This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1976, Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested. He was celebrating his birthday by popping off a few rounds on his .357 Magnum. Two of those rounds hit bass player Butch Owens square in the chest. Amazingly, Owens survived and “The Killer” was later charged with setting-off a firearm within city limits.
  • Today in 1980, Ronnie Milsap released his “Greatest Hits” collection.
  • Today in 1984, Keith Whitley made his debut on the country charts with “Turn Me On To Love.”
  • Today in 1987, the Judds’ “Christmas Time With The Judds” project and the “Just Us” album by Alabama arrived in stores.
  • Today in 1993, Mark Chesnutt won the CMA Horizon Award.
  • Today in 1993, Vince Gill had a lot to celebrate. Not only was his album, “I Still Believe In You,” certified double platinum, but he also took home 5 trophies (including Entertainer of the Year) at the CMA Awards.
  • Today in 1993, Willie Nelson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 1995, Tracy Lawrence topped the singles charts with “If the World Had a Front Porch.”
  • Today in 1998, Martina McBride released her first holiday album, “White Christmas,” and Lorrie Morgan released “Secret Love,” her album of pop standards.
  • Today in 1999, Garth Brooks’ NBC-TV special, “In The Life of Chris Gaines,” premiered.
  • Today in 2000, Faith Hill’s album, “Faith,” was certified for multi-platinum sales of five million.
  • Today in 2000, Keith Urban made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 2004, Randy Travis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Today in 2005, Kenny Chesney’s “Who You’d Be Today” video and Toby Keith’s “Big Blue Note” debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2009, Miranda Lambert’s album, “Revolution,” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2011, John Rich and his wife, Joan, welcomed their son, Colt Daniel Rich.
  • Today in 2014, Eric Paslay’s “She Don’t Love You” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2015, Dierks Bentley celebrated 10 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Among the songs in his extended set were “What Was I Thinkin’,” “Settle For A Slowdown,” “Free And Easy (Down The Road I Go)” and “Home.”
  • Today in 2015, Reba McEntire and Little Big Town members Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman made a surprise appearance at a Nashville club, singing “Jolene” with The Shadowboxers at the Basement East.
  • Today in 2017, it was a big day for Kenny Chesney. His singles “Save It For A Rainy Day” and the Grace Potter collaboration, “Wild Child,” went gold He also earns a platinum single for the P!nk duet, “Setting The World On Fire”
  • Today in 2017, Shania Twain’s “Now” album was released.
  • Today in 2017, Miranda Lambert’s single “Vice” is certified gold and platinum by the RIAA. On the same day, “Think Of You,” the Chris Young duet with Cassadee Pope, was certified platinum and Brad Paisley snags a single, “Perfect Storm,” also went gold.
  • Today in 2018, Willie Nelson headlined a fundraising concert for Texas Democratic congressional candidate Beto O’Rourke, playing for 50,000 people at Auditorium Shores in Austin. Also on the bill were Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real and Joe Ely.
  • Today in 2018, Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty” hit #1 on the Billboard country albums chart.
  • Today in 2019, Kimberly Williams-Paisley’s third Dance Party To End Alz raises $350,000 for charity at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. Performances for the ’80s-themed event include Jamie O’Neal’s “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Hunter Hayes’ “Footloose,” Shenandoah’s “Two Dozen Roses” and Brad Paisley’s “Dixieland Delight.”
  • Today in 2020, Mac Davis diedin Nashville several days after undergoing heart bypass surgery. A recording artist, actor and TV host, he earned country hits with “It’s Hard To Be Humble” and “Texas In My Rear View Mirror” and penned hits for Elvis Presley, Bobby Goldsboro and Kenny Rogers & The First Edition.
  • Today in 2020, Luke Combs was named the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s Artist/Songwriter of the Year for the second straight year.


Kacey Musgraves was honored/taken aback by her likeness done in wax at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Nashville. Known for their stunningly life-like wax versions of celebrities, Kacey was introduced to her doppelganger and was very impressed.

“You guys nailed it!” she said in a video clip posted on X/Twitter. “They literally measured, like, every single millimeter – all the proportions, all the ratios…I wore this outfit at the Houston Rodeo…

The wax figurine took approximately six months to create by a team of 20 London-based artists, who worked very closely with Kacey and her glam team to encapsulate her exact measurements, hair color, eye color, skin tone and more.

