1. The CMA Awards' Golden Anniversary: 50 Years, 50 Highlights

    November 01, 2016 2:04 PM EDT George Strait, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift and even a former president are part of the trophy's history. From Jack Greene ’s triple play in the first year to Chris Stapleton ’s career-making appearance at the 49th installment, the Country Music Association Awards have become…

  2. 10 Reasons Why Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Is Unlike Any Other Music Festival

    September 18, 2016 8:48 PM EDT The 31st annual Farm Aid concert, benefiting the nation’s family farmers, rolled into Bristow, Va., on Saturday, Sept. 17, with the organization’s guiding foursome — Willie Nelson , Neil Young , John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews — joined during the day-long festival at the Jiffy Lube Live…

  3. Inside Charlie Daniels' Improbable Ride Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

    August 10, 2016 1:20 PM EDT "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" helps the new inductee bridge country music and southern rock. When Charlie Daniels stopped on March 31, 1967, to put gas in the tank of his vehicle on his way out of Nashville, he noticed a lot of activity at a barn-like structure on the corner of…

  4. Old Dominion Channels The Beatles, George Strait In 'Song For Another Time'

    June 30, 2016 1:43 PM EDT The new single's lyrics span titles from Hank Williams to Elton John to Katy Perry. In an era when neither audiences nor artists tend to favor just one genre, Old Dominion ’s “Song for Another Time” may have emerged at the perfect moment. The third single from the band’s album Meat and…

  5. Country Music Turns to God In Turbulent Social Period

    June 24, 2016 2:40 PM EDT New releases from Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood and Hillary Scott hinge on spiritual imagery. At a time that Americans are still baffled and hurt by the brutal slaying of 49 people in Orlando, Fla., it’s poetic that Tim McGraw ’s “Humble and Kind” was confirmed as the No. 1 title on…

  6. Rhinestone Cowboys: The Embroidered Suits Once Rocked By Johnny Cash and Gram Parsons Are Making a High-Fashion Comeback

    April 22, 2016 4:54 PM EDT Nudie Cohn outfitted everyone from Elvis Presley to Dolly Parton as his business comes back and inspires the runway Decades have passed since cowboys wore ­rhinestones -- ­specifically, the bedazzled suits created by country and western tailor Nudie Cohn. The eponymous Nudie suit, born in…

  7. Hank Williams Honored With Memorial Plaque in WVa

    March 26, 2016 2:59 PM EDT The city of Oak Hill, West Virginia, has unveiled a memorial plaque honoring country singer Hank Williams . Media outlets report the city held a presentation ceremony of the marker on Main Street Thursday (March 24). Williams was declared dead in Oak Hill, after being discovered unresponsive…

  8. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Is First Film to License Country Legend's Music in 50 Years

    March 25, 2016 12:10 PM EDT Behind Sony/ATV Music Publishing's decision to unlock the vault and license several classic songs for the film. For 28 years, Troy Tomlinson has been the gatekeeper of Hank Williams ’ 200-plus-song catalog, first at Acuff-Rose Music and now as president/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing…

  9. Maren Morris Mixes Cash, 
Christ and Marconi In 'My Church'

    February 02, 2016 2:55 PM EST Promising new country singer's first single owes its existence to a break-up and the radio. Plenty of country songs have used Christianity as a literal or figurative theme. Others have tipped a hat to the radio, sometimes in an overt attempt to gain programmers’ favor. Still other titles…

  10. Hank Williams, Jr. Talks New Album 'It's About Time,' Friendship With Kid Rock & More

    January 17, 2016 2:14 PM EST Hank Williams, Jr. felt like a man renewed as he got ready to release his first album for Nash Icon Records, It’s About Time.  After spending the last few years unhappy with his stint on Curb Records, the iconic performer told Billboard that he was ready for something new. “I’m right at 70…

  11. Watch the First Trailer for Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light,' Starring Tom Hiddleston

    December 01, 2015 7:22 PM EST It's been over 60 years since legendary country singer  Hank Williams died, but the world refuses to let go of him just yet. Despite a tumultuous personal life, Williams brought joy through his music, so it only seems fitting that he get the silver-screen treatment. Tom Hiddleston on…

  12. The Evolution of Country Music's 3 Pillars -- Pickups, 10-Gallons and Cowboy Boots

    July 23, 2015 1:35 PM EDT See how Nashville's most iconic accessories have changed, from the '50s to today. Billboard's First-Ever Nashville Top 50 Power Players List Revealed Get into the country spirit with this issue's Spotify playlist, below: This story originally appeared in the Aug. 1 issue…

  13. Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell Together Again For New Album

    May 26, 2015 2:04 AM EDT Even though the server got his order wrong, Rodney Crowell waits patiently for his egg-white omelet. He chats with Emmylou Harris as she picks at her grapefruit, revealing his easygoing nature and their comfort with each other. But more than having similar personalities, it's evident…

  14. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light': Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Worldwide Rights

    April 02, 2015 3:50 PM EDT Tom Hiddleston stars as the country singer. Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to I Saw the Light , the story of the legendary country music singer Hank Williams . The film chronicles Williams' meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and…

  15. Music in TV and Film, 2014: 'Frozen' Dominates, Singing Battles Go Lukewarm

    December 22, 2014 12:58 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  16. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Casts Four New Roles

    October 17, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has rounded out its cast, adding David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont and Wrenn Schmidt . The RatPac Entertainment and Bron Studios film will star Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen as the famed musician and his wife Audrey Mae Williams . Marc…

  17. Tom Hiddleston Preps for Hank Williams Biopic With Surprise Festival Performance

    September 07, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Tom Hiddleston surprised concert goers at Michigan's Wheatland Music Festival Saturday, stopping by to perform a cover of Hank Williams ' "Move It On Over." Watch the clup below.  Tom Hiddleston To Play Hank Williams in Biopic The British actor famous for playing the super…

  18. Thomas Rhett Makes Multi-Generational History On Country Airplay Chart

    October 15, 2013 11:05 AM EDT With 'It Goes Like This,' Rhett becomes the first solo artist in the chart's history with a parent that previously reigned as a soloist As "It Goes Like This" shoots 4-1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett…

  19. The Replacements Reuniting for Covers Set

    October 03, 2012 9:54 PM EDT The Replacements will be back with a new covers EP, according to Rolling Stone . The iconic '80s act, which last reunited in 2006, have recorded four tracks in a hometown Minneapolis studio. The band was down to a duo of original members for this session, with singer Paul Westerberg and…

  20. Keith Urban Talks Love of Nashville

    August 16, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Keith Urban has made no secret of his love for Nashville -- past and present, and those emotions shine through loud and clear as the Capitol Nashville recording artist recently took viewers around Music City for an episode of "Going Home" on Ram Country on Yahoo! Music . In his…

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