Tanya Tucker has returned. The sultry voice behind the hits "Delta Dawn," "San Antonio Stroll" and "I'll Come Back as Another Woman" has been idle from touring the past few years. However, she tells Billboard that's all about to change.
The Folk Alliance's Louis Jay Meyers, the conceptualizer and producer of "Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry" by Springfield, Mo.'s rock-loving roots troupe the HillBenders -- which comes out June 2 and is previewed by Billboard below -- admits that the idea is "weird." But it's been it's been stuck in his creative craw for a long time. "I just always heard this record in that context," Meyers, a co-founder of Austin's South By Southwest conferences, tells Billboard. "As a banjo player I would just sit around, playing a lot of those songs. The way (Pete) Townshend writes, it has a lot of that kind of groove in it, and it just dawned on me one day the whole thing could actually work."
Ronnie Reno has fond memories of working with his father Don and his dad's musical partner Red Smiley growing up. The veteran performer -- celebrating 60 years in the business -- has just released a new disc called "Lessons Learned."
Growing up in Tennessee, Mickey Utley admits he listened to a lot of the classic sounds coming out of Nashville. Acts like George Jones, Merle Haggard and Kenny Rogers were artists he recalled listening to, but there were other styles of music at play as well.
Long known as a must-visit destination for food and wine aficionados, the Farm is quickly becoming an in-demand place for a wide range of musicians to play - from Bryan to Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Emmylou Harris and red-hot soul newcomer Leon Bridges.
Randy Travis was quietly married to his longtime fiancée Mary Davis last month. The nuptials came after several years together, including hospitalization in July 2013 for a congestive heart failure and later a stroke.
Lee Brice might be classified as a country artist, but when you hear his blues-laden approach on songs like “Drinkin’ Class,” which invokes the sound and influence of Bob Seger, you can immediately feel his power and passion. Friday night’s performance at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth was one of many entertainment options that fans had in the Lone Star State to commemorate ACM Week, and it might very well have been one of the best.
All weekend leading up to Sunday's ACM Awards, the Dallas area was awash with country stars making the scene. On Friday night, The Band Perry -- who were nominated for vocal group of the year -- attended the ACM Lifting Lives Gala, hosted by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood and benefiting the ACM's philanthropic efforts. For lead singer Kimberly Perry, working with the organization has a special place in her heart.
Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" charmed its way the music collections of many ACM viewers following Sunday night's (April 19) performance -- at least if the Shazam numbers are any indication. Their performance of the provocative single was the most Shazamed moment of the awards show, followed by Christina Aguilera's duets with Rascal Flatts.
Miranda Lambert was a multiple prize winner at the 50th annual event. The singer's haul included a fourth album of the year trophy and she collected a sixth straight female vocalist of the year trophy.
Christina Aguilera is not particularly known for her country stylings, but the pop icon headed to Arlington, Tex. on Sunday night (Apr. 19) to take the stage with Rascal Flatts at the ACM Awards, where the group and singer teamed up on a pair of powerful songs that were both met with resounding applause.