Darius Rucker, Lyle Lovett Headed To ABC’s “Big Sky”

The third season of ABC’s “Big Sky:Deadly Trails” has enlisted two Country singers for an upcoming episode. The episode will guest star Darius Rucker and Lyle Lovett.

Lovett gets the juicy role of Tex, “a seemingly well-mannered cowboy and tracking specialist with a hidden menacing side,” while Rucker will be Tex’s sidekick Possum, “a hired gun who works at night like his nocturnal namesake.” Lovett is no stranger to acting, he’s been on several shows including a recent role on “Blue Bloods.”

The GRAMMY award winners join Reba McEntire, who first guest starred on the show and is now a regular.

Source: Variety

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1983, George Strait’s “Right Or Wrong” album was released.
  • Today in 1990, Alan Jackson made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 1990, Garth Brooks became the 65th member of the Grand Ole Opry. The same day, his single, “Friends in Low Places,” also hit #1.
  • Today in 1992, Kathy Mattea’s album, “Lonesome Standard Time,” was released.
  • Today in 1993, “Naomi & Wynonna – The Farewell Tour” video by the Judds was released.
  • Today in 1994, Willie Nelson’s “City of New Orleans” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1996, friends and family of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill attended what they thought was a backyard barbecue in Louisiana. And while the event did include plenty of food, the guests got a little surprise – the couple’s wedding!
  • Today in 1998, Alabama received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is located at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard. Hollywood mayor Johnny Grant honored band members Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, Jeff Cook and Mark Herndon during a special ceremony. The star is located at on the block that includes stars for Paul Newman, Sophia Loren, the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis.
  • Today in 1999, Trisha Yearwood and Robert Reynolds filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Fast forward to 2000, and Garth Brooks filed for divorce from estranged wife Sandy Mahl. Garth and Trisha then began dating – she took a four-year hiatus from music. Garth proposed in front of 7,000 fans in Bakersfield, California and she accepted without hesitation in May 2005, and they were married the following December.
  • Today in 2004, “Friday Night Lights,” featuring Tim McGraw’s movie debut, has its Los Angeles premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. McGraw attends along with Faith Hill, Billy Bob Thornton, Serena Williams and David Duchovny.
  • Today in 2005, Trace Adkins’ “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2008, Taylor Swift teamed with Def Leppard to tape an installment of “CMT Crossroads” at Nashville’s Roy Acuff Theatre. The set list includes her hits “Love Story” and “Picture To Burn” and their classic-rockers “Photograph” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”
  • Today in 2009, Toby Keith’s “American Ride” album was released.
  • Today in 2009, Ralph Stanley opened for Steve Martin at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall.
  • Today in 2009, Luke Bryan’s album, “Doin’ My Thing,” was released.
  • Today in 2009, Rosanne Cash’s album, “The List,” was released. The project is an album of country remakes based on a list of 100 essential songs given to her by her dad, Johnny Cash. Guests include Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy and Rufus Wainwright.
  • Today in 2009, theS. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution honoring country music “for its contributions to American life and culture.”
  • Today in 2010, the Band Perry’s single, “If I Die Young,” went gold.
  • Today in 2010, Lady A’s album “Need You Now” was certified triple-platinum by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2011, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood were awarded a platinum single by the Recording Industry Association of America for “Remind Me.”
  • Today in 2011, Julianne Hough, Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes walked the red carpet at the Nashville premiere of “Footloose” at the Franklin Theatre. Also attending: Lauren Alaina, Jana Kramer and Big & Rich.
  • Today in 2011, Tim Rushlow began an overseas tour to play for Navy personnel stationed on at least three different continents. The tour lasts more than three weeks.
  • Today in 2011, Granger Smith and his wife, Amber, welcomed their daughter, London Ava Smith.
  • Today 2011, Hank Williams Jr.’s “Are you ready for some football” theme is permanently removed from “Monday Night Football” telecasts days after the singer linked the president and Adolf Hitler. ESPN said it was a network decision; Bocephus insisted it was his choice.
  • Today in 2012, Patty Loveless made a surprise appearance during Miranda Lambert’s concert at Aaron’s Amphitheatre in Atlanta, singing harmonies on “Dear Diamond.”
  • Today in 2012, Jason Aldean spent the first of two weeks at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Take A Little Ride.”
  • Today in 2014, Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt” was certified platinum by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2014, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood joined former president Jimmy Carter on a Habitat For Humanity home build in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Today in 2015, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood headlined All For The Hall, a fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame, at the Best Buy Theater in New York. The bill also featured Paul Simon, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris. The entire lineup closed the show with “When Will I Be Loved.”
  • Today in 2015, Johnny Cash, Miranda Lambert, guitar player Steve Cropper and former Grand Ole Opry general manager E.W. “Bud” Wendell were inducted in the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.
  • Today in 2016, Luke Bryan broke his collarbone in a bicycle accident near Maple Lane Farms in Greenback, Tennessee. Transported and treated at Blount Memorial Hospital, he then played the evening’s concert with his right arm in a sling.
  • Today in 2016, Brad Paisley’s single, “Today,” was released…and the video premiered.
  • Today in 2016, Sam Hunt performed “House Party” on the first part of a two-night special, “iHeartRadio Music Festival,” on the CW. Also on board were Pitbull, OneRepublic, U2, The Backstreet Boys and Miley Cyrus, who performs “Rebel Yell” with Billy Idol.
  • Today in 2017, Garth Brooks made a surprise appearance at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis to assist in ribbon cutting at the facility’s new play space, the Backyard.
  • Today in 2017, Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton picked up a digital gold single from the RIAA for “Islands In The Stream.”
  • Today in 2018, Toby Keith correctly forecasted seven of 13 football match-ups as the guest picker on ESPN’s “College GameDay.”
  • Today in 2019, Michael Ray married Carly Pearce at Drakewood Farm in Goodlettsville, Tennessee with Jake Owen performing “Made For You” for the couple’s first dance. Sadly, eight months later she filed for divorce.
  • Today in 2020, Little, Brown Books For Young Readers published “A Dolly For Christmas: The True Story Of A Family’s Christmas Miracle.” The book is written by Little Big Town vocalist Kimberly Schlapman.

