1. Chely Wright Reflects on Coming Out As a Country Singer & the Ups and Downs of 'Gang Mentality'

    September 19, 2016 6:03 PM EDT “I actually decided to come out of the closet in 2007,” country singer Chely Wright,  who is now married to wife Lauren and has two children, tells Billboard. “It took me three years to get everything together the way that I wanted it. I did start to imagine that I could have a full, balanced…

  2. Dolly Parton Talks Upcoming NBC Movies, 2 New Albums

    August 04, 2016 5:35 PM EDT Dolly Parton ’s new album, Pure & Simple , drops on Aug. 19, followed by The Complete Trio Collection , her project with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt , on Sept. 9. But then the 70-year-old country music legend who is currently on tour in North America will concentrate on more TV…

  3. Charlie Daniels, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Craig Wayne Boyd of `The Voice' on Tap for Summer NAMM in Nashville

    June 22, 2016 2:16 PM EDT Summer NAMM , the mid-year trade show for the $17 billion music and sounds products business, comes to Nashville June 23-25 with veteran and rising stars set to join established and start-up companies showcasing their goods. Charlie Daniels, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of…

  4. Cyndi Lauper Explains 'Detour' Into Country Music: 'I Don't Want to Be Stopped, I Want to Keep Growing'

    May 18, 2016 2:19 PM EDT Just to clear the air, Cyndi Lauper is not the latest in a long string of pop stars attempting to “go country.” Her new release, Detour , an album full of classic country song covers, is less an indicator of the veteran pop star’s desire to change genres than it is a sincere homage to a dozen…

  5. Ann Wilson Sizzles on Solo Dates, Continues with Heart

    October 28, 2015 5:07 AM EDT Ann Wilson is leading a double life these days and she’s enjoying it immensely. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is still touring with Heart , but this fall has also been performing solo in support of her new EP The Ann Wilson Thing! #1 . “It's just totally different from doing the other…

  6. Brad Paisley Says 'God Bless' the Ashley Madison Website Hack

    October 08, 2015 6:05 AM EDT Country star Brad Paisley said "God bless" to the hacking scandal that exposed users of an adultery website for joke material for the upcoming Country Music Association Awards. Paisley and Carrie Underwood return on Nov. 4 to host the awards, which has regularly featured the two…

  7. Emmylou Harris and Dame Evelyn Glennie Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    June 09, 2015 11:31 PM EDT A long day of celebrating the 2015 Laureates for the Polar Music Prize ended a short time ago in Stockholm, with an afternoon ceremony, an evening banquet, an after-party and plenty of love and affection for honorees Emmylou Harris and Dame Evelyn Glennie . The 24th annual Polar Music Prize…

  8. Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell Together Again For New Album

    May 26, 2015 2:04 AM EDT Even though the server got his order wrong, Rodney Crowell waits patiently for his egg-white omelet. He chats with Emmylou Harris as she picks at her grapefruit, revealing his easygoing nature and their comfort with each other. But more than having similar personalities, it's evident…

  9. Emmylou Harris & Evelyn Glennie Named 2015 Polar Music Prize Laureates

    March 10, 2015 3:50 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris and virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie have been named the Laureates for the 2015 Polar Music Prize, to be presented by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in Stockholm on June 9. The announcement that Harris and Glennie will receive the prize at the 24th…

  10. Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel and More Honored at ASCAP's Centennial Awards Gala

    November 18, 2014 9:54 AM EST Stevie Wonder gave an emotional speech that silenced the crowd, Garth Brooks was misty eyed and Billy Joel was classic when he performed "New York State of Mind." The ASCAP Centennial Awards on Monday night honored the musical icons -- including Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim --…

  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. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Vault To No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    July 03, 2014 12:05 PM EDT With 'Somethin' Bad,' the stars score the first No. 1 by teamed-up solo women in more than two decades. Plus, Kenny Chesney achieves his 45th top 10 with 'American Kids' Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood put on an impressive display of girl power on Billboard'…

  13. Jeff Tweedy, Nickel Creek and Janelle Monae to Headline Taste of Chicago

    April 21, 2014 6:51 PM EDT Jeff Tweedy, Nickel Creek, Emmylou Harris and Janelle Monae will headline this year's Taste of Chicago. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy to Appear on Upcoming Episode of 'Parks and Rec' Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events on Monday released the list of…

  14. Linda Ronstadt Rocks Highest-Charting Album In 24 Years

    April 18, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The pop/rock icon – and now Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – returns with 'Duets,' which spurs her best chart rank since 1990 New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt roars back onto the Billboard 200 , as her new compilation "Duets" debuts at No. 32. The bow…

  15. Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Chris Martin On Board for Rock Hall Ceremony

    April 01, 2014 4:43 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Chris Martin: The stars are turning out to salute the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The hall of fame announced Tuesday that "The Boss" will fittingly induct and perform with his loyal E Street Band, while a superstar…

  16. Emmylou Harris To Pen Memoir

    March 19, 2014 11:59 PM EDT Emmylou Harris is adding writer to her list of accomplishments. The acclaimed singer-songwriter has reached a deal with Penguin imprint Blue Rider Press to write a yet-untitled book, aimed for publication in the fall of 2015. Blue Rider executive editor Sarah Hochman will edit. Emmylou Harris…

  17. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather than close the show. Watching "Matlock…

  18. Linda Ronstadt on Losing Her Singing Voice to Parkinson's: 'I Miss It Every Day'

    September 20, 2013 3:57 AM EDT The iconic singer discussed her career and recent diagnosis in a wide-ranging conversation at Manhattan's 92Y on Wednesday. "I just can't make the sounds. … The first note comes out, and then my voice goes into a cramp," Linda Ronstadt told a packed audience at Manhattan…

  19. Shovels and Rope, Emmylou Harris Lead Americana Awards Nominees

    May 14, 2013 4:06 PM EDT Shovels & Rope, the Charleston, S.C., duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, received four nominations from the Americana Music Association at a Grammy Museum ceremony Tuesday that included performances from Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, T Bone Burnett with Lisa Marie Presley,…

  20. Emmylou Harris Talks Second Annual Woofstock

    May 14, 2013 2:32 PM EDT Emmylou Harris tells Billboard that she has always been an animal lover, but having a pet on her well-traveled tour bus didn't click with her at first. "I really didn't have companion animals for most of my adult life. It didn't occur to me to take a dog on the bus with…

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