1. Randy Travis & His Wife Mary Talk About His Hard-Fought Recovery and What's Next

    November 22, 2017 1:32 PM EST 0 0 0 August 31, 1985: If you looked at the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart that week, you would see the first appearance of the name ' Randy Travis ' with "On The Other Hand." A traditional country ballad in the style of George Jone ...

  2. Randy Travis' 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

    July 25, 2017 4:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 In 1986, artists such as Kenny Rogers , Anne Murray , and Alabama were ruling the charts with a more crossover sound on Country Radio. The New York Times ran an article in 1985 proclaiming traditional Country Music dead. And, then along came Randy T ...

  3. CMA Fest 2017: Randy Travis and Garth Brooks Make Surprise Appearances, Luke Bryan Shakes It For Fans & More Day 1 Highlights

    June 09, 2017 10:37 AM EDT 0 0 2 The 2017 CMA Music Festival is officially underway, with day one of the four-day country extravaganza (June 8) already taking Nashville by storm with some of the biggest names in the genre along with a couple of major surprise guests. Despite Bonnar ...

  4. Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers and Alabama Head All-Star Tribute to Randy Travis

    February 10, 2017 3:42 AM EST 0 0 0 A near fatal stroke couldn't take away the signature baritone of country star Randy Travis , and dozens of his friends, from Garth Brooks to Kenny Rogers , used their voices and his songs to honor the legend. Travis watched from the side of the ...

  5. Alabama's Teddy Gentry Calls Upcoming Randy Travis Tribute 'An Honor'

    February 06, 2017 12:22 PM EST 0 0 0 This coming Wednesday night (Feb. 8) will be a big one for traditional country fans in Music City, as many of the top stars in the format will come together to honor one of their own -- 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy ...

  6. Demi Lovato, Jake Owen & More to Play First 'BeautyKind Unites' Concert With a Cause

    February 02, 2017 7:09 PM EST 0 0 0 Cole Swindell & The Band Perry will also perform, while Randy Travis will make a special appearance at Texas show. For online beauty retailer BeautyKind , philanthropy is foundational -- the company donates 5 percent of the product purchase pric ...

  7. It Ain't Their Fault: Brothers Osborne Make an Unintentionally Political Statement

    January 26, 2017 3:04 PM EST 0 0 0 The reigning CMA Vocal Duo deserves blame, or credit, for the sarcastic single. Donald Trump handpicked The Rolling Stones ’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” as music for his pre-inaugural concert on Jan. 19, but he could have easily used a curr ...

  8. Country Star Mel Tillis Recovering From Digestive Disease

    January 05, 2017 10:28 PM EST 0 0 0 Country music star Mel Tillis is receiving home care following surgery and treatment for a digestive disease. Tillis' publicist, Don Murry Grubbs, says in a statement that the 84-year-old was hospitalized in Nashville a year ago with diverticul ...

  9. William Michael Morgan Puts 'Missing' Into Action

    December 28, 2016 12:39 PM EST 0 0 0 The new country singer de-stresses with a song that recalls Randy Travis and George Strait. When country went through its recent bro-country phase, many longtime fans of the genre -- not to mention a major faction of Nashville’s creative  community ...

  10. Alabama, Kenny Rogers and More Teaming Up For Randy Travis Tribute Concert

    December 08, 2016 1:08 PM EST 0 0 0 Some of country music’s biggest names are coming together to support a good cause at 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time.: A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis in Nashville on Wednesday, Feb. 8. A country music legend, Randy Travis has 10 Gold Record ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. CMAs 2016: Reba McEntire Performs in Star-Studded Opening Number

    CMAs 2016: Reba McEntire Performs in Star-Studded Opening Number

    November 02, 2016 8:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Reba McEntire joins Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Randy Travis and more to perform the opening number at the 2016 CMAs. music , Carrie Underwood , Randy Travis , reba mcentire , Billboard , Brad Paisley , country music awards , Country , Brad Pais ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Inside Charlie Daniels' Improbable Ride Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

    August 10, 2016 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" helps the new inductee bridge country music and southern rock. When Charlie Daniels stopped on March 31, 1967, to put gas in the tank of his vehicle on his way out of Nashville, he noticed a lot of activity ...

  18. Nashville's Music Row Has a No. 1 Pardi: 
What Does It Mean?

    July 15, 2016 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jon Pardi's sophomore album, "California Sunrise," turns heads. Jon Pardi ’s Fourth of July weekend wasn’t only about celebrating the red, white and blue; he also was basking in a ray of golden career sunshine as his sophomore album, ...

  19. 30 Years On, Randy Travis' 'Storms of Life' Still Reigns Over Country Music

    July 07, 2016 2:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 It has been 30 years since Randy Travis released his groundbreaking debut album, Storms of Life , sparking a new traditionalist movement in the format and, according to the radio programmers who spun its singles, profoundly influencing country not j ...