Loretta Lynn Has Passed Away At 90

The music world is mourning the loss of a country legend. Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn passed away yesterday at the age of 90 at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

“Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” the family says in a statement. “The family has asked for privacy during this time, as they grieve. An announcement regarding a memorial will be forthcoming in a public announcement.”

At the urging of her husband Oliver “Dolittle” Lynn, who she called “Doo,” Loretta sought a career in music, and eventually signed a recording contract with Decca Records. Her first single was 1960’s “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl,” and she later went on to record such classics as “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “The Pill,” “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “Rated X” and “You’re Looking at Country.” She also had great success with her partnership with Conway Twitty, which produced such songs as “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,” and the GRAMMY-winning tune “After the Fire is Gone.”

  • “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was an autobiographical tune, which later became the title of Loretta’s 1976 book. The. book was turned into a biopic starring Sissy Spacek, who earned a Best Actress Oscar for playing Loretta, with the film earning a Best Picture nomination.
  • Lynn became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1962 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of fame in 1988. She was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008 and received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement award in 2010. In addition, she was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and in 2013 President Barack Obama honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • She was also named ACM Artist of the Decade in the 1970s. In 1972, Lynn was the first woman to ever win Entertainer off the Year by the Country Music Association, an honor she won again three years later by the Academy of Country Music. In total she won 13 ACM awards, and eight CMA Awards. Nominated for GRAMMYs 18 times, she’s won four – including two for her 2004 Jack White-produced album, “Van Lear Rose,” and her 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • But her place in history as a feminist icon can’t be understated either. In an era where women – especially in the music industry – were expected to ‘just sing and look pretty’ – Lynn pushed back and hard. Songs like “The Pill” and “Rated X” were as incendiary to pop culture as they were ultimately championed.
  • But rock audiences got an introduction to Lynn’s legacy as well. Back in 2004 she teamed with rock icon Jack White on “Van Lear Rose,” a project widely seen as a ‘comeback moment’ for the then-72-year-old entertainer. With White producing the project, the heralded track “Portland, Oregon” (a collaboration with White) propelled the project into true crossover success (it was actually her biggest crossover of all time and decorated any number of “Best of the Decade” lists). It debuted at #2 on the country charts, and #24 on the Billboard 200. It was also nominated for five GRAMMY Awards, winning two of them for Best Country Album, and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “Portland, Oregon.”
  • As for her personal life, she married DoLittle in 1948, and while Loretta says in her autobiography she was only 13, records later showed she was actually 15. She had four kids with her husband before ever breaking into music, and had six in total. She and DoLittle were married for over 50 years, before his passing in 1996.
  • You can review her massive list of award nominations and wins HERE.

Source: New York Times

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1925, WSM Radio in Nashville started broadcasting. One of its first programs was “WSM Barn Dance” which was renamed “Grand Ole Opry” two years later. It became the longest running radio show in history.
  • Today in 1970, Loretta Lynn’s classic single, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” was released.
  • Today in 1970, George Jones and Tammy Wynette welcomed their only child, Tamala Georgette Jones, in Lakeland, Florida.
  • Today in 1977, Glen Campbell’s “Southern Nights” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1981, Eddie Rabbitt’s album, “Step By Step,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1984, the album, “Don’t Cheat In Our Home Town,” by Ricky Skaggs was certified gold.
