1. 23 New or Renovated Venues Looking to Lure This Year's Top-Selling Tours

    February 21, 2017 11:06 AM EST 0 0 0 From Brooklyn to San Francisco, these halls are vying for top acts like Billy Joel, Luke Bryan and Metallica. The concert business in North America generated more than $3.5 billion in gross ticket sales in 2016, according to Billboard Boxscore. Thos ...

  2. Willie Nelson to Return to Stage After Fighting Cold

    February 16, 2017 7:22 PM EST 0 0 0 Willie Nelson is set to return to the stage after missing several shows because of a cold. Publicist Elaine Schock says the 83-year-old country star will perform Thursday night at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Nelson missed a three-night sti ...

  3. California Country Emerges Again, Led By Cam, Jon Pardi And Brett Young

    February 14, 2017 3:04 PM EST 0 0 0 Tired of all your country artists hailing from Georgia, Texas or Tennessee? There’s a new crop of stars-in-the-making that may be on the cusp of reviving California’s reputation as a source of fresh-sounding country music. Among them:  Cam ,  Jon Pa ...

  4. Willie Nelson Postpones 2 More Shows Due to Illness

    February 08, 2017 9:36 PM EST 0 0 0 Country legend Willie Nelson has postponed two more shows -- one in Arizona and one in New Mexico -- due to illness. According to his website , Friday and Saturday’s concerts at Desert Diamond Casino in Sahuarita, Ariz., and the Route 66 Casino in A ...

  5. Willie Nelson Nixes Three California Concerts Due to Illness

    February 06, 2017 10:34 PM EST 0 0 0 Willie Nelson has postponed three California shows because of illness. Publicist Elaine Schock tells The Associated Press that Nelson will have to miss his three-night stint that had been scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Buck Owens ...

  6. Willie Nelson Returns With New Album 'God's Problem Child'

    February 02, 2017 12:53 AM EST 0 0 0 Willie Nelson has put a bout of bad health behind him and he’s getting on with the life he loves: making music with his friends.  The country music legend will release a new album God’s Problem Child on April 28, featuring several collaborations wit ...

  7. Willie Nelson Cancels 2 Las Vegas Shows Due to Illness

    January 26, 2017 7:16 PM EST 0 0 0 Country music icon Willie Nelson is canceling two Las Vegas shows due to illness. Nelson's publicist, Elaine Schock, said Thursday (Jan. 26) that Nelson has a bad cold and won't play Saturday or Sunday. He plans to play the remaining three ...

  8. Dale Watson & Ray Benson Talk Duets Album, Differences Between 'Ameripolitan' & Americana & Country Music

    January 24, 2017 9:43 AM EST 0 0 0 The new album from Ray Benson and Dale Watson starts with "The Ballad of Dale and Ray," which sounds like a theme song for a happily sloshed country comedy revue. "I like to drink Lone Star," sings Dale. "I like to smoke pot ...

  9. Willie Nelson Wants Loretta Lynn To Try Pot Again

    January 12, 2017 10:30 PM EST 0 0 5 Willie Nelson wants his friend Loretta Lynn , who recently revealed that she tried marijuana for the first time at the age of 84 for her glaucoma but didn't like it, to give pot a second chance. "She's got a lot of guts," Nelson ...

  10. 5 Biggest Moments in Country Music Hair History

    January 05, 2017 5:04 PM EST 0 0 0 "Country Music Hair" author Erin Duvall breaks down the 'dos. You can't think about country music without thinking about hair. Whenever anyone talks about Dolly Parton , her look is mentioned in the same breath as her unparallele ...

  11. SiriusXM Announces New Year's Eve Performance Lineup, New Channel

    December 22, 2016 12:17 PM EST 0 0 0 SiriusXM is pulling out all the stops for New Years Eve this year announcing live performances, special broadcasts and even a temporary channel. On New Year’s Eve, genre-specific stations will be airing live and captured performances such as Maroon ...

  12. Double Trouble: Miranda Lambert Has the 'Nerve' to Release Two-Disc Album

    November 16, 2016 4:10 PM EST 0 0 0 'The Weight Of These Wings' Is Rare Double-Disc In Country Of All-New Material When The Weight of These Wings goes on sale Nov. 18, Miranda Lambert will be wandering down a road that might appear, from the outside, to be as nostalgic as th ...

  13. Jeezy Earns His Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Trap or Die 3'

    November 07, 2016 12:09 AM EST 0 0 0 Plus: Kenny Chesney, Meek Mill & Avenged Sevenfold Debut at Nos. 2-4 Jeezy notches his third No. 1 album -- and eighth consecutive top 10 -- on the Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of Trap or Die 3. The album, which was released on Oct. 28 t ...

  14. Here Are All the 2016 CMA Awards Performances Ranked Worst to Best

    November 03, 2016 12:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 The 2016 CMA Awards -- the 50th edition of the awards show -- drew the best of the best: every living entertainer of the year winner was present, alongside all today’s hottest up-and-coming artists. The awards themselves were special, but, particula ...

  15. Watch Chris Stapleton and Dwight Yoakam Perform 'Seven Spanish Angels' at the 2016 CMA Awards

    November 02, 2016 10:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 Set in between Edison bulbs and rustic accents,  Chris Stapleton and Dwight Yoakam  performed Ray Charles and Willie Nelson 's 1984 track, "Seven Spanish Angels", at the 50th annual CMA Awards Wednesday night. The set was dedicated to ...

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

    November 01, 2016 2:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 C ...

