The Grammy Gems You Won’t Hear on ‘Music’s Biggest Night’

The awards show emphasizes its big names, but there are under-heralded musicians hidden in the nominees for its 84 categories. Here are 17 highlights.

Album Review: Caitlyn Smith, a Hitmaking Nashville Songwriter, Sings Her Own on ‘Starfire’

After years writing songs for Lady Antebellum and Meghan Trainor, among others, the 31-year-old shows off her own striking voice on her major-label debut.

Album Review: On ‘Encore,’ Anderson East Revisits the Rough Soul of Yesteryear

The singer and songwriter takes his homages to the South’s heritage sounds to the next level on his second major-label album.

Rick Hall, Architect of the Muscle Shoals Sound, Dies at 85

Mr. Hall, a producer and engineer and the founder of FAME Studios, turned small-town Alabama into a crucible of soul, country, rock and pop music.

Album Review: For Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, You Can’t Teach an Old Country Bro New Tricks

New albums from the two singers are at odds over whether country is in the lyrics or the sounds.

Feature: From Farm to Farm With the King of ‘Bro-Country’

Luke Bryan has been testing the sonic limits of country music for a decade. Just how much novelty can the genre take?

The Grand Ole Opry, a Nashville Institution, Comes to New York

The 92-year-old country music show is opening a Southern-themed restaurant and concert space in Times Square, with plans to expand in the U.S. and beyond.

Mel Tillis, Country Star Known for His Songs and His Stutter, Dies at 85

Mr. Tillis found a way to turn his speech impediment into an asset by getting audiences to laugh along with him.