1. Jerrod Niemann Ties 'Blue Bandana' 
to a Slew of Unlikely Summer Festivals

    August 06, 2015 11:16 AM EDT Jake Owen passed on the rocking song, which name-checks festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella For decades, state and county fairs were the key part of the summer touring season for country artists. But in recent years, festivals have become at least equally important, if for no other…

  2. Imagine Dragons to Join Willie Nelson & Friends for 30th Farm Aid Concert in Chicago

    July 28, 2015 1:00 AM EDT The guiding foursome of Farm Aid -- Willie Nelson , Neil Young , John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews -- will celebrate a milestone for the organization that supports America's family farmers with a 30th-anniversary concert in Chicago on Sept 19, featuring  Imagine Dragons , whose album…

  3. Luke Bryan Says He Misspoke When He Equated Outlaw Country to Drug Use

    July 15, 2015 4:40 PM EDT Country star Luke Bryan said he misspoke when he differentiated himself from outlaw country musicians like Willie Nelson , Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings by saying he doesn't do drugs. Bryan, the reigning Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year,…

  4. Willie Nelson Earns High Honor From Washington, D.C.

    July 09, 2015 3:41 PM EDT The famed singer & guitarist is called "an explorer who has redrawn the boundaries of country music throughout his career." Willie Nelson is the latest recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The Gershwin prize recognizes a living music artist’s…

  5. 'Yeah Boy': Why Kelsea Ballerini Is Country Radio's Gutsiest Songwriter

    June 30, 2015 10:50 AM EDT "Sometimes it's hard to be a woman," Tammy Wynette croons on the first line of her 1968 classic "Stand By Your Man." In recent years that's proven particularly true in commercial country, where a fairly anonymous army of beer-swilling dudes in plaid shirts have…

  6. Veteran Texas Musician Mike Flanigin Teams Up With ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons on 'The Drifter': Exclusive Song Premiere

    June 17, 2015 1:11 PM EDT Veteran Texas sideman Mike Flanigin made his first-ever solo album, The Drifter , with a little help from his friends. And after 25 years of playing, including a residency with Austin's famed Antone's house band, that list is impressive. The Drifter , due out Aug. 21, features…

  7. Michael Franti, Bonnie Raitt & Indigo Girls Join Forces on 'Buy This Fracking Album': Exclusive Premiere

    June 16, 2015 12:45 PM EDT Producer Jason Samel is using his talents for the greater good with his latest compilation,  Buy this  Fracking  Album . Specifically, the producer (whose resume includes work with everyone from Willie Nelson to Jane's Addiction ) wants to use his music to draw attention to the…

  8. Listen to Warren Haynes' 'Company Man': Exclusive Premiere

    June 15, 2015 11:56 AM EDT Ashes and Dust  may be a new release for Warren Haynes , but it features music the Gov't Mule leader and former Allman Brothers Band guitarist has been working to get out for quite some time. "I've been writing these kinds of songs my whole life, and as far back as probably six…

  9. Country Legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Team for No. 1 Debut on Top Country Albums Chart

    June 12, 2015 1:13 PM EDT "Django and Jimmie" also gives Haggard his first top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. Two country legends arrive in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart (dated June 20) as Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard debut at No. 7 with their new collaborative album Django and Jimmie . It moved…

  10. Kacey Musgraves on 'Going Against the Grain,' Country Radio and Why She's Not Exactly 'Miss Congenial'

    June 01, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Kacey Musgraves is perched on a coffee shop stool in Nashville, scrolling through images on her phone for photographic evidence of her brief -- and unsuccessful -- pageant career. “This was me,” says the 26-year-old, arriving at a shot of her sole run at the Little Miss Tater Tot title in her…

  11. Neil Young Announces 'Monsanto Years' Release Date and Tracklist, Shares New Video: Watch

    May 27, 2015 1:43 AM EDT Neil Young , the veteran rocker, digital music entrepreneur and eco-warrior will release his new concept album The Monsanto Years on June 29 through Reprise Records.  Young’s latest effort, which he cut with Promise Of The Real , an act that includes Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah,…

  12. Norah Jones Pays Tribute to Blue Note's Bruce Lundvall at Farm Aid Benefit

    May 20, 2015 4:17 PM EDT In a rare solo piano performance Tuesday night at New York’s City Winery , Norah Jones played a benefit to raise funds for Farm Aid, the music-industry-backed group that supports American farmers and the Good Food movement. “This is the longest solo piano gig I’ve played since college,”…

  13. Wilco Joins Pilgrimage Festival Line-up (Exclusive)

    May 05, 2015 10:00 AM EDT As a member of Better Than Ezra , Kevin Griffin is well aware of both how crowded the festival market is and the long odds of success for new events. “Like restaurants, most festivals fail, whether a musician is involved with it or a team of professionals. And most festivals don’t make it…

  14. Chris Stapleton: Get to Know Writer Behind Tracks for Luke Bryan, Adele, Blake Shelton & More

    May 04, 2015 5:03 PM EDT Country singer Chris Stapleton releases a new album, Traveller , on Tuesday. It's Stapleton's solo debut at age 37, but you've been probably been hearing him for years without knowing it: As a Nashville songwriter, he's written songs for nearly every big name in country…

  15. Celebrate Brooklyn! Announces Summer Season With Chaka Khan, Lucinda Williams, Esperanza Spalding

    April 29, 2015 3:54 PM EDT Esperanza Spalding , Lucinda Williams , The New Pornographers and Third World are among the diverse headliners announced today for the Celebrate Brooklyn! performing arts series , one of the nation’s longest-running free summer festivals, which will open June 3 with a performance by Chaka…

  16. Reba McEntire, George Strait & Dwight Yoakam Return to Country Charts

    April 23, 2015 5:51 PM EDT All three stars pad their impressive legacies with debuts. Reba McEntire returns to familiar hallowed ground on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart, as Love Somebody debuts at No. 1 with 58,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen Music. The set is McEntire's first…

  17. Neil Young Targeting GMO Giant Monsanto on New Album With Willie Nelson's Sons

    April 21, 2015 12:45 PM EDT Neil Young is preparing to release a new album entitled The Monsanto Years  with support from the Promise of the Real. The band, which includes Willie Nelson 's sons Lukas and Micah, will hit the road with Young to support the album this summer on the Rebel Content  tour. Neil Young…

  18. Welcome To Cam Country: Arista Nashville Singer Has a Short Name, Potentially Long Career

    April 16, 2015 4:55 AM EDT One artist who has definitely made an impact at country radio in the first quarter of 2015 is Arista Nashville’s Cam . The California songstress has definitely made a positive impression with fans and programmers with her debut single, “My Mistake,” as well as her bright and vivacious…

  19. Father of 'Austin City Limits' Bill Arhos Dies

    April 14, 2015 11:54 AM EDT Arhos played a key role in the development of the musical institution, and served as executive producer of the show for 25 years. The father of Austin City Limits, Bill Arhos , passed away on April 11 in Austin, Texas. He was 80. Arhos worked for nearly 40 years as an executive at the Austin…

  20. Darius Rucker Eyeing Rap Collab…And a Hootie Reunion

    April 08, 2015 2:09 AM EDT Nelly and Florida Georgia Line . Ludacris and Jason Aldean . Darius Rucker and Jay Z ? The Hootie & the Blowfish frontman-turned-country singer says he's hoping to jump on a song with a rapper. "I don't have much left on my bucket list. One of the things that I'm…

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