Director of SXSW Interactive Hugh Forrest: “The tight connection with the community is one of the things that helps keep the event relevant, fresh and cutting-edge”

South by Southwest (SXSW) did not put Austin, Texas on the map, but in a city that has attracted every beatnik, bohemian, artist and musician in the (...)

Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Photograph: Beth Gwinn/Film Magic

Dolly Parton travelled there from the tiny community of Locust Ridge, Tennessee, at the age of 18. Texan Willie Nelson made his first journey there i(...)

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd’s groundbreaking groups in the 1960s brought post-Coltrane improv to rock audiences, but behind the catchy tunes and dancea(...)

One-time dishwasher. Former encyclopedia, Bible and vacuum-cleaner salesman. Marijuana activist. Country-music renegade. One of the most successful co(...)

A photo of Randy Howard (right) shared by Hank Williams III with the caption “RIP Randy Howard”. Photograph: www.facebook.com/hank3

A country music singer wanted on a drink driving charge has been shot dead by a bounty hunter in a gunfight at the musician’s home, authorities said. (...)

Willie Nelson. Comedian Bill Maher offered Colorado some tips on marijuana, such as avoidinbg selling novices kief – superconcentrated crystals so potent that they’re “harvested directly from Willie Nelson’s beard”. Photograph: Rick Olivier

When Willie Nelson invites you to get high with him on his bus, you go. The man is the patron saint of pot, after all, and I’m the poster girl for (...)

Ed Sheeran: four nights in a row at Dublin's O2 in October

One season ends and another begins. As the outdoor shows run out of road, it’s time to return to the indoor halls, clubs and arenas. Many would arg(...)

Can you dig it: Shep Gordon and Alice Cooper chillaxin’ back in the day

Shep Gordon came to California with a sociology degree and a whole mess of savvy. Having checked into Hollywood’s Landmark Hotel, he was awakened in t(...)

Willie Nelson on stage with Ol’Dillo. Photograph: Willie Nelson on Facebook

A stuffed armadillo that serves as an on-stage mascot for country music legend Willie Nelson has been returned after being kidnapped from a Las(...)

SXSW Film: Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau  in  “Chef”
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The South By Southwest festival gets most attention for its musical and interactive components, but SXSW Film has been running in Austin since (...)