In Country Music, Nice Guys Finish First (for Now)

For most of the 2010s, Nashville was dominated by the masculinity of bro country. But now the pendulum has swung to the other side: Meet the country gentleman.

Thomas Rhett’s ‘Life Changes’ Is Country’s First No. 1 Album in 2017

The National opened at No. 2 and Odesza at No. 3 in a week that replenished the Top 5 with new releases.

Troy Gentry of the Country Music Duo Montgomery Gentry Dies at 50

Mr. Gentry made dynamism out of country hollers and recorded three platinum albums with Eddie Montgomery.

Don Williams, Singer of Plain-Spoken Country Songs, Dies at 78

Mr. Williams, whose admirers included Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton, was best known for ballads extolling the virtues of romantic commitment.

Jo Walker-Meador, 93, Dies; Raised Country Music’s Profile

Mrs. Walker-Meador was the first employee of the Country Music Association and its longtime executive director.

Playlist: The Playlist: Mick Jagger Takes Aim at a Mad World

Hear the week’s most notable new songs from Jessie Ware, Charli XCX, Maggie Rogers, Gregg Allman and more.