Kristofferson, Dolly producer Fred Foster died at age 87
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville producer Fred Foster, who produced some of Roy Orbison's most popular records and was the first to produce records from Kris Kristofferson and Dolly Parton, has...
Review: Robert Ellis switches to keys on ‘Texas Piano Man’
Robert Ellis, "Texas Piano Man" (New West)
Texans play guitar. Stevie Ray Vaughan? Willie Nelson? Buddy Holly? Johnny "Guitar" Watson? Guitarists. Elton John is not a Texan, but when he recorded "Texas Love Song" (a deep-cut gem), the tune featured not piano, but guitar.
Grammy weekend kicks off with honor for Dolly Parton
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nobody pokes more fun at Dolly Parton — all hair, sequins, nine-inch nails and five-inch stilettos — than the country superstar herself.
Parton was celebrated for her musical achievements and philanthropic work as MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday night. She's the first country artist to be saluted in the tribute's 29-year history.
Grammy week events begin with salute to Willie Nelson
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kacey Musgraves, Dave Matthews and Lukas Nelson saluted the outlaw king of country music Willie Nelson with tributes and performances at a famed Los Angeles studio.
The Recording Academy's Producers and Engineers Wing honored Nelson on Wednesday night ahead of Sunday's Grammy Awards.
Reggie Young, renowned guitarist for Elvis, Waylon, has died
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Guitarist Reggie Young, a Memphis- and Nashville-based session player whose signature licks defined hit records from Elvis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many more, has died. He was 82.
Friend and fellow Nashville Cats session musician David Briggs said Young died Thursday at his home in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ronnie Milsap returned to his iconic studio for duets album
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country soul icon Ronnie Milsap is a bit of a studio geek, and he thinks a lot about music technology and recording equipment. So it makes sense that he spent a long time getting 13 other singers and bands into the studio to record duets with him for a new album, "Ronnie Milsap: The Duets," to be released Friday, just two days after his 76th birthday.
Poker, wife stealing and smoking with Willie Nelson
Aretha Franklin honored with star-studded tribute concert
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The late Aretha Franklin's songs were so impactful that some of music's bests from Alicia Keys to Celine Dion took the stage Sunday to relive the Queen of Soul's biggest hits in a taped tribute concert.
Willie Nelson, George Strait perform 1st ever duet together
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country icon Willie Nelson has sung with just about everyone, from Snoop Dogg to Frank Sinatra, but one surprising omission was fellow Texas troubadour George Strait.
The two country singers sang their first ever duet together on Saturday night in Nashville, Tennessee, during a tribute show honoring the 85-year-old outlaw country singer with a performance of a song written just for the occasion.
Nelson, Henley to honor Parton at Grammy MusiCares concert
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Don Henley and Mavis Staples will perform in tribute to Dolly Parton when she's honored as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy.
The academy announced the latest additions to the lineup Thursday for the tribute concert and gala to be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, two days before the Grammy Awards.
Recording Academy to honor Willie Nelson
NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing will honor Willie Nelson days before the 2019 Grammy Awards.
The academy announced Tuesday that Nelson's career and achievements will be celebrated on Feb. 6, 2019, at The Village Studios in Los Angeles.
Neil Portnow, the academy's president and CEO, says in a statement that "Willie Nelson has inspired generations of musicians and fans, and continues to set precedents of excellence within the music community."
Both sides ignoring swing voters in hot Texas Senate race
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr. already visiting the state and the president himself working thousands of supporters into a frenzy at a Houston rally Monday night, Ted Cruz is convening a veritable parade of Republican powerbrokers in the final weeks of the Texas Senate campaign to ensure Democrat Beto O'Rourke doesn't upset him.
Filmmaker Richard Linklater directs anti-Ted Cruz web ad
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Filmmaker Richard Linklater is the latest celebrity wading into the tight U.S. Senate race in Texas with a social media ad attacking Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
O’Rourke offers blue vision for red Texas during Nelson show
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rouke rallied thousands with Willie Nelson on Saturday night, offering an openly liberal vision for the country's largest conservative state and vowing that his campaign that has shunned outside political support can topple Republican Ted Cruz in November.
