1. Jake Owen on His Post-Divorce Album 'American Love': 'I Didn't Have Anything to Prove'

    July 29, 2016 9:27 AM EDT Jake Owen didn’t get to be one of country’s leading party-starters by capsizing the format’s boat. His platinum-certified hits “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “Beachin’” (each a Hot Country Songs No. 1) show his Nashville anthem bona fides. But after a public divorce from model Lacey Buchanan…

  2. Jake Owen Shares His Summer Road Trip Playlist

    July 29, 2016 9:27 AM EDT Over the last decade, Jake Owen has earned a reputation for bringing beach-bum breeziness to the country airwaves. But the 34-year-old Florida native has rarely sounded more footloose than he does during the leisurely, loop-laced country-funk number “VW Van” on his fifth album American Love .…

  3. Willie Nelson, Neil Young & Sheryl Crow Will Headline First Outlaw Music Fest

    July 26, 2016 11:26 AM EDT Back in March the country music festival Dega Jam, which was slated for early July, was canceled . This was only a few weeks after Delaware's  Big Barrel along  with two other country festival​s announced they were also shuttering . Then, on Monday ,  PromoWest  Productions  announced…

  4. Freddy Powers, Country Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 84

    June 22, 2016 7:35 PM EDT Country artist Freddy Powers died on Tuesday at the age of 84, ending a long battle with Parkinson's disease.  The singer, songwriter, musician and producer worked with Merle Haggard for decades, the two of them penning chart-topping hits such as "I Always Get Lucky With You," …

  5. Alabama Shakes to Bring Sound & Color to 31st Annual Farm Aid Concert in Virginia

    June 21, 2016 12:01 AM EDT Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Margo Price, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter and Insects vs. Robots also join the bill. Alabama Shakes , the roots-rock quintet that topped the Billboard 200 last year with its Grammy Award…

  6. Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood Among Artists Helping Country Expand Beyond American Borders

    June 16, 2016 2:40 PM EDT There’s a whole world of people out there beyond America, and a surprising number of them are primed for country music. That’s the initial takeaway from the Country Music Association’s (CMA) first international research study, which found that one-third to one-half of the adult population in…

  7. After 45 RPM Start, CMA Music Festival Morphs Into High-Tech Maturity

    June 09, 2016 1:51 PM EDT Oak Ridge Boys' Joe Bonsall, CMA execs look back at the growth of a Nashville tradition. As the Country Music Association prepares for an expected 80,000 fans a day to partake in the 45th annual CMA Music Festival this week in downtown Nashville, it’s amusing to consider the event’s 45…

  8. 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…

  9. Maroon 5 Members Speak Out On Illegal Logging After Rainforest Trip; Documentary Premieres at Grammy Museum

    May 17, 2016 12:52 PM EDT Members of Maroon 5 and Guster, who traveled last year to the Guatemalan rain forest, are featured in a new documentary on illegal logging of the hard woods used to create musical instruments.  The project also explores sustainable sources for wood. The 20-minute film, Instruments of Change:…

  10. Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem Top 15th Austin City Limits Fest Bill

    May 05, 2016 8:25 AM EDT Radiohead and Mumford & Sons (in their first-ever ACL appearances) will join Kendrick Lamar , LCD Soundsystem , Major Lazer , and Kygo as headliners at the 15th  anniversary edition of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, set for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9 at Austin’s Zilker Park.…

  11. Coca-Cola Cowboys (and Cowgirls) Get Their Share of New Soda Campaign

    April 27, 2016 9:07 AM EDT Hits by Jimmy Wayne, Willie Nelson and Taylor Swift appear on Coke cans, bottles. As a homeless teenager, singer-songwriter Jimmy Wayne ’s life turned around when he met an elderly woman, Bea Costner , who hired him to cut her lawn every week. She would compensate him with $20 and a Coca-Cola…

  12. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Willie Nelson Nabs Third No. 1 Album on Jazz Chart

    March 10, 2016 9:33 PM EST Plus: Bonnie Raitt earns her 20th charting album & Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall" rises. On the most recent Billboard 200 albums chart (dated March 19), The 1975 earned its first No. 1 with I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It . (The…

  13. Bonnie Raitt Picks Her 10 Favorite Duets

    February 22, 2016 4:52 PM EST The blues artist estimates that she has guested on more than 100 songs. Her shortlist of the most unforgettable The veteran blues artist estimates that she has guested on more than 100 songs. Here, her shortlist of the most unforgettable -- with apologies to those left off the list. "I&…

  14. Merle Haggard Nixes Live Shows Due to Illness

    February 04, 2016 3:07 AM EST Country legend Merle Haggard has scrapped the remainder of his live schedule for the month of February due to ill health.  Haggard has struggled with double pneumonia of late. The Country Music Hall of Famer canceled a performance just prior to taking the stage in Riverside, California on…

  15. 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…

  16. Nashville Notes: Willie Nelson Goes Gershwin; Big Machine Expands to London

    January 20, 2016 12:12 PM EST Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. ​ LoCash, Chris Janson, Mac Davis and The Shuggah Pies are among the artists announced for the ninth annual Jeffrey Steele and Friends benefit for the Alex…

  17. Dan Rather on His 'Big Interview' With Willie Nelson: 'He Never Ceases to Amaze Me'

    January 12, 2016 9:21 PM EST Dan Rather has been perfecting his craft since 1950 -- when he first went to work for The Associated Press as a reporter in his home state of Texas. And even though he's been on the job for an amazing 66 years, Rather still gets excited when he gets the story.  His latest venture, The…

  18. Steve Earle Endorses Sanders, Frets Over Trump at NYC's City Winery: Live Review

    January 12, 2016 1:07 PM EST Steve Earle ’s residency at the City Winery represents an opportunity for a career retrospective. He declared as much a few songs into his set last night in Manhattan: “My intention is to play one song from every album I ever made.” It’s a chance to mull over the past, to start a new year by…

  19. Farm Aid 30th Anniversary TV Special Boasts Archive Sets From Allman Brothers, B.B. King & More

    January 06, 2016 3:17 PM EST Farm Aid, the music industry’s longest-running concert for a cause, will premiere an AXS TV special Jan. 10 filmed during its 30th anniversary in Chicago this past September, with performances by Willie Nelson , Neil Young , John Mellencamp , Dave Matthews , Jack Johnson , Kacey Musgraves and…

  20. From Snoop Dogg to Willie Nelson, Pot Industry Tries to Build Brands

    January 02, 2016 11:57 AM EST Snoop Dogg has his own line of marijuana. So does Willie Nelson . Melissa Etheridge has a marijuana-infused wine. As the fast-growing marijuana industry emerges from the black market and starts looking like a mainstream industry, there’s a scramble to brand and trademark pot products.…

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