Garth Brooks stopped by “The Kelly Clarkson Show” and regaled Kelly – and the audience – with the story of how he once showered with Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler – an off-hand comment he made that Kelly almost missed, doubling back to ask, “Did you say you showered with him??”

So Garth told the story of how he was showering before a concert in 2008 – he was set to perform “The Last Play At Shea” concert in New York with Billy Joel – “I’m in there showering, getting ready for the show – and I have soap in my eyes, I look around – and there’s Steven Tyler, he’s showering too!”

To be fair, the showers were communal – it was the old locker room at Shea Stadium. “How many people get to say that?” Garth asked, to which Kelly replied, “Well, who knows? He’s rock n’ roll!”

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1962, George Jones reached #1 on the Billboard Country chart with “She Thinks I Still Care.”
  • Today in 1965, Roger Miller received a gold single for “King of the Road.”
  • Today in 1977, “Smokey & The Bandit” premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason and Jerry Reed, singer of “East Bound And Down.” John Schneider appeared in a small walk-on role.
  • Today in 1979, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Cotler had a son, Waylon Albright “Shooter” Jennings. He grew up to become an artist earning a Top 10 country album with 2012’s “Family Man.” He played his father in the 2005 movie “Walk The Line.”
  • Today in 1989, Clint Black hit #1 with his very first single, “A Better Man.” He was the first country artist to reach the top spot with a debut single since Freddy Fender in 1975.
  • Today in 1990, Ronnie Dunn married his wife, Janine.
  • Today in 1992, Mercury released Billy Ray Cyrus’ debut album, “Some Gave All.”
  • Today in 1997, Trisha Yearwood’s version of “How Do I Live” was released.
  • Today in 1998, the “Hope Floats” soundtrack was released, featuring Garth Brooks, Deana Carter, Trisha Yearwood, Lila McCann and Martina McBride. Also released on this day: Terri Clark’s “How I Feel,” Gary Allan’s “It Would Be You” and Keith Harling’s “Write It In Stone.”
  • Today in 2000, Eric Heatherly made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 2000, Toby Keith officially became a “good ole boy” when he appeared in the CBS-TV movie, “The Dukes of Hazzard – Hazzard in Hollywood.”
  • Today in 2005, Toby Keith’s “As Good As I Once Was” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2007, Sugarland copped the #1 position in Billboard with “Settlin'”
  • Today in 2013, Donald Trump declared Trace Adkins the winner of “The Celebrity Apprentice” over Penn Jillette on NBC. Adkins sang “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” during the episode, which saw him collect checks from Wynonna Judd, Thompson Square, Billy Ray Cyrus and The Oak Ridge Boys.
  • Today in 2015, Kelsea Ballerini’s debut album, “The First Time,” was released.


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Reba McEntire was officially named as Blake Shelton‘s successor in the big red chair on “The Voice” when the show comes back for Season 24.

ETOnline actually asked Reba back in January who could fill Blake’s shoes once he left – and she played it off, not acknowledging the fact that she knew just the person – and it was her! Reba said at the time,  “Who could fill Blake’s shoes? To fill Blake’s chair? Wow. That’s gonna be tough. He did a great job, and kudos to him.”

Now that the news is official, ETOnline called her out on her little white lies, and then asked the follow-up question: did she confide in Blake, get his advice on taking the job? Reba admitted that Blake was nosing around about it. “He kept asking if I was gonna do it, so I couldn’t tell him that I was gonna do it, because they say he can’t keep a secret!”

Blake’s final two episodes on “The Voice” will be next Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. PT/ET on NBC. Season 24 is set to premiere this fall and will air on Mondays (8/7c) and Tuesdays (9/8c). The show will also stream the next day on Peacock.

