Martina McBride’s YWCA Celebrity Auction Raises Over $153,000

Martina McBride helped the YWCA Celebrity Auction bring in over $153,000 on Sunday, June 12, a 50% increase over last year’s total. Martina has hosted the event since 1995 and it was the dress she wore at the Grand Ole Opry re-opening following the Nashville floods that brought in the highest bid of the night, [...] Read More

Loretta Lynn Honored for 50 Years of Music

Five decades ago, Loretta Lynn and her husband-manager, “Mooney” Lynn, drove station to station around the U.S. promoting her first single, “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl.” All these years later, she’s a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a global symbol for country music, and she was honored Friday at her Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum in Tennessee for 50 years as an American icon. A bevy musicians and music-industry executives were on hand for the occasion, including Marty Stuart, Crystal Gayle, Jack Greene and Terri Clark. Ronnie McDowell presented Loretta a painting he had created, depicting her when she was 10 years old and living in Kentucky. A string of presenters included John Carter Cash, arranger Bill Walker and Ray Walker, of the Jordanaires, the Hall of Fame vocal quartet that backed Loretta on such classics as “You’re Lookin’ At Country,” “Blue Kentucky Girl,” “Don’t Come A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” There were also video tributes from Wynonna, Big Kenny, Keith Anderson, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler and Dolly Parton. The ceremony took place in a sweat-filled tent outside the museum, which houses an extraordinary volume of memorabilia, including letters from presidents, stage wear and a string of awards. None of which have led Loretta to think of herself as anything other than the little girl who grew up in poverty in an eastern Kentucky shack. Read More

Big Kenny Does His Best Spider-Man Imitation

Big Kenny may not have the ability to shoot webs out of his wrist, but he’s definitely demonstrated some stick-to-itive qualities in his pursuit of music and charities. And he took on bit of a Spider-Man persona on Thursday, rappelling down the side of a 24-story building in downtown Salt Lake City to raise money for Special Olympics Utah. Big Kenny slid down the exterior of the Grand America Hotel a few feet at a time in conjunction with the second annual Over The Edge event. Each participant pledges to raise at least $1,000 for Special Olympics, and last year — according to The Deseret News — the inaugural effort brought in $70,000 for the charity. Was Big Kenny nervous about the drop? Read More

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! Here at GAC, we follow them too. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week! Taylor Swift: @taylorswift13 Texting Caitlin from the next room to say goodnight: “Night, sis. I don’t dance like an idiot like that with anyone else.” Jennette McCurdy: @jennettemccurdy So yesterday, after my performance, my [...] Read More

David Nail Leads Country’s Good Sports

There aren’t too many country stars who can boast that they’ve hit a homerun in a major-league ballpark, but David Nail now can. David popped one over the fence during a celebrity softball game Monday in Angel Stadium during the festivities surrounding Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. His homerun is just one of numerous current sports-related items in country music, including Kenny Chesney’s new single, Big Kenny’s World Cup debut and Taylor Swift’s shot at induction into a hall of fame. Here are country’s latest sports-related stories: Read More