Less than a year before he suffered a stroke while hospitalized for a heart infection in July 2013, Randy Travis looked fit and healthy onstage for an October 24th taping of CMT's Crossroads. Paired with fellow North Carolinians the Avett Brothers, the country traditionalist and Americana darlings performed some of their......
Johnny Marr brought out Noel Gallagher to play a couple of songs during the encore of a recent concert at London's O2 Academy Brixton. When Marr introduced the former Oasis guitarist, he called him "one of the great songwriters for this country" and cheekily said, "he's got a bright future......
One night last winter, Jessie Ware and Miguel decided to get drunk. They had been writing some songs for Ware's second album, Tough Love, at New York's Record Plant studio, and after a long day of work, they had completed the fun, flirtatious "Kind of… Sometimes... Maybe." "We both really like whiskey,"......
If there's one thing you can say about the woman painted in Kristy Lee Cook's new single, "Lookin' for a Cowgirl," it's that she isn't the least bit shy. "I heard you're on the prowl for a good-hearted woman, wanting real bad to get into somethin'," the former American Idol......
There are two reasons that the latest music video for rap duo Run the Jewels is being shot at Atlanta's retro, neon-saturated Landmark Diner, explains director Trevor Kane: A long runway perfect for a dramatic escape and the Key lime pie. Michael "Killer Mike" Render, 39, loves that the place looks......
Liz Rose doesn't play an instrument. That hasn't stopped her from co-writing some of the biggest country songs of the 21st century, though, including nearly two dozen Taylor Swift tunes and a handful of hits for Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Gary Allan, Tim McGraw and Bonnie Raitt, among others. She's......
Atlanta spitfire OG Maco, the young crunkmaster behind minimalist viral hits like "U Guessed It" and "Fuckemx3" is dropping his latest mixtape, Live Life 2. The sequel to last year's Live Life, its seven tracks are full of screamed ad-libs and sinister bouts of AutoTune. What else would expect from......
Fresh off the triumphant debut of The Big Revival, his 13th Number One country album debut, Kenny Chesney is returning to the road. The country superstar visited ABC's Good Morning America on Friday to announce the Big Revival Tour, which will hit arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums next year. The trek,......
When Ryan Bingham released his first album, Mescalito, at the age of 26, he already sang with the grizzled grit of someone twice his age. He'd spent the previous decade living in his truck, competing in a string of southwestern rodeos to help pay for gas. His parents were alcoholics.......
Ben Gibbard knows what you're thinking about the new Death Cab For Cutie album, their last to feature founding member Chris Walla. He's thinking it too. "Oh, there is undoubtedly a line in the sand here," he says. "The position we're in – it's a blessing and a curse – is......
Earlier this month, Bassnectar interrupted Madison Square Garden's ongoing Billy Joel residency to push through two hours of body-shaking dubstep: On October 4th, the Laptop Man played the crowd his songs, they loved him just the way he is and though neither party started the fire, they both kept it burning until late into......
Willie Nelson and his sister and Family bandmate Bobbie Nelson will release December Day, the first installment of the archival series, Willie's Stash, December 2nd on Legacy Recordings. Willie and Bobbie, who grew up in Abbott, Texas, first learned to read music and play instruments as pre-teens, taught by their grandparents. They......
David Gilmour has spent much of the past 20 years trying to make Pink Floyd a thing of the past. The band broke box-office records touring behind 1994's The Division Bell, but Gilmour grew tired of the rock-star life. "The whole thing was becoming bigger than I liked," he says.......
Foo Fighters' HBO musical travelogue series Sonic Highways next visits Washington D.C., and Rolling Stone has your exclusive preview at what Dave Grohl considers to be his homecoming. Having grown up in the Virginia suburbs outside of D.C., Grohl got his start in the city's influential hardcore scene performing with local......
When Taylor Swift decides to do something, the girl really knows how to overdo it. So on her fifth album, when she indulges her crush on Eighties synth-pop, she goes full blast, spending most of the album trying to turn herself into the Pet Shop Boys. 1989 is a drastic departure......
Cracker have been weaving subtle yet undeniable country twang throughout their sound since their 1992 self-titled debut. See "Mr. Wrong" from that album, or even "Lonesome Johnny Blues" from the 1993 follow-up Kerosene Hat. But with their new double album, Berkeley to Bakersfield, out December 9th, the alt-rock radio band......
Since his days fronting grunge-era rockers Screaming Trees, baritone growler Mark Lanegan has pursued a raw, doomy primitivism. This is a 21st-century version of the same: Phantom Radio was recorded using an iPhone drum-machine app called FunkBox, and it sounds like a solitary dance party in a serial killer's backwoods shed.......
American Horror Story: Freak Show's anachronistic use of contemporary songs continued last night with a cover of Lana Del Rey's "Gods & Monsters." It's weird to hear Jessica Lange's Marlene Dietrich wannabe Elsa sing the name "Jim Morrison" on a show based in 1952 Jupiter, Florida, but the Born to Die......
For Bassnectar's latest track, released only months after June's Noise vs. Beauty LP, the cult DJ worked with a new artist who had reached him by e-mail. "A lot of fans send me music, either tipping me off to songs they want me to remix, asking for production tips or to......
Album sales are down 14 percent and track sales are down 13 percent but who cares because FIVE MORE DAYS UNTIL TAYLOR SWIFT! A MONTH OF SPUTTERING COUNTRY BLOCKBUSTERS: The good news for Florida Georgia Line is the country duo's first-ever Number One album — Anything Goes sold 197,000 copies in its first......