The Latest: Beto O’Rourke rallies with Willie Nelson
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke's concert with Willie Nelson (all times local):
Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rouke is rallying with Willie Nelson, telling thousands of supporters, "The people of the future, our kids and our grandkids, are depending on what we do at this moment."
Farm Aid festival benefits Connecticut farmers for 1st time
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Farm Aid music festival is taking place this year in Hartford.
The annual event, which raises money and awareness for family farms, takes place Saturday at the Xfinity Theater, the first time in its 33-year history it has been held in Connecticut.
Artists including Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews are scheduled to perform.
Ethan Hawke spotlights a little-known legend in ‘Blaze’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ethan Hawke had long been enchanted by the songs of mysterious singer-songwriter Blaze Foley. Foley wrote songs like 'If I Could Only Fly," that Willie Nelson covered and would go on to become a Merle Haggard hit, and "Clay Pigeons," which John Prine covered. Townes Van Zandt and Lucinda Williams wrote songs about him after his death at age 39 — he was shot in 1989. And yet his is a name that few outside of the Austin music scene would know.
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Review: Willie Nelson swings, croons Sinatra set on ‘My Way’
Willie Nelson is country music personified, but he's no red-headed stranger to the Great American Songbook, either. On "My Way," the prolific Texan swings and croons through 11 songs associated with Frank Sinatra, with whom he formed an unlikely and undeniable mutual admiration society.
‘Don’t mess with Texas’ ad campaign seeks anti-litter song
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Organizers of the iconic "Don't mess with Texas" advertising campaign are looking for a new tune to promote the anti-trash effort.
The Texas Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced the "Don't mess with Texas" original song contest. It's open to Texas residents, ages 18 and above, and runs through October. Contest rules are at Dontmesswithtexas.org .
New album spotlights ‘Muscle Shoals sound’
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — A new album will throw a spotlight on the famed "Muscle Shoals sound" that made a north Alabama town one of the nation's premier recording venues.
Performers including Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and country singers Alison Krauss, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill and Willie Nelson have tracks on the upcoming "Muscle Shoals: Small Town, Big Sound."
Sturgill Simpson visits schools in Kentucky hometown
JACKSON, Ky. (AP) — Country music star Sturgill Simpson has made a surprise visit to public schools in his Kentucky hometown.
Review: Jim Lauderdale is consistently grand on ‘Time Flies’
Jim Lauderdale, "Time Flies" (Yep Roc)
Jim Lauderdale is a steady geyser of Americana, releasing over two dozen solo albums and collaborations and writing for and with many mostly country musicians — from George Strait to Rodney Crowell and from the Dixie Chicks to George Jones — at a steaming pace.
Being prolific, however, would not mean much if Lauderdale's songwriting and singing weren't as consistently great as "Time Flies" once again demonstrates.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Chris Stapleton is joining performers for the 33rd annual Farm Aid in Connecticut.
Organizers announced Monday the benefit for farmers will take place Sept. 22 at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford.
Stapleton won a Grammy for best country album in February. He'll join Farm Aid regulars Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews.
NEW YORK (AP) — Country music icon Willie Nelson has extended an offer to meet President Donald Trump at one of the detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border to better understand what's happening, the latest attempt by a celebrity hoping to end the administration's policy of separating families at border crossings.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If the term "outlaw country" evokes images of Willie Nelson's hippie braids or Waylon Jennings' "Honky Tonk Heroes," then you'll want to see a new museum exhibit offering a deeper look at the poets, pickers and characters that revolutionized country music in the 1970s.
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AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A new miniature pony is helping pediatric patients at two northeast Ohio hospitals.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports Willie Nelson made his official debut Tuesday at the Akron Children's Hospital. The miniature pony is replacing longtime favorite Petie the Pony. Petie died in October after nearly two decades of service.
