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

    August 06, 2015 11:16 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 l ...

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

    July 28, 2015 1:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 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, ...

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

    July 15, 2015 4:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 Academ ...

  4. Willie Nelson to Receive Gershwin Prize for Songwriting

    Willie Nelson to Receive Gershwin Prize for Songwriting

    July 10, 2015 4:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nearly 60 years into his songwriting career, Willie Nelson has been named the next recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He joins an all-star list of composers and performers who've receiv Someone To Watch Over Me , wochit entertain ...

  5. Willie Nelson Adds Gershwin Prize to Storied Music Career

    Willie Nelson Adds Gershwin Prize to Storied Music Career

    July 10, 2015 4:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country singer Willie Nelson was named on Thursday as the 2015 recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, joining the likes of Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Carole King in one of the highest U country singer willie nelson , wochit entertainm ...

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

    July 09, 2015 3:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 ...

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

    June 30, 2015 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 "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 o ...

  8. 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 0 0 0 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. T ...

  9. 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 ...

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

    June 15, 2015 11:56 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 ...

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

    June 12, 2015 1:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 "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 collab ...

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

    June 01, 2015 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 r ...

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

    May 27, 2015 1:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 include ...

  14. 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 s ...

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

    May 05, 2015 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 profess ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Willie Nelson Celebrates 81st Birthday with 5th Degree Black Belt

    Willie Nelson Celebrates 81st Birthday with 5th Degree Black Belt

    April 30, 2015 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Just in time for his 81st birthday, country legend Willie Nelson earns his fifth degree black belt in the martial art Gong Kwon Yusul. music , NewsFix , others , willie nelson celebrates 81st birthday with 5-th d , 5minmedia , gong kwon yusul , coun ...

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

    April 29, 2015 3:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

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

    April 21, 2015 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 ...

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

    April 16, 2015 4:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 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,” ...

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

    April 14, 2015 11:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 ne ...

  23. 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 bu ...

  24. Watch: Willie Nelson Pays Tribute to Austin In Song with Jimmy Kimmel

    March 21, 2015 5:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Anything can happen when Willie Nelson and Jimmy Kimmel team up. And that was never more evident than on Friday's Jimmy Kimmel Live . The Austin-based episode included a sit-down between the legendary performer and the late-night host where he ...

  25. Aloe Blacc, Melissa Etheridge, Walk the Moon Celebrate Charity at Annual Grammy Foundation Concert

    February 07, 2015 4:59 PM EST 0 0 0 There's something slightly incestuous -- in a good way -- about a philanthropic organization putting on a tribute to other philanthropic organizations. So it was Thursday night at the Grammy Foundation's annual show at the Wilshire Ebell; ...

  26. Brantley Gilbert on Getting Sober: 'Success Wasn't Punching Me in the Face'

    November 19, 2014 12:24 PM EST The country star reflected on his decision to quit drinking, and how it impacted his life-of-the-party brand and business. At a panel during Billboard's Touring Conference this morning, country star Brantley Gilbert shared a few personal r ...

  27. Watch President Obama Join Willie Nelson For An Awkward Sing-Along of ‘On the Road Again’

    November 09, 2014 3:06 PM EST President Obama did his very best to keep up Willie Nelson as the country music legend sang his iconic song “On the Road Again” during a recent concert at the White House. Willie Nelson In a Writing Mood: Releases Album of Originals, With Another ...

  28. Dave Grohl's 'Good Guy' Status Landed the President For 'Sonic Highways' Series

    October 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT Ever wanted to travel the country with the fighters/chart"> Foo Fighters and record an album with them? Well the band's new docuseries, Sonic Highways , gives fans and music lovers alike the chance to do just that. It premieres on HBO ...

  29. Foo Fighters Play Intimate Gig at NYC 'Sonic Highways' Screening

    October 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Leave it to Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl to find the perfect way to get viewers interested in the band's upcoming docu-series, Sonic Highways . "Cameras rolling at all times -- when we were hungover, hungry and whimsical moments. ...

  30. Willie Nelson's Braids Sell for $37,000 at Auction

    October 07, 2014 9:28 PM EDT Willie Nelson 's signature braids sold for $37,000 at an auction in Phoenix on Sunday, included in the roughly 2,000 items sold off that belonged to the late outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings .  Waylon Jennings' Items Up For Auction ...

  31. Last Waltz: An Elegy for the iPod Classic

    September 23, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Across twenty-three thousand songs, one muso's dying refrain. Recent news about Apple discontinuing the iPod Classic was cause for some mild nostalgia among longtime users. Inevitably, massive music storage devices like the Classic (which ...

  32. Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Heads South as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. & Delta Rae Rock in Raleigh

    September 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to support America's family farmers, headed south this year, drawing 20,000 fans to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, and the move shaped both the music and the message of the eve ...

