1. Nashville's Music Row Gets Preservation Boost From National Trust

    January 20, 2015 10:55 AM EST Fresh off their successful effort to prevent the demolition of a Nashville studio that once recorded the likes of Elvis Presley  and  Willie Nelson ,   advocates want to include all of the city's Music Row area in their preservation efforts. The National Trust for Historic Preservation…

  2. Op-Ed: Steve Wariner on Why Dottie West Should Be a Country Music Hall of Fame Member

    December 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Over the past year, The 615 has offered opinions concerning who the next members of the Country Music Hall of Fame should be. In July, we made our case for Don Rich, the longtime sideman for Buck Owens , in the Instrumentalist category. Just a few weeks ago, we told of the great…

  3. Billboard Cover: Kenny Chesney on Bro-Country Songs That ‘Objectify the Hell Out Of’ Women, Reclaiming His Turf and Rattling His Fans’ Cages

    November 14, 2014 9:00 AM EST Let the younger bros sing about muddy pickups and babes in cutoffs. Country's legendary party starter returns to stadiums with a wised-up, grown-up new album and outlook. "It's about reclaiming your place in the world." Hatless, shoeless and dressed in loose-fitting…

  4. Country Comedy Legend Ray Stevens Recalls Early Days in 'Nashville'

    October 17, 2014 9:30 PM EDT If you are looking for Ray Stevens to divulge all in his brand new book, Ray Stevens' Nashville , he tells Billboard that you might be in for a little bit of a letdown. "It's a selected memoir," says the legendary comedian. "There's a lot I left out. I wasn&…

  5. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  6. George Hamilton IV, Grand Ole Opry Star, Dies at 77

    September 18, 2014 1:50 AM EDT If you look at the career of George Hamilton IV , one might be prone to label him as simply a stalwart of the Grand Ole Opry and one of traditional country music’s most durable artists. However, Hamilton -- who passed away Wednesday (Sept. 17) at a Nashville hospital at the age of 77 -- was…

  7. The Bellamy Brothers Talk Being 'Bro Country Before It Was Cool'

    August 08, 2014 5:49 PM EDT has seen country music mainstays The Bellamy Brothers racking up the miles. David Bellamy tells Billboard that they, to quote Hank Snow, have been everywhere this year. "Our tour has actually zigzagged the world this year. We started off the year in India and Sri Lanka, came back…

  8. Weldon Myrick, Steel Guitar Great, Dies At 76

    June 04, 2014 2:50 AM EDT Though there are many great artist-musician relationships in country music history, some stand out a little more others. Don Rich’s enticing Telecaster licks helped to make Buck Owens one of the top recording artists of the 1960s. At the same time period, you would be hard pressed to find a…

  9. Arthur Smith, 'Dueling Banjos' Writer, Dead at 93

    April 04, 2014 7:55 PM EDT Arthur Smith, a multi-instrumentalist whose song "Feudin' Banjos" later became known as the popular "Dueling Banjos," has died. He was 93. According to the Charlotte Observer, Smith, a Charlotte, N.C., resident, passed away April 3 of natural causes, just two days…

  10. Merle Haggard to Headline MerleFest (Exclusive)

    February 10, 2014 9:01 AM EST The music festival known as MerleFest is a celebration of Traditional Music, and the organizer of the North Carolina event have pulled off a major coup with the announcement of a country music legend who defines that term perfectly. Billboard has learned that Merle Haggard has been added to…

  11. Paul Simon and Sting Merge Voices, Styles in Tour Opener: Live Review

    February 09, 2014 10:38 AM EST Paul Simon and Sting apparently meant it when they decided to title their joint concert tour On Stage Together. On opening night at Houston's Toyota Center the two veteran headliners spent plenty of time in each other's company, standing side by side for 10 of the two-hour…

  12. The Everly Brothers' Country Roots Run Deep: A Look at Their Hall of Fame Career

    January 05, 2014 12:24 PM EST As the music world mourns the passing of Phil Everly this past Friday, the impact of Phil and brother Don on the world of country music simply can't be ignored. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, the Everlys' roots run deep in the format. Don was born in…

  13. Donna Summer Returns 'MacArthur Park' To Top Of Dance Chart After 35 Years

    December 19, 2013 7:15 PM EST The late legend brings the song back to the summit after it first led in 1978. Plus, Neon Jungle and Hardwell debut, while Avicii continues to climb. Donna Summer returns a classic to the top of Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, as "MacArthur Park 2013" rises 2-1. Summer&…

  14. George Strait, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift Shine at CMA Awards

    November 06, 2013 11:41 PM EST The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held Wednesday on a rainy night in Nashville, but despite the weather, the spirit of the artists and fans was high as Music City held court for all the world to see. And, on a night when the future of the format was served, the big…

  15. Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare & Jack Clement Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 28, 2013 9:23 AM EDT It was among the last words he spoke during his remarks last night at the 2013 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony, but Kenny Rogers might have summed up the lasting power of being inducted into the exclusive club. As he was talking about the pride he took in sharing the moment…

  16. Steve Wariner Finds His Voice Again on New Album

    September 09, 2013 9:11 AM EDT Steve Wariner grew up enamored of such guitar players as Chet Atkins and James Burton. With that said, he admits that it's a little different to hear some of the newer artists out of Nashville talking about him the reverence he viewed his influences.  "I'm always knocked out…

  17. Bobby Bare Album Launches Plowboy Records

    November 05, 2012 11:55 PM EST Just as his music as been very diverse over the years, Bobby Bare's fan base is equally wide-spread, says the legendary stylist. "I have a wide range of fans," he tells Billboard. "I was working in New York at a club one night, and came into my dressing room, and there sat…

  18. Waylon Jennings' Widow Talks 'Last Recordings' & Movie Progress

    September 28, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Ask Jessi Colter about the first time she ever saw Waylon Jennings , and she remembers well. "I had gone in the studio to put down a song. I was married to Duane Eddy at the time. I had some songs done by Chet Atkins at RCA, and Duane said 'Why don't do a demo for Waylon?'…

  19. Patsy Cline Exhibit Opens at Country Music Hall of Fame

    August 24, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Though she was born Virginia Patterson Hensley, and was referred to by many of her childhood friends as "Ginny," those names don't, have the same ring to it as say Patsy Cline. The country music icon is celebrated in the new Patsy Cline: Crazy For Loving You exhibit, which…

  20. Bobby Bare Has Deja Vu at Historic Studio

    June 06, 2012 6:20 PM EDT It was a scene that made country legend Bobby Bare have a little bit of déjà vu. After all, he had been here before -- many times. "Shame On Me," "Detroit City," "500 Miles Away From Home," and so many others from his RCA years were all recorded at the label'…

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