1. 6 Questions with Billy Ray Cyrus

    November 05, 2012 11:32 AM EST Billy Ray Cyrus' life has been a rollercoaster ride, and he's still enjoying it. Cyrus catapulted from humble Kentucky beginnings to stardom with his 1992 debut, Some Gave All, which was certi- fied nine-times platinum, fueled by the h ...

  2. Ricky Skaggs and Barry Gibb Pair Up on New Album

    September 26, 2012 11:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 Unlikely Duo Sing 'Soldier's Son,' Off Bluegrass Icon's 'Music to My Ears' Not too long before Bill Monroe passed away in September 1996, Ricky Skaggs made the "Father of Bluegrass" a promise -- that he, along ...

  3. Doc Watson, Folk Guitar Icon, Dies at 89

    May 29, 2012 9:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Doc Watson, the Grammy-award winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world for more than a half-century, died Tuesday at a hospital in Winston-Salem, according to a hospital spokeswoman and hi ...

  4. Folk Musician Doc Watson Dies In NC Hospital At 89

    May 29, 2012 8:23 PM EDT Doc Watson, the Grammy-award winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world for more than a half-century, died Tuesday at a hospital in Winston-Salem, according to a hospital spokeswoman and ...

  5. Levon Helm in 'Final Stages' of Cancer

    April 17, 2012 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 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, ...

  6. Banjo Legend Earl Scruggs Dies at 88

    March 28, 2012 8:37 PM EDT Country legend Earl Scruggs died in a Nashville hospital on Wednesday. He was 88. According to The Associated Press, his son Gary said the musician died of natural causes. The banjo player was a bluegrass icon who brought his distinct three-finger ...

  7. Banjo Legend Earl Scruggs Dies at 88

    March 28, 2012 8:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bluegrass and country legend Earl Scruggs died in a Nashville hospital on Wednesday. He was 88. According to The Associated Press, his son Gary said the musician died of natural causes. The banjo player was a bluegrass icon who brought his distinct ...

  8. Tom T. Hall Stands Up for 'Country Music Highway' in Native Kentucky

    February 02, 2012 10:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Travel down U.S. Highway 23 in Eastern Kentucky, and you will see some of the most beautiful country on God's green earth. But there's more to the area than just the visual scenery. The area, saluted in song by Dwight Yoakam's "R ...

  9. Jason Aldean 'Flying High' After Grammy Nominations

    December 01, 2011 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 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 ...

  10. Yo-Yo Ma Trades Bach for Bluegrass in 'Goat Rodeo Sessions'

    October 27, 2011 8:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Their schedules are hard to mesh and match, but the four bluegrass and classical musicians who made "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" are hoping their collaboration will continue in the future. "We had a really great time doing it, but there& ...

  11. Del McCoury Salutes Old Boss Bill Monroe in New Project

    October 24, 2011 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In late September, at the annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards at the Ryman Auditorium, many of those in attendance might have been a little surprised. Del McCoury was announced as one of two new inductees into the Bluegrass Hall ...

  12. Steve Martin Picked at Bluegrass Awards: Entertainer of the Year

    September 30, 2011 10:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 "I want to thank the other nominees -- and thank them for losing," Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin!), with his tongue planted firmly in-cheek, said to the packed crowd Thursday night (Sept. 29) at the 22nd Annual International Bluegra ...

  13. Country Music Shrine To Keep Historic Instruments

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will get to keep historic instruments from Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash and Mother Maybelle Carter pledged by a man who committed suicide after being accused of defrauding millions from investors. The settleme ...

  14. This Day in Music

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and the Dixie Chicks are among the artists that perform during a live telethon, "Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast." 2005 - U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Pau ...

  15. This Day in Music

    August 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements dies at his daughter Midge Cranor's home outside Nashville following a battle with cancer. Born in 1928, Clements was referred to as the "Miles Davis o 2005 - Acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Vassa ...

  16. Boz Scaggs Tackling Standards On New Album

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Boz Scaggs is staying on the standards path for his next album. Boz Scaggs is staying on the standards path for his next album. Scaggs -- who's currently finalizing a label deal for the planned September release of "Speak Low" -- tell ...

  17. This Day in Music

    January 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Lou Rawls, the velvet-voiced singer and longtime community activist dies in Los Angeles. He is 72. 2006 - Lou Rawls, the velvet-voiced singer and longtime community activist dies in Los Angeles. He is 72. 1999 - French Jazz piano virtuoso Mic ...

