GAC Album Review: Randy Rogers Band’s Trouble

Trouble just might be the Randy Rogers Band’s best album to date. Though a few RRB purists might be caught off guard by some of the new wrinkles heard on the band’s sixth studio album, the ultimate payoff makes for an exciting ride courtesy of the Texas-bred band. In stores now, Trouble marks the first [...] Read More

GAC Album Review: Kevin Fowler’s Chippin’ Away

On the heels of scoring his second consecutive No. 1 hit on the Texas Music Chart with “Hell Yeah, I Like Beer,” Kevin Fowler is set to release his rowdy new album, Chippin’ Away. With a quick tongue and a voice that sounds like an old country highway meeting between Randy Rogers and John Mellencamp, [...] Read More

Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood Lead Country’s Weekend

Concerts, politics and awards were the order of the day. Country music kicked off the final quarter of 2010 with some pretty special moments this past weekend, including iconic live dates by Carrie Underwood and Willie Nelson, a public vote involving Sammy Kershaw and an NFL appearance by Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride. Country’s big moments included: 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

Little Big Town, Randy Rogers Banded Together at Nos. 1 & 2

To purposely misquote a Paul McCartney classic, bands are on the run in country music — straight to the top of the charts. Little Big Town’s new album The Reason Why, bolts out of the chute to No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Country Albums chart, and it’s followed by the Randy Rogers Band’s Burning The Day, checking in at No. 2. In fact, groups occupy four of the Top 5 slots on the chart. Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now checks in at No. 4, and the the Zac Brown Band hanging in at No. 5 with the double-platinum project The Foundation. The only thing blocking bands from a Top 5 sweep is the Trace Adkins album Cowboy’s Back In Town. Most fans probably don’t think much about it, but being in a band is completely different from working as a solo artist. There are more expenses, more opinions and more egos involved, so decisions require more communication and more time. As a reward for all that extra work, there’s less potential income — the band members have to split up the proceeds in the end. Read More