“What an honor, I never even knew I wanted this to be a bucket list moment,” said Kacey in a press release. “You all did an amazing job.”Guests can visit Musgraves’ new figure beginning today, and in a completely interactive experience can sing along with some of her songs.

Source: UMGNashville



This week’s H&S Feed and Country Store Pet of the Week is “Bob” a 3 year old bobtail Domestic Shorthair kitty. Bob loves everyone. Dogs, other cats, kids, adults… He’s a friendly chap who thinks he’s a dog. He likes to follow you around, loves treats and likes to talk to you. Bob’s a cuddler who would also enjoy curling up on the couch and watching a movie with you. Bob’s fully vetted, vaccinated and ready to find his new home!

If you’d like to set up an appointment to meet Bob or any of the pets at Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter, visit https://www.stephenmemorial.org/ and fill out an adoption application.

Check out our visit about Bob with Nicole from Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter here:

Darius Rucker Says Country Is Not Rock’s Little Sister Anymore

Remember last summer when country artists had the top three songs on the Billboard Hot 100?  Darius Rucker was asked about that in an interview with Billboard News.  In his opinion, that’s just the beginning.

Quote, “Country music is taking over.  To have [that] and all the touring everyone is doing, and doing well out there, it’s great to see.  Country is not rock’s little sister anymore.  Country’s standing up for itself and on its own.”

Darius fronted Hootie & the Blowfish, one of the most popular rock bands of the ’90s, so his opinion has weight.  Here’s another thing Darius knows.  The country music community will always have your back.

Quote, “Country music, especially the artists, are just so welcoming.  Rock and roll, and pop, a lot of times . . . they make it a competition.  It seems like, for me, in country music, everybody thinks there’s room for all of us, if you’re good.”

(Darius’ new album, “Carolyn’s Boy”, is out October 6th.)

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1928, the first recording session in Nashville took place at the YMCA. One of the first acts to be recorded was Warmack’s Gully Jumpers.
  • Today in 1956, RCA Records credited Elvis Presley with selling more than 10-million records in his first year with the label.
  • Today in 1968, Jeannie C. Riley went to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Harper Valley P.T.A.”
  • Today in 1974, Waylon Jennings’ “I’m A Ramblin’ Man” resided at #1 on the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1983, the “Man Of Steel” album by Hank Williams Jr. was released.
  • Today in 1984, George Strait’s album “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 1991, Garth Brooks’ album, Ropin’ the Wind, became the first country music album to debut at # 1 on Billboard’s pop album chart. The project also took the top spot on the country albums chart. In fact, Brooks’ two previous albums, “No Fences” and “Garth Brooks,” held the # 2 and #5 positions on the country chart at the same time.
  • Today in 1993, the “Easy Come, Easy Go” album by George Strait, as well as Reba McEntire’s “Greatest Hits, Volume II” album were released.
  • Today in 1993, the album, “I Still Believe In You,” by Vince Gill was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 1995, the “Something Up My Sleeve” album by Suzy Bogguss was certified gold.
  • Today in 1995, Garth Brooks’ album, “The Hits,” was certified for sales of 8-million.
  • Today in 1995, Tracy Lawrence topped the country charts with the single, “If The World Had A Front Porch.”
  • Today in 1996, the Judds staged a mini reunion at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mt. View, California. They sang the heartfelt ballad, “Grandpa.”
  • Today in 1998, Alabama’s “For The Record – 41 Number One Hits” album by Alabama was certified gold and platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1999, Clint Black’s “D’lectrified” album, Garth Brooks’ “In…the Life Of Chris Gaines” project were released.
  • Today in 1999, Kenny Rogers’ album, “She Rides Wild Horses,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 2000, Billy Gilman’s new video, “Oklahoma,” debuted on CMT’s “Delivery Room.”
  • Today in 2001, Jamie O’Neal’s debut album, “Shiver,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 2002, Diamond Rio tidied up at #1 in Billboard with their single, “Beautiful Mess.”
  • Today in 2004, Rascal Flatts’ “Feels Like Today” album was released.
  • Today in 2009, Trace Adkins’ “All I Ask For Anymore” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2010, A mass of artists performed “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” as the Grand Ole Opry House reopened following May floods. They include Brad Paisley, Josh Turner, Dierks Bentley, Martina McBride, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean and Little Jimmy Dickens.
  • Today in 2014, Dierks Bentley raised $335,000 for charity with his annual Miles & Music For Kids motorcycle ride and concert in Nashville. The lineup also features Chris Young, Kip Moore, Randy Houser and Jon Pardi.
  • Today in 2016, Kellie Pickler and her husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs, were honored by the Defense Department with the Spirit of Hope award in Washington, D.C.
  • Today in 2018, “Rainy Night In Georgia” songwriter Tony Joe White made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 2019, little 10-year-old Makenna Wallace brought a sign to Eric Church’s concert at the Chase Center in San Francisco, asking for a donation for a new school playground. She got it – he pledged $10-thousand from the stage.
  • Today in 2019, songwriter/producer busbee died from a form of brain cancer. He oversaw sessions by Maren Morris, Keith Urban and Lauren Alaina, and authored such titles as Hunter Hayes’ “Storm Warning,” Lady A’s “You Look Good” and Carly Pearce’s “Every Little Thing.”
  • Today in 2019, Neal McCoy welcomed Diamond Rio for his annual East Texas Angel Network benefit concert at the Belcher Center in Longview.
  • Today in 2019, Hunter Hayes performd for soldiers at Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, North Carolina.
  • Today in 2020, the Luke Combs single, “Better Together,” hit the airwaves. On the same day, Michael Ray’s “Whiskey And Rain” was released.
  • Today in 2021, Connie Smith invited Mandy Barnett to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 2021, Alan Jackson revealed on NBC’s “Today” that he had been diagnosed with a degenerative nerve disease (Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disorder) 10 years prior. The illness adversely affects his ability to tour and perform.