  33. 9/11 Concert Tributes: Nine Unforgettable Performances

    September 11, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the days and weeks following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans turned to music to soothe, pacify, heal, rouse and distract. It was a time when people were faced with unprecedented surges of emotion ...

  34. Waylon Jennings' Collectibles to be Sold at Auction, Including Buddy Holly's Motorcycle & Willie Nelson's Hair

    September 04, 2014 7:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 A collection of outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings ' belongings will go on public auction this fall, including a rare 1958 motorcycle originally owned by Buddy Holly and locks of Willie Nelson 's braided hair. Waylon Jennings' Wido ...

  35. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT 1.468 k 96 60 Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.co ...

  36. Willie Nelson Scores First No. 1 on Top Country Albums in 28 Years

    June 26, 2014 4:01 PM EDT The icon ends the second-longest gap between leaders in the chart's archives. Plus, moves for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and more. With the second-longest span between No. 1s in the chart's 50-year history, and the longes ...

  37. Lana Del Rey Lands First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 25, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey captures her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Ultraviolence" bows atop the list. The album, which was released June 17, sold 182,000 in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan ...

  38. Sam Smith Set For Big Chart Debut With 'In the Lonely Hour'

    June 20, 2014 7:25 PM EDT British singer Sam Smith and rock band Linkin Park are heading for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with their just-released albums -- though it looks like Lana Del Rey will block both acts from the No. 1 slot. Industry sources forecast D ...

  39. Sam Smith Set For Big Chart Debut With 'In the Lonely Hour'

    June 20, 2014 7:25 PM EDT The British singer's aiming for No. 2 Billboard 200 next week, behind Lana Del Rey's likely No. 1 British singer Sam Smith and rock band Linkin Park are heading for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with their just-released albums ...

  40. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 18, 2014 4:12 PM EDT 5.118 k 784 0 Sam Smith and Linkin Park set for debuts in the top three Lana Del Rey is on course for her first No. 1 album, as "Ultraviolence," which was released on June 17, should debut atop the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources ...

  41. Willie Nelson In a Writing Mood: Releases Album of Originals, With Another Set for Fall

    June 12, 2014 11:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Band of Brothers" arrives June 17. The prolific artist will be releasing another originals-heavy album, "December Day," recorded with his band, in the fall Willie Nelson says he only had to look as far as "Band of Brothers& ...

  42. Weldon Myrick, Steel Guitar Great, Dies At 76

    June 04, 2014 2:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Though there are many great artist-musician relationships in country music history, some stand out a little more others. Don Rich’s enticing Telecaster licks helped to make Buck Owens one of the top recording artists of the 1960s. At the same time p ...

  43. Cher Claims Top Spot on Hot Tours with $15.5M in Revenue

    May 29, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Cher takes her Dressed to Kill tour to No. 1 on the weekly ranking of Hot Tours with more than $15.5 million in revenue reported from the legendary entertainer’s ongoing North American trek. Sold out performances from April 23 through May 17 are i ...

  44. Harry Connick Jr. Talks 'American Idol' Return and Season 13's Top 3

    May 15, 2014 12:05 AM EDT 9 2 0 Wednesday night's 500th episode of American Idol has plenty to celebrate: Harry Connick, Jr. has confirmed that he will be back for the show's fourteenth season. "I have had a blast,” he said of his experience so far. Although he coul ...

  45. Dolly Parton Talks 'Blue' Album, Gay Fans and Willie Nelson's 'Dork' Days

    May 13, 2014 9:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 "They know I understand what it's like to be me, and to fight for being myself," Parton says of why she's always had a large following in the LGBT community Dolly Parton doesn't really do "small," and that trait ha ...

  46. Eric Clapton Records JJ Cale Tribute Album With Tom Petty, Willie Nelson & More

    April 30, 2014 2:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 A year after Cale's death, Clapton pays tribute to one of his greatest influences Legendary guitarist JJ Cale is best known for pioneering the Tulsa Sound and writing two songs ("After Midnight" and "Cocaine") that Eric Clap ...

  47. Willie Nelson To Receive 5th-Degree Black Belt

    April 28, 2014 7:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Red Headed Stranger is getting his fifth-degree black belt. Country music icon Willie Nelson is scheduled Monday to achieve another level of mastery in the martial art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul. He'll show off his fighting chops at an Austin stud ...

  48. Willie Nelson Inducted In Austin City Limits Hall

    April 27, 2014 1:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 In this town, Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey takes a backseat to Willie Nelson. The country music icon who has an Austin street named after him and is celebrated with an 8-foot bronze likeness downtown added another backyard honor with a spot in t ...

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