Train Certified Platinum

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Jason Aldean’s 2012 CD, Night Train. Photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.

Jason Aldean’s Night Train album has been certified platinum. The project earned the certification officially just four weeks after its October 16 release. Night Train debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album and doubled the first week sales number of his previous album, My Kinda Party.

Read Our Review of Night Train >>

It will be Jason’s kinda party on New Year’s Eve. He has been added to the lineup to perform three songs on Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Pitbull and Psy will also perform. The special airs Monday, December 31 at 10p|9c on ABC. Continue Reading

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Dec 9

GAC Album Review: Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Good Times

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line photo courtesy of Big Machine Label Group.

Breaking country duo Florida Georgia Line turned some heads on Nashville’s Music Row this year. The duo of Brian Kelley (from Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, Ga.), started making their presence known when their debut single, “Cruise,” sold well over 100k digital downloads before they landed a record deal. Now signed to Republic Nashville, the “Cruise” single – which hit No. 1 on the country radio charts this week to become the fastest rising debut from a duo in over 20 years – has sold in excess of a million singles while building ample anticipation for their first full length album.

Here’s To the Good Times follows the anthem-oriented groove of the summer tune “Cruise” with 11 songs that double down on the album’s title. Working with Producer Joey Moi (Jake Owen, Nickelback), FGL specializes in big choruses and bigger parties – all with a slick rock polish. On tracks like the blue collar “Round Here,” which rhymes hammer and nail with raise some hell, and the cleverly nostalgic “Hell Raisin’ Heat of Summer,” the guys come through with a smooth delivery sounding something like Montgomery Gentry covering Luke Bryan. Joey Moi’s recent work with Nickelback comes to mind on the club thumping, “Tell Me How You Like It,” where hand claps and slick electric leads support Tyler’s confident drawl in the verse before a strong chorus shows off the duo’s chemistry. Over an infectious wall of sound, Brian draws out a melody underneath Tyler’s quick punch to offer some truly dynamic passages.

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Nov 1

Top 10 Moments from the 2012 CMA Awards

Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton

Miranda Lambert (L) and Blake Shelton onstage during The 46th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 1, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

The 46th Annual CMA Awards is country music’s biggest night and this year’s show proved to be bigger than ever. Two artists took home their first-ever CMA honors in major categories, the Red Headed Stranger himself was honored with an all-star tribute and no one was more shocked to hear Entertainer of the Year announced than the winner himself. In no particular order, here are our Top 10 Moments from this year’s CMA Awards:

Blake Shelton – Blake was the night’s big winner. Not only did he pick up Male Vocalist of the Year for the third year in a row as well as Song of the Year for “Over You” with wife Miranda Lambert,  he was also named Entertainer of the Year. No one was more surprised than Blake when Reba called his name. After an emotional hug and exchange with Miranda, he took the stage to accept his award in a state of awe.

“Entertainer of the Year? What are you talking about?” Blake said. “When I moved to Nashville in 1994 I had two goals. One was to someday have a gold record and one was to someday be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Entertainer of the Year was… What is this? I don’t even know. I don’t know how this happened. I freaking love it, though.”

Miranda Lambert – Miranda Lambert not only picked up Song of the Year for “Over You” alongside husband Blake Shelton, she was also named Female Vocalist of the Year for the third year running. “Holy crap — I don’t necessarily deserve this, but I’ll sure take it,” she said as she graciously accepted her award. She then personally thanked her fellow nominees, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Martina McBride, individually and ended with a promise to continue representing the genre and paving the way for female artists.

Little Big Town – Little Big Town has been nominated for at least one CMA Award every year since their first nomination in 2006 and all walked away empty-handed. This year, they won not one but two awards, picking up Single of the Year for their smash hit “Pontoon” as well as Vocal Group of the Year. “This has been a 13-year journey,” Kimberly Schlapman said while accepting Vocal Group of the Year. “We’re living proof that if you work really really hard and chase your dreams, all the good stuff happens and it follows you,” Karen Fairchild added.

