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Buddy Emmons Dies

The pedal steel guitar player passed away on Wednesday (29Jul15), but no further details surrounding his death were available as WENN went to press. Emmons moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1955 aged...

Always On My Mind Songwriter Wayne Carson Dies At 72

Carson died on Monday morning (20Jul15) after suffering a string of health issues, including congestive heart failure. He was best known as one of the co-writers of classic track Always On My...

Willie Nelson To Receive 2015 Gershwin Prize

The Crazy hitmaker will be honoured with the top U.S. cultural accolade from officials at the Library of Congress in recognition of his career as a "musical explorer" who has "helped make country...

Willie Nelson Endorses Texas Anti-discrimination Organisation

The veteran country singer signed up to endorse Texas Wins, a group which focuses on making the state a better place for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by...

Willie Nelson And Kris Kristofferson To Headline Waylon Jennings Tribute Show

The country music veterans will headline Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings at the Moody Theatre in Austin, Texas, where fellow musicians Toby Keith, Eric Church, Sturgill Simpson, Lee Ann Womack, Kacey...

Florence + The Machine Scores First U.s. Number 1 Album

Florence Welch may be recovering from a broken foot, but she’s got even more good news to make her feel better, as the third Florence + The Machine album has entered the American charts at...

Willie Nelson To Cameo In Zoolander Sequel

The movie, Zoolander 2, is due for release in February next year (16), and filming started in Rome, Italy last month (April 15). Nelson has now revealed he has landed a small role...

Willie Nelson's Daughter And Grand-nephew Seeking Funds For Roadie Film

Ben Dorcy has spent over six decades working with stars like John Wayne, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and Nelson, becoming the first inductee into the Roadie Hall of Fame. And...

Willie Nelson Confesses To Smoking Pot On Roof Of White House

The singer/songwriter and longtime weed advocate makes the confession in his new memoir, It's A Long Story, which was released on Tuesday (05May15). In the tome, Nelson recalls the 1977 incident, which...

Neil Young Debuts New Band At Intimate California Gig

Young performed at SLO Brewing Co. with Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah and Lukas' Promise of the Real bandmates Corey MCCorkmick and Anthony Logerfo. The singer-songwriter confirmed at the start of...

Willie Nelson Launching His Own Brand Of Marijuana In Some American States

Country music legend Willie Nelson has announced more details of his plans to roll out his own brand of marijuana. ‘Willie’s Reserve’, a company formed by Nelson, will sell ‘Willie Weed’ which he intends to...

Willie Nelson Launching Marijuana Line

The hitmaker announced plans to open up a chain of dispensaries throughout America last month (Apr15) and now Nelson is launching the company Willie's Reserve, through which he will release Willie Weed....

Willie Nelson Mourning Loss Of Brother

News of 77-year-old Ira's passing was posted on the country music veteran's Facebook page on Thursday (16Apr15). The sad announcement suggested Ira was "a gentle man who will be dearly missed"....

Pink To Receive Songwriting Award

Pink is to receive the BMI President's Award for Songwriting.The 'Just Give Me A Reason' hitmaker has been named as the recipient of the prestigious accolade, which recognises ''outstanding achievement in songwriting and global impact...

Willie Nelson Is Planning His Own Brand Of Weed And Shops Named 'Willie's Reserve'

Weed enthusiast and country music legend Willie Nelson is planning to launch his own brand of marijuana, as well as a chain of stores across the US in states where pot is legal. The 81...

Willie Nelson To Launch Chain Of Marijuana Stores

The 81 year old, who is a proud pot smoker, is planning to launch the dispensaries throughout America, where cannabis consumption has been decriminalised in many states for medicinal purposes. Nelson's business...

Snoop Dogg Uses Sxsw Keynote Speech To Announce He's Developing Drama For Hbo

Rapper Snoop Dogg has announced he’s developing a new drama series for HBO, alongside director Allen Hughes and writer Rodney Barnes. The 43 year old made the announcement as he delivered the keynote address at...

Willie Nelson And Alison Krauss Revive Co-headlining Tour

Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss are reviving their co-headlining tour for a short U.S. trek this summer (15).The country music stars embarked on a joint venture last year (14), but the tour got off to...

Willie Nelson To Star Alongside Charlotte Rampling In New Film

Country music veteran Willie Nelson is set to star alongside actress Charlotte Rampling in a new movie filmed on his private ranch in Texas.The singer has invited filmmaker Lian Lunson to shoot Waiting For the...

Bob Dylan Honoured At Musicares Gala

Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Beck were among the stars who took to the stage to perform the songs of Bob Dylan at a charity gala honouring the veteran folk legend in Los Angeles on...

Willie Nelson Pulls Out Of Stevie Wonder Tribute As Lady Gaga Signs On

Country legend Willie Nelson has pulled out of plans to honour Stevie Wonder at a Grammy Awards tribute show next month (Feb15) as Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande have been added to the line-up.No further...

Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran In Stevie Wonder Tribute Show

Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran and Usher are among the performers at a Stevie Wonder tribute concert next month.The trio will join the likes of Willie Nelson and Janelle Monae in taking part in 'Stevie Wonder:...

Neil Young Recording New Lp

Neil Young is recording an album with Willie Nelson's sons.The 69-year-old musician revealed he is in the middle of working on his 36th LP - following the success of 'A Letter Home' and 'Storytone' which...

Former President Jimmy Carter To Fete Bob Dylan At Musicares Ceremony

Folk legend Bob Dylan will be presented with the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year honour from former U.S. president Jimmy Carter after receiving musical tributes from Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Jack White.The Lay...

Waylon Jennings And Willie Nelson's Former Manager Dies At 75

Country singers Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson's former manager Neil Reshen has died at the age of 75.Reshen passed away of complications from Alzheimer's disease on 6 December (14) in the Bronx, New York, according...

Willie Nelson To Be Celebrated By Grammy Bosses For Charity Work

Country superstar Willie Nelson is set to be saluted by Grammy Awards bosses for his longstanding philanthropy efforts.The veteran singer will be saluted as part of the Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert, where he will be...

Willie Nelson To Front New Live Tv Show

Willie Nelson is to host a new live music Tv series from the fabled Austin, Texas recording studio his nephew co-owns.The country music veteran will invite friends and fans to play for him and with...

Crazy Tops Influential Country Songs List

Willie Nelson's classic tune Crazy has topped a new list of influential country songs.A panel of artists and experts picked Patsy Cline's rendition of the track as part of a Tv special, which aired in...

Dave Grohl Explores Musical History

Dave Grohl explored the ''regional relevance of music'' while recording Foo Fighters' new album.The 'Monkey Wrench' rockers have travelled to various cities in the US to record tracks for their new album 'Sonic Highways' -...

Willie Nelson's Hair Sells For $37,000 At Auction

Country legend Willie Nelson's trademark braids have sold at auction for $37,000 (Gbp23,100).The distinctive hair item was one of the highlights of the Waylon Jennings memorabilia sale staged by New York-based Guernsey's auction house at...

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