ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 18th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards have been announced. Dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Inspirational Country Music, the awards will take place Oct. 18 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. In addition to the awards, the Inspirational Country Music [...] Read More

GAC Album Review: Rhonda Vincent’s Sunday Mornin’ Singin’

Recorded live at her childhood church, Greentop Methodist in Greentop, Mo., award-winning bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent gathers her band the Rage for a 16-song set of Southern Gospel. Sunday Mornin’ Singin,’ released in July and available now, features a mix of traditional and freshly-penned material nestled deep in the heart of Christian and bluegrass music. [...] Read More

Gene Watson Recreates His Classics Note-for-Note on The Best of the Best

By Robert K. Oermann © 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Honky-tonk legend Gene Watson is celebrating his 50th anniversary as a recording artist with a flurry of activity that has made him gladly busy. “He’s extremely happy right now,” reported his manager, John Lytle, President, Lytle Management Group. “He [...] Read More

Country Stars To Play “You’ve been Sentenced!” At CMA Music Festival

Game manufacture McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds will host its first annual celebrity charity event during CMA Music Festival. Country stars will sit down to play You’ve been Sentenced! – Country Music Edition on June 7th from 2:00-4:30 PM at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Nashville. Stars will play the game to benefit Children’s [...] Read More

Billboard‘s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011

Billboard.com has released their list of the Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011. Albums were ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Congratulations to Alison Krauss & Union Station for having the Top Bluegrass Album of the year with Paper Airplane! What do you think of this ranking? Who’d top YOUR Top 50 [...] Read More