1. Dwight Yoakam's Guide to Bluegrass, From Ralph Stanley to Ricky Skaggs

    September 25, 2016 7:33 PM EDT Country veteran Dwight Yoakam has helped anchor his genre's traditional wing since the '80s, when he first started pumping out hard-charging honky tonk records. His latest album, Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars , looks to revive another strand of country history that has largely…

  2. Country Newcomer Kane Brown Talks New Single, Touring with Florida Georgia Line

    August 23, 2016 11:59 AM EDT RCA recording artist Kane Brown spent most of his childhood on the move. The singer, who has just released a new single, “Thunder In The Rain,” says that family economics dictated those moves. “Growing up, we really didn’t have a lot of money,” he recalled to Billboard . “It was hard finding…

  3. Drake White's 'Livin' The Dream': 
A Gracious Message for a Harsh Time

    January 26, 2016 11:22 AM EST The new country artist hopes his optimistic track is his breakthrough. “When you wake up in the morning,” says Dot singer-songwriter Drake White , “you have a choice whether you want to live a happy day or a sad day.” It’s not as easy as it sounds. If you dig into the news of the day in the…

  4. Tomorrow's Hits: Bea Miller, Jackie Lee, Sofia Reyes

    September 26, 2014 10:05 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success Bea Miller Fifteen-year-old Bea Miller bubbles under the Adult Pop Songs chart with the pure-pop "Young Blood," her debut single…

  5. Ricky Skaggs Talks Memoir, Keith Whitley and His Hall of Fame Prospects

    October 31, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Country music legend Ricky Skaggs has been doing quite a bit of reminiscing as of late – especially with the recent release of his autobiography, "Kentucky Traveler: My Life In Music." The singer tells Billboard that he's happy to have the book available to the public. …

  6. 615 Spotlight: Joanna Smith 'Friends' You

    October 24, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Joanna Smith says growing up in a rural swath of South Georgia was the perfect place to fall in love with music. "There's not much else to do," she tells Billboard with a laugh. "Where I grew up was so rural, it took me about thirty minutes to get to a McDonalds. The town…

  7. 615 Spotlight: Tim Culpepper Pours on the 'Pain'

    September 28, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Pop Tim Culpepper's "Pourin' Whiskey On Pain" album into your music player of choice, and you just might be taken back to the winter months of 1986, when a young Kentucky native on RCA Records named Keith Whitley was first hitting with "Miami, My Amy." If it does…

  8. 615 Spotlight: Due West 'Doin' Things' on Country Charts

    June 06, 2012 1:40 PM EDT This week, we shine the spotlight on someone we've been watching for a while in the 615 -- the trio Due West. Comprised of Matt Lopez, Tim Gates, and Brad Hull, the guys have steadily making their name known to country radio and fans since the release of their very first single, "I…

  9. Lefty Frizzell's Brother Looks to Change Singer's Wild Reputation

    November 21, 2011 2:20 PM EST There's no doubting that William Orville Frizzell was a hero. Better known as "Lefty," the singer - whose string of classic hits included "If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time" and "Saginaw, Michigan," has influenced many artists of his time…

  10. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1989

    August 11, 2009 6:21 PM EDT REPEAT OFFENDER: This week 20 years ago, singer/songwriter Richard Marx joined a select group of male artists who've enjoyed runs of at least three consecutive No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100. After composing "Right Here Waiting," Marx felt the song was so personal that he…

  11. Q&A: Rascal Flatts

    April 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts has achieved in six short years what many acts can only hope for in the length of a career. Rascal Flatts has achieved in six short years what many acts can only hope for in the length of a career. In addition to numerous awards, the band has sold more than 8.8 million records,…

  12. Chart Beat

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Solo Beyoncé bests her Destiny's Child No. 1 quota, plus inside the stats of Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood, Johnny Cash, Dion DiMucci and Mary J. Blige. PICKING UP THE 'CHECK': With "Check On It" (Columbia) advancing to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100, Beyoncé…

  13. Second Generation

    September 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT When the greatest hillbilly stylists are the topic, Keith Whitley's name will forever be on a list that includes the likes of George Jones, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, and Lefty Frizz When the greatest hillbilly stylists are the topic, Keith Whitley's name will…