Source: CountryNow

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1983, John Anderson’s mega-hit “Swingin”‘ entered the country charts.
  • Today in 1997, Brooks & Dunn’s single, “Why Would I say Goodbye,” hit #1.
  • Today in 1999, Chely Wright’s album, “Single, White Female,” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 1999, Reba McEntire’s book, “Comfort From A Country Quilt,” was #8 on the “New York Times” non-fiction hardcover bestseller list.
  • Today in 2003, a bevy of country stars and everyday fans showed up at the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where June Carter Cash was remembered in a touching public funeral. Johnny Cash, naturally, occupied a seat in the front row, positioned in a wheelchair not far from June’s light blue casket. Others on hand included daughter Carlene Carter, Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Hank Williams Jr. and Trisha Yearwood. Larry Gatlin and the Oak Ridge Boys – two acts whose careers benefited from Johnny’s assistance – sang. And Emmylou Harris performed a couple of songs with the assistance of rocker Sheryl Crow. Rosanne Cash, who was 12 years old when June married Johnny, told the assembly that June banned the word “stepmother” from the household. According to the Associated Press, Rosanne said, “My daddy has lost his dearest companion … and his soul mate. If being a wife were a corporation, June would have been a CEO. It was her most treasured role.”
  • Today in 2005, Gretchen Wilson earned a gold single with “Here For The Party” and a platinum one with “Redneck Woman.”
  • Today in 2008, Sugarland’s “Stay” was a double-winner, claiming Single Record and Song of the Year during the 43rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
  • Today in 2014, Keith Urban sold 22-thousand guitar packages on HSN.
  • Today in 2015, Sam Hunt’s “House Party” was released.
  • Today in 2016, while Thomas Rhett’s “Die A Happy Man” was certified double-platinum by the RIAA, Brantley Gilbert’s “Just As I Am” album went platinum.
  • Today in 2017, the Texas legislature named George Strait the state musician for 2017.
  • Today in 2018, Jake Owen launched a 21-date tour of baseball parks at AT&T Field in Chattanooga. His opening acts are Chris Janson and Jordan Davis.
  • Today in 2019, Travis Tritt’s bus was sideswiped on Highway 22 near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as it dodged a crash. A jeep going the wrong way hit a pickup head-on, killing two people. Tritt is unharmed, though his bus sustains minor damage.
  • Today in 2019, Jimmie Allen tells Chicago radio station WEBG that he was diagnosed as a teenager with bipolar depression.
  • Today in 2019, Morgan Wallen’s “Whiskey Glasses” hit #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2020, Dolly Parton and American Greetings announced a new “Birthday Time” ecard that personalized “9 To 5” as a birthday greeting for 1,200 different names.
  • Today in 2020, Lady A’s “What If I Never Get Over You” was awarded a platinum single status from the RIAA.
  • Today in 2020, Dolly Parton joined Jon Bon Jovi, Stephen Colbert and Meryl Streep in a benefit for the Covenant House, livestreamed via Broadway On Demand.
  • Today in 2020, Sage Warren, the 21-year-old son of singer and “Highway Don’t Care” songwriter Brad Warren, died in Tennessee after ingesting a drug laced with fentanyl.
  • Today in 2021, Andrew Jannakos officially adopted Brenson, the five-year-old son of his wife, Kat.


It was made official early this week: Blake Shelton, who was previously announced to be leaving “The Voice” after Season 23 wraps, would be replaced by country legend Reba McEntire. In Monday’s episode, when the show returned from a commercial breakCarson Daly “realized” that Blake’s chair was occupied by Reba – and Blake was nowhere to be seen.

“Where’d Blake go? Who cares!” Carson said, bantering with Reba until Blake did eventually show up.  “You mind? I still have a week left,” Blake said to Reba, but of course the whole thing was set up to promote the changing of the guards – Reba taking over the chair and the judge/coach slot from Blake when the show returns for Season 24.