  • Today in 1988, The Judds’ “Greatest Hits” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1990, Mary Chapin Carpenter’s album, “Shooting Straight In The Dark,” was released.
  • Today in 1992, the “Billy Ray Cyrus” video was certified gold, platinum and double platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1993, the album, “Slow Dancing With The Moon,” Dolly Parton was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1994, Vince Gill broke his own record by winning two more Country Music Association awards at the 26th annual CMA Awards. It brought his award total to 13.
  • Today in 1995, Merle Haggard was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 1996, Neal McCoy raised $150,000 for a charity he and wife Melinda established in 1995. The money went to the East Texas Angel Network (ETAN), who provides financial assistance for medical treatments and related costs to families with children suffering from serious diseases.
  • Today in 1997, Garth Brooks’ fans snapped up more than 139,000 tickets in less than four hours, selling out eight shows at Chicago’s Rosemont Horizon.
  • Today in 1998, Alan Jackson’s “High Mileage” album was certified gold and platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1999, the Dixie Chicks album, “Fly,” was certified gold, platinum and double platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 2000, Faith Hill and Shania Twain were dubbed among the “25 Sexiest Artists” by VH1.
  • Today in 2001, Delayed twice in the aftermath of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Reba McEntire’s WB sitcom, “Reba,” debuted.
  • Today in 2001, Carolyn Dawn Johnson made her Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 2004, George Strait’s “50 Number Ones” album, William Shatner’s “Has Been” (featuring one song with Brad Paisley), John Denver’s “Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits,” Deryl Dodd’s “Stronger Proof” and “Mary Had A Little Amp” (a multi-artist album including the Dixie Chicks and Rosanne Cash) all arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2010, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson and Martina McBride played “Tulsa Time” during a Country Music Hall of Fame benefit at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Also appearing: Charley Pride, Billy Currington, Miranda Lambert and Alison Krauss.
  • Today in 2012, Florida Georgia Line single, “Cruise,” went gold.
  • Today in 2016, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill received stars on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.
  • Today in 2017, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett dropped their affiliation with NRA Country, days after 58 fans were gunned down in Las Vegas.
  • Today in 2017, Little Big Town performed at the historic Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • Today in 2017, “Dear Hate,” by Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill, hit the airwaves in reaction to a mass shooting at Las Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.
  • Today in 2018, Zac Brown and his wife, Shelly, announced their separation. They since finalized their divorce and share custody of their five children.
  • Today in 2018, Maren Morris was a surprise guest during Taylor Swift’s concert at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. They teamed up on “The Middle.”
  • Today in 2018, the Eric Church album, “Desperate Man,” was released.
  • Today in 2019, Gabby Barrett married former “American Idol” competitor Cade Foehner at Union Springs in Garrison, Texas. The happy couple welcomed their first child – a daughter – in January 2021. She’s since announced (appropriately, Mother’s Day 2022) that they’re expecting their second child, a son, this year.
  • Today in 2020, Sam Hunt’s single, “Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90’s,” to radio.
  • Today in 2020, Reba McEntire confirmed in a podcast that she’s dating Rex Linn, an actor associated with the CBS-TV drama “CSI: Miami.” Turns out, they actually knew each other since the 90’s, but nothing (obviously) went anywhere until well after she split from ex-husband Narvel Blackstock. Still together, the couple – he calls her “Tater Tot,” she calls him “Sugar Tot” – actually share the small screen in season three of the ABC series, Big Sky.”
  • Today in 2021, Keith Urban made a surprise appearance when BRELAND performed at the High Watt in Nashville. BRELAND’s set included a cover of “Strawberry Wine.”

