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May 7

GAC Album Review: Trace Adkins’ Love Will…

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Trace Adkins’ 2013 album, Love Will… Photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

As if working to craft a response to the open ended title, Trace Adkins reaches deep on his 11th studio album to explore life’s most passionate emotion. Love Will…, due in stores May 14, captures scenes and feelings as different as desperation and security over the course of 11 songs looking to offer some insight on a very complicated subject.

Stretching out to incorporate new sounds, Trace worked with five different producers on the project, including Frank Rogers (Josh Turner, Darius Rucker) and Mark Wright (producer of Trace’s 2011 album Proud To Be Here). The result is a varied collection that sounds fresh at each new turn while still concentrating on one theme. The bluesy, “So What If I Do” flashes darker shades over B-3 keys and a bass-driven rhythm section as Trace pushes himself to express inescapable feelings. The slicing guitars and rising melodies of “Right Now” hint at the dynamic approach of Lady Antebellum while the fireplace-ready “Come See Me” shows off the upper reaches of Trace’s voice in a pristine, fluid chorus. There’s a modern edge to these songs, but it’s done subtly and offers a new element to Trace’s deep baritone and traditional roots.

Songs like the truck stop drama, “When I Stop Loving You,” and the acoustic based ballad, “If The Sun Comes Up” carry a more traditional sound that fans will recognize. The former is a deceptively easygoing tune about a marriage proposal that seems on the verge of going very bad. Though the chorus is smart and engaging, Trace sets the scene by first describing “a lovesick, desperate man” to build the drama. The heartfelt “If The Sun Comes Up” was included on last year’s Act of Valor Soundtrack. Surrounded here by love songs, however, seemingly gives voice to a completely different set of characters to reaffirm those universal feelings.

While the album generally keeps its PG-rating on songs like “Say No To A Woman” and the standout cut “Every One of You,” Trace does take opportunities to show off his more seductive side. “The Altar Of Your Love” is a hard country, electric rocker barely held back by palm-muted power chords. On the country disco “Kiss You All Over,” Trace is joined by Exile (who had a No. 1 hit with the song in 1978) for one of the album’s biggest highlights. Harmonies flow and keyboards rejoice as they sing, I want to kiss you all over/and over again, on a song that really needs to be heard on dance floors this summer.

Grammy winning pop singer Colbie Caillat joins in for the melodrama of “Watch the World End,” and the Harlem Gospel Chorus helps out on the uplifting Southern Gospel title track. Trace has always had fantastic range, but Love Will… features many dynamic performances where simple inflections and nuances add whole new dimensions. An emotion as rich and complicated as love can certainly mean something different from one person to the next, but on Love Will…, Trace succeeds in giving listeners an insightful and personal look at what it means to him.

Key Tracks – “Love Will,” “Kiss You All Over,” “Every One Of You,” “If The Sun Comes Up”

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Apr 24

Keith Urban & Vince Gill’s We’re All For The Hall Raises Nearly $650,000

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NASHVILLE, TN – APRIL 16: Vince Gill and Keith Urban perform during Keith Urban’s Fourth annual We’re All For The Hall benefit concert at Bridgestone Arena on April 16, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

Keith Urban and Vince Gill’s We’re All For The Hall 2013 benefit concert held April 16 raised nearly $650,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, bringing the event’s four-year total to more than $2 million. Nearly 14,000 fans turned out to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for the show that included performances from Keith, Vince, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert and more.

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“This year’s All 4 the Hall show was the biggest and best ever,” Museum Director Kyle Young said. “Keith’s theme for the concert, ‘Rebels and Renegades,’ was an inspired celebration of artistic freedom; to have Country Music Hall of Famers Vince, Kris and Willie; legends Rosanne, Jessi, Billy Joe and Hank; and current superstars Keith, Jason, Eric, Tim, Trace, Brantley, Montgomery Gentry, Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock sharing one stage on this museum’s behalf is inspiring and humbling. Continue Reading

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Apr 22

GAC Album Review: Tate Stevens’ Self-Titled Debut

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Tate Stevens’ 2013 self-titled debut album. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

A weekend warrior touring when he had a couple days off from his job in construction, Tate Stevens paid some early dues before his career ticked sharply upward in 2012. The second season winner of FOX’s The X Factor, things are moving fast now for the 38-year-old Missouri native as Tate releases his major label debut this week on Tuesday, April 23.

