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What is Americana Music?

It goes by many names. Roots rock. Folk rock. American roots music. The dirt-in-your-ears genre. Country that’s too country for country radio. Alternative country. Americana has become the catch-all...

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5 Stories That Capture the Legacy of Johnny Cash

The world lost Johnny Cash 14 years ago, on Sept. 12, 2003. But the Man in Black’s legacy remains an enduring presence in country music. Born into poverty in Kingsland, Ark. in 1932, Cash went on to...

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The 12 Best Country Duets of All Time

Country music just wouldn’t be the same without duets. The blending of voices, the lyrical back-and-forth and creative collaboration between artists has created some of the best musical moments in...

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John Carter Cash and Wife Welcome Baby Girl, Grace June, Into the Family

John Carter Cash and his wife Ana Cristina welcomed their firstborn child into the world on Sept. 11. The darling girl goes by the name of Grace June. Her birth was revealed via Instagram, where her...

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The Most Famous Country Artist From Every State

Country music has a reputation for being a Southern thing, but in reality, country stars come from all over the United States, as well as Canada (Shania Twain, anyone?) and even Australia (hey there,...

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Johnny Cash’s ‘Unearthed’ Box Set Comes to Vinyl

Unearthed, a CD box set spanning Johnny Cash‘s final recordings, hit shelves two months after the Man in Black‘s Sept. 2003 death. Producer Rick Rubin’s American Recordings issued the set, introducing...

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The Surprising Story Behind Johnny Cash’s ‘A Boy Named Sue’

On Sept. 16, 1969, Johnny Cash‘s “A Boy Named Sue” hit No. 1 on the country charts. By all accounts, the song is one of Cash’s most iconic recordings. To this day, “A Boy Named Sue” permeates pop...

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Top 20 Country Love Songs of All Time

There are plenty of country songs about drinkin’ and cheatin’, but some of the best songs in country music are about plain old love and all that goes along with it. From tracks on falling in love with...

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The Great Story Behind ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’

On Oct. 10, 1970, Johnny Cash took the Kris Kristofferson-penned song “Sunday Morning Coming Down” to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Charts. Cash’s recording of the song forever solidified...

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This Johnny and June Christmas Song Has a Timely Message for America in 2017

Johnny Cash and June Carter sang “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” together on the Billy Graham Show 40 years ago, but the song has a timely message for today’s America. In 1977 when Johnny Cash...

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This Early TV Appearance Captures Johnny Cash at His Rockabilly Peak

  From 1954 to 1958, Johnny Cash belonged to the Sun Records roster. During that time, the Arkansas-born  singer brought down-home credibility to rockabilly, a blend of rock’s early sound and country...

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Richard Dobson, ‘The Hemingway of Country Music,’ Dies

Songwriter Richard Dobson, once called “The Hemingway of country music,” died Saturday at the age of 75. Dobson was born in Tyler, Texas in 1942. A contemporary of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and Guy...

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Patsy Cline

Even 54 years after her untimely death, Patsy Cline is remembered as a country music icon. Her records are responsible for the advent of the Nashville Sound, which blended country and pop music and...

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11 Inspiring Marriages in Country Music

Let’s be honest, most people assume celebrity marriages won’t last. Even country music marriages, filled with people singing those beautiful love songs, don’t tend to work out that often. When you...

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Female Country Singers: The Top 30 of All Time

There’s been no shortage of discussion about the state of women in country music. Country radio continues to ignore the work of modern female artists to the disdain of country fans who crave variety...

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The Story Behind Johnny Cash’s Iconic Hit ‘Ring of Fire’

From the opening trumpet melody to Johnny Cash’s gravelly vocal, every aspect of “Ring Of Fire” is uncommonly iconic. The 1963 hit became synonymous with the Man In Black for the rest of his career,...

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15 of the Greatest Classic Country Songs

If you’re looking for a fun roundup of hits by some of the biggest stars in country music history, consider these old country songs. The list is a cross-section of some of the biggest stars’ best-loved...

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Some of Music’s Biggest Stars are Transforming Johnny Cash’s Poetry Into Songs

An incredible line-up of musicians are breathing new life into Johnny Cash‘s poetry, letters and unused lyrics by taking his written words and transforming them into full-fledged songs. Alison Krauss...

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Get a Double Dose of Romance with 8 Perfect Wine and Music Pairings

On Valentine’s Day, there are several things that are required: wine, love songs, chocolate, and snuggles. Since you need to have each of these ingredients to prepare the perfect day, why not work to...

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Johnny Cash’s Love Letter to June Carter Voted Greatest of All Time

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2015. Move over Keats. The greatest love letter of all time was written by country icon Johnny Cash. A British life insurance company, Beagle...

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