Author Archives: Gerry Wood

Country Weekly 2001-01-23 Trace Adkins: Back to His Roots

Country Weekly 2001-01-23 Trace Adkins: Back to His Roots

Originally published in the January 23, 2001, issue of Country Weekly magazine. The article is published here in its entirety. At his Nashville home, Trace Adkins prominently displays one of his most prized possessions — a football autographed by Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. Now, in his hometown of Serapta, La., he’s clutching a…MORE

Brooks & Dunn Storm Ahead with New Music on New Album “Tight Rope”

Brooks & Dunn Storm Ahead with New Music on New Album “Tight Rope”

Originally published in the October 05, 1999 issue of Country Weekly magazine. Perhaps Brooks & Dunn should modify the ampersand in their title. Of the 13 songs on their new Tight Rope CD, Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks had a hand in writing all but one. Yet, these two talented songslingers didn’t co-write any of the…MORE

Story Behind the Song: Lonestar’s “Amazed”

Story Behind the Song: Lonestar’s “Amazed”

Originally published in the October 05, 1999 issue of Country Weekly magazine. “Amazed”  performed by Lonestar Words and music by Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey and Marv Green Aimee Mayo knows the secret behind writing a great romantic song: Turn out the lights. Fire up some candles — lots of them. And lure a couple of handsome…MORE

Randy Travis Still Guarding Country Tradition

Randy Travis Still Guarding Country Tradition

Originally published in the August 6, 1996 issue of Country Weekly magazine. The man who helped turn the tide back toward traditional country music is back on the scene, having come—to borrow the title of his new album—full circle. Several new country artists, along with many music business executives, credit Randy Travis with steering country…MORE

Country Weekly 1995-03-21 George Strait Ropes and Relaxes at His Texas Ranch

Country Weekly 1995-03-21 George Strait Ropes and Relaxes at His Texas Ranch

Originally published in the Mar. 21, 1995 issue of Country Weekly magazine. When George Strait retreats from the show business whirl of concerts, recording sessions and hectic travel, his ranch in the south Texas brush country draws him like a magnet. George’s current single—which has cracked the Top 10 and could become the 27th No.…MORE

Elvis Fan-atic Mark Chesnutt Visits the King’s Home

Elvis Fan-atic Mark Chesnutt Visits the King’s Home

Originally published in the Feb. 7, 1995 issue of Country Weekly magazine. Mark Chesnutt had a tour fit for The King. A big star of today who’s still a huge fan of Elvis, Mark, who’s currently riding high on the charts with “Going Through the Big D,” took a break from his heavy touring schedule…MORE

Kathy Mattea: On Top of the World

Kathy Mattea: On Top of the World

Kathy Mattea cares, and the music community cares for her. That much became obvious as Country Weekly tagged along during her recent whirlwind travels between New York City and Nashville. During a four-day New York blitz, Kathy continued to carry country music’s banner in the fight against AIDS—a cause she has cared about for years—and…MORE

Garth Brooks: His World Tour Becomes a Real Family Affair

Garth Brooks: His World Tour Becomes a Real Family Affair

Originally published in the April 12, 1994 issue of Country Weekly magazine—the very first issue! Garth Brooks is breaking box office records in Ireland this week, but the country megastar has more than music on his mind as he awaits the birth of his second daughter. “After she arrives I’m planning to take a huge…MORE

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Music Event of Summer

Music Event of Summer

Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini will once again co-host CMA Fest’s prime-time TV concert special on ABC on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. CT.