1. 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…

  2. Bluegrass Music Awards: Steve Martin Honors Earl Scruggs

    September 28, 2012 10:25 AM EDT It was a hard year in the bluegrass world and the loss of icons such as Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson hung over the International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday night. The Gibson Brothers won entertainer of the year and joined Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice as the only multiple winners…

  3. Ricky Skaggs and Barry Gibb Pair Up on New Album

    September 26, 2012 11:20 AM EDT Unlikely Duo Sing 'Soldier's Son,' Off Bluegrass Icon's 'Music to My Ears' Not too long before Bill Monroe passed away in September 1996, Ricky Skaggs made the "Father of Bluegrass" a promise -- that he, along with acts such as Vince Gill and Alison…

  4. Doc Watson, Clarence Ashley Footage Unearthed for New Doc

    June 19, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Folklorist Alan Lomax threw a house party at his New York City home in 1961 to fete the folk musicians -- Roscoe Holcomb, Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson -- in town for a concert thrown by the Friends of Old Time Music. He wanted to mix it up a bit and invited blues musicians such as the…

  5. Doc Watson, Folk Guitar Icon, Dies at 89

    May 29, 2012 9:15 PM EDT Doc Watson, the Grammy-award winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world for more than a half-century, died Tuesday at a hospital in Winston-Salem, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager. He was 89. Watson, who was blind…

  6. Doc Watson, Grammy-Winning Folk Musician, in Critical Condition

    May 25, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Grammy-winning folk musician Doc Watson is in critical condition Friday at a North Carolina hospital after falling at his home in Deep Gap earlier this week. A spokeswoman at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem says Watson remains in critical condition Friday morning. Watson's daughter,…

  7. Banjo Man: Remembering Earl Scruggs

    March 29, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Chet Atkins played the guitar. Bob Wills played the fiddle. Earl Scruggs played the banjo, and did he ever. Scruggs, who passed away yesterday at the age of 88, revolutionized the way that the banjo was played, influencing countless musicians in the process. Born January 6, 1924 in Shelby, NC…

  8. Hall & Oates Revisit Their Past On New Box Set

    October 08, 2009 4:38 PM EDT Daryl Hall and John Oates aren't making any new music together in the foreseeable future, but they're about to lay a load of their past material on fans. "Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall and John Oates" comes out Oct. 13 on Legacy/RCA with 16…

  9. 'Honey' Bunch

    August 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Stars vocalist Amy Millan will release her first solo album, "Honey From the Tombs," this week via Toronto-based label Arts & Crafts. Stars vocalist Amy Millan will release her first solo album, "Honey From the Tombs," this week via Toronto-based label Arts &…

  10. Vintage Folk Concerts Revived For Three-CD Set

    August 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Vintage previously unreleased performances by Bill Monroe, Mississippi John Hurt, Maybelle Carter, Dock Boggs, Doc Watson and the Stanley Brothers will be heard for the first time on the three-CD set Vintage previously unreleased performances by Bill Monroe, Mississippi John Hurt, Maybelle…

  11. Roth Predicts Van Halen Comeback

    May 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Now out of one job, on the radio, David Lee Roth is seeking gainful employment in another capacity -- as lead singer of Van Halen. Again. Now out of one job, on the radio, David Lee Roth is seeking gainful employment in another capacity -- as lead singer of Van Halen. Again. "I see it…

  12. Stars' Amy Millan Dips Into 'Honey'

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Stars vocalist Amy Millan will release her first solo album, "Honey From the Tombs," May 30 in Canada and Aug. 22 in the United States via Toronto-based label Arts & Crafts. Stars vocalist Amy Millan will release her first solo album, "Honey From the Tombs," May 30 in…

  13. Bluegrass Legend Jimmy Martin Dies

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jimmy Martin, one of the greatest vocalists in bluegrass, died Saturday (May 14) in a Nashville hospice where he was battling bladder cancer. He was 77. Jimmy Martin, one of the greatest vocalists in bluegrass, died Saturday (May 14) in a Nashville hospice where he was battling bladder cancer…

  14. Dozens Of Acts Sign On For Merlefest

    September 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Some of the top names in bluegrass and country music have signed on for the 2005 edition of MerleFest, to be held April 28-May 1 at Wilkesboro, N.C. Some of the top names in bluegrass and country music have signed on for the 2005 edition of MerleFest, to be held April 28-May 1 at Wilkesboro,…

  15. 15th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Nominees

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Nominees for the 15th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, to be presented Oct. 7 at the Kentucky Center in Louisville, Ky. The show is the centerpiece of the International Music Bluegrass Mus Below are the nominees for the 15th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, to be…

  16. Hot Product

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Key titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: -- Rapper Keith Murray's "He's Keith Murray" (Def Jam). -- "May 3 03 State College," a triple-disc live album chronicling the longest show of Pearl Jam's career (Epic). -- The self-titled debut…

  17. 'Three Pickers' Concert Heads To CD, DVD

    May 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A 2002 concert that brought together bluegrass legends Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, and Ricky Skaggs will be documented on upcoming CD and DVD releases. Due July 15 via Rounder, "Three Pickers" features A 2002 concert that brought together bluegrass legends Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs,…

  18. AFIM's 2003 Indie Awards

    March 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST The Assn. For Independent Music handed out its 2003 Indie Awards March 18 at a luncheon during its convention at the Orlando (Fla.) World Center Marriott. The AFIM confab was held in conjunction with The Assn. For Independent Music handed out its 2003 Indie Awards March 18 at a luncheon…

  19. Skaggs Goes Live On 'Charleston Music Hall'

    March 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from Billboard magazine. Ricky Skaggs' only live album to date has been "Live in London," a 1985 Epic set recorded at the height of his country chart success. But with the March 25 release of "Live at the Charleston Music Hall" on his Lyric Street…

  20. MerleFest CD, DVD In The Works

    March 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Annual North Carolina Americana festival MerleFest will be documented on CD, DVD, and VHS with the June 17 national bow of the self-released "MerleFest Live! The 15th Anniversary Jam." The releases, w Annual North Carolina Americana festival MerleFest will be documented on CD, DVD,…

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