Willie Nelson neither looks nor seems 80 years old. This is an age reserved for, well, old people. The unhip, those not in-the-know, not totally with it.
And yet, Willie turns 80 today. What's his secret? We doubt it's the weed -- sorry -- but think that it likely has more to do with his totally Z ... More >>
By Alan Scherstuhl
This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 or ... More >>
He may share his famous great-uncle's last name, but where legend Ernest Tubb was all adorably hokey honky-tonk, Lucky Tubb's style is situated closer to the outlaw snarl of Hank III. The two not only share a similar family lineage -- both carry on their family traditions just as well as they stray ... More >>
Photo courtesy of willienelson.comTaking into account his social and political activism, extensive musical catalog, and long and storied life, Willie Nelson - if you ask me, the folks at High Times, and gay cowboys in particular - has got to be one of the coolest dudes to walk the planet. And his ... More >>
83 years ago today, Buck Owens, originally Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr., was born in Sherman, TX, just months before the onset of the Great Depression. As the story goes, he assigned himself the name "Buck" at the age of four - his family owned a mule by the name of Buck, and he decided he wanted t ... More >>
Hank Cochran, RIPI sometimes wonder if rock credibility has destroyed good music. Someone, somewhere down the line decided you weren't a credible act unless you wrote and performed your own music. Or, if you covered music by a band far better, but far less well-known and much more under appre ... More >>