1. Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby Keith & More to Perform at This Year's ACM Honors

    August 09, 2017 1:07 PM EDT The ACM Honors are back this September with a stacked lineup featuring performances from some of the biggest names in country music. On Wednesday (Aug. 9) the Academy of Country Music announced the 11th annual ACM Honors on Sept. 15 includes performances from Kelsea Ballerini , Vince Gill ,…

  2. Vince Gill's 15 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

    August 07, 2017 10:43 AM EDT Just like Marty Robbins before him, there is no style of music that Vince Gill hasn't mastered. Whether it be his home base of country music, his first love of bluegrass, rock or blues, Vince Gill is an artist who can do it all -- and do it very well. Of course, the main ingredient…

  3. New GM Sally Williams Considers The Grand Ole Opry's Synergistic Future

    March 16, 2017 2:21 PM EDT The Opry's realignment creates a mini-circuit around a landmark country radio show. When bluegrass act Dailey & Vincent was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry on Dec. 30 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, Opry vice president/GM Pete Fisher oversaw the process. Sally Williams , the GM…

  4. Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Vince Gill Kick Out the Multi-Guitar Jams at Country Radio Showcase

    February 23, 2017 11:00 PM EST Lauren Alaina and Dierks Bentley also won standing ovations at Universal Nashville's annual show for country radio programmers at Nashville's Ryman. Country music doesn’t have a lot of superstar singer/songwriters who also happen to double as guitar heroes, but all three figures…

  5. 10 Best Country Albums of 2016: Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Hank Williams Jr. & More

    December 19, 2016 9:00 AM EST From undeniable debuts to heartbreaking farewell statements to new efforts from the format's most timeless legends, 2016 was a rich year for country music. Though men still control the charts, 2016 saw women flex their artistic muscle and arguably dominate the genre in a way not seen…

  6. Dierks Bentley Sets Kobalt Publishing Deal

    December 14, 2016 8:46 AM EST The wide-ranging agreement includes the sale of the country star's back catalog. Independent publishing services firm Kobalt Music has signed Dierks Bentley in a deal that includes the acquisition of his back catalog by Kobalt Music Copyrights, Billboard  has exclusively learned. The…

  7. Thomas Rhett Knows It's Wife Lauren Who Is The 'Star Of The Show'

    November 17, 2016 8:48 AM EST The country star's new single, co-written with dad Rhett Akins, pre-dates "Die A Happy Man." It’s probably fair to consider “Star of the Show” to be a social statement about a personal matter. Thomas Rhett wrote it about his wife, Lauren Gregory , in October 2012, when he still…

  8. The CMA Awards' Golden Anniversary: 50 Years, 50 Highlights

    November 01, 2016 2:04 PM EDT George Strait, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift and even a former president are part of the trophy's history. From Jack Greene ’s triple play in the first year to Chris Stapleton ’s career-making appearance at the 49th installment, the Country Music Association Awards have become…

  9. CMA's 'Forever Country' Song Features Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson & 28 More Country Superstars: Listen

    September 16, 2016 7:24 PM EDT The 50th Annual CMA Awards' celebratory star-studded spectacle of a song "Forever Country" was released Friday (Sept. 16) and it includes 30 of the genre's biggest names of past and present fame.  The song pays tribute to country music's legacy by combining John…

  10. Dierks Bentley Picks His Top 5 Country Videos of All Time

    July 29, 2016 11:48 AM EDT If there is any country artist who knows the importance of a music video in one’s career, it’s Dierks Bentley . The Capitol Nashville superstar’s first video -- for 2003’s “What Was I Thinkin'” -- definitely turned heads and helped to set him apart from the pack. Of course, he took home…

  11. Maddie & Tae's Top 5 Favorite Male Country Artists

    July 29, 2016 11:45 AM EDT Though the very first hit record from Maddie & Tae , “A Girl in a Country Song,” detailed the plight that female artists have in making it in today’s market, the song was in no way an indictment of the male gender. In fact, Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye definitely have their favorites among…

  12. Country Music Turns to God In Turbulent Social Period

    June 24, 2016 2:40 PM EDT New releases from Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood and Hillary Scott hinge on spiritual imagery. At a time that Americans are still baffled and hurt by the brutal slaying of 49 people in Orlando, Fla., it’s poetic that Tim McGraw ’s “Humble and Kind” was confirmed as the No. 1 title on…

  13. Charlie Daniels, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Craig Wayne Boyd of `The Voice' on Tap for Summer NAMM in Nashville

    June 22, 2016 2:16 PM EDT Summer NAMM , the mid-year trade show for the $17 billion music and sounds products business, comes to Nashville June 23-25 with veteran and rising stars set to join established and start-up companies showcasing their goods. Charlie Daniels, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of…

  14. Cyndi Lauper Explains 'Detour' Into Country Music: 'I Don't Want to Be Stopped, I Want to Keep Growing'

    May 18, 2016 2:19 PM EDT Just to clear the air, Cyndi Lauper is not the latest in a long string of pop stars attempting to “go country.” Her new release, Detour , an album full of classic country song covers, is less an indicator of the veteran pop star’s desire to change genres than it is a sincere homage to a dozen…

  15. 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…

  16. Joey + Rory's Bittersweet 'Hymns' Debuts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums Chart

    February 23, 2016 11:23 AM EST Joey + Rory 's Hymns bows atop Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated March 5). The inspirational country album sold 68,000 copies in the sales week ending Feb. 18, according to Nielsen Music. On the multigenre Billboard 200, the LP debuts at No. 4 (with 70,000 in consumption)…

  17. Get Real: Country Radio Insiders Laud Authenticity as Winning Formula

    February 18, 2016 3:00 PM EST Tim McGraw's social media confession points to a key attribute for radio to follow. “I hate social media.” Tim McGraw ’s response on Feb. 10 to the last question 
during the last panel of Country Radio Seminar in Nashville underscored one of the basic messages of the entire three-day…

  18. Chris Stapleton, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town Try Out New Songs at Universal Nashville's Country Showcase

    February 10, 2016 1:51 PM EST “Snow day at the Ryman -- what could be better?” said Little Big Town’s Philip Sweet, kicking off an afternoon of music for attendees at Nashville’s annual Country Radio Seminar, as flurries accumulated on the storied Ryman Auditorium’s stained glass windows. Country’s biggest label group,…

  19. Vince Gill on Getting Better With Age and the X-Rated Alter Ego He Wishes He Could Unveil

    February 10, 2016 12:15 PM EST Vince Gill is known for his pitch-perfect notes on beautiful love ballads like “Look At Us” and songs of anguish and heartbreak such as “Worlds Apart.” However, underneath those angelic tones is another little-known goal of the Country Music Hall Of Fame member: He would love to record an…

  20. New Year, New Artists: Country Circulates Young Blood In 2016

    January 22, 2016 2:37 PM EST Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and solo Charles Kelley are among the newbies with albums out or on the way. A year ago, Cam , Old Dominion and Chris Stapleton were relative unknowns who had some irons in the fire but no guarantees for their future. Now, they’re all key pieces of country’s…

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