1. Buddy Emmons, Steel Guitar Legend, Dies at 78

    July 29, 2015 10:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Buddy Emmons -- one of the most influential musicians ever on the steel guitar -- died Wednesday (July 29) at the age of 78. Born Buddy Gene Emmons on Jan. 27, 1937, in Mishawaka, Indiana, his love of the instrument began when his father bought him ...

  2. 615 Spotlight: Mary Sarah Builds 'Bridges' With Country Icons (Song Premiere)

    April 16, 2014 5:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Texas teen on collaborating with Ray Price, Dolly Parton, the Oak Ridge Boys and others on her upcoming album Texas-based performer Mary Sarah grew up with the "Opry." She would listen to the WSM radio show from time to time, but also ...

  3. Ray Price's Final Recordings: 'Everyone Had the Feeling Something Special Was Happening'

    April 11, 2014 6:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fred Foster remembers the first time he met Ray Price. "It was New Years' Eve 1953 in Washington, DC," he recalled to Billboard. "Every New Years' Eve, [promoter Connie B. Gay] would take over Capitol Arena, and put on a hug ...

  4. Mel Tillis Recovering from Heart Surgery

    March 10, 2014 11:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country Music Hall of Fame singer Mel Tillis is recovering in Nashville after heart surgery over the weekend. According to a statement from his daughter, Pam Tillis, the 81-year-old singer required a "routine heart procedure," but is expec ...

  5. Vince Gill Remembers Phil Everly: 'That's the Guy I Was Trying to Be'

    January 17, 2014 2:18 PM EST 0 0 0 Country singer also reveals he's working on an album with his daughter, Jenny The events of the past month has definitely left Vince Gill feeling a little nostalgic. The Jan. 3 passing of Phil Everly took the singer back in time, as he recalled ...

  6. Ray Price ‘Was Probably The First Outlaw,’ Says Merle Haggard

    December 18, 2013 12:50 AM EST 0 0 0 Merle Haggard can still remember the first time he heard Ray Price's voice come out of the radio, fronting Lefty Frizzell's band on "If You're Ever Lonely Darling" in 1951. And the memory of hearing "I'll Be There& ...

  7. Ray Price Remembrance: ‘A Good Fella, A Damn Good Singer ’

    December 17, 2013 12:07 PM EST Ray Waddell is Billboard's executive director of content and programming for touring and live entertainment. When I heard Ray Price’s final public statement as he went home to face the end of his life, I can’t say I was surprised, not by his ...

  8. Ray Price's 37-Year Run on the Billboard Charts: 46 Top Tens, Eight No. 1's

    December 16, 2013 7:45 PM EST With 109 titles charted between 1952-89, Ray Price's history on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart spans more than 37 years with 46 top 10 entries, eight of those reaching No. 1. The country legend died Monday at his home in Texas after ...

  9. Ray Price Had 'Crazy' Run on Billboard Charts

    December 16, 2013 7:20 PM EST 0 0 0 With 109 titles charted between 1952-89, Ray Price's history on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart spans more than 37 years with 46 top 10 entries, eight of those reaching No. 1. The country legend died Monday at his home in Texas after b ...

  10. Country Legend Ray Price Dead at 87

    December 16, 2013 6:12 PM EST 3.124 k 300 94 Ray Price, one of country music's most beloved voices, died at home Monday afternoon at the age of 87, his family said through a spokesman. Price had been hospitalized in Texas recently, and had been fighting a battle against pancreati ...

  11. Ray Price 'Fading' In Cancer Battle Following Day of False Death Reports

    December 15, 2013 9:31 PM EST Ray Price's battle with pancreatic cancer is coming to an end, his family has confirmed. But earlier on Sunday, news sources too numerous to count erroneously posted that Price had died, with many splashing the headline across home pages and s ...

  12. Ray Price Leaving Hospital for Hospice Care, Leaves Message for Fans

    December 12, 2013 7:42 PM EST 0 0 0 Ray Price -- one of the most beloved country performers of all time -- has decided to end aggressive treatments for his long battle of pancreatic cancer, electing to return to his home under hospice care than stay in the hospital. The Country Music ...

  13. Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' Sets Record For Longest No. 1 Run On Hot Country Songs

    August 01, 2013 3:26 AM EDT Florida Georgia Line sets the all-time record for the most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as the duo's "Cruise" notches a 22nd cumulative week at the summit. With its latest week on top, the song passes ...

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  17. Ray Price is Battling Pancreatic Cancer

    November 06, 2012 6:36 PM EST 0 0 0 Ray Price , a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has announced he is battling pancreatic cancer. The singer told the San Antonio Express that he has been fighting the disease for six months, undergoing chemotherapy. He confirmed that the tumo ...

