1. 10 Reasons Why Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Is Unlike Any Other Music Festival

    September 18, 2016 8:48 PM EDT The 31st annual Farm Aid concert, benefiting the nation’s family farmers, rolled into Bristow, Va., on Saturday, Sept. 17, with the organization’s guiding foursome — Willie Nelson , Neil Young , John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews — joined during the day-long festival at the Jiffy Lube Live…

  2. Alabama Shakes to Bring Sound & Color to 31st Annual Farm Aid Concert in Virginia

    June 21, 2016 12:01 AM EDT Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Margo Price, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter and Insects vs. Robots also join the bill. Alabama Shakes , the roots-rock quintet that topped the Billboard 200 last year with its Grammy Award…

  3. Dave Cobb Talks Spontaneous Producing Style, Studio A and His All-Star Concept Album

    January 29, 2016 11:03 AM EST The Grammy nominee for producer of the year has his own label and will take over Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A. It’s a pretty good time to be Dave Cobb. A current Grammy nominee for producer of the year, his Chris Stapleton project Traveller is up for album of the year and best country…

  4. Watch Don Henley Perform 'Praying for Rain' on 'Austin City Limits': Exclusive

    October 23, 2015 4:34 PM EDT His episode premieres Saturday. Don Henley released his fifth solo album, Cass County , in September. The Eagles singer's first-ever country album hit No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums and Top Album Sales charts.  Going with this new Southern theme, Henley stopped by the PBS…

  5. Nashville's Biggest Songwriters Speak Out About the Lack of Women on Country Radio and the Songs They Wish They Wrote

    July 23, 2015 12:02 PM EDT Hitmakers are the lifeblood of country music. “Songwriting is sort of a 9-to-5 job in Nashville,” says Michael Dulaney, who has collaborated on singles with  Tanya Tucker and Jason Aldean . Unlike in other genres, where artists and producers disappear into studios or rented mansions for…

  6. Lynyrd Skynyrd & Peter Frampton Join Forces on 'Call Me the Breeze': Exclusive Video

    July 17, 2015 2:19 PM EDT When he got the call to be part of an all-star tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd last fall, Peter Frampton didn't hesitate for a moment. "We've known each other on a very close level," Frampton tells Billboard. He joined the group to play J.J. Cale's "Call Me the Breeze…

  7. Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington Recalls When 'Free Bird' Took Flight at Atlanta's Fox Theatre

    May 27, 2015 4:18 PM EDT As the Fox Theatre in Atlanta marks 40 years since preservationists and Southern rockers helped save it from destruction, Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington looked back at the venue where the band recorded one of its greatest albums, “One More For The Road,” and the rock anthem “Free…

  8. Jamey Johnson's 'Christmas' Gift to Fans: New Music

    December 05, 2014 8:02 PM EST After a much-publicized parting of ways with Universal, Jamey Johnson is back in the music-making way. The singer has just released a new five-song EP called The Christmas Song, available at his website , iTunes and Google Play. Johnson tells Billboard it's a good feeling to have new…

  9. Tim McGraw Notches 25th Hot Country Songs No. 1 With 'Shotgun Rider'

    December 05, 2014 5:05 PM EST The veteran scores a milestone leader. Plus, action for Craig Wayne Boyd of NBC's 'The Voice' & more. Tim McGraw scores his first No. 1 in nearly four years on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart (and his first on the list since it switched from measuring core…

  10. 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…

  11. Farm Aid 2013: Pete Seeger Sings Out, Neil Young Speaks Up and Jack Johnson Cows Around

    September 23, 2013 11:16 PM EDT "Oh, but ain't that America, for you and me!" sang John Mellencamp on "Pink Houses" at Farm Aid 2013, the annual benefit for America's family farmers, staged Sept. 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, in Saratoga Springs, New York. "That song,"…

  12. 615 Picks: Top 10 Country Albums of the Year

    December 20, 2012 1:15 PM EST It's that time of year again. Time to look back at the best that country music had to offer in 2012. We'll look at top singles tomorrow (Dec. 20), but first let's nail down the best albums in the genre -- from a former TV star to an 80s pop icon to a tribute album to one of…

  13. Kip Moore's 'Beer' Bounces Up Country Charts, Jason Aldean Debuts Big

    October 25, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Kip Moore scores his second and quickest top 10 on the Nielsen BDS-driven Country Airplay chart, as the artist's third single, "Beer Money," steps 11-10 in its 18th chart week. Moore's first to reach the upper tier was "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," which…

  14. Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' Rolls to No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 24, 2012 11:00 AM EDT The country star motors to his first No. 1, while two other country males -- Scotty McCreery and Jamey Johnson -- also net top five debuts As forecasted a week ago,' "Locked Out of Heaven" ascends 22-9 with Greatest Gainer honors (106,000, up 99%). The lead single from Mars&…

  15. Brandy, Scotty McCreery Aiming For Top Five Debuts On Billboard 200 Chart

    October 20, 2012 9:30 AM EDT As previously reported, country star Jason Aldean is charging his way to a big debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest the singer's "Night Train" is on course to shift around 400,000 (if not more) copies by the end of the tracking week on…

  16. Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' Album Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 17, 2012 7:49 PM EDT Jason Aldean 's "Night Train" is steamrolling its way to a big No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 next week. Industry sources suggest that the album will sell around 400,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Oct. 21. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will…

  17. Grammys Deadline Spurs Early Vinyl Releases From Cher Lloyd, Muse

    September 26, 2012 12:30 PM EDT The rush of late-September album releases can only mean one thing: It's the end of the Grammy Awards eligibility period. Superstars, critical darlings and Grammy bait litter the September release calendar in order to make the Sept. 30 cutoff for Grammy Awards consideration. (The 2012…

  18. CMA Awards: Eric Church, Miranda Lambert Lead Nominations

    September 05, 2012 11:30 AM EDT The nominations for the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards were announced Wednesday morning (September 5), and more than any year in recent memory, a changing of the guard was reflected in the finalists. There was no mention of George Strait, Reba McEntire, or Rascal Flatts in the…

  19. Band of Horses Exclusive: Making of 'Slow Cruel Hands of Time'

    September 04, 2012 2:45 PM EDT When Band Of Horses chose the legendary and well-credentialed Glyn Johns ( Bob Dylan , the Beatles , the Who , Led Zeppelin , the Eagles ) to produce its forthcoming fourth album, "Mirage Rock," the group knew it was making a conscious decision to go with an old school kind of…

  20. Jamey Johnson Releasing Hank Cochran Tribute Album

    August 02, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Award-winning singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson is set to release "Livin' For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran," on Oct. 16. The Buddy Cannon -produced homage to the late country great Hank Cochran , which will be available first on vinyl starting Sept. 25, features…

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