GAC’s Top 20 from CMAs Backstage

Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum — the stars were out in full force for the 44th annual Country Music Association Awards, and Nan Kelley was there. She’ll take you backstage in this weekend’s edition of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Brad walked off with Entertainer of the Year, Miranda won three times, Blake and Lady A took home two trophies apiece, and the CMA show featured a load of performances from Kenny Chesney, George Strait, The Band Perry, Reba McEntire and Rascal Flatts. If that ain’t enough, you had Sissy Spacek helping pay homage to Loretta Lynn on the same night Gwyneth Paltrow made her live debut as a country singer. Read More

Loretta Lynn’s “Coal” Still On Fire

This fall will mark a whopping 40 years since Loretta Lynn hit radio waves with “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” but the song is enduring enough that it made news in not just one, but two different ways on Wednesday. For starters, the book that carried the same name, Coal Miner’s Daughter, will be reissued in September by Vintage Books, which will market the autobiography as a paperback, an e-book and an audio book, narrated by Sissy Spacek. Sissy is, of course, a natural for that job, since she won an Oscar for portraying Loretta in the movie that was built around the book and even got a Grammy nomination for her own recording of “Coal Miner.” The movie, in fact, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Read More