Reba McEntire Announces New Tour Dates

Reba McEntire is extending her time on the road. The singer just added more dates to her “Reba: Live In Concert” tour, featuring special guests Terri Clark and The Isaacs.  The tour kicks off March 9th in Jacksonville, Florida and wraps April15th with Reba’s first-ever show at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

“I am very grateful we’re continuing this tour on into 2023,” Reba shares. “I’ve had so much fun being back out on the road and doing what I love to do most, entertaining people,” adding, “And now getting to headline places like Madison Square Garden and bring my buddies Terri Clark and The Isaacs with me? Well, that’s just the extra icing on an already triple-layered, stuffed and filled, iced and frosted cake!”

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 am local time. Check out the first few dates below and click here for the complete schedule.

  • March 9: Jacksonville, FL – VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
  • March 10: Columbia, SC- Colonial Life Arena
  • March 11: Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena
  • March 17: Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
  • March 18: Moline, IL – Vibrant Arena at the Mark
  • March 23: Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
  • March 24: Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center
  • March 25: Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Arena
  • March 30: Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
  • March 31: Palm Desert, CA – Acrisure Arena

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1975, Willie Nelson picked up his first #1 single as an artist on the Billboard country chart with “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.”
  • Today in 1995, Alison Krauss went home four with trophies from the 29th annual Country Music Association awards, aired on CBS from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House: Female Vocalist of the Year; the Horizon Award; Vocal Event; and Single, for “When You Say Nothing At All.”
  • Today in 2000, Toby Keith’s “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2002, the Dixie Chicks took home four honors in the 34th annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House, including Entertainer of the Year; Vocal Group; Album, for “Fly”; and Music Video, for “Goodbye Earl.”
  • Today in 2001, the Country Music Hall of Fame inducts 12 new members: The Everly Brothers, Sam Phillips, Bill Anderson, The Louvins, The Jordanaires, The Delmore Brothers, Webb Pierce, Don Law, Ken Nelson, Don Gibson, Waylon Jennings and Homer & Jethro.
  • Today in 2002, Shania Twain’s “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” video debuted on CMT’s “Most Wanted Live.”
  • Today in 2008, Dierks and Cassidy Bentley welcomed their daughter, Evalyn Day Bentley, at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.
  • Today in 2011, Scotty McCreery’s debut studio album, “Clear As Day,” was released.
  • Today in 2012, Vince Gill and Amy Grant played a benefit at New York’s Radio City Music Hall for the Children’s Health Fund with Paul Simon, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers.
  • Today in 2013, Billy Currington’s “We Are Tonight” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2014, Lady A surprised a newlywed fan in Perry, Georgia, performing “I Run To You” a cappella to her in a restaurant and inviting her to that night’s concert at the Georgia National Fair.”
  • Today in 2014, Tim McGraw debuted at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart with “Sundown Heaven Town.”
  • Today in 2016, Thomas Rhett raised $250-thousand for orphans with a benefit concert at The Old School in Nashville, joined by Dierks Bentley, Walker Hayes, Russell Dickerson, songwriter Shane McAnally and surprise guests Florida Georgia Line.
