Tom Petty tragically passed away in 2017, and his influence is felt through many different music genres. Some of country’s biggest names are coming together to honor the artistry of the rock legend with a new tribute album.

“Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty” is a collection of 20 Petty tracks (solo and with his band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) by country music’s best. George StraitChris StapletonDolly PartonLady A and more provide their versions of their favorite Petty songs. Contributing on two tracks are original Heartbreakers Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell.

The album comes out May 31. See the complete tracklist below:

1. I Should Have Known It – Chris Stapleton
2. Wildflowers – Thomas Rhett
3. Runnin’ Down A Dream – Luke Combs
4. Southern Accents – Dolly Parton
5. Here Comes My Girl – Justin Moore
6. American Girl – Dierks Bentley
7. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Lady A
8. I Forgive It All – Jamey Johnson
9. I Won’t Back Down – Brothers Osborne
10. Refugee – Wynonna Judd & Lainey Wilson
11. Angel Dream #2 – Willie Nelson & Lukas Nelson
12. Learning to Fly – Eli Young Band
13. Breakdown – Ryan Hurd featuring Carly Pearce
14. Yer So Bad – Steve Earle
15. Ways to Be Wicked – Margo Price & Mike Campbell
16. Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Midland
17. Free Fallin’ – The Cadillac Three featuring Breland
18. I Need to Know – Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives
19. Don’t Come Around Here No More – Rhiannon Giddens featuring Benmont Tench
20. You Wreck Me (Live) – George Strait

Check out the lead single from the collection, Dierks Bentley’s take on “American Girl,” below. 

Source: TheMusicUniverse

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1987, George Strait’s “Strait From The Heart” turned into a gold album and he received a platinum award for his “Greatest Hits.”
  • Today in 1997, LeAnn Rimes won two trophies, Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Blue” at the 39th annual GRAMMY Awards.
  • Today in 2001, Toby Keith received a platinum certification for his album, “How Do You Like Me Now?!”
  • Today in 2001, Martina McBride earned her first triple-platinum album award for “Evolution.”
  • Today in 2002, Sony released the soundtrack to “We Were Soldiers,” featuring a collaboration between Johnny Cash and Dave Matthews, plus a duet from Jamie O’Neal and Michael McDonald.
  • Today in 2004, Pat Green netted his first gold album, for “Wave On Wave.”
  • Today in 2006, Willie Nelson rode in the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.
  • Today in 2007, Little Bit Town’s Jimi Westbrook broke his little toe jumping on the couch at his home in Nashville.
  • Today in 2011, Luke Bryan checked in at top of the “Billboard” country singles list with “Someone Else Calling You Baby.”
  • Today in 2017, Lady A performed “You Look Good” during the pre-game events for NASCAR’s Daytona 500 at the Daytona Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch won the race.


Country-fried On This Day – Tuesday, February 27th

  • Today in 1961, Marty Robbins didn’t have a care in the world – as he was atop Billboard country single with “Don’t Worry.”
  • Today in 1982, Don Williams was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Lord, I Hope This Day is Good.”
  • Today in 1990, Alan Jackson’s first album, “Here in the Real World’ was released.
  • Today in 2002, at the GRAMMYs, T Bone Burnett’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou” won Album of the Year and Best Compilation Soundtrack Album.
  • Today in 2004, the video for Reba McEntire’s “Somebody” premiered on CMT.
  • Today in 2006, “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” earned Joe Nichols his first gold single.
  • Today in 2009, a new episode of “CMT Crossroads” featured Jamey Johnson and Shooter Jennings performing “In Color.”
  • Today in 2013, the Grand Ole Opry aired for the first time from the Country Radio Seminar. The night’s lineup included Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Dustin Lynch, Darius Rucker, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, and Scotty McCreery.
  • Today in 2015, Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher welcomed a son, Isaiah Michael Fisher.
  • Today in 2016, RaeLynn married financial advisor Josh Davis in Franklin, Tennessee. The guest list included Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani.
  • Today in 2017, Chuck Wicks suffered a fractured skull and vertebrae when a car carrying him and three friends hydroplaned and flipped in Mississippi on the way to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. He was hospitalized for several days and had to wear a neck brace for three months.
  • Today in 2018, Dolly Parton presented the 100-millionth book in her Imagination Library program to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Jelly Roll Announces “The Beautifully Broken Tour”

It’s finally here.  Jelly Roll’s “The Beautifully Broken Tour” announced all of its 37 concert dates and is sure to be coming to a city near you.  This is one of the most anticipated tours in country music in quite some time.

