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This week in 1993, two of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of all-time, Willie Nelson and Paul Simon, appeared together as musical guests on Saturday Night Live. The previous month, Nelson had celebrated his 60th birthday and hosted Farm Aid VI, in Ames, Iowa. Simon had appeared at the 1992 iteration of the benefit concert, with […]

The story of Country Music Hall of Fame duo the Louvin Brothers will be told in a new biopic starring Ethan Hawke, according to Variety. Satan Is Real, currently in development, costars Hawke and Alessandro Nivola as sibling singers Charlie and Ira Louvin. Best known for their 1958 album Satan Is Real, with its outrageous […]

Since the release of his excellent 2017 album Purgatory, Tyler Childers’ rise, from logging millions of Spotify streams to consistent sold-out tour dates around the country, has been one of the genre’s biggest success stories — in part because the Kentucky native did it all completely independently. On August 2nd, Childers will release his second […]

In May 1977, New York City was on the brink. A serial killer calling himself “Son of Sam” evaded capture and taunted authorities, while the city faced financial ruin and a growing reputation as a lawless, concrete jungle. Two months later, the situation would reach fever pitch, amid a sweltering heat wave, citywide blackout, raging […]

Stamped hands, bar bands and fake IDs all figure into Keith Urban’s new song “We Were.” A slice of earnest nostalgia, the vibey mid-tempo ballad yearns for those romances that we all know won’t last but are essential to our formative years. Urban runs through a roster of vivid imagery — leather jackets on a […]

When Keith Whitley died 30 years ago this month on May 9th, 1989, Vince Gill was inspired to honor the Kentucky country singer’s memory by writing a new song. It became “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” which Gill completed four years later after the death of his older brother Bob. Since then, it’s become […]

Carrie Underwood’s new arena tour is now in full swing, having opened May 1st in Greensboro, North Carolina. From the moment the tour was announced — which features openers Maddie & Tae and Runaway June — it promised to put women front and center, and during Saturday night’s stop at the MGM Grand Garden Arena […]

Lady Antebellum’s new song isn’t about Charles Kelley’s onetime interest in Hillary Scott many years ago, because, well, Kelley never had a chance. The song, which comes out on May 17th, is called “What If I Never Get Over You.” “You were over me the first time we met,” Kelley joked to Scott on Friday […]

Hot off a busy few weeks that have seen her set new streaming records for a female country artist and rack up nominations at the CMT Music Awards, Maren Morris looks back on her rise to stardom with the help of Busbee and Miranda Lambert in a new episode of YouTube’s Artist Spotlight Stories. The […]

Texas mainstays Reckless Kelly will reprise their breakthrough 2008 album Bulletproof with a new live recording set to be released in June. The first release from the new project, “You Don’t Have to Stay Forever,” is out now. Bulletproof Live, a track-by-track recreation of the original, was recorded during the band’s 2018 West Coast tour […]

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