Source: Yahoo

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1980, the single, “Bar Room Buddies,” Merle Haggard and actor/director Clint Eastwood debuted on the charts. The song would become Clint’s first and only #1 and Merle’s 25th of 38 #1s.
  • Today in 1991, Diamond Rio hit the top of the charts for the first time with “Meet In The Middle.”
  • Today in 1993, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reconsider a lower court ruling that granted the illegitimate daughter of Hank Williams Sr. partial rights to his music.
  • Today in 1993, Johnny Cash began four days of recording in producer Rick Rubin’s living room in Los Angeles, backed only by his own guitar. The session marks the start of work on Cash’s album “American Recordings.”
  • Today in 1994, the “Walking Away A Winner” album by Kathy Mattea was released.
  • Today in 1999, Shania Twain showed her loyalty and fondness for her hometown of Timmins, Ontario by setting up an endowment fund, which awards two scholarships a year to Timmins High and Vocational School graduates. The news wasn’t revealed until a year later, when the “Timmins Daily Press” website carried a note marking the one year anniversary of her generosity.
  • Today in 2000, the family special, “Judds Reunion: Power To Change,” debuted on CBS-TV. The show featured performances by the Judds, plus appearances by Ashley Judd and Jo Dee Messina.
  • Today in 2001, the new $37-million Country Music Hall of Fame opened in downtown Nashville. Celebs on hand included Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Diamond Rio, Martina McBride, Bill Anderson and ribbon-cutters Charley Pride, Brenda Lee and Kitty Wells.
  • Today in 2003, Brian Hofeldt guitarist and frontman of the Derailers, became the third member of the group to tie the knot as he exchanged “I do’s” with his longtime sweetheart Tiffany Snyder. The happy couple exchanged vows in the gardens of the Hofeldt Ranch in Oregon, Brian’s childhood home.
  • Today in 2010, The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2012, Country Music Hall of Fame announced that Taylor Swift had donated $4-million to fund an education center as the museum expanded its Nashville facility.
  • Today in 2013, the Zac Brown Band’s “Jump Right In” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2013, Jake Owen exposes himself on stage in Charleston, South Carolina, when his pants split. He is, in a move he conceded was a bad idea, as he goes commando.
  • Today in 2014, Pizza Hut ran the first commercial in a campaign starring Blake Shelton to introduce a new product, Blake’s Smokehouse BBQ Pizza.
  • Today in 2015, Hunter Hayes launched a USO tour of American bases in Italy.
  • Today in 2016, Guy Clark died in Nashville. A 2004 inductee in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, he authored Ricky Skaggs’ “Heartbroke,” Rodney Crowell’s “She’s Crazy For Leaving,” Vince Gill’s “Oklahoma Borderline” and Jerry Jeff Walker’s “L.A. Freeway,” among others.
  • Today in 2017, Carrie Underwood made a surprise appearance on stage during a New Kids On The Block concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to lead the crowd in a round of “Happy Birthday” for group member Jordan Knight. Big & Rich showed up to play “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy).”
  • Today in 2019, the Lil Nas X video for “Old Town Road” premiered, with appearances by Billy Ray Cyrus, Chris Rock and Diplo, among others.
  • Today in 2019, Lady A’s “What If I Never Get Over You” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2020, Rosanne Cash was announced as the recipient of the Edward MacDowell Medal, recognizing her contributions to American culture.


Country superstar and long time “The Voice” judge Blake Shelton was honored with the 2,755th star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. His star comes in the category of Recording for “his outstanding achievements in the music industry” – though it didn’t hurt that he just retired from being the longest-running judge in the history of TV’s “The Voice.”

Family and friends – and plenty of fans – turned up for the unveiling of the star, including Blake’s mother Dorothy Shelton, wife Gwen Stefani and their kids, Kit HooverAdam Levine and Carson Daly. Gwen gave a speech praising Blake, saying “Blake has always stayed true to himself. There is nobody like him. He is a one-of-a-kind guy, and the audience has all fallen in love with him. He’s humble, he’s genuine, and trust me, wherever we go, everybody feels like they know Blake Shelton.” Gwen closed out her statement by saying, “The reason Blake Shelton is here today on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is because you are part of the country dream, the Hollywood dream, and you are part of the American dream, and everybody knows you are my dream come true.”