Jelly had even mentioned on Tuesday how nervous he was about this announcement.  He said, “This tour is so big, it scares me a little to release the dates . . . I’ve never been nervous before . . .  But this one is the ONE.”

But as of yesterday’s announcement, the cat is out of the bag.  Jelly wrote in the caption, “This is the biggest tour of my life y’all and I’m going to do it really, really big this year . . . I can’t wait to see y’all at a show.  Come party with us!”

The tour is set to open in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 27th, and will close in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 27th.  That is two full months packed full of shows.  They will hit up 20 states, and perform in some major sports arenas around the U.S. including a stop at Madison Square Garden on September 27th.

Opening for Jelly are Warren Zeiders and Alexandra Kay.  Tickets go on sale to the public on March 1st.  Or if you want a head start, text “Jelly Roll” to 615-235-5743 for the presale code.  The PRESALE starts Tuesday the 27th at 10 A.M. CST.  (Variety)

(You can check out all the dates and cities, here.)

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1935, Gene Autry starred in the sci-fi western “The Phantom Empire,” which included his song “That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine.” His co-star was Smiley Burnette, and the plot was that Autry finds a lost race of people with laser guns living underneath his ranch.
  • Today in 1957, Patsy Cline made her debut on the pop charts with “Walkin’ After Midnight.”
  • Today in 1959, “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town” earned Johnny Cash a #1 country single in Billboard.
  • Today in 1978, Kenny Rogers won the GRAMMY in the Best Male Country Vocal Performance category for “Lucille.”
  • Today in 1979, Tanya Tucker’s “TNT” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1983, at the GRAMMYs, “Always On My Mind” won three awards: Song of the Year and Best Country Song for writers Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher, and Mark James, and Best Country Vocal Performance Male for Willie Nelson.
  • Today in 1985, “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On” earned Mel McDaniel his one and only #1 single in Billboard.
  • Today in 1988, the “Born To Boogie” album by Hank Williams Jr. was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1990, Reba McEntire gave birth to her son Shelby Stephen Blackstock.
  • Today in 1993, the “Hard Workin’ Man” album by Brooks & Dunn was released.
  • Today in 1996, George Strait’s “Strait Out of the Box” 4-CD set was certified for sales of three million copies, making it the best-selling country box set of all time.
  • Today in 1996, Martina McBride’s album, “Wild Angels,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1996, Alan Jackson hit #1 on the charts with “I’ll Try.”
  • Today in 1999, Garth Brooks attended spring training camp with baseball team the San Diego Padres as a non-roster player. In lieu of salary, the Padres Foundation agreed to contribute to the Touch ‘Em All Foundation, a charity Brooks co-founded in collaboration with Major League Baseball players, entertainers and corporate partners.
  • Today in 2000, Lonestar’s “Lonely Grill” album was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 2000, at the GRAMMYs, The Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain each won two awards. The Chicks got Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for “Ready To Run,” and “Fly” won Best Country Album.
  • Today in 2002, LeeAnn Rimes and Dean Sheremet got married. The couple split in 2009 amidst the revelations of her affair with Eddie Cibrian – and were divorced in June 2010. She was engaged to Cibrian by December 2010 and they married in April 2011.
  • Today in 2003, Alan Jackson won his very first GRAMMY. It was in the Best Country Song category for “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning).”
  • Today in 2004, Brad Paisley was the celebrity monarch for the Krewe of Orpheus at the Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans.
  • Today in 2009, Gloriana’s video, “Wild At Heart,” premiered.
  • Today in 2012, Luke Bryan scored a platinum single from the RIAA for “I Don’t Want This Night To End.”
  • Today in 2012, Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2013, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires were married in Nashville.
  • Today in 2013, Tim McGraw’s “Two Lanes Of Freedom” spent a week at the top of the Billboard country albums chart.
  • Today in 2018, Cole Swindell’s single, “Break Up In The End,” was released.
  • Today in 2019, Steve Earle, Bob McDill, Christopher Cross and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons are inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Paramount Theatre in Austin.
  • Today in 2019, Taylor Swift was a surprise performer for a fan’s engagement party.
  • Today in 2012, Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2020, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Lee Roy Parnell, Walt Wilkins and Waylon Payne performed at Gruene Hall in Texas to raise money for Hal Ketchum’s medical expenses as he battled Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Today in 2021, Scotty McCreery posted a video showing his dip into a chilly backyard pool. His “polar plunge” in place raised more than $2,600 for Special Olympics.
  • Today in 2021, Luke Combs’ single, “Forever After All,” hit the airwaves.

