Willie Nelson gives a lot of credit to his success to the fact that he’s been able to keep the same people around him for so long. The very first part of that family was Paul English. Paul’s skills as a manager made him a mainstay in Willie’s band all the way until he passed away.
Many Sturgill Simpson fans in Charlotte, North Carolina and beyond are still disappointed after it was announced last minute and right before his set time that Sturgill Simpson would not be appearing. Tyler Childers has been tapped to perform for Sturgill in Georgia.
20 years ago today (August 25th, 2001), Billy Joe Shaver had a heart attack right there on the stage of the historic Gruene Hall in Texas while performing. He thought it was the end, and in some ways, wanted it to be. “I said, ‘Thank you, Lord, for letting me die in the oldest honky-tonk in Texas.’”
No matter what happens subsequently, Sturgill Simpson has left such an indelible mark on the legacy of country music, and music at large with his five album contribution over the last eight years (along with two bluegrass side projects), you can’t help but feel the need to tip you hat.
With his 1962 album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, and Volume 2 released later, Ray Charles opened up the gift and the joy of country music to an entirely new audience that may have otherwise not have been exposed to it. It wasn’t just the contributions of Ray Charles….
The docuseries is currently being filmed and is said to be well into the production process, with exclusive and unparalleled access to archive footage and material from the Willie Nelson estate, while they’re also shooting new footage on site in places such as Austin and Maui.
Country music traditionalist Jamey Johnson has become known over the last few years more and more for filling the majority of his concerts with classic country songs written by others, along with pulling from his catalog of originals. For some this approach to his concerts feels strange.
Even at 64-years-old now, Dwight is still squeezing into tight jeans, and moving around on stage like he’s 17, swinging hips, thrusting his haunches behind his guitar, and spinning around on his boot heels. Dwight Yoakam doesn’t play music, he makes sweet love to it, and his voice is still caramel.
Along with his eight appearances on Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour throughout September, and a stop at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina on September 16th, Sturgill Simpson has set a five-night residency at Webster Hall in New York City.
Maybe you’ve heard of him, and maybe you haven’t. But his legacy and influence is intertwined with a lot of the music you most certainly have enjoyed over the years. And now a legacy that started in Idaho and stretched all across the country and world has come to a close.
One of the most iconic and longest-lasting traditions in country music will be taking a second year off: Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. But Willie Nelson has plotted his return to live music with a select run of shows, and the Outlaw Music Festival Tour.
Breland is back, and collaborating closely with Keith Urban in the hopes of giving him some credibility in country’s mainstream. Jokes on him though, because Keith Urban has no credibility to lend. Don’t believe me, just recall when he accidentally won Entertainer of the Year in 2018.
This is the story of Waylon’s notorious relationship with cocaine told through the improbable tale of a police officer and lawyer turned drug smuggler from Kentucky, and a cocaine-eating bear. Country History X, which looks to tell the history of country music, one story at a time.
We’re about to get absolutely barraged with top notch releases in country and roots music in the coming months. So to help you navitagte your way through the upcoming onslaught, here is a detailed list of the albums you should be looking out for.
Alan Jackson, Blackberry Smoke, Chance McCoy, Charlie Marie, Cody Jinks, J.P. Harris, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Miranda Lambert, The Steel Woods, Travis Tritt, Tylor and the Train Robbers, Vincent Neil Emerson, Willie Nelson
Hot off of winning the ACM Album of the Year for his most recent release Starting Over, Chris Stapleton has added dates to his upcoming “All-American Roadshow” tour. Joining Chris Stapleton as always will be a host of cool openers decidedly outside of the cast of mainstream country.
All-American Roadshow Tour, Chris Stapleton, Dwight Yoakam, Elle King, Jamey Johnson, Kendell Marvel, Margo Price, Mike Campbell, Nikki Lane, Sheryl Crow, The Dirty Knobs, The Marcus King Band, Willie Nelson, Yola
In 1975 when Charlie Rich whipped out his lighter, and burned the card announcing John Denver as the 1975 CMA Entertainer of the Year, it was considered to be one of the greatest moments of protest in country music history. But was it truly his intent to protest John Denver’s win?
ACE, Billy Sherrill, Charlie Rich, Charlie Rich Jr., CMA Awards, Darrell Royal, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Denver, Loretta Lynn, Olivia Newton John, Ronnie Milsap, Sun Studios Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Tompall Glaser, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
Many know the “perfect Country & Western song” is “You Never Even Called Me By My Name” performed by David Allan Coe, and written by Steve Goodman. Or at least, that’s how David Allan Coe and Steve Goodman presented it. But what many don’t know is that John Prine was a co-writer of the song.
Arlo Guthrie, Billy Sherrill, David Allan Coe, David Loggins, Guy Clark, Jerry Wexler, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis, Mickey Newbury, Paul Anka, Roger Ebert, Steve Goodman, Sturgill Simpson, Tanya Tucker, Willie Nelson
Of course you usually say nice things upon someone’s passing. But when Dolly Parton said, “I wouldn’t be here if he hadn’t been there” as she eulogized Uncle Bill after his passing on Wednesday, April 7th at the age of 85, you known it’s the honest truth.
After staring long in the mirror, meditating on the subject, counseling with mentors, and rewatching the introduction to The Muppet Movie from 1979, I have resolved in my heart that yes, this a hill I am willing to die on.
Getting into the Texas theme (or at least, a country one), Post Malone threw everyone for a curve ball by borrowing Dwight Yoakam’s band, and busting out a few country songs at Matthew McConaughey’s Texas benefit Sunday night.
As prolific as Willie Nelson has been in the studio now well into his 80’s, he’s also been busy as an author and contributor, doing what he can to capture his wisdom in the written word, and share it with the rest of us. His latest installment will be called ‘Letters To America.’
If you want to get a shocked reaction from a country music fan, tell them that George Strait is not a member of the Grand Ole Opry. But a question that arose recently was, has George Strait ever even played the Grand Ole Opry? It took some digging to answer.
A smart selection for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, the two venerable singers and songwriters stepped inside the studio for “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” made famous by the cross cultural collaboration of Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias in 1984.
30 years ago this week, the biggest story in country music, and the biggest story in Texas and many parts beyond was the headlong effort by the IRS to liquidate the empire of Willie Nelson due to unpaid back taxes. They tried to sell his memories. It didn’t exactly go how the IRS planned.