  18. This Day in Music

    September 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and the Dixie Chicks are among the artists that perform during a live telethon, "Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast." 2005 - U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Pau ...

  19. This Day in Music

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements dies at his daughter Midge Cranor's home outside Nashville following a battle with cancer. Born in 1928, Clements was referred to as the "Miles Davis o 2005 - Acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Vassa ...

  20. FIDDLER'S DREAM

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A young fiddler leaves home with a twofold mission: to make it big in Nashville and to find his father. A young fiddler leaves home with a twofold mission: to make it big in Nashville and to find his father. Jesse Alison has been living alone with h ...

  21. This Day in Music

    January 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Lou Rawls, the velvet-voiced singer and longtime community activist dies in Los Angeles. He is 72. 2006 - Lou Rawls, the velvet-voiced singer and longtime community activist dies in Los Angeles. He is 72. 1999 - French Jazz piano virtuoso Mic ...

  22. This Day in Music

    September 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2003 - </b>Coldplay frontman Chris Martin brings a surprise element of glitz to an otherwise staid gathering of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Cancun, Mexico, when he delivers the so-called 2005 - U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, ...

  23. 'Honey' Bunch

    August 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Stars vocalist Amy Millan will release her first solo album, "Honey From the Tombs," this week via Toronto-based label Arts & Crafts. Stars vocalist Amy Millan will release her first solo album, "Honey From the Tombs," this w ...

  24. This Day in Music

    August 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>'N Sync unveils a room dedicated in its honor at the Orlando, Fla., branch of the Ronald McDonald house. Orlando Mayor Glenda E. Hood presents 'N Sync with ceremonial keys to the city.<b 2005 - Acclaimed fiddle ...

  25. Vintage Folk Concerts Revived For Three-CD Set

    August 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Vintage previously unreleased performances by Bill Monroe, Mississippi John Hurt, Maybelle Carter, Dock Boggs, Doc Watson and the Stanley Brothers will be heard for the first time on the three-CD set Vintage previously unreleased performances by Bil ...

  26. A Deep Southern Journey

    August 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 What do you call Southern music that's not soul our gospel, not country or blues or even crunk? Wayne Robins ponders that question while enjoying a steady dose of the Handsome Family, Johnny Dowd and I've been listening to a lot of souther ...

  27. Stars' Amy Millan Dips Into 'Honey'

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Stars vocalist Amy Millan will release her first solo album, "Honey From the Tombs," May 30 in Canada and Aug. 22 in the United States via Toronto-based label Arts & Crafts. Stars vocalist Amy Millan will release her first solo album, ...

  28. Ronstadt Teams With Savoy For New Album

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Veteran performer Linda Rondstadt has collaborated with Cajun music artist/scholar Ann Savoy on "Adieu False Heart," due July 25 from Vanguard Records. Veteran performer Linda Rondstadt has collaborated with Cajun music artist/scholar Ann ...

  29. This Day in Music

    January 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>1993 - </b>Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie dies in an Englewood, N.J., hospital after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75. The jazz legend received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989 fr 1999 - French Jazz piano virtuoso Mi ...

  30. Collaborations Highlight NYC Opry Show

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Foremost among the "Country Takes NYC" events was last night's Grand Ole Opry 80th Anniversary Performance at Carnegie Hall. Country music is making itself comfortable all around New York this week. The Country Music Association is ho ...

  31. This Day in Music

    September 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>Carolyn Dawn Johnson is again the big winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards, held in Calgary, Alberta. In addition to top female, Johnson takes home trophies for top single and top 2003 - Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel ...

  32. Bluegrass Great Vassar Clements Dies

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements died yesterday (Aug. 16) at his daughter Midge Cranor's home outside Nashville following a battle with cancer. Acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements died yesterday (Aug. 16) at his daughter Midge Cr ...

  33. CHART BEAT BONUS

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Coldplay, "American Idol," Gwen Stefani, Bill Monroe, Kenny Chesney, Bobby Valentino, 50 Cent, Green Day and Neil Sedaka. HOW COLDPLAY IS IT: The new Coldplay single "Speed of Sound ...

  34. You Gotta Dig a Little Deeper

    April 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Veteran bluegrass titans Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver follow up 2004 gospel set "Thank God" with a secular collection of standards, originals and instrumentals that again showcases this great group' Veteran bluegrass titans Doyle La ...

