Americana Music Association Unveils Top 100 Albums of 2012

The Americana Music Association has announced the Top 10 and top 100 Albums of the Year. The Top 100 albums are based on records reported to the Americana Airplay Chart between November 15, 2011 and November 17, 2012. JD McPherson’s Signs and Signifiers comes in at No. 1 for the year with Darrell Scott’s Long [...] Read More

GAC Album Review: Marty Stuart’s Nashville Vol. 1: Tear The Woodpile Down

The honky tonk gods of Nashville’s famed Lower Broadway have long guided Marty Stuart’s way. Throughout his career, which in 2012 finds the singer/songwriter celebrating 40 years in Nashville, Marty has stood firm with a blend of traditional country and rockabilly that echoes the heartache pouring out of Music City’s world famous strip. On Marty’s [...] Read More

GAC Album Review: Janie Fricke’s Country Side of Bluegrass

Between 1982 and 1986, Janie Fricke reeled off seven No. 1 singles as country music fans got to know her as more than a backing vocalist and in-demand duet partner (she also scored No. 1 hits with Charlie Rich and Merle Haggard in 1978 and 1985, respectively). Her run in the US alone through the [...] Read More

Hank III, Wynonna: Famous Families Chart

They belong to families with big country heritage. But Hank Williams III and Wynonna Judd have one more thing in common: They each debuted in the Top 10 this week on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Hank checked in at No. 4 with his album Rebel Within, which he vows will be the last in a cantankerous relationship with his record company. Wynonna, meanwhile, opened at No. 7 with Love Heals, a project she released through Cracker Barrel. Read More