GAC Album Review: The Mavericks’ In Time

Nearly 10 years after their last studio album, The Mavericks are getting the band back together– and they’re bringing the polyphonic rhythms and mariachi horns with them. It makes sense that a group known for their tremendous live shows would reunite for a new record after first reuniting onstage. Their first official performance in seven [...] Read More

2010 Rewind: No. 9 — Chely Wright Comes Out

There were plenty of skeptics when Chely Wright became the first star with a commercially successful history in country music to publicly announce she was gay. “She’s doing it to sell a book,” some said. “She’s doing it to sell an album.” “She’s trying to revive her career.” Her associates did, in fact, persuade Chely to wait until she had a product to hawk before she came out. But that didn’t change the fact that her decision to reveal her sexuality was a huge moment in country music and a huge personal moment for her. Chely’s public confession is the No. 9 entry in GAC’s countdown of country music’s dozen biggest stories of 2010. Read More

Sara Evans, Kenny Chesney: Country’s Do-Gooders

Country artists have a reputation for giving back to the community, and plenty of them are reaching out in the weeks and months ahead with benefit concerts and acts of charity. Sara Evans, Jimmy Wayne, Kenny Chesney and Jo Dee Messina are among the people finding ways to help out. The causes? A children’s hospital, a community-building agency and a Christmas adoption special. Here are some of the helpful ways country stars are aiding their neighbors: Read More