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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Watch Waylon Jennings Make History With a Good 'Woman'

November 24, 2014

Waylon Jennings once famously said he "couldn't go pop with a mouthful of firecrackers," yet with an album of previously released material, he did help country music reach a milestone heretofore reserved for pop and rock albums. On this day in 1976, Wanted!...


Watch Willie Nelson, Sister Bobbie Duet on Taxing Song

November 21, 2014

When federal agents raided Willie Nelson's home on November 9, 1990, they weren't looking for drugs. Instead, the feds were intent on seizing most of Nelson's worldly possessions — including his recording studio, instruments, memorabilia and more...


Traditional Country's New Class Sounds Off

November 17, 2014

Tuesday evening at storied Nashville club Exit/In, Rolling Stone Country will present its inaugural showcase, as three must-hear acts on the fall installment of our Artists You Need to Know feature — Margo and the Pricetags, Cale Tyson...


Willie Nelson: Obama 'May Be Happy' With Weed Legalization

November 8, 2014

Willie Nelson visited the White House this week to perform in a salute to the troops, but the noted marijuana enthusiast said beforehand that he wouldn't be bringing up the topic of legalization. As he told CNN, that was partially because he felt that...


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,...


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...


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...


Flashback: Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton Duet With Kids

November 25, 2014

Something to be thankful for this (and every) Thanksgiving: that country music gave us musicians like Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. A bonus? The time those two icons performed together for a 1983 TV special that also featured Kris Kristofferson and...


Jamey Johnson Breaks His Silence, Talks New EP and Label

November 24, 2014

For a while now, every last fan or journalist who has spoken with Jamey Johnson has wanted to know the same thing: When is he going to put out new music? It's been two years since he gave now-Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter Hank Cochran's work a...

Album Review

The Art of McCartney

November 19, 2014

It makes sense that Paul McCartney would inspire one of the most impressive tribute-album lineups ever assembled. This 42-song blowout has everything from Willie Nelson doing a raggedly loving "Yesterday" to Billy Joel crushing "Maybe I’m Amazed."...


Watch President Obama Sing With Willie Nelson

November 10, 2014

"Harlan Howard proclaimed country music 'three chords and the truth.' Garth Brooks said it's 'honesty, sincerity and real life to the hilt.' And Dierks Bentley called it 'the best shrink that 15 bucks can buy,'" said President Obama at a 2009...


Willie Nelson Tapped to Host New TV Show

November 6, 2014

Willie Nelson will get in front of the camera to host the new television series Inside Arlyn, which will have the country superstar inviting fellow music legends and new artists into an Austin recording studio for intimate interviews and performances. The...


The 10 Creepiest Country Murder Ballads

October 28, 2014

Thanks in part to the influence of Appalachian folk, hillbilly and Western swing, country music has always addressed some pretty dark subject matter. Sure, there are songs about cheating, fighting and stealing, but it's those even darker tunes about killin'...