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Sep 10

GAC Album Review: Chris Knight’s Little Victories

Chris Knight's 2012 CD, Little Victories

Chris Knight's 2012 CD, Little Victories. Photo courtesy of Drifter's Church Productions.

Drawing inspiration from the blue-collar struggles of his hometown, Slaughters, Ky., Chris Knight’s eighth studio album, Little Victories, is a gritty and unflinching look at the troubles facing small town America. There’s a desperate tension running through the 11-song set, due in stores September 11, as the portrait here is often bleak. Yet, through Chris’ mesmerizing growl and vivid storytelling comes a message of self-reliance and strength.

Working with Producer Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Todd Snider, Reckless Kelly), Little Victories was recorded mostly live – with amps seemingly turned to 11. The production is raw. Distortion buzzes and drums pound. Just like the hard economic truths that many Americans are facing, there’s no polish. With the pure sounds of acoustic notes and mandolin paired with guttural electric guitar, the album-opener “In The Meantime” ignites the lyrical firestorm. I’m pretty sure that the government ain’t gonna save you, he sings while advocating taking up arms for survival. Chris’ rough voice sounds like a Southern, Rust Belt John Mellencamp, while Americana hero Buddy Miller assists with harmonies here and on the following song, “Missing You.” All I know is tough times, Chris sings on hard-charging “Missing You” as desperation looms heavy.

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May 2

GAC Album Review: Pat Green’s Songs We Wish We’d Written II

Pat Green - Songs We Wish We'd Written II

Pat Green - Songs We Wish We'd Written II.

In 2001, Texan Pat Green released an album full of his favorite songs that spanned such diverse sounds as Waylon Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” and Steve Winwood’s “Can’t Find My Way Home.” The first edition, Songs We Wish We’d Written, was done in collaboration with fellow Texas artist Cory Morrow. Pat’s now releasing the second round, Songs We Wish We’d Written II, as a solo project. The record, hitting stores May 8, is a special collection for the singer that speaks to important moments and relationships in Pat’s life. Continue Reading

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Apr 26

You Don’t Know “Barbie”? You Don’t Know Jack Ingram

Jack Ingram photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.

Jack Ingram photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.

Jack Ingram got some key face time in front of millions of viewers a week ago on the Academy of Country Music Awards when he enlisted Dierks Bentley for an amped-up version of “Barbie Doll.”

The song has never appeared high on the national charts, where Jack’s landed such singles as “Wherever You Are,” “Barefoot And Crazy” and “Love You.” But “Barbie” has received a huge response in his live shows, and from Jack’s perspective on the stage, it’s become one of the key pieces on his set list.

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