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Willie Nelson Turns 84 With God’s Problem Child
The first time Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Buddy Cannon received a song idea from Willie Nelson via a text message, it shocked him. The message was the beginning of what became “Roll Me Up,” a musical living will of sorts that ended up on Nelson’s 2012 album Heroes. “It’s the strangest thing I’ve ever done... Read more »

Stagecoach 2017: Who’s Playing and How to Listen
It’s hard to believe that this weekend marks Cole Swindell‘s Stagecoach debut. Here we go, @stagecoach!! Toyota Mane Stage. 8:45pm A post shared by Cole Swindell (@cswinde2) on Apr 28, 2017 at 8:23am PDT He’s always wanted to play the festival in Indio, California, but major tours with Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and others... Read more »

Tim McGraw Makes 50 Sound Good
I don’t know how Tim McGraw feels about turning 50 on Monday (May 1). But if I had to make an educated guess, I’d say he’s one of those “gets-better-with-age” kind of guys. Because when I talked to him in 2013 on the 20th anniversary of his first No. 1 song “Don’t Take the Girl,”... Read more »

Steve Earle Enlists Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson for New Album
Steve Earle’s new album, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, will be released June 16 and features guest appearances by Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson and another Texas music mainstay, Johnny Bush. Although Earle was raised near San Antonio, the project marks his first recording sessions in Austin and his first album for Warner Bros. Records since... Read more »

Why Tim McGraw Was Mad at Little Big Town
All the best stories seem to come from being backstage at awards shows. When Little Big Town‘s Jimi Westbrook saw Tim McGraw at the ACM Awards, things got real, really fast. “I was strolling off, and Tim McGraw is standing there, and he was like, ‘Damn you. I wanted that song,'” Westbrook told Billboard. “That... Read more »

Brandi Carlile Defines “Dolly-Ize”
Brandi Carlile says she was dreaming big when she sent a handwritten letter to Dolly Parton with a special request. But in that note, Carlile said something she can never take back. Carlile asked Parton if she would be interested in covering the title track of her 2007 debut The Story for a new benefit... Read more »

Kelsea Ballerini Prepares to Cover Britney Spears in Front of Britney Spears
Kelsea Ballerini jokes her feelings about covering Britney Spears live in front of the pop star herself can be summed up in one look. this face is how I feel about singing a @britneyspears song in front of Britney Spears on Saturday.. https://t.co/FWiZgBPD8h — Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) April 27, 2017 @KelseaBallerini we are still waiting... Read more »

Little Big Town and CMA Fest Artists Honor Music Educators
Long before they signed their first record deals, many of music’s biggest acts’ careers started with a music teacher believing in their talent. On Wednesday (April 26) at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, Little Big Town and the CMA Foundation hosted the second annual CMA Music Teachers of Excellence dinner to honor 31 music educators from across... Read more »

Toby Keith on a Country Divided
When Toby Keith was on CNN Tonight With Don Lemon on Wednesday night (April 26), he talked first about what inspired him to write “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” back in 2001. “My dad was a soldier. And he’d just passed away about six months before 9/11. We were raised... Read more »

Charley Pride Schedules First Studio Album in Six Years
Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride will release Music in My Heart, his first studio album in more than six years, on July 7. The project was produced by singer-songwriter Billy Yates, whose songwriting credits include “Choices,” a 1999 hit for the late George Jones. “My goal was to record the best traditional... Read more »

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