Happy Mother’s Day: Top 20 Country Songs About Mom

The perfect country song, according to David Allan Coe’s hilarious classic “You Never Even Called Me By My Name,” requires that you refer to trains, trucks, prison, gettin’ drunk and – of course – mama. By those standards, none of these songs are perfect, but they’re all at least very good at paying homage to [...] Read More

CMA Close Up: Ronnie Dunn – Writing the Next Chapter

By Deborah Evans Price © 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. With the release of his self-titled solo debut album, Ronnie Dunn just might be the best-known newcomer in country music history. For 20 years he was half of the phenomenally successful duo Brooks & Dunn, which won 19 CMA [...] Read More

GAC’s 4th of July Concert Guide

Grills will be fired up, flags will be waving and fireworks will be booming across the country this weekend in honor of America’s 234th birthday, but you can also catch some of your favorite country music artists in concert to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend. ** Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July picnic has become a [...] Read More

Ferlin Husky, Billy Sherrill Join the Hall of Fame

Some of music’s finest talents — Ronnie Milsap, Shelby Lynne, Craig Morgan, Ricky Skaggs and Vince Gill — were among a bevy of significant artists and Music Row executives who witnessed Sunday’s induction of two new members to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Ferlin Husky and songwriter-producer Billy Sherrill. In a here-today-gone-tomorrow culture, the names might not ring familiar to everyone. A girl in her 20s outside the Hall asked at the end of the night about Sunday’s soiree, then shrugged her shoulders in a “Who?” sort of manner when told the names of the inductees. But both men provided important building blocks to get the genre to the mainstream idiom it is today. Read More