The self-titled project, which was produced by Blake Chancey (Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry), is an uptempo 11–song set that slides in somewhere between the modernized neo-traditional sounds of Craig Campbell and the hard country, blue-collar attitude of Montgomery Gentry. As he sings confidently on “I Got This” (which Tate co-wrote with his hero “Joe, Joe Joe Diffie“), I’m all about God, our troops and the flag, and on his debut, Tate carves out a niche for himself with a strong, approachable personality.

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Mar 28

Grand Ole Opry to Host Virtual Easter Egg Hunt March 29

For the second straight year, the Grand Ole Opry is teaming up with country stars, radio stations, attractions and other partners from across the country for a digital Easter Egg Hunt via Twitter on Friday, March 29. Prize eggs will be hidden around Nashville as well as in mystery cities across the U.S. Fans will receive clues by following @Opry on Twitter on Friday.

Among the prizes hidden in the eggs are tickets to see Alabama, Terri Clark, Kacey Musgraves and more at the Opry, autographed CDs and merchandise from Trace Adkins, Garth Brooks, Josh Turner and Carrie Underwood among other and much more. Continue Reading

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Mar 28

Colbie Caillat & Exile Featured on Trace Adkins’ New Album

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Trace Adkins photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Trace Adkins will release his new album, Love Will… a project about one of the world’s strongest emotions, on May 14. The project will include special guests Colbie Caillat, the Harlem Gospel Choir and Exile. Fans can pre-order Love Will… through online retailers on April 2. Any pre-orders on iTunes will receive an instant download of “Watch The World End” featuring Colbie Caillat.

“What is love, if not a collaboration between unique individuals?” Trace said. “Regardless of genre, I’m a fan of strong songwriting and vocal ability – I can’t say enough about what Colbie, the Harlem Gospel Choir and Exile brought to the table in their own way. It is an honor to have such talented performers, songwriters and producers join me on the most inspiring, satisfying album of my career.” Continue Reading

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Mar 25

GAC Album Review: Thompson Square’s Just Feels Good

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Thompson Square’s 2013 album, Just Feels Good. Photo by Joseph Anthony Baker, courtesy of Dashboard Media.

Husband and wife duo Thompson Square’s new album, Just Feels Good, plays out like a Hollywood love story complete with the happy ending. If things start seeming too good to be true on the upbeat project, a quick review of Shawna and Keifer Thompson’s career trajectory quickly reveals ample real-life inspiration; paid dues scraping by as working musicians on Nashville’s Lower Broadway; co-wrote and released a breakout Grammy-nominated hit, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”; named Billboard’s No. 1 New Country Artist in 2011; won CMA and ACM awards for Vocal Duo of the Year. And all of this as a married couple. It’s a wonderful story that translates excellently to their sophomore album, due in stores March 26.

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Mar 19

GAC Album Review: Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story…

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Blake Shelton’s 2013 album, Based On A True Story… Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Records.

CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton’s eighth studio album comes from a happy place. Based On A True Story…, which is due in stores March 26, tells the sort of tale you’d expect to hear from an artist clearly on the ascent with a soaring national profile and an ever-growing fan base. Working again with longtime producer Scott Hendricks (Trace Adkins, Jana Kramer), Blake dishes up 12 contemporary-leaning songs on the new record that serve as a lighthearted companion to his 2011 platinum-selling album, Red River Blue.

