GAC’s Top 20 Summer Party Videos

You might say the hottest summer videos are “B”-rated: Beer, Bikinis and Boats. Sure, Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson have nearly cornered the market, but we wanted to share the summer love so we dug a little deeper into the sand and came up with this list. In no particular order, here are the Top [...] Read More

Lady Antebellum: “Our Kind” of No. 1 Party

Good music makes the listener feel something. Good parties can make visitors feel something, too, and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott went through a whole range of emotions when the trio was honored at Nashville’s Hard Rock Café Wednesday during a No. 1 party for “Our Kind Of Love.” “Wow! Look at that!” she exclaimed when the band got an unexpected dividend. Hillary, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood received a triple-platinum album for selling three million copies of Need You Now. She went from that exclamation of happiness to tears of joy just a few minutes later when her publishing company, EMI Music, announced it was making a donation to Brent Gambrell Ministries, an agency dedicated to rebuilding Haiti. Read More

Dierks Bentley, “Need You Now” Earn Songwriting Honors

Dierks Bentley won Songwriter/Artist of the Year, Josh Kear took Song of the Year for co-writing “Need You Now” with Lady Antebellum, and Brett James walked off with Songwriter of the Year during the star-studded ASCAP Country Music Awards for songwriters Tuesday at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium. Dierks picked up the Songwriter/Artist trophy after two of his songs — “Sideways” and “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes” — were recognized among the performing rights agency’s most performed songs of the year. Dierks played a bluegrass version of “Sideways” during the two-hour presentation in which each of ASCAP’s Top 5 songs was rendered live. Chris Young sang “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” songwriter David Lee Murphy played “Big Green Tractor,” Darius Rucker offered “Alright” and Josh Kear teamed with Lady A for a dramatic acoustic version of “Need You Now.” Josh was cheered heavily by the songwriting community when he sang some of the lines that Charles Kelley usually sings — Josh proved he was an admirable singer in addition to being an ace songwriter. Read More