  • Today in 2016, “River Rose And The Magic Lullaby,” a children’s book written by Kelly Clarkson with Laura Hughes, was published.
  • Today in 2016, Vince Gill performed “Go Rest High On That Mountain” and “You’ve Got A Friend” during the funeral for professional golfer Arnold Palmer at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Mourners included fellow golf pros Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Phil Mickelson.
  • Today in 2016, Kelsea Ballerini scored her first gold album with her ironically titled debut album, “The First Time.”
  • Today in 2016, Elle King made her Grand Ole Opry debut. She was joined by Dierks Bentley for performances of “Different For Girls” and “Jackson.”
  • Today in 2016, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill played a show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville that was promoted as “Sam & Audrey.” The set list included “It’s Your Love,” “Mississippi Girl,” “This Kiss,” “Angry All The Time” and “Humble And Kind,” the latter in front of the woman who wrote it, Lori McKenna.
  • Today in 2018, Anita Cochran fell on a rainy sidewalk in New York, cracking two ribs. Ever the trooper, she still performed on ABC’s “Good Morning, America” the next morning! The song? Her amazing (and aptly titled) hit, “Fight Like A Girl.”
  • Today in 2018, Carrie Underwood and her hubby, Mike Fisher, hosted a benefit for Danita’s Children in Franklin, Tennessee. Brad Paisley performed during the event, which raised $600-thousand for Haitian youth.
  • Today in 2018, Runaway June’s Hannah Mulholland marries drummer Ian Jay in California – they eloped!
  • Today in 2019, Brantley Gilbert performed a USO concert for enlisted men and women at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Today in 2019, “10,000 Hours,” by Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber was released.
  • Today in 2019, Brantley Gilbert’s “Fire & Brimstone” album was released.
  • Today in 2019, LANCO’s single, “Born To Love You,” was certified gold. On the same day, Blanco Brown’s single, “The Git Up,” went platinum.
  • Today in 2019, Donny & Marie Osmond were inducted in the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.
  • Today in 2020, the Mavericks’ trumpet player, Lorenzo Molina Ruiz, and his friend Orlando Morales were assaulted at a Franklin, Tennessee sports bar, when they were overheard speaking in Spanish.
  • Today in 2021, the Thomas Rhett single, “Slow Down Summer,” was released.

Wynonna Kicks Off The Judds Final Tour, With Help Of Brandi Carlile

Wynonna kicked off what was supposed to be The Judds reunion tour Friday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with opening night featuring a guest appearance by Brandi Carlile.

Wy and Brandi teamed for such songs as “Rockin’ With The Rhythm of the Rain,” “Love is Alive,” “Let Me Tell You About Love,” “Guardian Angel,” ‘Born To Be Blue,” “Why Not Me,” and “Turn It Loose.” Why also performed “Mama He’s Crazy,” “”Grandpa, (Tell Me About The Good Old Days),” and more as well as several of her own solo tunes, and a cover of Foreigners’’ “I Want To Know What Love Is.”

And Wy’s late mother and singing partner Naomi Judd, was certainly very much part of the show. Before “Guardian Angel” there was a video tribute to Naomi. And during The Judds’ classic hit “Love Can Build A Bridge,” the video screen featured footage of Wy and her mom performing together. It ended with a clip of Naomi talking to Wy, ending with the poignant words, “I believe there is always hope.”

“Thank you, Mama, for writing this song,” Wy said. “I’ll continue to sing it for all the days of my life.”

