GAC Album Review: Kix Brooks’ New To This Town

It’s been a little while since Kix Brooks was the new guy in town. Before serving as one-half of country music’s most successful duo ever, Kix arrived in Nashville as a young singer/songwriter and released a self-titled debut in 1989. However, he soon partnered up with Ronnie Dunn and the rest, as they say, is [...] Read More

GAC Album Review: Gloriana’s A Thousand Miles Left Behind

While the title might subtly suggest otherwise, Nashville harmony-trio Gloriana’s sophomore record builds more on an expressive sense of belonging than it does on wanting to leave certain places in the dust. On A Thousand Miles Left Behind, due in stores this week on July 31, Gloriana has never sounded more confident and comfortable than [...] Read More

Jason Isbell, Gillian Welch Lead Americana Honors & Awards Nominees

The Americana Music Association has announced the 2012 nominees for the Americana Honors & Awards. The announcement took place in Los Angeles and featured performances by special guests Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynne and Robert Ellis with the Americana All-Star band. They honored Americana icons Levon Helm, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson with a rendition of [...] Read More

New Artist Spotlight: The Dirt Drifters

By Bob Doerschuk © 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Words like “gritty” come to mind when The Dirt Drifters take to the stage. Of course, there’s no shortage of grit out there, but something in the sound of this five-piece separates it from the pack. Maybe it’s the vivid [...] Read More

Willie Nelson, Vince Gill on Guy Clark Tribute Album

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle and Vince Gill are just some of the artists lending their voice on a two-volume Guy Clark tribute album. This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark will be released November 1 in celebration of Guy’s 70th birthday. Guy was born in [...] Read More