GAC Album Review: Colt Ford’s Declaration of Independence

With each new release, Colt Ford has managed to raise his mainstream country profile. That’s no easy task for the Georgia-bred country rapper, who still has not gained widespread support at radio. However, whereas Colt’s 2008 debut Ride Through the Country entered the country album chart at No. 24, his latest genre-bending album, Declaration of [...] Read More

18 CMA Winners Featured on New Country Dance Video Game

Pull on your cowboy boots and grab some friends – it’s time to dance! Joining the video game dance craze is Country Dance, a new game from GameMill Entertainment made with country fans in mind. Country Dance features songs from more than 25 of country’s biggest artists, including Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, [...] Read More

18 CMA Winners Featured on New Country Dance Video Game

Pull on your cowboy boots and grab some friends – it’s time to dance! Joining the video game dance craze is Country Dance, a new game from GameMill Entertainment made with country fans in mind. Country Dance features songs from more than 25 of country’s biggest artists, including Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, [...] Read More

Taylor Swift Wins Big at BMI Songwriter Awards

Through songs such as “Mine,” “White Horse” and “Fifteen,” Taylor Swift has shown a real appreciation for great drama and complex character development. This week, she’s experienced drama firsthand. On Tuesday, she won BMI’s Country Songwriter of the Year award, becoming the youngest person ever to claim it. And she and co-writer Liz Rose shared Country Song of the Year for “You Belong With Me,” recognized as the most-played country title over a full year, according to the performing rights organization. Just a day earlier, Taylor sang at a funeral for a friend. Read More

Carrie Underwood Hits Nashville On a High Note

One thing is very clear about Carrie Underwood: She’s not afraid of heights! Carrie brought her Play On Tour to Music City’s Bridgestone Arena Wednesday night, playing quite often with the altitude in the place. A series of hydraulic platforms lifted her at times 15 feet above the stage, which was already several feet above the venue’s floor. A swing lifted her 12 feet or so as she belted out “Just A Dream.” And the night’s biggest effect had her singing John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” from the back of a pickup truck that travelled over the audience, hung from a track cabled to the ceiling. But the real heights were the tone and volume of her performances. Carrie’s recordings are always big, but in person, she’s even more impressive, kicking out those challenging vocals for an hour and 45 minutes, letting up only long enough for the occasional costume change. She hit those notes with impressive precision, not only holding the tones but also delivering them with power. Read More