Does a lifetime of smoking weed produce chronic bad breath by the time you're a few days short of 85?
Most of us will never know, but Willie Nelson suggests it does in one of the warm, quiet songs on his mortality-tinged "Last Man Standing" CD.
Willie's been joking about death for a while now — better to keep it at bay, perhaps — and the wisdom he offers on this one is memorable: "Bad breath is better than no breath at all."
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1969 - Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jimmy Webb song "Galveston", which also made #4 on the Billboard Hot 100
1978 - Columbia Records released Willie Nelson’s hallmark Stardust album
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1959 - George Jones went to number one for the first time with "White Lightning"
1963 - Bill Anderson hit the top of the country chart with his biggest hit, "Still"
NEW YORK (AP) — Kacey Musgraves and Harry Styles might sound like an odd pairing for a tour, but for Musgraves, it makes perfect sense.
That's because Musgraves is happy to bring country music to new and unexpected audiences and, at the same time, continue to expand her own sound, like she does on her recently released third album, where the influences include Sade and the Bee Gees.
SPRINGFIELD — Lots of people seek to downsize for retirement.
For Bill Welch, a recent move from a rented farmhouse on 500 acres of rural property to a 1,040-square-foot home on a ¼-acre lot near Thurston High School happened involuntarily.
But he’s at peace with the change. And now, he’s a homeowner.
Willie Nelson and several other artists will visit KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown later this year.
The performances are slated for Sept. 7, according to an announcement Tuesday.
Tickets for the Outlaw Music Festival Tour will go on sale Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John's songs will be reworked by top artists including Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Willie Nelson and Chris Stapleton.
John announced on Thursday the April 6 release of two albums. "Revamp" will include covers by pop and rock stars from Mary J. Blige to Miley Cyrus. Miranda Lambert and Dolly Parton will appear on the country album "Restoration."
Robert Earl Keen will be performing at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Friday, March 23. Tickets are available now.
Willie Nelson may have been forced to take January and February off to recover from the flu, but that’s not affecting his studio output. His new album, Last Man Standing, is set to be released April 27, just two days before his 85th birthday.
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Trace Adkins is the new voice of Farmer Boys. The country singer will lend his distinct baritone to the restaurant chain's latest TV commercials under the slogan, Farm Food Ain't Fast Food.
“Goats make lousy soldiers,” say the billboards at three San Antonio locations, depicting a goat in an Army utility uniform chewing on several blades of grass.
Correction: Willie Nelson Pot Company story
DENVER (AP) — A story by Marijuana Business Daily, relayed by The Associated Press on Feb. 1, about country music star Willie Nelson's marijuana company, reported erroneously the name of the company. It is GCH, Inc., not GHC, Inc.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Willie Nelson's pot company raises $12 million for expansion
This year's Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo has all the dirt.
Red Dirt, that is.
Kadee Hande, marketing manager for the stock show, said the musical entertainment will be a highlight of this year's event, which runs from Jan. 26 to Feb. 4 at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City.
Willie Nelson cancels shows after leaving a concert early
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music legend Willie Nelson has canceled shows in Nevada and California after leaving a concert in San Diego after performing one song.
The man who loved music sang for Prince Charles and Pope John II. He played the harp in a Willie Nelson movie and he performed with Rosita Fernandez on the River Walk.
And he also played for orphans, humble parishes and homesick servicemen across the globe.
One of the most unusual concert experiences goes hands down to Willie Nelson, who cut his concert less than 30 minutes into his set. Obviously, it was definitely not one of the best concerts of the year. Publicists cited the short show on Nelson’s difficulty breathing in the altitude (though we’d seen him perform the previous year at Red Butte with no problem).
Andy Bradley queues up a song at Wire Road Studios, and his eyes glisten the moment the guitar enters. The song is by local singer and saxophonist Evelyn Rubio. Kenny Cordray plays guitar on the session, one of the last things he ever recorded.