We’re getting new music from Brad Paisley Friday. The country superstar is releasing two songs via his YouTube channel: “Son Of The Mountains” and “The Medicine Will,” on Friday at 1 pm ET. The premiere of the two new songs will be followed by a live Q&A with the country legend.

The singer switched record labels earlier this year after spending his entire career at Arista Nashville. His upcoming album, also named “Son Of The Mountains,” will be his first for EMI Nashville.

Source: TheMusicUniverse

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1993, The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inducted Don Schlitz, who authored “The Gambler” and “On The Other Hand”; Red Lane, known for “My Own Kind Of Hat” and “‘Til I Get It Right”; and Conway Twitty
  • Today in 1997, Diamond Rio’s “How Your Love Makes Me Feel” worked its way to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2002, Brad Paisley’s CMT-sponsored show at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre ended with a huge jam. “According To Jim” star Jim Belushi sang “The House Is Rockin'” with Paisley and his band, plus Steve Azar, Shannon Lawson and guitarist Albert Lee.
  • Today in 2003, Dierks Bentley registered his first #1 single in Billboard with “What Was I Thinkin’.”
  • Today in 2004, The “Party For Two” video, featuring Shania Twain and Billy Currington swinging from the chandeliers, debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2007, Sugarland kicked off its first headlining tour at the North Charleston Coliseum in South Carolina. Sponsored by CMT, the tour lineup includes Little Big Town and Jake Owen.
  • Today in 2008, a “CMT Crossroads” episode featuring Trace Adkins and 38 Special debuts. The set list included “Hold On Loosely,” “Caught Up In You,” “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “Ladies Love Country Boys.”
  • Today in 2011, Vince Gill invited Rascal Flatts to join the Grand Ole Opry during a Tuesday edition of the show. The group teamed with Gill on “Whenever You Come Around.”
  • Today in 2012, Emmylou Harris joined Mumford & Sons as a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” debuts. It includes performances of “The Boxer” and “If I Needed You.”
  • Today in 2016, Luke Combs signed a recording deal from a tour stop at the Top Hat in Missoula, Montana.
  • Today in 2016, Chris Stapleton’s album “Traveller” is certified double-platinum by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2019, the Carly Pearce & Lee Brice collabo, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2019, Sturgill Simpson’s album, “Sound & Fury,” and Jon Pardi’s record, “Heartache Medication,” were released.
  • Today in 2019, Toby Keith presents a $16-thousand all-terrain wheelchair to a wounded veteran during his show at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh. The retired Marine corporal also joins Keith on stage during “American Soldier.”
  • Today in 2019, Taylor Swift’s pop album, “Lover,” was certified gold and platinum by the RIAA
  • Today in 2020, Thomas Rhett performed “Be A Light” and “T-Shirt” during the first night of the two-part “iHeartRadio Music Festival” on the CW. He was also joined by Jon Pardi on “Beer Can’t Fix.”

