• Shania Twain and Maren Morris Lead the Way at Stagecoach


    Shania Twain, Maren Morris, Margo Price and Nikki Lane’s performances Saturday (April 29) at the Stagecoach music festival in Indio, California, represented the diverse contributions being made by today’s female country artists. The second day of the three-day festival also featured Willie Nelson (with a guest appearance by longtime friend and fellow Farm Aid founder... Read more »
  • Sun Records Icon Jerry Lee Lewis Still Rockin’ at Stagecoach Festival


    Sun Records icon Jerry Lee Lewis and Nashville star Rhiannon Giddens joined Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and other country and rock stars for the opening day of the Stagecoach music festival in Indio, California. Friday’s (April 28) lineup also featured a diverse array of performers, including Jon Pardi, Randy Houser, Anderson East, the Randy Rogers... Read more »
  • Willie Nelson Turns 84 With God’s Problem Child


    The first time Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Buddy Cannon received a song idea from Willie Nelson via a text message, it shocked him. The message was the beginning of what became “Roll Me Up,” a musical living will of sorts that ended up on Nelson’s 2012 album Heroes. “It’s the strangest thing I’ve ever done... <a href="http://www.cmt.com/news/1780628/willie-nelson-turns-84-with-gods-problem-child/" title="Read Willie Nelson Turns 84 With God’s Problem Child">Read more »
  • Old Crow Medicine Show Take History and Make History


    Recording Blonde on Blonde wasn’t easy starting out for Bob Dylan. The first recording date attached to the album took place in New York on Oct. 5, 1965. “Like a Rolling Stone” had hit No. 2 on Billboard over the summer and Highway 61 Revisited was just released the month prior. As remembered in Sean... Read more »
  • Billy Ray Cyrus Changes His Name


    Billy Ray Cyrus is changing his name. From now on, the Still the King star just wants to be known as Cyrus, and he plans to go home to Kentucky to have it legally changed. Also, new music will be released only under his surname. The reinvention coincides with the 25th anniversary of his breakout... Read more »
  • Stagecoach 2017: Who’s Playing and How to Listen


    It’s hard to believe that this weekend marks Cole Swindell‘s Stagecoach debut. Here we go, @stagecoach!! Toyota Mane Stage. 8:45pm A post shared by Cole Swindell (@cswinde2) on Apr 28, 2017 at 8:23am PDT He’s always wanted to play the festival in Indio, California, but major tours with Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and others... Read more »
  • Tim McGraw Makes 50 Sound Good


    I don’t know how Tim McGraw feels about turning 50 on Monday (May 1). But if I had to make an educated guess, I’d say he’s one of those “gets-better-with-age” kind of guys. Because when I talked to him in 2013 on the 20th anniversary of his first No. 1 song “Don’t Take the Girl,”... Read more »
  • Steve Earle Enlists Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson for New Album


    Steve Earle’s new album, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, will be released June 16 and features guest appearances by Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson and another Texas music mainstay, Johnny Bush. Although Earle was raised near San Antonio, the project marks his first recording sessions in Austin and his first album for Warner Bros. Records since... Read more »
  • Why Tim McGraw Was Mad at Little Big Town


    All the best stories seem to come from being backstage at awards shows. When Little Big Town‘s Jimi Westbrook saw Tim McGraw at the ACM Awards, things got real, really fast. “I was strolling off, and Tim McGraw is standing there, and he was like, ‘Damn you. I wanted that song,'” Westbrook told Billboard. “That... Read more »
  • Brandi Carlile Defines “Dolly-Ize”


    Brandi Carlile says she was dreaming big when she sent a handwritten letter to Dolly Parton with a special request. But in that note, Carlile said something she can never take back. Carlile asked Parton if she would be interested in covering the title track of her 2007 debut The Story for a new benefit... Read more »