1. Bob Dylan's MusiCares Master Plan: Telling Alanis, Beck and Many More Exactly What to Do

    February 10, 2015 1:33 PM EST While Bob Dylan did not sing at the MusiCares Person of the Year gala in his honor, the singer had considerable sway over every note that was played. Dylan selected each performer and the song they would perform. In most cases, the songs were ones they had already recorded. Dylan then…

  2. Bob Dylan Dazzles MusiCares Gala With Bold Speech

    February 07, 2015 12:30 PM EST It was a well-known fact that Bob Dylan was not going to perform at the MusiCares event honoring him for, in President Jimmy Carter's words, a "lifetime dedication to human rights." Still, no one expected him to give one of the greatest acceptance speeches in the 25 years of…

  3. Bluegrass Legend Dr. Ralph Stanley Teams With Cracker Barrel for 'Man of Constant Sorrow'

    January 27, 2015 5:49 PM EST Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has just partnered up with Bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley for the new collection Man of Constant Sorrow: Ralph Stanley & Friends, and the singer told Billboard that he's very humbled to be working with the Lebanon, Tenn.-based restaurant chain. …

  4. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 25-1

    January 27, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  5. Buddy DeFranco, Renowned Jazz Clarinetist, Dead at 91

    December 26, 2014 6:44 PM EST Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco -- who collaborated with Frank Sinatra , Billie Holiday and other top singers and musicians of his era -- has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday. DeFranco's family told The Associated Press that the famed musician died Wednesday…

  6. Alison Krauss Joins Emmylou Harris Tribute Concert

    November 21, 2014 11:30 AM EST Alison Krauss is set to pay tribute to Emmylou Harris at a concert in January. "The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration" will take place Jan. 10 at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Krauss and Conor Oberst are the latest acts added to…

  7. The Academy of Country Music Awards Celebrates Milestone with 'This Is Country' Book

    October 28, 2014 1:40 AM EDT Next year will be an important one for the Academy of Country Music Awards. The Los Angeles-based organization will celebrate the 50th anniversary since its first trophies were first presented in 1965. And, to celebrate, the show will be headed on the road for a one-time-only trip to AT&…

  8. Mavis Staples' 75th Birthday to Be Honored With Special Chicago Concert

    September 25, 2014 9:59 AM EDT UPDATE: Jeff & Spencer Tweedy, Emmylou Harris, Keb' Mo' and Joan Osborne have been added to this already star-stacked lineup. Legendary singer Mavis Staples turned 75 on July 10, and now her special year is being celebrated with a once-in-a-lifetime concert in her hometown…

  9. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  10. Jason Isbell Sweeps, Sturgill Simpson Wins Big at Americana Awards

    September 18, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires . Isbell won artist, album and song of the year during the 13th annual awards show Wednesday night at Ryman Auditorium in…

  11. Exclusive: Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Sturgill Simpson to Perform at Americana Awards

    August 25, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jed Hilly , executive director of the Americana Music Association, and you will no doubt be blown away with the sense of unbridled passion and energy that he approaches his job with. A great example of such an occasion came with Americanafest NYC -- which took…

  12. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  13. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Country singer also going strong with her newfound culinary career. Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own…

  14. Brigitte DeMeyer Explains How Gregg Allman Inspired 'Savannah Road'

    August 01, 2014 5:22 PM EDT Brigitte DeMeyer thought she had something special when she released her current album, Savannah Road , but the Americana-inspired artist tells Billboard she was not prepared for the attention the album has received from critics and fans alike -- not to mention one legendary fellow artist. …

  15. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  16. Robert Plant Drops Uplifting New Song 'Rainbow' (Listen)

    June 24, 2014 10:35 AM EDT There may be no chance of a Led Zeppelin reunion anytime soon, but Robert Plant has new music on the way. The singer-songwriter shared an optimistic new track called "Rainbow" from his forthcoming, grammatically-daring solo album "lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar." Built…

  17. Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, Robert Ellis Top Americana Awards Nominations

    May 12, 2014 2:48 PM EDT The Americana Music Association celebrated the nominees for their 2014 Americana Honors & Awards this afternoon in downtown Nashville with a music-filled event at the SiriusXM Music City Theatre. The satellite radio network’s Elizabeth Cook (Apron Strings) announced the nominations during…

  18. Country Hall of Fame Doubles in Size, Readies New Class of Inductees

    April 21, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Last week's Grand Opening ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame was celebrated in the fashion that one might expect in Nashville – with a lot of music from some of the city’s heaviest hitters. The Hall, which has been located in its’ downtown location since 2001, commemorated a 210…

  19. 'Nashville' Star Charles Esten Isn't Messing Around: 'If Songs Don't Further the Scene, We Don't Sing Them'

    April 18, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Things are heating up on ABC's "Nashville," as the Wednesday night drama heads toward its' second season finale in May. For Charles Esten, who plays the rugged Deacon on the series, the series has turned out to be a blessing in more ways than one. "When the script…

  20. Lee Ann Womack Signs With Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music

    April 10, 2014 5:13 AM EDT In one of the livelier bidding wars in Nashville history, Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music has signed Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lee Ann Womack. The critically acclaimed vocalist’s eagerly anticipated new record is slated for a September release, with a first single coming this summer.…

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