1. Exclusive Album Premiere: Folk-Bluegrass Trio Judah & the Lion's 'Kids These Days'

    September 02, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Folk-bluegrass band Judah & The Lion will release their debut full-length disc, Kids These Days , on Sept. 9. And Billboard.com is exclusively premiering the album, the follow-up to their 2013 EP, Sweet Tennessee,  which reached the No. 2 spot on the Bluegrass Albums chart. Click below to…

  2. Country Duo The Secret Sisters on Their New Extended Disc and Paying Tribute to The Everly Brothers

    August 29, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The Secret Sisters -- siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers -- may be a country duo, but their eclectic musical background filters into their sound. “We grew up listening from everything to classic country to bluegrass to gospel to pop," Laura tells Billboard. "Dad was big into Crosby,…

  3. Step Inside Bristol's Newly-Opened Birthplace of Country Music Museum

    August 21, 2014 7:34 PM EDT Long before Nashville became established as a recording center for country music, there were a few historic sessions that took place outside of Music City. Perhaps the most important took place about 300 miles to the east in Bristol, TN. Bristol is celebrating its role in the history of…

  4. Crossfaith, Phoenix & More Hit Japan's Summer Sonic

    August 21, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Ellie Goulding, Arctic Monkeys, Queen with Adam Lambert & more also grace the Tokyo & Osaka stages. Summer Sonic, the biggest music festival in Japan devoted to international repertoire, was held Aug. 16 and 17 simultaneously in Tokyo and Osaka. The event has recently seen industry…

  5. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  6. Boxcars Lead Nominees For International Bluegrass Music Awards

    August 13, 2014 11:31 PM EDT The Boxcars, Blue Highway and The Del McCoury Band are the leading nominees in the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards . The nominations were announced Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, by the International Bluegrass Music Association, which will hold the award show on Oct. 2 in…

  7. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy Announces 'Sukierae' Tour Dates With Son Spencer

    August 13, 2014 10:24 AM EDT Jeff Tweedy is heading out on the road this fall to promote his upcoming album Sukierae , which features his son Spencer on drums. In that spirit, the 18-year old Tweedy will accompany his dad on the tour, which kicks off in September. The project is called TWEEDY and the new album drops Sept…

  8. Outside Lands 2014 Friday Highlights: Kanye West, Disclosure, Kacey Musgraves and More

    August 09, 2014 10:40 AM EDT There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don’t worry,…

  9. Soul Legend Sam Moore Takes on Bluegrass With New Song 'Jesus & Jones'

    August 06, 2014 11:58 PM EDT During the years between 1965 and 1968, the R&B duo known as Sam & Dave embarked on what turned out to be a magical period. Seven of their Stax singles found a home in the top 10 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart at the time, including the classics “Hold On, I’m Comin',” …

  10. Concert Review: Bluegrass Legend Ricky Skaggs Dips Into the Past (and Introduces a Future Star)

    August 05, 2014 5:04 PM EDT As has been the tradition the past few years, the legendary Ricky Skaggs closed out the Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman in Nashville on July 31. Along with his ace band, Kentucky Thunder, the performer delivered a set that showcased his love of the tradition of bluegrass…

  11. Listen to the Exclusive Stream of Country Newcomer Risa Binder's Debut EP

    July 31, 2014 12:00 PM EDT New York City might not necessarily seem like a hotbed for country music, but newcomer Risa Binder has found a big appetite for it in the Big Apple. “There are so many country fans in New York that it would surprise you,” the Brooklyn-based singer tells Billboard. “Whenever a major act comes…

  12. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  13. After Singer Buddy Melton's Farming Accident, Bluegrass Band Balsam Range Even "Tighter"

    July 24, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Buddy Melton, the lead singer for rising bluegrass band Balsam Range feels lucky to get to perform -- and not for the standard reasons. In 2012, he was involved in a 2012 farming accident that resulted in several procedures to repair his sinus cavity. Doctors were unsure whether the singer…

  14. Attention, Country Music Hall of Fame Voters: Here's Who You Need to Induct

    July 17, 2014 12:51 PM EDT To: The Voters for the Country Music Hall of Fame First of all, I understand the responsibility that you have to the industry and to the Hall as you go through your voting process each year. It seems that with each selection you make, the cries get louder for others to be inducted. It is a…

  15. Drake's Top 25 Moments In Sports: Fair & Foul

    July 16, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Drake may never have accompanied a championship-contending boxer to the ring, but as a Jewish-Canadian rapper, he sure knows about being an underdog. Drake lives life like a guy who can walk again after being wheelchair-bound in high school. In an effort to make up for lost time and to…

  16. Tommy Ramone, Mysterious Heart of the Ramones, Remembered by Robert Christgau

    July 13, 2014 2:07 PM EDT They were – among other things – our symbolic eternal teenagers. It's shocking that all four original Ramones are now dead – but it's also shocking that only one member of this archetypal rock band suffered rock's archetypal death by excess. Dee Dee OD'd, but it was…

  17. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  18. 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…

  19. 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 Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees, 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 Gretchen Peters. "Here in…

  20. 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…

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