Mel Tillis Awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama

Mel Tillis has received the National Medal of Arts, presented to him Feb. 13 by President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Also honored were actor Al Pacino, artist Will Barnett, author Rita Dove, curator, collector and arts patron Emily Rauth Pulitzer, sculptor Martin Puryear, pianist André Watts, and the United Service Organization. “I’ve [...] Read More

GAC Album Review: Brad Paisley’s This Is Country Music

A title like This Is Country Music is bold. It’s expansive. It’s a title that stirs feelings solely through its own phrasing. Forget about merely just trying to back up a title like that – you absolutely must back up a title like that in order for the overall project to work. On his 10th [...] Read More

Brad Paisley to Give Fans “Country Music” One Day Early

Brad Paisley is giving fans his new music a day earlier than originally planned. He has decided to move the release date of his latest studio album, This is Country Music, from May 24 to May 23. The album includes the hit song “This Is Country Music” that he debuted at last year’s CMA Awards [...] Read More

Randy Travis Buddies Up

Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of Randy Travis’ first album on a major label, Storms Of Life, and he’ll observe the milestone with a project that teams him with a number of fellow artists. Already pegged for the album are duets with Alan Jackson, Josh Turner, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney as Randy mixes new songs with some familiar titles from the past. The older songs include a collaboration with John Anderson on a remake of Randy’s 1986 hit “Diggin’ Up Bones.” Read More

Merle Haggard, Double Honoree

Merle Haggard has been called the Poet of the Common Man, and his ability to capture the hopes and fears of real people with his songwriting — not to mention his expressiveness as a singer — helped him lock up a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Now he’s got a place in another hall of honor: the California Hall of Fame, housed at the California Museum, just one block from the State Capitol in Sacramento. Merle’s induction was announced Wednesday by the state’s First Lady Maria Shriver among a class of 14 new members. The class includes Barbra Streisand, Betty White, former Governor Pat Brown, jeans maker Levi Strauss and director James Cameron. Read More