GAC’s Top 10 Country Albums of 2012

Every year, music reviewers pull from the year’s releases to create Top 10 lists. 2012 was a fantastic year for country music, offering album after album of quality titles to choose from while overall sales for the genre rose 3.2% compared to this point last year. By the very nature of a ‘Top 10′ list, [...] Read More

GAC Album Review: Zac Brown Band’s Uncaged

A self-described “country-Southern rock-bluegrass-reggae-jam record,” as Zac Brown told the Associated Press earlier this year, ZBB’s third major label album ventures into excitingly unchartered territory as the band takes its rightful place as one of the genre’s most unique and daring mainstream acts. Uncaged, due in stores July 10, was produced once again with Keith [...] Read More

Martina McBride Joins E!’s Opening Act

Martina McBride has joined E!’s new reality show, Opening Act, as part of the Artist Development Team. The show will giving aspiring performers the chance to open for acts such as Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Nicki Minaj, Rod Stewart, LMFAO, Jason Mraz and Gym Class Heroes, among others. The Artist Development Team also includes Pete [...] Read More

Willie Nelson to Be Inducted into National Agricultural Hall of Fame

Willie Nelson will be inducted into the National Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kansas next month. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on August 13, the same day the 26th annual Farm Aid concert will be held nearby Kansas City. Willie told the Associated Press that he’s “honored and humbled to become [...] Read More

Jamey Johnson Joins Willie, Kenny at Farm Aid

Jamey Johnson is headed to the home of the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, though he won’t be singing the national anthem or “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the final weekend of baseball’s regular season. Instead, he’s been announced at the last minute as an addition to the lineup for Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid 25: Growing Home For America at Miller Park. Board members John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young were already set for the concert, of course. And so were Norah Jones, Jeff Tweedy, Jason Mraz and the Randy Rogers Band, among others. And the event has an interesting connection to the top of the country album charts. Jamey’s new double-disc CD, The Guitar Song, came out Sept. 14 and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Kenny Chesney’s new project, Hemingway’s Whiskey, came out on Tuesday, and it’s already being forecast as the top-selling album in any genre for the week. Since Kenny’s scheduled to be at Miller Park, too, it means artists with No. 1 country albums two of the last three weeks will both appear on the same stage the same day. Read More