Source: The Boot

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1945, Elvis Presley made his first public appearance at the age of ten in a talent show at the Mississippi-Alabama Dairy Show. He sang “Old Shep” and won a second prize of $5.
  • Today in 1983, Ricky Skaggs’ “Highways & Heartaches” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1983, the “San Antonio Rose” album by Willie Nelson & Ray Price was certified gold.
  • Today in 1989, the “Best Of Vince Gill” collection was released.
  • Today in 1989, the album, “This Woman,” by K.T. Oslin was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1992, Collin Raye’s “In This Life” rose to #1 on the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1993, Tim Rushlow and his wife, Mary Jane, were married.
  • Today in 1994, Rosanne Cash’s album, “King’s Record Shop,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1995, Reba McEntire’s “Starting Over” album was released.
  • Today in 1995, Dwight Yoakam halts his rehearsal for the Country Music Association awards at the Grand Ole Opry House to watch the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial handed down on TV. Simpson is found not guilty, and Yoakam goes back to work.
  • Today in 1998, Willie Nelson held Farm Aid ’98 at the New World Music Theatre in Tinley Park, Illinois, with Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Michael Peterson, Toby Keith, Vern Gosdin, David Allan Coe, K.T. Oslin, Steve Earle, John Mellencamp and Martina McBride.
  • Today in 1998, Tim McGraw resided at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Where the Green Grass Grows.”
  • Today in 1998, Martina McBride and others joined Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young to perform at Farm Aid. The audience of 20,000 was entertained at the New World Music Theater in Tinley Park, Illinois.
  • Today in 2000, Kenny Rogers’ album, “There You Go Again,” and Travis Tritt’s album, “Down the Road I Go,” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2001, Diamond Rio celebrated the gold certification of their album, “One More Day.”
  • Today in 2002, Faith Hill’s “Cry” video premiered on CMT.
  • Today in 2003, a new episode of “CMT Crossroads,” pairing Kenny Chesney and John Mellencamp, debuted. Hosted by Radney Foster, the show’s set list includes “Young,” “Small Town,” “Jack & Diane” and “Back Where I Come From.”
  • Today in 2011, Hank Williams Jr. compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler on a FOX News broadcast. ESPN subsequently pulls Bocephus’ theme song from that night’s telecast of “Monday Night Football.”
  • Today in 2013, the Zac Brown Band’s single “Knee Deep,” featuring Jimmy Buffett, went gold, platinum and double-platinum, while “Colder Weather” was certified platinum.
  • Today in 2014, as Little Big Town performed “Pontoon” on the Grand Ole Opry, Reba McEntire joined the band on harmony…then invited them to become Opry members.
  • Today in 2015, Luke Bryan was at #1 on the “Billboard” country singles chart with “Strip It Down.”
  • Today in 2016, Jana Kramer and her dance partner, Gleb Savchenko, performed a foxtrot to The Beatles’ song, “Here Comes The Sun,” on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” They earned 23 of a possible 30 points from the judges, including Julianne Hough.
  • Today in 2017, “I made it”: Luke Bryan responds on Instagram after he’s part of a clue on the game show “Jeopardy”: “For great American music, this state that gave us Luke Bryan and R.E.M.”
  • Today in 2017, Rosanne Cash wrote an op-ed in “The New York Times,” challenging country artists to speak out against the National Rifle Association following the Las Vegas massacre saying: “NRA funds domestic terrorism.”
  • Today in 2018, Thomas Rhett’s album, “It Goes Like This,” went gold and On the same day? His single, “Die A Happy Man,” was certified quadruple- and quintuple-platinum.
  • Today in 2019, Kane Brown and Marshmello closed the CW’s telecast of “iHeart Radio Music Festival” with “One Thing Right.” The lineup also features Hootie + The Blowfish, Miley Cyrus, The Zac Brown Band, The Backstreet Boys and Tim McGraw, who performed “Truck Yeah.”
  • Today in 2019, Gary Allan’s single, “It Ain’t The Whiskey,” went gold.
  • Today in 2020, Morgan Wallen attended the NCAA football game as the Alabama Crimson Tide smacked down the Texas A&M Aggies, 52-24 in Tuscaloosa. Afterward, he inspired a backlash – because as he mingled with a string of fans, videos surfaced of him kissing a string of girls without observing pandemic-related distancing.
  • Today in 2020, Keith Urban’s “The Speed Of Now Part 1” hit the top spot on the Billboard country albums chart.

