Jason Aldean, Guy Clark, Blake Shelton & More Announced as ACM Awards Off-Camera Winners

Today, the Academy of Country Music is announcing the winners of awards that will not be televised during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, due to time constraints. The ceremony will be telecast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed [...] Read More

Songwriter Joe South Dead at 72

Songwriter Joe South died September 5 at his home in Atlanta at the age of 72, reports the Tennessean. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Joe is known for hits such as “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden,” “Games People Play,” “Down in the Boondocks” and “Don’t It Make You Want [...] Read More

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Opens Nudie Cohn Exhibit

L to R: Tex Williams, Gene Autry, Nudie Cohn, Roy Rogers, and Rex Allen in Nudie’s Hollywood store. Photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened a new spotlight exhibit dedicated to legendary fashion designer Nudie Cohn on October 28. The “Silver Threads [...] Read More

GAC’s Top 20 Cowboy & Rodeo Songs

The American Cowboy is known all over the world as a symbol of America. The cowboy life might not have been quite as glamorous as the silver screen portrayed it, yet most of the men and women who lived their lives as cowboys or cowgirls wouldn’t have traded it for any big city job available [...] Read More

2010 Rewind: No. 10 — Loretta Lynn’s 50th Leads Legends

It was quite a year for the Coal Miner’s Daughter — 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of Loretta Lynn’s emergence as a national star, and she was honored in a slew of ways, including parties, awards and a tribute album by some of today’s top artists. Loretta was joined by several other legends as 2010 honorees, including Merle Haggard, Jimmy Dean and now Dolly Parton. The recognition paid to the genre’s pioneering acts represents the No. 10 entry in our countdown of country music’s dozen top stories of the year. Loretta’s first single, “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl,” came out in 1960, and it seemed like every few months during 2010, the music business found some way to pay homage to her impact. Early in the year, she was accorded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, though she was unable to attend the Los Angeles ceremony. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was added to the National Recording Registry, she was saluted with an anniversary party at her Tennessee home, she was celebrated with a Reba McEntire-hosted Recording Academy Salute at the Ryman Auditorium, and a bunch of her classics were remade in the album Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn. That latter project brought Loretta the opportunity to sing the title track with Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow on the Country Music Association Awards. The album also features Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, the White Stripes, Alan Jackson and Carrie Underwood, among others. Loretta hand-picked all of the contributors — appropriate, because she’s not one of those veteran stars who dislikes newer versions of country music. Read More