1. Country Music, Politics & the Lingering Fear of 'Getting Dixie Chicked'

    February 15, 2017 4:50 PM EST The cliche goes that country is all about the song, but one of the seismic events in the genre's recent history actually had nothing to do with music: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas," the Dixie Chicks ' Natalie Maines…

  2. Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers and Alabama Head All-Star Tribute to Randy Travis

    February 10, 2017 3:42 AM EST A near fatal stroke couldn't take away the signature baritone of country star Randy Travis , and dozens of his friends, from Garth Brooks to Kenny Rogers , used their voices and his songs to honor the legend. Travis watched from the side of the stage Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, as…

  3. Country Star Mel Tillis Recovering From Digestive Disease

    January 05, 2017 10:28 PM EST Country music star Mel Tillis is receiving home care following surgery and treatment for a digestive disease. Tillis' publicist, Don Murry Grubbs, says in a statement that the 84-year-old was hospitalized in Nashville a year ago with diverticulitis and later underwent colon surgery.…

  4. Richard Marx's Top 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    December 21, 2016 8:00 AM EST Marx has been a chart force since arriving with his first of seven career-opening top five Hot 100 hits in 1987. In more recent years, he's topped tallies as a writer for *NSYNC, Keith Urban & more. Singer-songwriter, and longtime Billboard chart conqueror, Richard Marx made…

  5. Alabama, Kenny Rogers and More Teaming Up For Randy Travis Tribute Concert

    December 08, 2016 1:08 PM EST Some of country music’s biggest names are coming together to support a good cause at 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time.: A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis in Nashville on Wednesday, Feb. 8. A country music legend, Randy Travis has 10 Gold Records, won six Grammys, and has had five songs…

  6. Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers & More to Perform at Dolly Parton's Telethon for Tennessee Wildfire Victims

    December 07, 2016 8:28 PM EST Country icon Dolly Parton has organized a musical telethon to raise money for victims of the Tennessee wildfires that destroyed more than 1,700 homes in the resort town of Gatlinburg. The event, which will air Dec. 13 on Great American Country, will include performances by Reba McEntire ,…

  7. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame to Honor the 'Timeless' Work of the Late Townes Van Zandt

    October 07, 2016 11:44 AM EDT This Sunday, his peers will honor the late, legendary Texas songwriter. "Townes Van Zandt ranks alongside Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan,” says Grammy-winning country artist Rodney Crowell of the late singer-songwriter. “He inspired so many songwriters to shoot for something that’s…

  8. Kenny Rogers Set to Retire From Music Altogether After 'The Gambler's Last Deal' Tour: 'I've Had My Turn'

    September 26, 2016 7:02 PM EDT Kenny Rogers isn't just calling it a wrap on the road with his current tour. He'll be done with music -- at least making public music -- altogether. Kenny Rogers' 10 Biggest Billboard Country Hits Rogers, whose last album You Can't Make Old Friends , came out in 2013, told…

  9. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Alive and Circlin' At 50 Years

    March 11, 2016 1:17 PM EST Jackson Browne, Vince Gill help the influential band celebrate in an upcoming PBS special. It’s rare that a solo artist can extend a career 50 years. Even harder for a band to make it that long without imploding over creative differences, leadership issues or financial arguments. Thus, when…

  10. Kenny Rogers Calls Alison Krauss, Jennifer Nettles & Home Free 'Great Partners' on Christmas Album

    November 02, 2015 7:48 PM EST Kenny Rogers and Christmas music just seem to go together. Dating back to 1981's Christmas , the singer has enjoyed almost a separate career with his holiday offerings. Once Upon a Christmas (with Dolly Parton ) from 1984 remains a Yuletide standard, while later albums Christmas in…

  11. Colt Ford on Career Highlights & His New 'Classics' Compilation: 'I Fought the Idea for A While'

    October 16, 2015 3:40 PM EDT In his office at Average Joe’s Entertainment south of Nashville, Colt Ford smiles when the subject of greatest-hits albums by country artists comes up. The iconic albums from acts like Kenny Rogers , Alabama and Hank Williams, Jr. all struck a chord with the Georgia native, but Ford himself…

  12. Rosanne Cash, Mark James & More Inducted to Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    October 12, 2015 1:42 PM EDT Vince Gill , Tim McGraw , Hunter Hayes , Emmylou Harris , B.J. Thomas and Ronnie Dunn were among those honoring the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame's  four newest members during an induction gala last night (Oct. 11) at Nashville’s Music City Center. Rosanne Cash , Mark James, Even…

  13. Kenny Rogers Will Retire After Next Tour

    September 25, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Kenny Rogers is hanging up his mic, but not before a farewell tour. The country music legend used the platform of his appearance on the Today show to announce his next world trek would be his last. Details on that tour, however, haven’t been announced just yet.  "I've done this…

  14. Don Henley Previews Star-Studded New Album 'Cass County' in Nashville

    June 12, 2015 6:06 PM EDT The week of the CMA Music Festival brings a wide variety of public figures to Nashville. One of the biggest sightings in town on Thursday was the legendary Don Henley , who stopped by Nashville’s Ruby to give invited guests a first listen to some of the tracks to his upcoming star-studded…

  15. Exclusive: Kenny Rogers Shares a Poem for His Late Mom Lucille Before Mother's Day

    May 08, 2015 2:43 PM EDT Over the course of his nearly six-decade career, Kenny Rogers has made millions of fans all over the world. However, there's one woman who stood firmly in his corner from day one: his mother Lucille. The Country Music Hall of Fame member tells Billboard that he learned so much…

  16. Meet Richard Busch, Lawyer Behind the 'Blurred Lines' Win

    March 11, 2015 3:40 PM EDT The lawyer that won the "Blurred Lines" lawsuit has eluded mainstream media attention, but is well-known with music industry circles. Richard Busch , a partner at Nashville firm King & Ballow, has won some of the biggest music business lawsuits in recent memory. Busch's…

  17. Valentine's Day Country Music Playlist: The Best Love Songs From Past 20 Years

    February 14, 2015 3:19 PM EST Saturday (Feb. 14) marks Valentine's Day, where people celebrate the connections they make with our significant others. With that in mind, we thought we'd go back in the 615 Archives and pick out a few love songs that have stood the test of time. In making the selections for this…

  18. Kenny Rogers Brings The Merriment on Christmas and Hits Through The Years Tour

    December 08, 2014 7:57 PM EST In the fall of 1981, Kenny Rogers released his very first seasonal album, appropriately titled Christmas . Since then, the Country Music Hall of Fame member has released successful holiday follow-ups in 1984 ( Once Upon A Christmas , with Dolly Parton ), 1989 ( Christmas In America ) and…

  19. Chart Highlights: Kelly Clarkson, Seth MacFarlane, Meghan Trainor Debut Holiday Songs on AC

    December 01, 2014 3:10 PM EST 'Tis the season for the Adult Contemporary chart to welcome a sleighful of yuletide tunes. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  20. Christmas in the Country: Five Essential Albums

    November 28, 2014 2:00 PM EST This week in The 615, we have taken a look at some of the holiday's top new Christmas albums in country. To close out our kick-off of the holidays, let's look back at five of the format's essential discs of the season. These are the albums that are a must for your collection,…

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