Blake took the podium and said, “This is shocking to me that this even happened. It was just never on my radar. I had a dream of being a country singer and hearing myself on the radio one day, and I never, ever thought that that path would lead me here.” He dedicated his star to his late brother Richie Shelton, who passed away in 1990.

Source: CountryNow

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1981, George Strait made his debut on the country chart with his first single, “Unwound.” Garth Brooks has said many times, “When I heard ‘Unwound,’ that was when I decided what I wanted to do with my life.”
  • Today in 1986, Johnny Paycheck was found guilty of shooting and wounding a man after an argument in an Ohio bar. He was sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison, but was released in 1991.
  • Today in 1987, “To Know Him Is To Love Him” by the “Trio” of Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris hit #1 on the country charts.
  • Today in 1989, Reba McEntire’s first collection of “Greatest Hits” was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1994, the “Soon” album by Tanya Tucker was certified gold.
  • Today in 1994, Diamond Rio released the single, “Love A Little Stronger.”
  • Today in 1998, Faith Hill began a three-week run at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “This Kiss.”
  • Today in 2000, Trisha Yearwood told “The Tennessean” that the duet album that she and Garth Brooks had reportedly been planning for three years would not happen. She said quote, “I feel like the golden opportunity was then (referring to their 1998 tour), but that time has passed.” She went on to say that she and Garth are sometimes on completely different wavelengths. Maybe so, but at least they’re still happily married!
  • Today in 2000, Kathy Mattea released her album, “The Innocent Years.” BlackHawk also released their “Greatest Hits” album and Tracy Byrd’s “Wonders of Wildlife” project also hit stores.
  • Today in 2006, Kenny Chesney performed “There Goes My Life” and “Back Where I Come From” for president George W. Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard at the White House in Washington, D.C.
  • Today in 2009, David Nail made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 2013, Keith Urban performed “Little Bit Of Everything” during the season finale of FOX-TV’s “American Idol.” The Band Perry played “DONE.” Urban and contestant Kree Harrison also did “Where The Blacktop Ends” with Blink-182’s Travis Barker on drums and Randy Jackson on bass.
  • Today in 2015, Elvis Presley’s former tour bus sold for $263,000 during an auction of The King’s memorabilia by Julien’s at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. Also among the more than 100 items were Presley’s Martin D-28 guitar, $76,800; his marriage certificate, $41,600; and his 1968 drivers license, $5,120.
  • Today in 2014, Jerrod Niemann performed during the 33rd annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in advance of a speech by Vice President Joe Biden.
  • Today in 2017, Loretta Lynn’s team revealed she’d been moved from the hospital into a rehab facility as she recuperated from the stroke she’d had May 4th.
  • Today in 2017, Randy Rogers and his wife, Chelsea, welcomed daughter, Rainey Ryan Rogers.
  • Today in 2020, Russell Dickerson snapped up a platinum single from the RIAA for “Every Little Thing.”
  • Today in 2020, a day after Hannah Mulholland announced her departure, Runaway June revealed Natalie Stovall was joining the trio.
  • Today in 2021, the state of Tennessee recognized Eddy Arnold with the installation of a Music Pathways marker at Sue Shelton White Park in Henderson.
  • Today in 2021, Ryan Hurd made his Grand Ole Opry debut. His wife, Maren Morris, made a surprise appearance to duet on “Chasing After You,” while Hurd joined Lady A on “What If I Never Get Over You.”


Keith Urban is returning to “American Idol” as Season 21’s mentor for the final three contestants in the series finale on May 21.

It’s familiar turf for Keith, who served as one of the three judges for “AI” in Seasons 12-15. He also served as a mentor on Australia’s version of “The Voice”.

Not only will Keith be working with and advising this season’s Top 3, he’ll be performing as well, singing his hit from last year, “Wild Hearts.” Watch Keith do his thing – both things, mentoring and performing – this coming Sunday (May 21) at 8p Eastern on ABC.

Source: People


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