1. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  2. Dolly Parton Talks 'Blue' Album, Gay Fans and Willie Nelson's 'Dork' Days

    May 13, 2014 9:52 AM EDT "They know I understand what it's like to be me, and to fight for being myself," Parton says of why she's always had a large following in the LGBT community Dolly Parton doesn't really do "small," and that trait has informed her genre-spanning 42nd studio…

  3. 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…

  4. Dierks Bentley Kicks Off His 'Riser' Tour

    May 09, 2014 6:18 PM EDT Dierks Bentley kicks off his "Riser" tour tonight in Charlotte, NC. "I've always been one of those guys who designs sets on cocktail napkins in the back of the bus with the guys in my band," he said at a tour rehearsal earlier this week. This time, however, he's…

  5. Dolly Parton Kicks Off Busy Month With Porter Wagoner Box Set

    May 09, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Ahead of the release of her new album "Blue Smoke," a new box set emerges with Dolly's entire recording history with Porter Wagoner When two larger-than-life creative forces combine, the results are often legendary. Tuesday's release of the six-disc "Just Between You…

  6. Top 10 New School Pop-Punk Bands You Need To Know

    May 08, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Modern Baseball, Candy Hearts and more are setting new trends in power chords, mosh pits and angst. In case you haven't noticed, pop-punk isn't dead. But even if you weren't aware, it's completely understandable. The mainstream music scene -- major labels, Top 40 radio…

  7. 615 Spotlight: Hannah Aldridge Flexes Muscle Shoals Sound on Debut Album 'Razor Wire'

    May 07, 2014 7:16 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Hannah Aldridge will release her debut album, "Razor Wire," on Tuesday (May 13). While she has had experience writing and performing before, putting it all together on a record of her own was quite an experience, as she tells The 615. "It was my first…

  8. Kip Moore Talks Intense New Single, Upcoming Tour With Tim McGraw

    May 07, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Kip Moore was in the mood to talk Nashville, his new single, and Tim McGraw's b-ball skills ahead of a super-intimate gig for Chase Marriott Rewards cardmembers over the weekend at the Listening Room. "This city is exploding," he said. "I was talking about it the other…

  9. Chris Janson Banks on New EP, Constant Touring

    May 06, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Chris Janson has a lot going on in his life and career these days. He and his wife Kelly just added son Jesse Bo to their family on March 19, and his career continues to grow by leaps and bounds with the release of the Columbia Nashville EP, "Take It To The Bank." After a stint on…

  10. Julia Sheer Stars in 'Blackbird Sings' on YouTube

    May 05, 2014 5:23 PM EDT YouTube's Country Now channel launching new series starring the viral star The music business is an ever-changing model. What the rules are might very well be old hat by next week. That novel approach to the business shines very brightly with this week's launch of a new…

  11. Bruce Springsteen Leaves Fans Wanting More at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

    May 04, 2014 1:17 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band returned to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday, giving thousands of fans the show they hoped for, but some left wanting more. He kicked off his three-hour set with "High Hopes," the title track of his latest album, before…

  12. Randy Rogers Band Releases 'Homemade' Live Album, Talks 'Endless Tour'

    May 02, 2014 2:34 PM EDT The Randy Rogers Band have a new album on the market. Titled "Homemade Tamales: Live At Florres," the CD / DVD combination is a long time coming. "It's been ten years since our last [live album], and we wanted to put a stamp on where we're at. We've done four…

  13. Decades of Grand Ole Opry Hits Highlighted in New Collection

    May 01, 2014 1:27 PM EDT For almost 90y years, the Grand Ole Opry has come to symbolize the best of what is associated with country music. A brand new four-CD set shines the spotlight on some of that illustrious musical history with the release of Grand Ole Opry By The Decades – a collection that is available…

  14. Wayne Hancock Injured in Motorcycle Accident

    April 30, 2014 7:56 PM EDT Wayne Hancock, one of Texas country music's most enduring artists, will be recuperating from the sidelines this spring after being involved in a motorcycle accident over the weekend. Hancock, an experienced rider, was taken at first to a local ICU, and is currently recovering in a…

  15. 615 Spotlight: David Fanning Drops Justin Timberlake-Penned First Single

    April 30, 2014 6:26 PM EDT There's a very good reason if David Fanning's debut single, "Drink You Away," sounds familiar: The song was written and originally recorded by superstar Justin Timberlake for his "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2" album. "It's the craziest thing to think…

  16. James House Is Back With 'Broken Glass, Twisted Steel' Album, Tour

    April 30, 2014 5:21 PM EDT As an artist, James House placed nine records on the Billboard country charts between 1989 and 1996, with the biggest being 1995’s "This Is Me Missing You," which hit No. 6 in 1995 – almost two decades ago. Since that time, he has also found success as a songwriter with hits from…

  17. George Jones Gets Alt-Country Tribute on One-Year Anniversary of Death

    April 29, 2014 10:58 AM EDT This past Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of George Jones. Since his passing, several artist have given the covers treatment to several of his biggest hits, however there's one Jones-related collection that stands apart from the rest.  Deer Lodge Records, a…

  18. 'Regulate' At 20: Warren G & Michael McDonald Discuss the G-Funk Jam

    April 28, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Warren G is interested in recruiting Macklemore for a 20-year anniversary version of 'Regulate.' Michael McDonald had just hit the Lower East Side of the N-Y-C, and while he wasn't on a mission trying to find Mr. Warren G, fate was about to intervene. This was 1996 or '…

  19. Moogfest 2014: Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, FlyLo, Janelle Monae Hit Asheville

    April 27, 2014 1:16 AM EDT Moogfest feels like a Philip Dick fan convention soundtracked by a heavy, relentless bass line. The weird and wired festival kicked off in Asheville on Wednesday afternoon with perhaps its least exciting event: a panel with Moog Music CEO Mike Adams, the Mayor of Asheville and others,…

  20. Josh Turner Tackles 'Man Stuff' in First Book

    April 25, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Since he made his Billboard chart debut in 2002, Josh Turner has been one of the most consistent recording artists in the country format, with hits such as "Time Is Love," "Your Man," and "Firecracker" to his credit. Coming up on Tuesday, the MCA Nashville…

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