The progeny of two country stars, Payne, who grew up in East Texas, writes songs informed by his struggle with substance abuse, trauma, and redemption.
The ’Country Music’ documentarian on the Outlaws, forgotten forces, and how Texas country music could bring us all together.
The country music provocateur and East Texas native talks growing up, ”getting weird” onstage, and taking risks with her new album.
In a world full of evil dudes pretending to be good guys, Waylon Jennings was a good guy pretending to be an evil dude and never quite succeeding.
When Willie met Scarface.
The outlaw country all-star is finally embracing the genre of his dreams—and bluegrass seems to be embracing him back.
The outlaw singer-songwriter returns.
A reboot of KOKE-FM, Austin's pioneering 1970s progressive country station, began broadcasting on Sunday, with longtime KVET personality Bob Cole as co-owner and morning DJ.
An exclusive preview of Flaco and Crooks' song "Heart Achin' Town," plus an interview with frontman Josh Mazour.
Is Willie Nelson Santa Claus? We asked him that, and a few other things—like what it's like to get busted and get along with Pat Robertson and Snoop Dogg.
Most guitars don’t have names. This one has a voice and a personality, and bears a striking resemblance to his owner.
From "I'm a Memory" to "Here We Go Again," listen to eight performances that highlight the capabilities of Willie Nelson's treasured guitar.
Forty years ago, Willie, Waylon, Jerry Jeff, and a whole host of Texas misfits grew their hair long, snubbed Nashville, and brought the hippies and rednecks together. The birth of outlaw country changed country music forever.
Updates on the cosmic cowboys, redneck rockers, and other notables of the outlaw country scene.
The senior editor on writing about outlaw country, hearing Jerry Jeff Walker tell stories, and listening to good music.
In this extraordinary oral history, Willie Nelson’s friends, kin, and collaborators (Jimmy Carter, Emmylou Harris, Robert Redford, Merle Haggard, and many more big names) tell their favorite stories about the Red Headed Stranger.
Rock and Country music met in Austin. That friendship may make the state.
Can a posthumous release of Waylon Jennings’s last recordings keep his legacy from disappearing?
The outlaw-country legend on his recent acquittal, his songs, and his friendship with Willie Nelson.
“Willie Nelson doesn’t fit the stereotype of a 66-year-old veteran of a profession that eats its young. The goofy grin he flashes conveys the vibe that he really and truly likes what he’s doing. We like it too.”
The Red Headed Stranger is about to be eligible for Medicare? Ain’t it funny how time slips away.
A year after Kris Kristofferson’s standout role in Lone Star, Hollywood is still marveling over his comeback. He is too. by Gary Cartwright
Willie Nelson may not be a radio staple anymore, but a new tribute album recorded by some of rock’s coolest stars shows that his music is still moving to them.
When the IRS seized all that Willie Nelson had, it was a case of the man who can’t say no meeting the men who won’t take no for an answer.
Looking forward to Jerry Jeff Walker’s second Luckenbach, looking into a new way to settle feuds, and looking back over the career of Texas’ most prolific unknown author.
In the small world of country’s New Traditionalism, George Strait and Steve Earle still manage to be worlds apart.
Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic at Carl’s Corner was the picnic to end all picnics. It did just that.
The imminent demise of Austin’s famed music hall already has Texans singing the Armadillo homesick blues.
His friends say the king of country rock is getting mellow. The question is, mellow compared to what?
Love beads are out at rock concerts these days.
That’s what country music is, and that’s why it plays in Peoria.
Waylon Jennings in the dark corners of stardom’s light.
What is it like to miss the sexual revolution (and some others) by a mere handful of years?