  17. From Johnny Cash to Taylor Swift, The Stars' Most Memorable CMA Moments Across the Decades

    October 28, 2016 2:40 PM EDT 0 0 2 On October 20, 1967, Bobbie Gentry -- fresh off of her career-defining smash “Ode To Billy Joe" -- joined fellow hitmaker Sonny James on stage at Nashville Municipal Auditorium to host the first Country Music Association Awards Banquet and Show ...

  18. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame to Honor the 'Timeless' Work of the Late Townes Van Zandt

    October 07, 2016 11:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 This Sunday, his peers will honor the late, legendary Texas songwriter. "Townes Van Zandt ranks alongside Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan,” says Grammy-winning country artist Rodney Crowell of the late singer-songwriter. “He inspired so many s ...

  19. The Story Behind New Country Music Hall Of Famer Fred Foster

    October 06, 2016 1:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 The producer and record exec was key in the careers of Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton and Kris Kristofferson. After the Country Music Hall of Fame announced its 2016 class, the two artists among the 2016 inductees — Randy Travis and Charlie Daniels — rec ...

  20. Norah Jones Gets Candid About Married Life & Making Her New Album: 'The Goal Was to Do Everything Live'

    September 29, 2016 10:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 ​No sleep in Brooklyn...but not for the reasons you’d think. “The days of staying up until 4 a.m. are gone,” says Jones, now with two kids, a new album and Trump anxiety. "I've had a lot of late nights with me and my husband just dancing a ...

  21. Toby Keith, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan Among Country Acts Who Take Business Beyond Music

    September 26, 2016 1:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 Musicians view the years they spend in the honky-tonks as paying their dues for the music business. As it turns out, all that very specific training sets them up to succeed in other industries, too. Toby Keith owns dozens of racehorses, developed hi ...

  22. Virginia Governor Poses for Picture With Willie Nelson -- And His Weed

    September 19, 2016 9:19 PM EDT 0 0 3 Posing for pictures is part of every governor's job. Posing with a can of marijuana — not so much. 10 Reasons Why Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Is Unlike Any Other Music Festival But Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe did just that, inadvertently, w ...

  23. Garth Brooks' SiriusXM Channel a Tech Toy With Some Big Advantages

    September 19, 2016 1:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Garth Channel advances the country icon's life-long relationship with radio. During his commercial peak years in the 1990s, Garth Brooks was a staunch defender of country radio, famously resisting Capitol Records’ efforts to work his single ...

  24. 10 Reasons Why Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Is Unlike Any Other Music Festival

    September 18, 2016 8:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 The 31st annual Farm Aid concert, benefiting the nation’s family farmers, rolled into Bristow, Va., on Saturday, Sept. 17, with the organization’s guiding foursome — Willie Nelson , Neil Young , John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews — joined during the ...

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

    September 16, 2016 7:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 ...

  26. CMA Announces 'Forever Country' Single & Music Video in Honor of 50 Years of CMA Awards

    September 15, 2016 5:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 The biggest night in country music is upon us, and this week, the Country Music Awards announced that a single titled "Forever Country" and music video will be released in celebration of the 50th Annual CMA Awards, which will air live Wedn ...

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

    July 29, 2016 9:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 ...

  28. Jake Owen Shares His Summer Road Trip Playlist

    July 29, 2016 9:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 ...

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

    July 26, 2016 11:26 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 Mo ...

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

    June 22, 2016 7:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 ...

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

    June 21, 2016 12:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 Billbo ...

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

    June 16, 2016 2:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 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-t ...

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

    June 09, 2016 1:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 Nashvill ...

  34. 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 0 0 0 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 g ...

  35. 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 ...

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

    May 05, 2016 8:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 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. ...

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

    April 27, 2016 9:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 w ...

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

    March 10, 2016 9:33 PM EST 0 0 0 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 ...

  39. Bonnie Raitt Picks Her 10 Favorite Duets

    February 22, 2016 4:52 PM EST 0 0 0 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 apo ...

  40. Merle Haggard Nixes Live Shows Due to Illness

    February 04, 2016 3:07 AM EST 0 0 0 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 taki ...

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

    January 22, 2016 2:37 PM EST 0 0 0 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. ...

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

    January 20, 2016 12:12 PM EST 0 0 0 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 Jeffre ...

  43. 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 ...

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

    January 12, 2016 1:07 PM EST 0 0 0 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 ...

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

    January 06, 2016 3:17 PM EST 0 0 0 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 M ...

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

    January 02, 2016 11:57 AM EST 1.476 k 0 160 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 s ...

  47. Tom Jones Proves Why He's a Classic at Apogee Studios

    December 03, 2015 6:08 PM EST Is Tom Jones the poster boy for clean living? His just-released autobiography, Over the Top and Back , would suggest otherwise. But the state of his voice right now, at 75, is surely a testament to something, whether that's his healthier regim ...

  48. Gatlin Brothers Defend Controversial Songs About Guns, Religion: 'Everybody Is So Sensitive'

    November 20, 2015 5:41 PM EST "Young Jewish Lawyer" & "An American With a Remington," from new album "The Gospel According to Gatlin," have raised eyebrows. The latest album from Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers is called The Gospel Accord ...

  49. Meet Music's Top Throat Doctors Who've Saved the Voices of Adele, Sam Smith and More

    October 22, 2015 1:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 It’s a singer’s worst nightmare: losing the use of his or her voice. Fortunately for Adele ,  Sam Smith and many others, the celebrated physicians on our list of leading laryngologists are there with advice, innovative procedures and yes, scalpels,  ...

  50. Willie Nelson to Receive Gershwin Prize at D.C. Gala in November

    October 22, 2015 12:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 The tribute concert will air on PBS in Jan. 2016. In July 2015, we learned that Willie Nelson would become the first country artist to earn the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song . Yesterday (Oct. 21), we learned the details of thos ...

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