Kacey Musgraves Will Return to the “SNL” Stage Next Month

Kacey Musgraves will be the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” on March 9th, along with host Sydney Sweeney.  Her new album, “Deeper Well”, comes out the 15th, so we can probably expect her to perform the title track.

It’ll be Kacey’s third time on the show.  The other two times were May 2018 and then in October 2021, which is when she performed Justified with nothing on, except cowboy boots.  (After Midnite)

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1956, Elvis Presley opened for Little Jimmy Dickens. After the show, the future Byrd Gram Parsons, who was in the front row, went back stage to get Elvis’ autograph.
  • Today in 1968, Johnny Cash proposed to June Carter during a tour performance.
  • Today in 1969, before a nasty split, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs made their last appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 1988, George Strait’s “If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Livin’)” album was released.
  • Today in 1989, at the GRAMMYs, K.T. Oslin’s “Hold Me” won both Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female.
  • Today in 1992, Lee Roy Parnell released the single, “Tender Moment.”
  • Today in 1993, the “Alibis” album by Tracy Lawrence was released.
  • Today in 1993, Chris LeDoux’s album, “Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1994, Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Video Collection” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1997, Paul Brandt married his wife, Elizabeth.
  • Today in 1997, “A Man This Lonely” got Brooks & Dunn to the top of the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1999, Brad Paisley released the single “Who Needs Pictures.”
  • Today in 2000, Phil Vassar released his self-titled debut album.
  • Today in 2003, “The Baby” earned Blake Shelton a #1 Billboard single.
  • Today in 2007, a “CMT Crossroads” taping featured Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson singing “Because of You” and “Why Haven’t I Heard From You.”
  • Today in 2012, as a surprise during a show, Lady Antebellum sang “Do I” with Luke Bryan and “A Little Bit Stronger” with Sara Evans.
  • Today in 2015, Tim McGraw performed “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from the documentary, “Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me,” during the Oscar Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. In attendance were Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman.
  • Today in 2017, Jon Pardi cleaned up with a gold single from the RIAA for “Dirt On My Boots.”


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Toby Keith‘s family has used his social media accounts to inform fans and friends of their memorial plans for the late country legend.

“The Covel Family is hosting a private funeral service for family, band and crew only in mid-February.” While the memorial service is intended for those close to the singer and his family, fans will also have an opportunity to pay their respects. “A memorial service to honor Toby will be announced only on Toby’s socials shortly. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to @tkfoundation1 to support the OK Kids Korral.”

The charity mentioned in the post is Keith’s “Toby Keith Foundation.” The organization’s mission is to “encourage the health and happiness of pediatric cancer patients and to support OK Kids Korral, a home for children battling cancer.”