  20. Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels, and Producer Fred Foster Inducted Into Country Music Hall of Fame

    March 29, 2016 3:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the fall of 1985, the sound of country music had gotten so contemporary with crossover acts such as Anne Murray and Alabama that The New York Times ran a famous headline proclaiming that traditional country music -- as fans knew it -- was dead. A ...

  21. 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. ...

  22. How CMA Singles of the Year Endure At Country Radio, Or Don't

    November 03, 2015 12:07 PM EST 0 0 0 A brand-new single of the year winner will be crowned on the Nov. 4 Country Music Assn. Awards, but what kind of shelf life will that song have at radio after its win? To help answer that question we took a look at the durability of CMA singles of t ...

  23. Jon Pardi Brings Joy to the Job With Cheery 'Head Over Boots'

    September 28, 2015 2:02 PM EDT The Capitol artist finds trad-country inspiration in Texas. “Everybody needs a happy song.” And Jon Pardi is happy to oblige, especially if it means he can keep making music. His debut album, 2014’s Write You a Song , established him as a guy wit ...

  24. ACM Awards 2015: Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Win Big

    April 20, 2015 12:17 AM EDT 1.259 k 127 37 In what has become the norm for country music award shows, the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards could aptly be titled the " Miranda Lambert Show" as the superstar bagged a haul that included song of the year, album of the year ...

  25. Publishing Briefs: Round Hill Music Signs Tesla, Trey Bruce; Big Deal Music Nabs Ray LaMontagne; Downtown Renews Neon Trees

    May 07, 2014 12:57 PM EDT -- Round Hill Music has acquired the entire song publishing catalog of Tesla , the hard rock act that sold 5.3 million album copies during the Nielsen SoundScan era of tracking data and 14 million overall in the U.S. Terms of the deal were not dis ...

  26. Chart Moves: Joan Jett Returns to Billboard 200, Randy Travis Album Hits Top 40 on Country Albums, Remixed Rush Debuts

    October 10, 2013 8:25 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, it was all about Justin Timberlake, as the star earned his second No. 1 album this year. His new "The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)" debuted atop the chart, selling 350,000 copies, according to ...

  27. Randy Travis' Brother Arrested for Home Meth Lab

    July 19, 2013 9:10 AM EDT Authorities in Union County say the brother of country singer Randy Travis has been arrested after sheriff's deputies found a methamphetamine lab inside his home. Investigators with the sheriff's office searched the home of 50-year-old D ...

  28. Doctors: Singer Randy Travis Awake After Stroke

    July 16, 2013 11:31 AM EDT Country music star Randy Travis was awake and interacting with his family and friends Monday as he recovers from surgery following a stroke, his doctors said. In a news release and video from the Texas hospital where the 54-year-old singer is ...

  29. Randy Travis 'Responding Well to Voices,' Says Fiancee

    July 15, 2013 6:55 PM EDT Doctors and fiancée Mary Davis give update on singer, who is awake but remains in critical condition Country music star Randy Travis is awake and making progress as he recovers from surgery following a stroke. A news release and video from the Tex ...

  30. Update: Randy Travis In Surgery, Remains In Critical Condition

    July 10, 2013 4:55 PM EDT Update 10:00 p.m. EST : According to a press release sent out by Webster & Associates, Randy Travis has suffered a stroke and is currently undergoing surgery and in critical condition.  The statement read as follows: "As a complication ...

  31. Randy Travis' Heart Condition Has 'Stabilized'

    July 10, 2013 2:47 PM EDT Doctors say the country singer has "shown signs of improvement" since being admitted to a heart hospital in Plano, Texas Randy Travis' health has stabilized, according to hospital officials in Texas, where the country star is receiv ...

  32. Randy Travis Remains in Critical Condition

    July 09, 2013 3:54 PM EDT Randy Travis remains in critical condition at a Texas hospital, but his publicist has denied reports that the singer has undergone heart surgery.  "Contrary to reports, Randy Travis has not undergone heart surgery," his rep said in a n ...

  33. Randy Travis Remains in Critical Condition

    July 09, 2013 3:35 PM EDT Randy Travis remains in critical condition at a Texas hospital, but his publicist has denied reports that the singer has undergone heart surgery.  "Contrary to reports, Randy Travis has not undergone heart surgery," his rep said in a ne ...

  34. Randy Travis in Critical Condition at Texas Hospital

    July 08, 2013 5:26 PM EDT 1.69 k 258 3 0 Country singer Randy Travis is listed in critical condition after being admitted to a Texas hospital on Sunday. According to his rep, the crooner is suffering from complications of viral cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscle that ...

