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2015

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Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson Team for Summer Tour

February 24, 2015

Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss will join forces once again for a few more dates on their shared tour this summer. The run of shows follows the pair's summer trek of 2014, which was complicated by "an unforeseen and urgent health concern," according to...

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Flashback: Willie Nelson Takes 'Road' to the Oscars

February 20, 2015

Hollywood's elite gather this weekend to celebrate the best in film for 2014, as the 87th Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Throughout the long history of the Oscars, country music has made its presence known relatively few times. The...

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Willie Nelson, Bono Team for Miraculous Movie

February 18, 2015

Willie Nelson's "Luck, Texas" — the Old West film set that sits on a corner of his sprawling Hill Country ranch — is opening its saloon doors to Hollywood once again. Waiting for the Miracle to Come, a fantasy adventure flick starring the...

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See Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett's ACL Song

February 13, 2015

At the first-ever Austin City Limits Hall of Fame presentation ceremony, inductee Willie Nelson performed "Pancho and Lefty," the Townes Van Zandt tune he recorded with Merle Haggard in 1983, with another set of country legends: Emmylou Harris and Lyle...

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Watch Willie Nelson Tell the Story of His Legendary Guitar

February 11, 2015

Before Willie Nelson hits the stage every night, there's a commotion in the audience when his longtime guitar tech, Tunin' Tom Hawkins, brings out the country legend's famous guitar, Trigger, placing it at the center of the stage. "The whole front...

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Chris Martin, Willie Nelson Join Stevie Wonder Tribute

January 14, 2015

Coldplay's Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Willie Nelson, Usher and Janelle Monáe have all signed on to take part in Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute. The live concert will take place February 10th at...

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Willie Nelson Autobiography to Tell of Highs and Lows

February 13, 2015

From his small-town Texas upbringing during the Great Depression to his status as an American musical icon, Willie Nelson's life is the stuff of legend. Now, with more than six career decades behind him, the tireless entertainer, acclaimed songwriter...

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See Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris' 'Crazy' Duet

February 13, 2015

Since Austin City Limits made its TV debut in 1974, the genre-busting PBS music series has gone from celebrating the music of the Lone Star State to spotlighting country, folk, blues and rock acts from around the world. To cap off the Peabody Award-winning...

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Gregg Allman Taps Willie Nelson, Bob Weir for Peach Fest

February 6, 2015

The Allman Brothers may have played their last-ever show in October, but the festival the iconic jam band launched in 2012 lives on. The fourth annual Peach Music Festival is returning to Scranton, Pennsylvania, August 13th through 16th with its...

2014

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Watch Willie Nelson and Stephen Colbert Get Holiday High

December 24, 2014

Leave it to Willie Nelson — whose reddish-white hair, jolly disposition and fondness for green foliage sort of makes him the Stoner Santa Claus — to ditch the Christmas season's traditional scents of frankincense and myrrh in favor...

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Willie Nelson, Skrillex New Year's Gigs to Air on SiriusXM

December 19, 2014

SiriusXM has announced a stacked New Year's lineup with live concerts by Elton John, Willie Nelson, Skrillex, Diplo and others to air throughout the night and into the following day on multiple channels. Nelson's headlining set...

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Asleep at the Wheel, Willie Nelson, Avetts Salute Bob Wills

December 10, 2014

Asleep at the Wheel has always worn its affinity for Bob Wills proudly, but never more so than on its upcoming album. Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (out March 3rd on Bismeaux Records) is the venerable Texas...

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Watch Willie Nelson's Ode to Mother Nature

December 9, 2014

Willie Nelson's self-penned "Laws of Nature" is a sweetly simplistic love letter to Mother Earth. The song, featured on the country icon's new December Day album of collaborations with his sister, Bobbie Nelson, extolls the virtues of the sun, rain, wind...

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Country Traditionalist Aaron Watson Howls With 'Underdog'

December 1, 2014

For years, Aaron Watson was one of Texas's best-kept secrets.  While the rest of America fell in love with country-pop, Watson spent the early 2000s touring his home state's rodeo and dancehall circuit, armed with a family-friendly, fiddle-fueled...

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Go Inside Willie Nelson's Quaint, 1980s-Era Tour Bus

November 26, 2014

In the Eighties, Willie Nelson and his Family Band toured the states in a caravan of four decked-out buses. One of those custom rides, a 1983 Silver Eagle dubbed "Me and Paul," will be featured on the first episode of Great American Country's new...

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Ray Price's Widow Recalls Beefs With Shelton and Martin

December 23, 2014

Country Music Hall of Fame vocalist Ray Price died a year ago this month, but before he succumbed to pancreatic cancer, he made a series of final trips to the studio. The result was his last batch of recordings, the emotionally vulnerable Beauty...

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See Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver Resurrect 'Outlaw'

December 18, 2014

Willie Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman last night, bringing with them more than 95 combined years of renegade attitude and trend-bucking country music. Backed by a lean band cobbled together from Shaver...

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40 Best Country Albums of 2014

December 10, 2014

Country music in 2014 may have been still awash in bro-country imagery — Trucks! Cutoffs! Bacardi! — but there were still enough doses of three chords and the truth to balance out the clichés. Country radio artists like Miranda Lambert,...

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Billy Joe Shaver Talks Road, Revenge and Red Bull

December 5, 2014

Billy Joe Shaver likes to drink Red Bull. A lot of Red Bull. In Nashville, he sits in a small conference room at his record label's office, located above Grimey's New and Preloved Music. At his feet lies a tattered old bag adorned with images of bald...

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Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper Honored at Pre-Grammy Show

December 1, 2014

It's been nearly 30 years since Willie Nelson teamed up with Neil Young and John Mellencamp to launch Farm Aid, a nonprofit organization and annual benefit concert supporting American farmers. That sort of charitable spirit — along...

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