GAC Album Review: Courtney Jaye’s Love and Forgiveness

Nashville based singer/songwriter Courtney Jaye’s third full-length album, Love and Forgiveness, wraps bruised experience in an optimistic sheen for a message that new beginnings are always possible. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Mike Wrucke (Miranda Lambert, David Nail), Love and Forgiveness recalls the laid-back pop vibe of 1970s California country heard in artists like [...] Read More

Eli Young Band Laughs Off the Name

If you were a bit confused over the Eli Young Band and its hit “Always The Love Songs,” you can take a bit of solace in knowing that you weren’t alone. EYB is a four-piece band out of Denton, Texas, although none of the members is actually named Eli Young. The group’s brand is actually a conjunction of two guys’ names: lead singer Mike Eli and guitarist James Young. But if you were to meet them at a concert, it’s a good bet that they wouldn’t take offense at being addressed incorrectly. Read More

Miranda Lambert Has a “House” Party

“The House That Built Me” touched a lot of people during its four-week stay at No. 1 this year. A bunch of people who were responsible for it — particularly Miranda Lambert and the song’s writers, Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin — were honored for the accomplishment during a No. 1 party Tuesday at the swanky Nashville restaurant Sambuca. Miranda’s fiancee, Blake Shelton, was there with his producer, Scott Hendricks — fitting because they relinquished the song to Miranda after she heard the demo while riding home from the airport with Blake. Read More

Chris Young, Miranda Lambert Pals Awarded

Chris Young was named Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year, the Zac Brown Band took Breakthrough Artist and four people associated with Miranda Lambert’s current hit won producer and songwriter honors as Music Row magazine handed out its 22nd annual awards Thursday during a ceremony at BMI’s Nashville office. Chris rearranged his travel plans to attend the event, where he played an acoustic version of “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” which became his first Top 10 hit as a writer. He told the crowd of several hundred people that he used to visit BMI when he was in his teens with an eye toward finding someone — anyone — who might write with him. Read More

Eli Young Band Primed as Heartbreakers

In an era when Kid Rock and Bon Jovi have found success in country music, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to hear Tom Petty’s name being thrown around. The Eli Young Band has been covering the rocker’s “American Girl” frequently in concert, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are something of a muse for the Texas foursome as it develops a follow-up to the 2008 album Jet Black & Jealous. Read More