  35. George Jones' Final Concert Reimagined As Tribute: Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, More to Perform

    May 07, 2013 2:14 PM EDT Perhaps it’s only fitting that George Jones, once nicknamed “No Show Jones,” won’t be physically present at what was to be his final concert.   But thanks to a few of his friends and fellow artists, the show will go on. George Jones Funeral: Bra ...

  36. George Jones Funeral: Brad Paisely, Wynonna Judd, Kid Rock, Laura Bush, More Say Goodbye at Opry Memorial

    May 02, 2013 12:17 PM EDT George Jones   performed hundreds of times at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House – whether on the WSM Radio show, or appearing on such shows from the auditorium like the CMA Awards, so it's only appropriate that this morning's funer ...

  37. Music City Mourns Country Legend George Jones

    May 02, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Thousands of fans who had been waiting in line since the wee hours joined some of country's biggest stars Thursday to pay their respects to George Jones at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. An overflow crowd began lining up at 3 a.m. t ...

  38. Randy Travis Was Drunk When Arrested Naked, Blood Alcohol Results Show

    January 12, 2013 5:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Travis Charged With Driving While Intoxicated Blood alcohol results show country star Randy Travis was legally drunk when he was arrested naked following a Texas traffic accident.   Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown says Travis was formally ...

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  40. Ask Billboard: The Twitter-Sized Edition

    October 20, 2012 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Answers to questions about Madonna, Beyonce, Sarah Brightman and more - all in 140 words or less! As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last ...

  41. What Does Nashville's Music Community Think of 'Nashville'? Jason Aldean, Bob Doyle, More Weigh In

    October 17, 2012 8:05 AM EDT ABC Despite positive advance reviews and strong names attached to it, the premiere of the ABC series "Nashville" last week was greeted with a fair amount of trepidation by many in the city's music community. After all, the show has ...

  42. Up And 'Away': Carrie Underwood Crowns Country Airplay Chart

    October 16, 2012 5:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 'Blown Away' rises 2-1 to become her 13th leader on the radio-based chart. Since Carrie Underwood first topped Billboard's radio-based country ranking nearly seven years ago, her contemporaries in the solo female artist category have ...

  43. Randy Travis in Church Spat, Cited for Assault

    August 24, 2012 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Police: "Forever and Ever, Amen" singer was fighting over a woman Troubled country singer Randy Travis was involved in a dust-up outside a Texas church late Thursday following an argument between a woman he is possibly dating and her estra ...

  44. Randy Travis 911 Call: 'I Just Found a Guy Laying In the Road'

    August 09, 2012 2:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Randy Travis was lying in the middle of the road with no car in sight when another driver spotted him and called 911, according to a recording released Thursday. "I just found a guy laying in the road," the caller said in a recording relea ...

  45. Randy Travis Arrested Naked For DWI, Threatening Cops

    August 08, 2012 1:05 PM EDT DALLAS (AP) -- Randy Travis was charged with driving while intoxicated and threatening law officers after the country singer crashed his car and was found naked and combative at the scene, officials said. It was the second Texas arrest this year f ...

  46. Joey + Rory Launch TV Series, New Album

    July 27, 2012 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 With the recent launch of "The Joey + Rory Show" on cable/satellite TV channel RFD-TV, the country couple of the same name has found a highly productive way to mix business and pleasure. Filmed on its farm in Pottsville, Tenn., the series ...

  47. Joey+Rory Launch TV Series, Country Album

    July 26, 2012 2:05 PM EDT With the recent launch of "The Joey + Rory Show" on cable/satellite TV channel RFD-TV, the country couple of the same name has found a highly productive way to mix business and pleasure. Filmed on its farm in Pottsville, Tenn., the serie ...

  48. Restless Heart Gear Up for 30th Anniversay

    July 19, 2012 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nobody is looking forward to 2013 more than Larry Stewart, longtime lead singer of Restless Heart. Next year will kick off a 30th anniversary celebration for the country group that he says will be one to remember, though he joked to Billboard about ...

  49. Ne-Yo, Bob Seger, Bette Midler, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks Light Up Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony

    June 15, 2012 8:31 AM EDT Ne-Yo poses with Swizz Beatz after accepting his Hal David Starlight Award. (Photo: Getty/Larry Busacca) Now, incredibly, in its 43rd year, the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is roughly the publishing world's equivalent of the Grammys, but ...

  50. Frances Preston Remembered by Rosanne Cash, Del Bryant, Joe Galante, Many More Execs and Songwriters

    June 13, 2012 11:47 AM EDT The music community was saddened today by news of the passing of Frances Williams Preston, longtime head of BMI and one of the pioneering female executives in the music industry. This morning, many of the artists she helped and executives she work ...

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