Alan Jackson To Be Honored As CMT Artist Of A Lifetime

The “CMT Artist of the Year” celebration is happening next month, and Alan Jackson is set to get a huge honor. Producers just announced that  Jackson will be recognized with the Artist of a Lifetime honor.

“I believe I’ve made more videos than just about anybody, and I know how important they have been in bringing my songs to life for the fans, so thank you, CMT, for all the years and for this sweet honor,” Alan shares. “I’m very proud.”

Previous Artist of a Lifetime honorees include Randy Travis (2021), Reba McEntire (2019), Loretta Lynn (2018), Shania Twain (2016), Kenny Rogers (2015) and Merle Haggard (2014).

The 2022 CMT Artist of the Year celebration will air October 14th at 9 pm. This year’s honorees include Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Walker Hayes,

Source: CMT

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1950, WSM-AM radio’s country music showcase, “Grand Ole Opry,” was telecast for the first time.
  • Today in 1977, Elvis Presley’s “Welcome To My World” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1984, the album, “His Epic – The First Eleven – To Be Continued,” by Merle Haggard was released.
  • Today in 1992, George Jones was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 1996, the album, “The Closer You Get,” by Alabama was certified quadruple platinum.
  • Today in 1997, LeAnn Rimes’ “You Light Up My Life” single was certified gold.
  • Today in 1997, Patty Loveless released her ninth album “Long Stretch of Lonesome.”
  • Today in 2002, the Chicks’ “Home” album was certified gold, platinum and double-platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 2003, Billy Currington’s self-titled album debuted.
  • Today in 2006, George Strait lifts the Jamey Johnson-penned “Give It Away” to the top of the Billboard chart.
  • Today in 2013, The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry got engaged to Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia at her parents’ home in Greeneville, Tennessee. The lovebirds exchanged “I do’s” the following June 19th (2014)…sadly they split in 2018.
  • Today in 2014, Warner Bros. released the Blake Shelton album, “Bringing Back The Sunshine.”
  • Today in 2015, Blake Shelton sang “Boys ‘Round Here” on the CW special “iHeart Radio Music Festival.” Lee Brice made a brief appearance on the two-hour show, with performances by Sam Smith, Puff Daddy and Fall Out Boy.
  • Today in 2016, John Prine’s album, “For Better, Or Worse,” was released. It features duets with Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Kathy Mattea, Morgane Stapleton, Alison Krauss and Iris DeMent, among others.
  • Today in 2016, Thomas Rhett’s single, “Star Of The Show,” was released.
  • Today in 2017, Blake Shelton was presented with a key to the city as he headlined a grand-opening concert at Ole Red Tishomingo in Oklahoma. He was joined on the bill by RaeLynn, Ronnie Milsap, John Conlee and Jeannie Seely.
  • Today in 2017, Thomas Rhett’s “Life Changes” began a three-week run at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart.
  • Today in 2019, Dan + Shay performed “Speechless,” “Tequila” and “10,000 Hours” at the second wedding of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin at Somerset Chapel in Bluffton, South Carolina. Also attending were Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Billy Baldwin and Chynna Phillips.
  • Today in 2019, Kane Brown’s “Homesick” went gold – and his song, “Good As You,” went platinum.
  • Today in 2020, “Some Girl” singer Jameson Rodgers and Sarah Allison Turner got engages at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, the club where they met nine years prior. The lovebirds became Mr. And Mrs. the following September.
  • Today in 2021, Justin Moore’s “With A Woman You Love” hit the airwaves. The same day? Blake Shelton’s single, “Come Back As A Country Boy,” was released.


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