GAC Album Review: Kip Moore’s Up All Night

Kip Moore seems to to be a bit of a free spirit. Raised in South Georgia, he attended college on a golf scholarship before moving to a self-described “hut” in Hawaii after graduation. And while packing not much more than a surfboard and a guitar, he wrote songs constantly and chose to follow his musical passion [...] Read More

The Top 50 Americana Albums of the Year

The Americana Music Association announced its year end Top 100 Albums of the Year. The Top 100 albums are based on those records reported to the Americana Airplay Chart during the period of November 17, 2009 through November 15, 2010. We’ll serve up the first half of the list and you can visit the Americana [...] Read More

2010 Rewind: No. 7 — Tim McGraw, Ryan Bingham Lead Country At The Movies

From Crazy Heart to Country Strong, Hollywood and Nashville were tightly linked in 2010. Tim McGraw, Julianne Hough, Trace Adkins and Carrie Underwood all went in front of the cameras. And artists as diverse as Ryan Bingham, Billy Currington, Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney got their music on the big screen in one way or another. Country’s role in a large number of movies ranks No. 7 in GAC’s countdown of the dozen top stories of 2010. Read More

Ryan Bingham Wins Two Americana Awards

Film makers want very much for the general public to buy in to the magic of movies. You can count Ryan Bingham among those who believe in celluloid’s power. After sharing a Golden Globe and an Oscar Award for Best Song with T Bone Burnett for writing the “The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart),” Ryan took home two trophies — Song and Artist of the Year — Thursday during the ninth annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards in Nashville. The Americana nods only add to the lists in which Ryan finds himself. The Song of the Year Oscar put him in the company of such songwriters as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Henry Mancini and Irving Berlin — all of whom have won the Film Academy’s Best Song prize at least once. Ryan’s new album, Junky Star, made its chart debut this week, landing at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums list. And the Americana Artist of the Year trophy put him on yet another list among such previous winners as Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Neil Young and Jim Lauderdale, who hosted Thursday’s show. Read More

BBQ, Irish Jigs & Weddings on the Country Throwdown Tour

We are now officially seven stops into The Country Throwdown Tour! As this traveling music circus makes its way across the country, everyone is finding their groove out here on the road and really get to know each other. This past week we hit Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and Indianapolis – rain or shine, The Country [...] Read More