Levon Helm, 71, Dies After Long Battle With Cancer

Levon Helm, legendary drummer for The Band, died Thursday, April 19 from throat cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, reports The Tennessean. His daughter Amy and wife Sandy issued a statement through his website on Tuesday afternoon, thanking fans for their support and asking for prayers as Levon entered the final stages [...] Read More

Willie Nelson to Be Inducted into National Agricultural Hall of Fame

Willie Nelson will be inducted into the National Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kansas next month. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on August 13, the same day the 26th annual Farm Aid concert will be held nearby Kansas City. Willie told the Associated Press that he’s “honored and humbled to become [...] Read More

Keith Urban, Vince Gill Lead All-Star Hall Event

The building that houses country music’s family treasures just got a big infusion of cash. Keith Urban and Vince Gill played hosts Tuesday night at All For The Hall, a multi-artist concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Country Music Hall of Fame. The arena and the hall share an intersection in Music City, and the artists who paraded across the Bridgestone stage shared a love for the district’s best-known genre. Billy Currington threw judicious moments of vocal ferocity into his version of Kenny Rogers’ “Sweet Music Man,” Martina McBride emulated Reba McEntire well with a few well-placed trills at the close of “Is There Life Out There,” and Dolly Parton resurrected George Jones’ funereal “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Read More

Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood Lead Country’s Weekend

Concerts, politics and awards were the order of the day. Country music kicked off the final quarter of 2010 with some pretty special moments this past weekend, including iconic live dates by Carrie Underwood and Willie Nelson, a public vote involving Sammy Kershaw and an NFL appearance by Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride. Country’s big moments included: Read More

Jamey Johnson Joins Willie, Kenny at Farm Aid

Jamey Johnson is headed to the home of the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, though he won’t be singing the national anthem or “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the final weekend of baseball’s regular season. Instead, he’s been announced at the last minute as an addition to the lineup for Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid 25: Growing Home For America at Miller Park. Board members John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young were already set for the concert, of course. And so were Norah Jones, Jeff Tweedy, Jason Mraz and the Randy Rogers Band, among others. And the event has an interesting connection to the top of the country album charts. Jamey’s new double-disc CD, The Guitar Song, came out Sept. 14 and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Kenny Chesney’s new project, Hemingway’s Whiskey, came out on Tuesday, and it’s already being forecast as the top-selling album in any genre for the week. Since Kenny’s scheduled to be at Miller Park, too, it means artists with No. 1 country albums two of the last three weeks will both appear on the same stage the same day. Read More