Author Archives: Chris Neal

“Guitar Man” Jerry Reed Leaves Legacy of Music, Movies, Laughter and Love

“Guitar Man” Jerry Reed Leaves Legacy of Music, Movies, Laughter and Love

Asked a few years ago what he considered his primary occupation, Jerry Reed was unequivocal. “Entertainer,” he said. “I think that covers me pretty well.” Indeed, the man born Jerry Reed Hubbard in Atlanta on March 20, 1937, was one of country music’s last great all-around entertainers. He racked up hits as a singer and…MORE

Taylor Swift: Blonde Ambition

Taylor Swift: Blonde Ambition

Originally published in the December 3, 2007 issue of Country Weekly magazine. Taylor Swift has a platinum album, award nominations and another hit song, all before she turns 18—and she’s ready for more! It’s not so unusual—an artist has just written a new song, and wants to try it out on a captive audience. A…MORE

George Strait: 15 Years Later and Movie “Pure Country” Is Still a Hit

George Strait: 15 Years Later and Movie “Pure Country” Is Still a Hit

Originally published in the March 12, 2007 issue of Country Weekly magazine. It all began in Las Vegas. For several years, every time George Strait played Sin City, legendary Elvis Presley manager Colonel Tom Parker was in the audience. The Colonel saw something in George, already a huge country star, that suggested he might have…MORE

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New Albums

New Albums

New albums dropping on Nov. 16 include Montgomery Gentry’s 20 Years of Hits and Kip Moore’s Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions.