Flashback: Nelson, Parton, Rogers Swap Hits

May 20, 2016

After spending much of the Eighties recording for RCA, Kenny Rogers' last two albums for the label were his first to miss the Top Ten on the country chart since 1977. Although he was still riding high with country singles, including the Grammy-winning...


How the Highwaymen Became Country's Greatest Supergroup

May 20, 2016

When the Highwaymen recorded "Desperados Waiting for a Train," written by visionary songwriter Guy Clark, who died earlier this week, the supergroup of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson landed on their most poignant...


Kristofferson, Margo Price Lead Willie Nelson Picnic Lineup

May 16, 2016

Willie Nelson has announced the lineup for his storied 4th of July Picnic, held this year at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack in Austin, Texas. The roster is among the Independence Day party's most diverse, with aggro-country outlaw Brantley Gilbert...


Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton to Play ACL Fest

May 5, 2016

The lineup for the 15th anniversary of the Austin City Limits Festival has been revealed with some of country's most celebrated, on-the-rise and fringe artists on the bill. Covering two consecutive weekends, the 2016 ACL Fest will take place September...


Lil Wayne Talks On-the-Fly Guitar Lesson From Willie Nelson

April 20, 2016

Nothing like learning how to play a song on the guitar on the fly from a country legend – that's what happened when Lil Wayne was tapped to perform with Kid Rock and Willie Nelson during the 2008 Country Music Awards. According to Weezy, who...


Willie Nelson Recalls 50-Year Friendship With Merle Haggard

April 15, 2016

Merle Haggard, who died last week at 79, considered Willie Nelson one of his closest friends. "I love Willie and I think Willie loves me," Haggard told Rolling Stone in 2014, detailing how the two bonded on the Nevada casino circuit...


The Highwaymen Unleash Concert Recordings

March 30, 2016

On March 14, 1990, the Highwaymen filmed their entire concert in Uniondale, New York, only to have most of the footage shelved for 26 years. This May, we'll finally be able to see the quartet of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon...


See the Trailer for the New Highwaymen Documentary

March 29, 2016

Nearly 30 years after Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash all swapped gospel harmonies during the "Million Dollar Quartet" jam at Sun Studio in 1956, a different sort of supergroup — the Highwaymen — released their...


See Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson Reform the Highwaymen

March 18, 2016

Any salute to Kris Kristofferson must nod to his time with the Highwaymen, the Eighties supergroup he formed with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. Fittingly, then, Wednesday night's "The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson" tribute concert...


See Willie Nelson Sing 'On the Road Again' for Miss Piggy

March 1, 2016

Since writing it in 1980, Willie Nelson has performed "On the Road Again" at countless live shows, and has even sung sung it at the White House and on the Academy Awards. Now, he adds another milestone to his (and the song's) legacy: appearing as himself...


Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver Lead 'Luck Reunion' Lineup

February 23, 2016

Next month, while the annual South by Southwest rages some 45 minutes to the southeast, the first-ever Luck Reunion will bring artists like Willie Nelson, Jenny Lewis, Billy Joe Shaver, Blitzen Trapper and Lucius to the streets of an old western movie...


Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples to Perform at ACL Hall of Fame

May 13, 2016

Willie Nelson and Mavis Staples lead the line-up of acts performing at the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival Hall of Fame Inductions and Celebration. The ceremony takes place on October 12th, immediately after the two consecutive weekends of ACL Fest,...


Flashback: See a Clean-Cut Willie Nelson Perform Opry Medley

April 29, 2016

As American icon Willie Nelson celebrates his 83rd birthday today, he remains one of the last surviving country music legends who came to prominence in the twentieth century. But the tireless entertainer has not only survived, he continues to thrive,...


Country's 20 Highest Drug Odes

April 20, 2016

So maybe the late Merle Haggard didn’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee or take trips on LSD, but that certainly didn't stop country's greats from trading a shot of Tennessee brown for a toke of Colorado green — and singing about it, too. But true...


Billy Currington Creates Summer Songs Playlist

April 8, 2016

If ever there was a festival tailor-made for Billy Currington, it's Tortuga Music Festival, which returns for its fourth year on April 15th - 17th. Currington, currently promoting his single "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To," previously played the...


Lukas Nelson's Cowboy Hippie Odyssey With Neil Young

March 29, 2016

About seven years ago, Lukas Nelson went to see his hero Neil Young play in Los Angeles. At the show, he happened to meet a drummer named Anthony LoGerfo. They took the party to a friend's house, where they surfed and played music...


See Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson's Somber 'Lay Me Down' Video

March 23, 2016

Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson are teaming up for the first time in 31 years with "Lay Me Down," a new duet written by Lynn's son-in-law, Mark Marchetti, and released on this spring's Full Circle. The two singers last shared the same stage at Farm...

Album Review

Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin

March 4, 2016

Willie Nelson may be the king of outlaw country, but the LP that made him a household name was Stardust, his quintuple-platinum 1978 set of old-school pop standards like “Georgia On My Mind,” “All Of Me,” and “Blue Skies.”...


Ram Report: Inside Willie Nelson's Gershwin Tribute

February 26, 2016

When Willie Nelson became the first country artist to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize in 2015, it completed a circle for the passionate disciple of composers George and Ira Gershwin. Today, the prolific singer-songwriter releases an...


Flashback: See Emmylou Harris Sing for Willie Nelson

February 12, 2016

Since 1958, the organization now known as the Recording Academy has presented the annual Grammy Awards in recognition of excellence in musical genres from country to classical, from traditional pop to hip-hop. In 1990, the Academy's Board of Trustees...