Eric Church

Eric Church accepts the award for Album of the Year during the 46th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 1, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Eric Church – After years of trying to find where he belongs on the music scene, Eric Church found a place to call home when his Chief album picked up Album of the Year honors, marking Eric’s first CMA Award. ”I spent a lot of time trying to figure out where I fit in,” he said, fighting back emotions as he accepted his award. “Too country, too rock… I wanna thank you guys for giving me somewhere to hang my hat tonight.”

Hurricane Sandy – The CMA Awards didn’t forget our friends and family along the East Coast who were affected by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week. The show opened with Jason Aldean dedicating the night to hurricane victims and in true country music form, fans and stars alike were encouraged to support relief efforts throughout the show. Brad Paisley also paid tribute by giving shout outs to New York and New Jersey during his performance of “Southern Comfort Zone” which included a sampling of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” Continue Reading

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Oct 26

Jason Aldean Sells Out Fenway Park in 7 Minutes

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.

CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee Jason Aldean’s recently announced 2013 Night Train Tour stop at Boston’s historic Fenway Park sold out in just seven minutes this morning.  Jason is the first county artist to headline Fenway, and the July 13, 2013 show will also feature special guests Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett. After the fast sellout, Jason added a second Fenway show on Friday, July 12, also featuring Miranda, Jake and Thomas.

“When we started talking about playing stadiums, my only request was to play venues that were special and really meant something to me,” explains Jason.  “At 100 years old, Fenway Park is one of the most iconic baseball stadiums in the country and there is absolutely nothing in the world that could be more special than selling that place out…as an entertainer and as a huge baseball fan.  This has been the most unbelievable week…all I can say is THANK YOU.”

Jason announced the date last Thursday when he jetted across the country and made surprise appearances at Continue Reading

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Oct 20

Jason Aldean Announces Three Stadium Shows

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Jason Aldean’s 2012 CD, Night Train. Photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.

Jason Aldean dreamed of playing on historic baseball fields like Fenway Park and Wrigley Field as a child and now his dream is coming true – just with a guitar instead of a baseball bat. He announced Thursday that he will play concerts at both Fenway Park and Wrigley Field this summer, reports the Washington Post. 

“I have a love of baseball and a love of music,” Jason said from Wrigley Field. “To kind of combine those two — not just playing any stadium but a historic stadium like this that has so much history — to me it’s just unbelievable.”

Read our review of Jason Aldean’s Night Train >>

Jason made the first part of what turned into a three-part announcement after teasing fans all week that something ‘ground-breaking’ was coming on Thursday following the release of his new album, Night Train, on October 16. His July 13 date at Fenway Park will mark the first stop of his 2013 tour as well as the first country concert to ever take place at the Green Monster. Continue Reading

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Oct 19

Katie Armiger Takes Over at No. 1 on Top 20

Jason Aldean, Suzanne Alexander

Jason Aldean visits with Suzanne Alexander on the Top 20 Country Countdown set. Photo by Julee Cobb.

The superstars were out on this week’s episode of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Jason Aldean stopped by to talk with host Suzanne Alexander about his new album, Night Train, and what his plans are for 2013. Plus, Taylor Swift was on hand for part one of her two-part interview with host  Nan Kelley to talk about her highly anticipated new album, Red, and reveal a few secrets from her “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” video shoot.

If you missed this week’s premiere, catch it again throughout the week! You won’t want to miss out on this superstar-packed episode which also includes the premiere of Ray Scott’s new video, “Those Jeans.” Check the schedule for airtimes! Full schedule »

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There was quite the shakeup on the chart this week. After 10 weeks straight at No. 1, Carrie Underwood falls to No. 2 with “Blown Away” while Katie Armiger takes the top spot with “Better In A Black Dress.” Casey James creeps into the Top 5 with “Crying On A Suitcase” and Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah” video debuts on the countdown at No. 16.

This Week’s Chart:

1. Katie Armiger – “Better In A Black Dress”
2. Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”
3. Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
4. Casey James – “Crying On A Suitcase”
5. Luke Bryan – “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”
6. Joey + Rory – “When I’m Gone”
7. Lee Brice – “Hard To Love”
8. Blake Shelton – “Over”
9. Miranda Lambert– “Fastest Girl In Town”
10. Rascal Flatts – “Come Wake Me Up” Continue Reading

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