1. OilPatch Festival Brings Thousands to Oklahoma Small Town for Free Music

    July 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Drumright, Okla. may not be known as the center of the universe. However, the town -- located just an hour outside of Tulsa -- undergoes a metamorphosis on July 4 each year, with as the OilPatch Festival attracts thousands to the area. While the normal population of the city is 2,907, the oil…

  2. John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas & Gretchen Peters Picked for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    July 08, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Association International have announced the inductees into the NSAI Hall of Fame, with four of Music City’s top tunesmiths being selected for induction this October. Being named to the Hall of the “Class of 2014” are John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, and…

  3. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  4. 615 Spotlight: Kaitlyn Baker & Her Debut Single 'Burn'

    June 25, 2014 6:45 PM EDT Things are definitely going at a quick pace for newcomer Kaitlyn Baker as of late. The songstress has just released her debut single, “Burn,” which hit iTunes Tuesday (June 24). She’s taken to the airwaves to promote it. “We had a TV interview this morning in Nashville, and did two songs…

  5. 615 Spotlight: Lera Lynn Debuts 'La Di Da' Off Next Album (Exclusive)

    June 19, 2014 10:20 AM EDT This week in The 615 Spotlight, Billboard is excited to debut "La Di Da" from Lera Lynn. It's the lead track from her upcoming project The Avenues, which is set for a Sept. 9 release. "It's a song I started writing really late one night a couple of years ago,"…

  6. 20 Hot Bonnaroo Moments Day 4: Elton John Brings Out Ben Folds, Arctic Monkeys & Wiz Khalifa Shine

    June 16, 2014 4:13 AM EDT Even if it seemed like Kaskade’s late night Saturday set was barely over, Bonnaroo cruised into its final day (June 15) with the approaching Elton John finale giving everyone a little extra incentive to power on. But before the piano legend made his first-ever American festival appearance, an…

  7. Bonnaroo's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See) 

    June 11, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Frank Ocean or Flaming Lips? Zedd or Lauryn Hill? Here are the most painful set overlaps, and which artist to see. Picture this: it's Friday night at Bonnaroo. The daytime heat has broken and you just filled your stomach with something from a nearby food truck that's healthy,…

  8. Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers Bring Taste of California to Nashville

    June 10, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Thursday marks the kickoff for the 2014 season of Nashville Dancin' the annual concert series held on Nashville's Riverfront Park, and the night promises some interesting talent. The Kernal & His New Strangers and Los Colognes will be on the bill, as will headliner Houndmouth.…

  9. Hunter Hayes Performs Surprise Show, Hits Studio With John Legend

    June 08, 2014 7:05 AM EDT Quite a bit of what fans see during the CMA Music Festival is scripted and planned. However, there are always a few surprises that filter into the week's worth of activities. Hunter Hayes definitely gave his fans a little something extra on Friday with a surprise performance downtown.…

  10. Dailey & Vincent Taping First Live Album at George Mason University

    June 03, 2014 9:43 AM EDT Bluegrass superduo Dailey & Vincent are working at a feverish pace these days. This past weekend saw them in Washington D.C. performing at the Library of Congress, and also making another stop in the area to set up their next project. "We are looking at doing the first ever Dailey …

  11. Miranda Lambert Talks 'Platinum' Song-By-Song: Exclusive Interview

    June 02, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Miranda Lambert's new album "Platinum" (out June 3) picks up where the singer/songwriter left off with 2011's "Four The Record," when she continued to blow past those who might have written her off as a one-note show, all bombast and arsenal. On "Platinum,…

  12. Ex-Billboard Writer Undertakes Labor of Love for New Orleans' Gay Gospel Legend Raymond Myles

    May 21, 2014 9:53 PM EDT Back in 1982 on his first visit to New Orleans when Leo Sacks was a 25-year-old Billboard correspondent covering the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he wrote about a vibrant performer and powerful gospel singer named Raymond Myles, who led a spirited choir called The RAMS (the…

  13. 615 Spotlight: Kelsey Waldon Hits 'The Goldmine'

    May 21, 2014 8:48 PM EDT Kelsey Waldon says that while her style of country offers a more traditional slant, she can certainly identify with many of the lyrics on the radio these days. She just chooses to go a different route.  "I definitely know about those things," she admits. "I grew up on a dirt…

  14. Sturgill Simpson Shuns 'Tailgating and Spring Breaks' on New Album

    May 16, 2014 2:12 PM EDT Sturgill Simpson's latest album, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music," has been garnering some great early reviews. Not that he's had a lot of time to read them, as he's got other things on his mind. "Our first child is coming in about a month, and everything…

  15. 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…

  16. LouFest 2014: Outkast, Arctic Monkeys Top Lineup

    May 13, 2014 1:01 AM EDT Grouplove, Cake, Future Islands and Portugal. The Man also set to perform at annual festival in St. Louis Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Cake and Grouplove are among some of the big names headlining this year's LouFest in St. Louis this year. The two-day festival will bring 40 bands to Forest…

  17. As the Decemberists Hibernate, Its Members Focus on Black Prairie (Q&A)

    May 09, 2014 1:08 PM EDT The Decemberists have been recording off-and-on and will "ramp up" next year, says Nate Query. Until then, four of the band's members push on with Black Prairie, which has released new album "Fortune" "Fortune," the new album from Black Prairie, the Portland…

  18. Eurovision Spotlight Falls On Austria's Bearded Drag Queen

    May 08, 2014 4:00 AM EDT When Austria's entry takes the stage Thursday at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, the spotlight will slowly reveal a lone figure with wide sensual eyes, glossy painted lips, high cheekbones - and a man's full dark beard. Conchita Wurst - the alter ego of 25-year-old…

  19. Tune-Yards Explores Her Daring Side On 'Nikki Nack': Album Review

    May 07, 2014 5:32 PM EDT About a year-and-a-half after Merrill Garbus, who records under the moniker Tune-Yards, released her breakthrough 2011 sophomore record, "whokill," a groove-inducing tour de force of looped vocals and African-inspired polyrhythms that made critics and crowds take notice, she couldn&…

  20. Hunter Hayes Leads Country's Youth Revolution, Without a Pickup Truck or Beer in Sight

    May 06, 2014 1:28 PM EDT With new album "Storyline," 22-year-old prodigy Hunter Hayes is leading country's youth revolution -- without a pickup truck or beer can in sight. Strolling into a trendy eatery in Las Vegas, Hunter Hayes, casually clad in jeans and a gray T-shirt, is teeming with the youthful…

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