GAC Trivia Time: Halloween

The last day of October is more than just an excuse to put on a funny costume. As it turns out, the date has been quite an important one for country music. Here’s a list of some notable events that happened on Halloween, courtesy of, the ultimate country music database! For more country music [...] Read More

Rascal Flatts Humbled by Opry Invite

Rascal Flatts will officially become members of the Grand Ole Opry during an induction ceremony on Saturday night. It has been just over a week since Vince Gill surprised the trio with the invitation and the band’s Jay DeMarcus tells Billboard they are still in disbelief. “It’s pretty overwhelming,” Jay said. “It’s been over a [...] Read More

Alan Jackson Helps Kick Off Hall of Fame Expansion Campaign

This morning at The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs and fiddle legend Buddy Spicher kicked off the Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here campaign, which also featured Mayor Karl Dean and Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford. A full house of artists, music industry execs and Ford [...] Read More

Jamey Johnson: The Insider’s Outsider

By Robert K. Oermann © 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Jamey Johnson has a way of defying our expectations. At a time when it is harder than ever to sell full-length albums relative to single digital tracks, he has followed his Mercury Nashville Gold-certified That Lonesome Song with a [...] Read More

He’s 90! Little Jimmy Dickens Just Keeps On Tickin’

He’s the oldest current member of the Grand Ole Opry, someone the other members look up to — even if they have to look down to do it. Little Jimmy Dickens, all 4’-11” of him, turns 90 on Sunday, and some of his music industry friends have a party cooked up for him this weekend to celebrate. And he’s got plenty of friends. Randy Houser was thrilled to make the introductory speech last month when the Music City Walk of Fame inducted “Tater,” a nickname Jimmy picked up from Hank Williams for his first hit, “Take An Old cold ‘Tater (And Wait).” Fellow West Virginian Brad Paisley has repeatedly employed Little Jimmy in his videos and plopped him onto his albums in comedic tracks. And that’s just a start on the list. But Little Jimmy’s always been a friend of his fellow Opry members. He used to walk across the alley between the Ryman Auditorium and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge with Hank. And he got his shot at the Opry and his first recording contract when he was championed by Roy Acuff, who was considered the King of Country Music. Read More