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1963, Buck Owens recorded “Act Naturally,” and made a first pass at “My Heart Skips a Beat.”
  • Today in 1981, the “Greatest Hits” album by Ronnie Milsap was certified Gold.
  • Today in 1983, the single “You And I” by Eddie Rabbitt with Crystal Gayle peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.
  • Today in 1983, Crystal Gayle’s “’Til I Can Gain Control Again” was a #1 Billboard single.
  • Today in 1986, “Rockin’ With the Rhythm” became the Judds second gold album.
  • Today in 1993, Toby Keith released “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.”
  • Today in 1993, Diamond Rio hit number one with their single, “In A Week or Two.”
  • Today in 1994, Rhett Akins’ daughter Kasey Lee was born.
  • Today in 1996, BlackHawk released the single “Like There Ain’t No Yesterday.”
  • Today in 1997, Kevin Sharp’s debut album, “Measure of a Man,” was certified Gold.
  • Today in 1998, Alabama’s “Mountain Music” became quintuple-platinum, “Roll On” quadruple-platinum, and “Greatest Hits, Volume III” double-platinum.
  • Today in 2002, Faith Hill’s work was among the songs up in the Best Original Song category for the 74th annual Academy Awards. Her soaring ballad, “There You’ll Be,” which was written by Diane Warren for the “Pearl Harbor” soundtrack, joined tracks from Paul McCartney, Sting, Enya and Randy Newman in the category.
  • Today in 2004, Buddy Jewell’s self-titled debut album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
  • Today in 2005, Sammi Smith died in Oklahoma City. She was 61. Smith is perhaps best remembered for her hit rendition of Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through The Night.”
  • Today in 2005, longtime RCA recording artist Eddy Arnold was honored with The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award at a pre-Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
  • Today in 2005, Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road” became a #1 hit on the Billboard.
  • Today in 2007, Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery, Trisha Yearwood, and Steve Azar helped launch Country Week on the game show “Wheel of Fortune.”
  • Today in 2008, The Statler Brothers, Tom T. Hall, Emmylou Harris, and the late Pop Stoneman were named as the 2008 inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 2008, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, T.G. Sheppard, and Ronnie McDowell joined Pat Boone, B.J. Thomas, and Elvis Presley’s former girlfriend, rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson for the tribute concert “Belmont University Presents: Nashville Celebrates Elvis!”
  • Today in 2010, Taylor Swift made her feature film debut with the opening of the movie “Valentine’s Day.”
  • Today in 2010, The all-star remake of the charity single “We Are The World,” renamed “We Are The World 25 for Haiti,” was unveiled during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles was among the soloists on the song, which was a fundraiser for earthquake relief in Haiti, while Zac Brown, Julianne Hough, and Sugarland’s Kristian Bush are also among the 85 stars featured on the track.
  • Today in 2010, Rascal Flatts released their special “Unstoppable (Olympics Mix)” digitally via iTunes. The song was also incorporated into the TV coverage of the Winter Olympic Games, which were getting under way in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Today in 2010, Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Build Me” was released to radio.
  • Today in 2011, CMT’s “40 Greatest Love Songs” featured Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” in the top spot.
  • Today in 2011, Dolly Parton was honored as a Grammy Lifetime Acheivement Award winner at a special event in Los Angeles.
  • Today in 2012, at the GRAMMYs, Taylor Swift’s “Mean” won both Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance. The Civil Wars, Lady Antebellum, Alison Krauss, and Union Station were also among the winners. In addition, Blake Shelton and The Band Perry took part in a special Lifetime Achievement salute to Glen Campbell. George Jones was also a Lifetime Achievement honoree.


Kacey Musgraves has announced her new album, ”Deeper Well.” The Texas-born singer has set March 15th as the album’s release date…and is already giving fans a taste of what they can expect once its out with the release of a brand new single as well!

The new single, “Deeper Well,” shares the title of the album. Musgraves shared a statement along with the release as well. “Sometimes you reach a crossroads. Winds change direction. What you once felt drawn to doesn’t hold the same allure, you get blown off course, but eventually find your footing and forage for new inspiration, new insight, and deeper love somewhere else.”

Check out the track list for “Deeper Well” below:

  1. Cardinal
  2. Deeper Well
  3. Too Good to Be True
  4. Moving Out
  5. Giver / Taker
  6. Sway
  7. Dinner With Friends
  8. Heart of the Woods
  9. Jade Green
  10. The Architect
  11. Lonely Millionaire
  12. Heaven Is
  13. Anime Eyes
  14. Nothing to Be Scared Of

Source: Variety



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