1. The Civil Wars, Bonnie Raitt Highlight Americana Awards

    September 13, 2012 9:15 AM EDT Gillian Welch and her partner Dave Rawlings, The Civil Wars and Alabama Shakes took home trophies, but Music City was the big winner at Wednesday night's Americana Honors & Awards. Five of six winners at the Ryman Auditorium event are based in Nashville, further cementing the city&…

  2. 'Love for Levon' Helm Benefit: John Mayer, Dierks Bentley + More

    August 23, 2012 9:10 AM EDT John Mayer, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley and several other musicians are getting together to pay tribute to the late Levon Helm . The "Love for Levon" benefit concert will be held Oct. 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. It will include performances from such artists as My…

  3. Phil Lesh on Recording New Music: 'What's the Point?'

    July 21, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Phil Lesh and Bob Weir are in their fourth year of touring with their latest post-Grateful Dead aggregate, Furthur. And as far as Lesh is concerned, the road is where Furthur belongs, so don't expect to see the sextet in the recording studio soon -- or any time at all. "Nobody'…

  4. Rock Hall Broadcast: Dedicated to Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys

    May 04, 2012 6:25 PM EDT HBO's broadcast of the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which debuts at 9 p.m. ET Saturday (May 5) will be dedicated to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who were inducted on April 14 in Cleveland. MCA / Mike D / Ad-Rock • SLIDESHOW: Beastie Boys 101 •…

  5. At Levon Helm's Barn, Fans and Friends Say Goodbye

    April 27, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Fans poured into Levon Helm 's barn and concert space in Woodstock, N.Y., Thursday to pay tribute to the late drummer, mandolinist and songwriter who died of cancer last week . A school bus company that shuttled mourners to Helm's home told reporters they had driven nearly 2,000…

  6. Bob Dylan Receives Medal of Freedom

    April 27, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Bob Dylan has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor bestowed upon a United States civilian. The singer-songwriter was one of 13 recipients announced by President Obama on Thursday. The Medal of Freedom recognizes "individuals who have made especially…

  7. Appreciation: The Miracle of Levon Helm

    April 20, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Some concerts stick with you when you wonder if it's the last time you'll ever see a particular performer. Levon Helm was a mystery that way. He took his place behind the drums positioned downstage at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 15, 2010, the audience clearly relieved…

  8. Bob Dylan Remembers Levon Helm: 'One of the Last True Great Spirits'

    April 20, 2012 1:30 AM EDT Bob Dylan and the Band had a thrilling musical relationship, but with the death of drummer Levon Helm on Thursday, it's the personal connection that Dylan remembers. "He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation,"…

  9. Levon Helm of The Band Is Dead at 71

    April 19, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Levon Helm, a passionate musician, actor and the last surviving lead singer of The Band, whose Southern tenor was heard on the group's classic songs "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," died Thursday afternoon after a long battle with…

  10. Robbie Robertson 'So Saddened' Over Levon Helm Illness

    April 18, 2012 8:27 PM EDT With news breaking on Tuesday that Levon Helm is in "the final stages of his battle with cancer," he's receiving words of support from a pair of his Band mates. "Last week I was shocked and so saddened to hear that my old band mate, Levon, was in the final stages of his…

  11. Levon Helm in 'Final Stages' of Cancer

    April 17, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Family Asks for Prayers for The Band's Last Surviving Vocalist Levon Helm, a treasured voice in Americana music whose Southern drawl and busy-but-tight drumming brought an authenticity to The Band, is losing his decade-long battle with cancer, his family announced on Tuesday. "Levon…

  12. Country Music's Very Good Grammy Night

    February 13, 2012 4:20 PM EST Emotion reigned supreme at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, from the dramatic return and triumph of Adele to Jennifer Hudson's stunning tribute to Whitney Houston. Nashville was well represented as well, with some of the biggest stars in country music making appearances. All About the…

  13. Jason Aldean 'Flying High' After Grammy Nominations

    December 01, 2011 12:00 PM EST The nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards reflect a mix of cutting-edge sounds and old favorites in the country field. In the Best Country Solo Performance slot,| SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED "I'm flying pretty high right now," Aldean told the press backstage at the Grammy…

  14. Travis Barker: Inside His Hip-Hop Passion Project

    February 15, 2011 6:30 PM EST T ravis Barker outshines Lil Wayne , Rick Ross , Game and Swizz Beatz on his debut single, and he does it without saying a word. On the track "Can a Drummer Get Some," which hit iTunes on Feb. 1, the Blink-182 percussionist delivers a swing-and-smash drumming performance punctuated…

  15. Elton John Welcomes Christmas Baby Boy

    December 28, 2010 7:45 AM EST E lton John and his partner have become the proud parents of a son born to a surrogate in California on Christmas Day, UsMagazine reported on Monday. The boy, named Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, is the first for the British rock star and Canadian filmmaker David Furnish, who have been…

  16. Billboard Bits: 50 Cent's House Burgled By Wine Lover, Lady Gaga Groped in Paris

    December 21, 2010 6:00 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 50 Cent's House Burgled By Wine Lover Two men broke into 50 Cent 's Connecticut mansion this morning and were arrested by police after security guards had tipped them off about the disturbance. One of the…

  17. Billboard Bits: M.I.A. Still Promises Free Show, Don Imus Preps 'Ranch Record'

    September 08, 2010 6:35 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. M.I.A. Still Promising Free Show M.I.A. has scheduled a show in New York City for Sept. 27, but the set will not be free, despite the singer's promise that she will hold a free NYC concert to amend for a…

  18. Fagen, McDonald, Scaggs Join Forces For Rhythm Revue Tour

    June 14, 2010 3:00 PM EDT Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald and Steely Dan's Donald Fagen will join forces as the Dukes of September this summer when they hit the road for the 15-date (and growing) Rhythm Revue tour, starting Aug 19 in Danbury, Conn. The jaunt is an outgrowth of all three men's involved in the…

  19. Dave Rawlings Tops Americana Awards Nominations

    May 12, 2010 2:13 PM EDT D ave Rawlings is the top nominee for this year's Americana Music Association Awards. Rawlings, long happy to stand in the shadows as a producer and longtime collaborator with Gillian Welch , received four nominations, including album of the year for his debut, "A Friend of a Friend…

  20. New Orleans Jazz Fest / April 23-25 / Fairgrounds Racetrack

    April 27, 2010 6:00 PM EDT With three days of memorable performances by artists as varied as Simon and Garfunkel , Drake , My Morning Jacket , the Allman Brothers , and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band , the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April 23-25) demonstrated just why the yearly…

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