Things have been going well for Blake, whose national popularity skyrocketed after settling into a judge’s chair on the hit singing competition, The Voice. An increased role in the TV spotlight appears to be having an effect on his music as Based On A True Story… features some of Blake’s finest and most confident performances to date. The album opener, “Boys ‘Round Here,” which features wife Miranda Lambert’s band Pistol Annies as well as former The Voice contestant RaeLynn, gains strength from a subtle acoustic hick hop beat before Blake’s easy drawl falls perfectly in time with the music. Giving fun-loving shout outs to Hank Jr., chewing tobacco and dirt roads, the performance exemplifies Blake’s easygoing demeanor. On the cinematic power ballad, “Do You Remember,” Blake carefully builds the drama before breaking into a powerfully nostalgic chorus. And on the standout track, “Mine Would Be You,” a miss-her-badly whose full effect isn’t realized until the twist, Blake’s melodies are one part soothing, one part regret.

Popular reference points like dirt roads and Chevy truck beds do make steady appearances. Continue Reading

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Mar 5

Trace Adkins to Release Love Will… This Spring

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Trace Adkins photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Trace Adkins is feeling the love. His new album, Love Will… is set to be released this spring. According to Trace’s label, the collection will include “sexy grooves, heart-wrenching ballads and up-tempo anthems” about one of the world’s most powerful emotions, love. The album is now available for pre-order on www.TraceAdkins.com.

The album is a product of relationships built over time and based on respect. Producers who worked with Trace on the album include Tony Brown, Mark Wright, Frank Rogers, Kenny Beard and Mickey Cones. Additionally, several unexpected, to be announced, guests will appear on the project. Continue Reading

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Mar 4

Big & Rich Receive CRS 2013 Artist Humanitarian Award

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Big & Rich photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Big & Rich received the CRS 2013 Artist Humanitarian Award at Country Radio Seminar  last week in Nashville. The award is given to country artists who have ‘exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career.’ The duo’s charitable efforts date back more than a decade and include visiting individual patients in hospitals, benefit concerts and well-documented U.S. and international outreach.

“The only way to do this is by having a great career,” John Rich said. “Thanks to everyone in this room for that.”

“I am blessed and I am humbled,” Big Kenny Alphin added. “I am thankful that I have been able to help in some small ways. Every little act of kindness everyone does, makes our world another step closer to a brighter tomorrow we’re thankful to our great creator and all that are here today.” Continue Reading

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Feb 25

Keith Urban & Vince Gill Return to Headline Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Benefit

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Keith Urban at the We’re All for the Hall benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, April 10, 2012 in Nashville. Photos by Donn Jones Photography, courtesy of Rubin Media.

2005 CMA Entertainer of the Year and four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill will return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, April 16, for We’re All for the Hall, a concert to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Reserved seating tickets, which are priced at $35 and $50 (does not include Ticketmaster surcharge), will go on sale Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m. CST.  A limited number of VIP ticket packages will also go on sale on March 1 at Ticketmaster.com. (Complete ticket purchase information is below.)

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This year’s theme Rebels and Renegades, the Outlaws are IN will feature performances from an all-star line-up including Keith, Vince, Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Kid Rock, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver and Hank Williams, Jr.  It promises to be yet another in a line of one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime concert events highlighting great music, friendship and camaraderie.

“The purity in making music on your own terms – to create art in your own way – for me is at the heart of the outlaw spirit,” said Keith.  “It’s those outlaws that we celebrate this year, who not only made it possible for a guy like me to do what I love, but who play a pivotal role in the strength of country music’s diversity.”

Museum Board President Vince Gill created All for the Hall, an artist-led fundraising initiative for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Funds raised through these events directly support the museum’s mission and underwrite preservation efforts, exhibitions and educational programs that teach audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music.

“The first three We’re All for the Hall concerts raised approximately $1.5 million,” said Museum Director Kyle Young.  “Those dollars go toward our operating expenses, directly funding the care of our collection, exhibitions, programs and more. We are beyond grateful to Keith Urban and Vince Gill.  They are two of country music’s greatest stewards and ambassadors, and we are honored by what they have done for this institution. I’m certain that this year’s We’re All for the Hall show will not only be an important source of revenue for the museum, but a ‘once-in-a-lifetime, only-in-Nashville’ concert for everyone lucky enough to attend.” Continue Reading

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