Waylon Jennings

Country Legend Mel Tillis Has Passed Away

<b>This story is developing.</b><p>The Country Music Hall of Famer known for a signature speech impediment and a perfect singing voice has passed away.<p>Mel …


Willie Nelson: Red Headed Stranger Album Review | Pitchfork

<i>Red Headed Stranger,</i> Willie Nelson’s 18th studio album, arrived in the world on May Day, 1975, to little fanfare. It would prove to be an ominous year. Two of Nelson’s fellow Texans and country music heroes, Bob Wills and Lefty Frizzell, would die. At the Country Music Awards, Charlie Rich would …

Kris Kristofferson

How Hollywood Secularized Johnny Cash, a Great Man of Faith

Johnny Cash had two loves, and we all met one of them thanks to the biopic “Walk the Line,” which was released in 2005. Her name was June Carter.<p>But …

Jackie Robinson

Brutality, masculinity and survival: Frank Bill digs beneath the dirt with 'The Savage'

Frank Bill's bio makes him seem like pretty normal fellow. He's 43, grew up in the rural Midwest, skipped college, likes Waylon Jennings (plus some …


10 Artists Who Defined Outlaw Country

In 1976, RCA Records released <i>Wanted! The Outlaws</i>. That album featured four artists who at the time didn’t have much to actually do with the label, …

Country Lifestyle

Music Behind the Tech: Libni Ortiz-Valles

<i>Music and tech make a perfect pair — coding, troubleshooting and focusing on projects are often accompanied by a soundtrack for many in the IT</i> …


Kris Kristofferson to play MerleFest for the first time in April


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The CMA Awards Address Las Vegas, Lightly

The country-music ceremony mostly focused on uplift, unity, and maintaining the status quo in the face of tragedy.<p>Perhaps Hootie and the Blowfish can heal America?<p>The 2017 Country Music Association Awards opened how you might expect an annual summit would for a community that, a little more than a …

Keith Urban

Jessica Simpson Is Being Mommy-Shamed for Dyeing Her Daughter's Hair

Jessica Simpson, everyone's favorite early-aughts blonde teen queen, just can't catch a break when it comes to her family, even when the Internet outrage is totally unwarranted. First, there was #bikinigate when Simpson posted a picture of her daughter Maxwell—or Maxi, for short—playing in the …

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People Style

1 of 15<p>Jeannie C. Riley, 1968<p>At the second-ever CMAs (and the first to be televised) the "Harper Valley P.T.A." singer walked away with the award for …

CMA Awards

Mom Shamers Pile On Jessica Simpson For Changing Her Daughter’s Hair Color

It’s not the first time the internet came at Simpson for her parenting choices<p>It’s like a law of the internet: Post something related to your …

Hair Color

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen and More Picture Perfect Celebrity Couples on Halloween

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen as Avocado Toast<p>Who doesn't love avocado toast—or Tom and Gisele?<p>Kourtney Kardashian and Younes Bendjima as Bonnie and …

Celebrity News

These Are The BEST Celebrity Couples Costumes Of The Year

Halloween isn't just a holiday for the kids, famous grown-ups get into the costume game with their own, often meticulously crafted looks. It's a …

Jada Pinkett Smith

Why do we love to sing murder ballads? Tradition, feminism and bluegrass

Songs about misogynistic murder, if sung by mainstream country artists, might be construed as indicative of the harsh patriarchal world of rural …


Jessica Simpson Wears a Beard for Her Halloween Tribute to Dukes of Hazzard Costar Willie Nelson

They famously starred alongside one another in the 2015 big-screen remake of <i>The Dukes of Hazzard.</i> And this Halloween, it appears country icon Willie …

Celebrity Babies

If You Love a Great Song, You Must Watch CMT's Kris Kristofferson Tribute

If you only know Kris Kristofferson from his biggest hit songs, like “Me and Bobby McGee” or “Help Me Make It Through The Night,” you can give yourself a treat Friday night by listening to a fistful of the rest.<p>If you know the others, from “Beat the Devil” to “Here Comes That Rainbow Again,” you …

Kris Kristofferson

Fifteen: A Q&A With Nicky Mehta of The Wailin’ Jennys

American Songwriter sat down with Niki Mehta to talk about the band's evolution, their favorite covers and how they got their name.The post Fifteen: …

Joni Mitchell

Mike Judge’s ‘Tales From The Tour Bus’ Ruminates On America’s Fascination With Celebrity

Mike Judge is the man behind the astute comedy “Silicon Valley” (HBO) and any number of other uproarious stories, from cult movies “Office Space” and …

Conservative View

Jesse Dayton: From Waylon Jennings to John Doe, and Other Forks in the Road

As we talked on the phone it only took a couple of minutes. Guitarist and singer Jesse Dayton was full on, pulling no punches, taking no crap. “We …

The Steel Woods hooking listeners with debut album

The Steel Woods concoct a Southern rock stew that includes classic country, bluegrass and R&B with a dash of Black Sabbath

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Five Secrets About RVing

The idea for this blog post came to me while I was reflecting on the last few years of RVing. I was thinking about all the great places I’ve visited, …


Bullets And Booze: 31 Vintage Photos Of Outlaw Country

Images from the unchained glory days of this true rebel movement.The post Bullets And Booze: 31 Vintage Photos Of Outlaw Country appeared first on …

Kris Kristofferson

Why country music's biggest names wait a year for these guitars

<b>(CNN) —</b> At a youthful 37 years old, Stephen Gallagher is a throwback.<p>As the owner of the tiny Gallagher Guitar Company, he sees himself as more artist than an aspiring business magnate.<p>While some guitar manufacturers crank out dozens of instruments every minute, Gallagher prefers to build things …


10 country singers to keep you going until Taylor Swift makes a country record again

Get over the crushing disappointment with our indispensible list of the best pop country artists looking to steal her vacant throne.>

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300 Surfboards And Counting

<b>“We’re just the vehicle, it’s everybody else that brings the dream to life,” says Dane Gudauskas.</b><p>Fresh off a surfboard round-up in Northern …


Miranda Lambert brings heavy heart to Northlands

It’s been projected on video screens throughout her Highway Vagabond tour, but the phrase Music is Medicine seemed to take on a particular poignancy …

Canadian News

Fired CBS Employee Shows the Danger of Stereotyping (and Being a Lazy Thinker)

Stereotypes are the product of lazy thinking. When you combine that with an insensitive social media post, it can get you fired.<p>CBS Senior Attorney Hayley Geftman-Gold was fired after posting insensitive comments on Facebook, where she essentially said that she was not saddened by the loss of life …

Bruce Springsteen

Here’s What You Should Know About Miley Cyrus’ New Album Younger Now

Miley Cyrus' new album, <i>Younger Now</i>, is out now. As is typical with the child star-cum-pop star-cum-cultural-appropriator-extraordinaire, a new album …


Chris Robinson Brotherhood Debuts Roy Orbison Cover In Greensboro

Last night’s Chris Robinson Brotherhood show ended with the band’s debut cover of Roy Orbison’s hit single “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream).”

Supergroups of the '80s Both Varied and High in Quality

Over the years some cheapened the notion of the supergroup by expanding its definition to apply to huge superstar bands in general, but the classic …

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