  18. Songwriter to Songwriter: Jamey Johnson to Hank Cochran

    October 08, 2012 2:14 PM EDT Jamey Johnson fetes country legend on new tribute album. At the very end of the spare, evocative "That's Why I Write Songs," the last track on Jamey Johnson's 2010 double-album "The Guitar Song", Johnson offers, bar ...

  19. Jamey Johnson Releasing Hank Cochran Tribute Album

    August 02, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Award-winning singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson is set to release "Livin' For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran," on Oct. 16. The Buddy Cannon -produced homage to the late country great Hank Cochran , which will be available first on vi ...

  20. Willie Nelson Looks Back at Historical Career

    June 07, 2012 8:00 PM EDT 0 0 The journey from broke songwriter to genre-busting Outlaw to legend hasn't taken much of a toll on Willie Nelson, as he was sharp, focused, funny and candid for a rare sit-down Q&A session, titled "One Hell of a Ride," at the Billbo ...

  21. Willie Nelson on Leaving Nashville, Outlaw Movement, Highwaymen Reunion, Weed at Billboard Summit (Part 2)

    June 06, 2012 9:12 AM EDT When Willie Nelson left Nashville for Austin in 1972, he wasn't exactly sure what direction the move would take him. What he did know was that he was dissatisfied with the music he was making in Nashville, and he was spending a lot of time in ...

  22. Willie Nelson Talks Songwriting, Snoop Dogg and Family at Billboard Summit in Nashville

    June 05, 2012 7:26 PM EDT Willie Nelson with interviewer Ray Waddell at Billboard's Country Music Summit in Nashville on Tuesday (Photo: Michael Seto) You don't even have to know about Willie Nelson's history to know that he's got stories. Anyone who wr ...

  23. Kenny Roberts, Famed Singing Cowboy Yodeler, Dies

    April 30, 2012 4:03 PM EDT Famed singing cowboy yodeler, Kenny Roberts died yesterday at his home in Athol, Mass. He was 85. A noted country music performer for more than 65 years, Roberts was known as "America's King of the Yodelers" for his trademark perfor ...

  24. Surviving Cast Members Salute 'Hee Haw'

    January 19, 2012 11:35 AM EST 0 0 0 It was June 15, 1969. Man was still a month away from landing on the moon. The country was still heavily entrenched in the Vietnam War. And, if you were watching CBS Television that night, you saw a new series called "Hee Haw." Though the ...

  25. Country Legend Bill Anderson Looks Back on His 'First Ten Years'

    December 13, 2011 3:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson was at the WSM studios visiting the show of Eddie Stubbs recently when he took a trip back in time. Stubbs was playing Anderson's 1957 recording of "City Lights," a song that changed his ...

  26. Rascal Flatts Talk Opry Honor & Natasha Bedingfield Duet

    October 05, 2011 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's a historic week in the career of Rascal Flatts . The trio of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney will join the cast of the Grand Ole Opry this weekend during the show's 86th birthday celebration in Music City. DeMarcus says t ...

  27. Randy Travis Mulls Special Concert for 'Storms of Life' Anniversary

    July 20, 2011 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 An album featuring 21 guests isn't a shabby way to celebrate a silver anniversary. And Randy Travis is hoping that something more -- a TV special or a concert, perhaps -- might happen to commemorate the 25 years since his triple-platinum major ...

  28. SXSW Kicks Off With All-Star Country-Blues Jam

    March 17, 2010 12:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 A day before its official start, this year's South By Southwest festivities got rolling on Tuesday (March 16) with an all-star country-rock and blues bash at La Zona Rosa celebrating Asleep at the Wheel leader and Texas music icon Ray Benson� ...

  29. Chart Beat Thursday: Ke$ha, Susan Boyle, Willie Nelson

    December 31, 2009 11:30 AM EST 0 0 0 $TILL NO. 1: Ke$ha says that the "$" in her name is an ironic ode to her belief that, "There is no correlation between happiness and amounts of money." Regardless, the cash is pouring in, thanks to the success of "TiK ToK,&q ...

  30. Keith Urban, Sugarland To Headline 2010 Stagecoach Festival

    October 08, 2009 2:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 Keith Urban , Toby Keith , Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland are confirmed to headline the fourth annual Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival, it was announced today (Oct. 8). The two-day outdoor fest will take place April 24-25, 2010 ...

  31. John Fogerty Enlists Springsteen, Eagles For New Blue Ridge Rangers

    July 21, 2009 1:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 John Fogerty 's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a new collection of Fogerty recordings of some of his favorite classic songs, is set for release Sept. 1 on Fortune Son/Verve Forecast. The album, recorded under the guise of the m ...

  32. John Fogerty Enlists Springsteen, Eagles For New Blue Ridge Rangers

    July 20, 2009 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 John Fogerty's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a new collection of Fogerty recordings of some of his favorite classic songs, is set for release Sept. 1 on Fortune Son/Verve Forecast. The album, recorded under the guise of the my ...

