GAC Album Review: Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away

There’s no escaping Carrie Underwood’s grasp on Blown Away, the country diva’s captivating fourth studio album, due in stores May 1. Like a lightning strike starting a fire, an intense tour-de-force ignites Carrie’s first record since 2009’s double-platinum Play On as the singer/songwriter displays compelling emotional range. Blown Away opens with three songs that, quite [...] Read More

Trace Adkins, Laura Bell Bundy Help GAC Countdown Top 50 of 2010

GAC’s 62,000 video plays of 2010 are winding down to a final 50. Trace Adkins, Rascal Flatts, Laura Bell Bundy and Luke Bryan are among the stars who join Nan Kelley for GAC’s Top 50 Videos Of 2010, a five-part countdown that kicks off Monday, Dec. 27, and comes to its conclusion Friday, Dec. 31. Josh Turner, Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Easton Corbin, The Band Perry, Steel Magnolia, Uncle Kracker, comedian Jeff Dunham and GAC’s Storme Warren are also part of the countdown, derived from votes by GAC viewers. Nan shepherds the entire event poolside from the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Read More

Taylor Swift Missing from Grammy List

At the beginning of 2010, Taylor Swift walked away with four Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year honor for Fearless. But when the 53rd annual Grammy nominees were unveiled Wednesday night, Taylor’s name was nowhere to be found among the 109 categories. Stunning? A little, though not entirely. For starters, the eligibility period runs Sept. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2010. Her new album, Speak Now, didn’t come out until late October, so that project is ineligible. “Fearless” and “Mine” were both released as singles, and she had a couple of titles on the Valentine’s Day soundtrack, and any of those could have potentially found a space on the Grammy list. But they didn’t. Read More

Lee Brice Finds Patience Pays

When “Love Like Crazy” was released to radio stations in August 2009, Lee Brice had no idea how long it would take for the song to hit its stride. It’s now been on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 53 weeks — that’s more than a year that it’s been in circulation, and it’s still on the move in the Top 5. That longevity is so rare that only one song has ever lasted longer on the country chart: Eddy Arnold’s “Bouquet Of Roses,” which began a 54-week run in 1948. Still, because it’s been around so long, “Love Like Crazy” could have driven Lee crazy. Plenty of artists admit that they watch the charts obsessively, and his ascent — 56 chart positions in a 53-week period — was agonizingly slow. But Lee had a pretty good method for dealing with it. Read More