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2014

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Texas Roadhouse Group Laments the Age of the Single

August 28, 2014

Though formed by brothers Micky and Gary Braun in their native Idaho, Micky and the Motorcars — who have called Austin home for over a decade — are a true-blue Texas band. After five studio albums, a live record, member shakeups and countless...

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Merle Haggard: 8 Amazing Moments of His Ryman Run

August 27, 2014

The best part of Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum right now is probably an exhibit dedicated to the Bakersfield Sound, looking back on when artists like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens injected wiry electric Telecaster and old-time pedal...

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Watch Willie Nelson's on the Bus Card Trick

August 25, 2014

Step aside, David Blaine. There's a new magic man in town. Willie Nelson recently wowed his older sister Bobbie Nelson — and, so far, nearly 80,000 viewers on YouTube — when he posted a six-minute video of himself performing a card trick...

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Dave Matthews on Willie Nelson: 'He Really Is Revolutionary'

August 21, 2014

On September 13th, Farm Aid is returning to Raleigh, North Carolina. Dave Matthews first played the event in 1995 and now sits on its board of directors alongside Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp. Matthews spoke with Rolling Stone for...

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Neil Young, Willie Nelson Plan Pipeline Protest Concert

August 19, 2014

After spending decades spearheading Farm Aid, Neil Young and Willie Nelson will once again team up for a benefit concert protesting a proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would cut through the historic Ponca Trail of Tears in Nebraska. On September...

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Willie Nelson's Advice for Novice Pot Smokers

August 15, 2014

In June, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote a widely covered column about her paranoid experience after eating a caramel-chocolate candy bar in Denver. "I barely made it from my desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state...

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Willie Nelson: 'We've Got to Help' Texas Border Children

August 14, 2014

In Texas, there's a pretty good chance you'll see someone with a "Willie Nelson for President" bumper sticker, and it can sometimes seem like the singer is actually an elected official in his home state: There's a statue and street named in Nelson's honor...

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5 Amazing (and Possibly Apocryphal) Willie Nelson Stories

August 13, 2014

Willie Nelson just returned to the top of Billboard's Country chart with Band of Brothers, his first Number One album in nearly 30 years. It's just another accomplishment to add to the pile — after all, in his 81 years on this earth, Nelson's done...

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Willie Nelson's Braids Go on Auction Block

August 6, 2014

A pair of Willie Nelson's braids will be among the more than 2,000 items going up for auction from the personal collection of late Outlaw country icon Waylon Jennings, on October 5th at the Musical Instrument Museum in Jennings' hometown of Phoenix. The...

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Billy Joe Shaver Unveils New Album of 'Honest' Songs

August 5, 2014

"It’s been a long time, yeah," Billy Joe Shaver muses about his new album, Long in the Tooth, his first studio record of all-original material in nearly seven years, out today. "I did a live one at Billy Bob's there at Fort Worth and it got so many...

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Wade Bowen Mixes Petty Guitars and Texas Spirit on New LP

August 22, 2014

Wade Bowen has made a name for himself in his native Texas, but he's confident that his new self-titled album, out October 28th, will expand his reach beyond the Lone Star State. Over a dozen tracks, Wade Bowen showcases the singer-songwriter's gift...

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Hear Willie's Son Lukas Nelson's Homage to Classic R&B

August 21, 2014

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Willie Nelson discusses the joys of touring with his sons: "I've been hearing my licks come back better than they went out," he says. Now, one of his sons' bands, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, who have...

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Willie Nelson's 12 Most Memorable Acting Roles

August 15, 2014

Whether playing a vengeful preacher in Red Headed Stranger or a killer version of himself on USA's Monk, Willie Nelson is as at home in front of a camera as he is onstage. With a natural charisma and a drawling way with dialogue (his phrasing...

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Great Eight: Raul Malo Shares His Favorite Vocalists

August 14, 2014

Listening to Raul Malo sing transcends the aural experience. The leader of the Mavericks and a genre-bending solo artist, Malo possesses a voice that vibrates through a listener's entire core — to say nothing of what it does on an emotional...

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Willie Nelson: At Home With America's Most Beloved Outlaw

August 13, 2014

Willie Nelson has had a pretty good summer. In June, he scored his first Number One country album in 28 years with Band of Brothers, and now he's on the cover of Rolling Stone for the first time in more than 30 years (his last cover was in July 1978)....

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20 Obscure But Awesome Willie Nelson Tracks

August 13, 2014

"Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" was Willie Nelson's first Number One as a singer. Patsy Cline's version of Nelson's "Crazy" is on the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry. And "On the Road Again" ranks as the quintessential traveling sing-along,...

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The 26 Country Albums of 2014 You Need to Hear

August 6, 2014

With so much music released every year, we can't blame anyone for missing some real gems — albums that, for whatever reason, didn't make their way into country music fans' hard drives, CD players or onto their turntables. Some slipped into the marketplace...

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Eric Clapton Taps John Mayer, Mark Knopfler for JJ Cale Covers

July 22, 2014

UPDATE: iTunes is now streaming Clapton's album on First Play.  Eric Clapton is at the helm of two new collaborative tracks from The Breeze, his upcoming tribute to the late blues legend, JJ Cale, "Train to Nowhere" and "Don't Wait," both...

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