  35. This Day in Music

    January 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>1999 - </b>French Jazz piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani dies in New York following a brief respiratory illness. He is 36. Petrucciani was the first French artist signed to EMI's Blue Note imprint, 1999 - French Jazz piano virtuo ...

  36. Dozens Of Acts Sign On For Merlefest

    September 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Some of the top names in bluegrass and country music have signed on for the 2005 edition of MerleFest, to be held April 28-May 1 at Wilkesboro, N.C. Some of the top names in bluegrass and country music have signed on for the 2005 edition of MerleFes ...

  37. Country Veteran Teddy Wilburn Dies

    November 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Teddy Wilburn, a driving force in country music with his late brother Doyle as the Wilburn Brothers, died of congestive heart failure yesterday (Nov. 24) at Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville. Teddy Wilburn, a driving force in country music ...

  38. Breaking & Entering

    October 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Atmosphere, Jet and Pine Mountain Railroad. NEW TERRITORY: Minneapolis rap duo Atmosphere has gotten a lot of mileage out of not signing with a major label. The hi ...

  39. This Day in Music

    September 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>Carolyn Dawn Johnson is again the big winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards, held in Calgary, Alberta. In addition to top female, Johnson takes home trophies for top single and top 2002 - Carolyn Dawn Johnson is again ...

  40. Chart Beat Bonus

    March 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Chart news on Common, Snoop Dogg, Johnny Cash, and Hayseed Dixie. EITHER OR: Just as "Picture" (Lava/Atlantic or Universal South) by Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow or Allison Moorer reaches the top-10 of Billboard's Hot 100, this char ...

  41. This Day in Music

    January 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>1999 - </b>French Jazz piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani dies in New York following a brief respiratory illness. He is 36. Petrucciani was the first French artist signed to EMI's Blue Note imprint, 1999 - French Jazz piano virtuo ...

  42. This Day in Music

    September 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>1999 - </b>Nine Inch Nails makes their first-ever appearance at a televised honors show when they perform at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. 1999 - Nine Inch Nails makes their first-ever appearance at a televised honors show when the ...

  43. Country Vet Porter Wagoner Unplugs

    September 05, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Just in time for his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Porter Wagoner is releasing "Unplugged." With a legendary recording career spanning nearly five decades under his belt, Wago ...

  44. David Grisman Reflects On His 'Grateful Dawg' Days

    November 28, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Probably the most striking and telling segment in "Grateful Dawg," a new documentary on the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and noted mandolinist David Grisman's musical relationship, was captured almost Probably the most striking a ...

  45. Vincent Cleans Up At Bluegrass Awards

    October 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rhonda Vincent claimed a chunk of what was supposed to be the year of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" for herself last night (Oct. 4), winning three awards including entertainer of the year at the annual Rhonda Vincent claimed a chunk of what ...

  46. Folkways Revives Dylan, Monroe Tracks

    September 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Smithsonian Folkways will release an album of previously unreleased and hard-to-find cuts from the likes of Bob Dylan, bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe, and ragtime guitarist Reverend Gary Davis to a The Smithsonian Folkways will release an album o ...

  47. Earl Scruggs Calls On 'Friends' For All-Star Album

    August 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country music has few, if any, icons left who can attract musical collaborators as diverse as Don Henley, Elton John, Melissa Etheridge, Sting, Billy Bob Thornton, Steve Martin, Travis Tritt, and John Country music has few, if any, icons left who ca ...

  48. 'O Brother' Leads Bluegrass Awards Nominations

    August 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dan Tyminski -- a member of Alison Krauss' band Union Station who did the singing for George Clooney in the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" -- leads the list of nominees for this year's Internationa Dan Tyminski -- a member of ...

  49. Monroe's Mandolin Going to Kentucky

    April 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bill Monroe's battered and scarred mandolin, on which a new American musical genre was created, is going to the late artist's birthplace in Kentucky as a million-dollar musical instrument. Bill Monroe's battered and scarred mandolin, ...

  50. Billboard Bits: Radiohead, Richard Ashcroft, Grand Ole Opry

    February 07, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 News on Radiohead, Limp Bizkit, Guns N Roses, Richard Ashcroft, Ricky Scaggs, Bill Monroe, Grand Ole Opry The Web site for the annual German rock festival Rock Am Ring confirms that Radiohead will be among the participants for this year's event ...