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1956, Elvis’s hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi held “Elvis Presley Day.”
  • Today in 1978, Waylon Jennings’ album, “I’ve Always Been Crazy,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1986, Exile’s single, “It’ll Be Me,” was at #1 on “Radio & Records’” country chart.
  • Today in 1989, the album, “Just Lookin’ For A Hit,” by Dwight Yoakam was released.
  • Today in 1989, Randy Travis released his album, “No Holdin’ Back.”
  • Today in 1991, Mark Chesnutt’s debut album, “Too Cold At Home,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1994, the “Very Best Of Conway Twitty” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1995, Little Texas released the album, “Greatest Hits,” and “Music For All Occasions” by the Mavericks was also released.
  • Today in 1995, the video, “The Woman In Me,” by Shania Twain first aired.
  • Today in 1996, Alabama’s “Cheap Seats” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2000, Kenny Chesney’s “Greatest Hits” album arrived in stores, The albums, “Brand New Me,” by John Michael Montgomery; “The Hardest Part” from Allison Moorer; Ricochet’s “What You Leave Behind” and SHeDAISY’s “Brand New Year” were also released.
  • Today in 2001, it was revealed that Dixie Chick Martie Seidel had become Martie Maguire when she married Gareth Maguire on August 10th in a supersecret ceremony in Hawaii. They have since welcomed three daughters: fraternal twins Eva Ruth and Kathleen ‘Katie’ Emilie were born April 27, 2004. Katie was named after Gareth’s late sister, Kathleen. Third daughter Harper Rosie Maguire was born July 25, 2008.
  • Today in 2002, Terri Clark’s “I Just Wanna Be Mad” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2011, Dierks Bentley’s single, “Home,” was released.
  • Today in 2014, Lee Ann Womack teamed with R&B vocalist John Legend as a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” debuted. They collaborated on his hit, “All Of Me,” and her recordings, “The Way I’m Livin’,” “I May Hate Myself In The Morning” and “I Hope You Dance.”
  • Today in 2016, Dierks Bentley welcomed a surprise guest to his show at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver: Maren Morris sang “My Church” with Bentley and the two were joined by opening act Randy Houser on “Bad Angel.”


Kids in the 70’s and 80’s had “Schoolhouse Rock” – and many of us can still sing along to the animated lessons decades later. Music makes a mental connection with almost everyone.

Third grade teacher Faith McPeek recognized this. That’s why she took one of the biggest hits of 2023 – Morgan Wallen‘s “Last Night” – and changed the lyrics up to get her lessons across. The kids were probably at least somewhat familiar with the cross-genre smash, so changing the lyrics to teach the kids their multiples of nine was a no-brainer.

“Last night, we learned to count by nine…” the song stars as the kids sing their way through all the multiples of nine, wrapping up with the teacher herself giving them a big “Woohoo” at the end. Check out the video here.

Source: TasteOfCountry



When you grow up in a family that had to count pennies like Shania Twain did, you learn to get creative and make things last. Shania showed off her thrifty skills to great effect and thanked a generous fan at the same time.

A fan had gifted Shania a denim jacket adorned with patches celebrating the singer and her hits. Shania modeled the jacket, explaining how she was converting it into a dress she intended to wear on stage.

“Now this denim jacket’s been Shania’d,” she said in the video. “But a fan did all the patchwork, the embroidery and everything on the denim jacket. So thank you very much to the fan that sent me the jacket,” she concluded, adding, “It inspired me to get glamorous” for her Queen of Me tour. She then told the crowd in attendance, “I guess you could say I Shania’d it.” See Shania turn denim into high fashion below.

Source: People



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