GAC Album Review: Neal McCoy’s XII

There’s a certain charm to Neal McCoy; a certain everyman approach and easygoing demeanor that translates easily through his voice. Throughout his career, hits like “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On” worked to showcase the 53-year old singer’s laidback style, which is oftentimes accompanied with a sly wink. On XII, Neal’s first new studio album [...] Read More

GAC Album Review: Joe Nichols’ It’s All Good

In many ways, It’s All Good is like the first page in the next chapter from the book of Joe Nichols. Just this past January, the 34-year-old Arkansas native released a greatest hits project that included chart-toppers like “Brokenheartsville” and “Gimmie That Girl.” Now with an empty canvas, Joe returns with his eighth studio album, [...] Read More

Watch JT Hodges’ Debut Music Video “Hunt You Down”

Earlier this year I had the chance to sit down with the staff at Toby Keith’s Show Dog Universal record label to hear some new music from artists on their roster. They were particularly excited about a brand new artist they recently signed, JT Hodges. When they played his debut single, “Hunt You Down,” I [...] Read More

Clay Walker Hosts Chords of Hope MS Benefit Concert

Clay Walker has been outspoken about his battle with Multiple Sclerosis since he was diagnosed in 1996 and has become an advocate for raising awareness about MS, giving hope to others who suffer from the disease, and raising funds for MS research through his charity, the Band Against MS Foundation. For the second year in [...] Read More

Jamey Johnson: The Insider’s Outsider

By Robert K. Oermann © 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Jamey Johnson has a way of defying our expectations. At a time when it is harder than ever to sell full-length albums relative to single digital tracks, he has followed his Mercury Nashville Gold-certified That Lonesome Song with a [...] Read More