  33. GENE WATSON, "In a Perfect World"

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's hard to believe traditionalist Watson has been around for as long as he has -- his first big hit was 1975's "Love in the Hot Afternoon." It's hard to believe traditionalist Watson has been around for as long as he has - ...

  34. The Billboard Q&A: Merle Haggard

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hard as it is to believe, Merle Haggard has never made a bluegrass album in his more than 40 years of recording. Until now. For the first time in 80-some records, "The Bluegrass Sessions" puts Hag, as Hard as it is to believe, Merle Haggar ...

  35. Sarah Johns

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 One of the first triumphs of Sarah Johns' country music career was getting flipped off by audiences when she opened shows for Toby Keith. One of the first triumphs of Sarah Johns' country music career was getting flipped off by audiences w ...

  36. Haggard Goes Bluegrass On New Album

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country Hall of Famer Merle Haggard's four-decade career veers into a new direction of American music with the release of "The Bluegrass Sessions," due Oct. 2 through Del McCoury's McCoury Music label Country Hall of Famer Merle ...

  37. They Don't Make 'Em Like This No More

    March 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price poll their talents on a collaborative album, "Last of the Breed," due this week via Lost Highway. The double-disc set sports 22 songs recorde Country legends Willie Nelson, Merle H ...

  38. Nelson Launching Label With Family Album

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Over the years, Willie Nelson has liked to do "anything that makes record companies nervous. Nervous is a good sign." We'll see how he feels now that he's sitting in the owner's chair of his own label Over the years, Willie ...

  39. 07OnTV

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for Feb. 12-18, 2007. MONDAY, FEB. 13 "Wheel of Fortune: Country Music Stars Week," Syndicated Featured Artist(s): Montgomery Gentry, Trisha Yearwood, Steve Azar. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CB ...

  40. Nelson, Haggard, Price Pool Talents For New Album

    January 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price have wrapped work on a collaborative album, "Last of the Breed," due March 20 via Lost Highway. Country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price have wrapped work on a co ...

  41. 48OnTV

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2006. MONDAY, NOV. 27 "Dew Circuit Breakout Challenge," MTV2 Featured artist(s): Zolof The Rock & Roll Destroyer, Brandtson. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured art ...

  42. Chart Beat

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Hicks wrests The Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 crown away from Shakira and Wyclef Jean, plus news on Taylor Swift, Billie Joel and Rascal Flatts. 'HIPS' SLIPS; HICKS CLICKS: America's love affair with "American Idol" hasn&# ...

  43. OnTV

    December 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for Dec. 5-11, 2005. MONDAY, DEC. 5 "The Early Show," CBS Featured Artists: Clay Aiken, Tony Bennett, Tina Turner (also scheduled: Gisele Bundchen, Adam Rodriguez, Suzanne Farrell, Julie Harris, Robert Redford). & ...

  44. McBride Makes Time For Country Classics

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After establishing herself as one of country music's top female artists, Martina McBride decided to pay homage to the classic country music on which she was raised. After establishing herself as one of country music's top female artists, M ...

  45. CHART BEAT

    September 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart accomplishments of Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, Sheryl Crow, Ray Charles and Earth, Wind & Fire. THE DOLLY-MERLE GAME: The numbers 108-105 might sound like a basketball ...

  46. Hot Product

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Willie Nelson Country Kitchen Nearly a decade after hatching the idea for a country album that infuses reggae, Willie Nelson will release the set, "Countryman," this week via Lost Highway. The album finds the outlaw country icon covering J ...

  47. Willie Readies Reggae Riddims

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nearly a decade after hatching the idea for a country album that infuses reggae, Willie Nelson's "Countryman" will see release this summer by Lost Highway. Nearly a decade after hatching the idea for a country album that infuses regga ...

  48. Billboard Bits: Keen, SFA, St. Kitts/St. Lucia Fests

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 News on Robert Earl Keen, SFA, St. Kitts/St. Lucia Fests Singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen will release his 11th album, "What I Really Mean," May 10 through Koch Records Nashville. Like 2003's "Farm Fresh Onions," the new s ...

  49. Price Recovering From Heart Surgery

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ray Price is recovering from weekend heart surgery in a Houston hospital. Ray Price is recovering from weekend heart surgery in a Houston hospital. After complaining of chest pains late last week, the veteran country artist underwent surgery on Satu ...

  50. Lost Highway Collects 'Found' Gems

    August 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Alternative country flagship label Lost Highway has set a Sept. 23 release date for "Lost & Found -- Vol. I," a single-disc collection of rarities, b-sides and unreleased music from artists on the Alternative country flagship label Los ...

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