1. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing a unique brand is a major challenge. Nine of…

  2. The Many Lives of Lou Reed's 'Sweet Jane'

    October 27, 2013 9:19 PM EDT Billboard editor Joe Levy shines a light on "Sweet Jane," Reed's three-chord (four, actually) classic, and one of the best songs rock & roll has produced about itself "So I thought I would explain to you how you make a career out of three chords," Lou Reed…

  3. Cowboy Junkies Getting Back To 'The Folk Vibe' on 'The Wilderness'

    March 08, 2012 3:15 PM EST As Cowboy Junkies prepare to wrap up their four-album Nomad Series with the March 27 release of "The Wilderness," guitarist and chief songwriter Michael Timmins is "kind of stunned" at the breadth and scope of the 18-month project. "It's a lot of music and a lot…

  4. Ask Billboard: Bad Medicine, Good Concerts

    October 15, 2010 4:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Last week , upon…

  5. Cowboy Junkies Plot New Album, Tour

    February 24, 2009 10:58 AM EST Two years after the Cowboy Junkies' last studio effort "At The End of Paths Taken," guitarist Michael Timmins tells Billboard.com the Canadian band is hoping to have a new album out in late 2009 or early 2010. "Right now we're just touring constantly, as we always do,…

  6. Buffett, Crowes Sign On For Newport Folk Fest

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jimmy Buffett, the Black Crowes, Cat Power and Jakob Dylan are among the artists performing at this year's Newport Folk Festival, to be held Aug. 1-3 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I. Jimmy Buffett, the Black Crowes, Cat Power and Jakob Dylan are among the artists performing at…

  7. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    February 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Janet Jackson begins her new chapter at Island Def Jam, Erykah Badu returns from a long recording hiatus with an ambitious new project, Dolly Parton gives mainstream country another try and Goldfrapp Rapper Webbie's "Southern Life 2" (Asylum), featuring the hit "…

  8. Whiskeytown's 'Almanac' Bolstered For Reissue

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST On March 4, Mood Food/Outpost/Geffen/Ume will re-release Whiskeytown's "Strangers Almanac" as a double-disc deluxe edition. The newly expanded version will include previously unreleased Whiskeytown tr On March 4, Mood Food/Outpost/Geffen/Ume will re-release Whiskeytown's …

  9. Their Kind Of 'Town'

    September 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kicked back comfortably in a meeting room at the Sony BMG Nashville offices, Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks exude the same easygoing charm and mischievous sense of camaraderie that characterizes their hig Kicked back comfortably in a meeting room at the Sony BMG Nashville offices, Ronnie Dunn and…

  10. Music On TV Aug. 27-Sept. 2.

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on television listings from Aug. 27-Sept. 2. MONDAY, Aug. 27 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured Artist(s): Ringo Starr, Katie Brown, Tory Johnson. "106 & Park," BET Featured Artist(s): Yung Joc. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured…

  11. Adams Unveils Extensive Fall Itinerary

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ryan Adams has been on the road since the June release of his new Lost Highway album, "Easy Tiger," but the songwriter has added even more dates to his fall itinerary. Ryan Adams has been on the road since the June release of his new Lost Highway album, "Easy Tiger," but…

  12. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    April 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Avril Lavigne grows up and rocks out on her third album, Nine Inch Nails gets creative to build the back story for the dystopian "Year Zero" and Joseph Arthur stretches out in the company of his band The self-titled debut from former "American Idol" contestant Bucky…

  13. Billboard Bits: The Sea & Cake, Cowboy Junkies, Townes Van Zandt

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST Chicago rock outfit The Sea & Cake will return May 8 with a new Thrill Jockey album, "Everybody." The 10-track set was recorded by indie vet Brian Paulson (Slint, Superchunk), marking the first ti As tipped here last month, Chicago rock outfit The Sea & Cake will return May…

  14. Cowboy Junkies To Revisit The 'Trinity'

    October 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Cowboy Junkies are planning a special project to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album, "The Trinity Session," in 2007. Cowboy Junkies are planning a special project to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album, "The Trinity Session,…

  15. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival / April 28-30, 2006 / New Orleans (Fair Grounds)

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT For the 37th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the cherished annual roots and rock gathering that almost didn't happen, emotions were as turbulent as the floodwaters that ravaged this historic c For the 37th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the cherished annual roots and…

  16. Näshville Rock City

    April 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT As Bon Jovi wins its first CMT Award and locks keep getting longer in Nashville, a former hair-metal junkie investigates. Turn on CMT and wait for a video by Keith Urban, Jack Ingram, Big and Rich or Rockie Lynne. Mute the volume. Now unearth your '80s hair-metal collection from the…

  17. Escovedo Recording New Album With Cale

    November 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Alejandro Escovedo is working on a new album that is being produced by Velvet Underground co-founder John Cale. Alejandro Escovedo is working on a new album that is being produced by Velvet Underground co-founder John Cale. Due early next year, the as-yet-untitled set will be the singer…

  18. Hot Product

    August 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: A best-of from teen pop singer Hilary Duff, "Most Wanted" (Hollywood). British rock act Idlewild's "Warnings/Promises" (Capitol). A covers album from veteran Canadian outfit Cowboy Junkies, "…

  19. Harper, Leo, Donnas Salute 'Rubber Soul'

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Ben Harper, Ted Leo, the Fiery Furnaces, the Donnas, Dar Williams and Sufjan Stevens are among the artists confirmed to appear on a song-by-song tribute to the Beatles' "Rubber Soul." Ben Harper, Ted Leo, the Fiery Furnaces, the Donnas, Dar Williams and Sufjan Stevens are among…

  20. Cowboy Junkies Channel 'Blues' On New Album

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Except for two new originals, the 11-track set is a covers-only affair Although it already available for purchase via the band's official Web site , the Cowboy Junkies' latest album, "Early 21st Century Blues," will hit traditional retail outlets Aug. 16 via Latent/Zoe.…

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