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...


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...


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...


Willie Nelson Shares 'Stash' With Sister Bobbie

October 24, 2014

Willie Nelson and his sister and Family bandmate Bobbie Nelson will release December Day, the first installment of the archival series, Willie's Stash, December 2nd on Legacy Recordings. Willie and Bobbie, who grew up in Abbott, Texas, first learned...


Willie Nelson's Braids Sell for $37,000 at Auction

October 8, 2014

In one of the more unusual music-related items to hit the auction block since John Lennon's tooth, Willie Nelson's trademark braids were sold to the highest bidder for $37,000. Nelson's braids were just one of over 2,000 items up for sale at an auction...


Willie Nelson Becomes Maureen Dowd's 'Marijuana Miyagi'

September 22, 2014

In his Rolling Stone cover story, Willie Nelson said that New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd was welcome on his bus to get high properly "anytime" after reading her account of a bad experience with a marijuana-infused candy bar. Dowd took him up on...


Surprising Moments From Farm Aid 2014

September 15, 2014

Twenty thousand music fans and farmers showed up to the Walnut Creek Ampitheater in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday for Farm Aid 2014, where organizers Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews were joined by an eclectic list of...


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

Various Artists 'The Art of McCartney' Album Review

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'...


Texas Artist Stoney LaRue Talks Opry Debut, 'Smoking' Name

October 13, 2014

On "Aviator," the title track from Stoney LaRue’s forthcoming studio album (out October 28th), LaRue sings of crosswinds blowing down FM roads, of boys playing baseball on a sandlot long before having their hearts broken, of leaving and maybe not...


The Everything Index: Three Boobs and One Kendrick Lamar

September 23, 2014

Welcome to another edition of the Rolling Stone "Everything Index," where we rank the week's top pop-culture power players, regardless of whether they have three breasts or not. Yes, it's been a weird week, and it's only Tuesday. From Jasmine Tridevil's...


Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson Reveal Secret Talents

September 19, 2014

It's quite easy to map out the talents of successful singers: whether it's Carrie Underwood's endless range, Kacey Musgraves' clever wordplay or Luke Bryan's tight-jeaned dance moves, these are the skills that sell records, win Grammys or make the ladies...

Live Review

Farm Aid 2014's 10 Best Musical Moments

September 15, 2014

It's been 29 years since Bob Dylan's offhanded comments about the plight of the American farmer at Live Aid sparked the inaugural Farm Aid concert, and in that time other music-based charity efforts like Self Aid, NetAid, Band Aid, Hear 'n Aid, Hands...