The HillBenders

Exclusive: Watch The HillBenders Put a Bluegrass Spin on The Who's 'Tommy'

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

Ronnie Reno Shares His 'Lessons Learned' on New Album

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."
Randy Travis Quietly Marries Fiancée Mary Davis

Randy Travis Quietly Marries Fiancée Mary Davis

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.
Concert Review: Lee Brice Rocks the House at Pre-ACM Awards Show

Concert Review: Lee Brice Rocks the House at Pre-ACM Awards Show

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.
Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry of The Band Perry speak onstage during the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards

The Band Perry, Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood Lend Their Voices to 'Lifting Lives' Charity

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 attend the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards

Little Big Town's 'Girl Crush' Performance Most Shazamed Moment of 2015 ACMs

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 and Garth Brooks attend the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards

2015 ACM Awards: 10 Best & 5 Worst Moments

Considering the Academy of Country Music Awards celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sunday night (April 19) at the Dallas Cowboys stadium, it was bound to be bigger than any previous year's ACMs.
Rascal Flatts, Christina Aguilera acm awards 2015

Christina Aguilera Teams Up With Rascal Flatts at ACM Awards: Watch

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.

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