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WILLIE NELSON FALLS ILL, WILL MISS THE START OF HIS OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL TOUR

He’s 91, so it’s not totally unexpected. Willie Nelson is having to push back his appearances at his own “Outlaw Music Festival” on doctor’s orders. In a message on his official Instagram account, it was announced that Willie wasn’t feeling well, and would be taking four days off, while Lukas Nelson & The Family Band would be performing a set of Willie standards in his absence. The tour will go on as scheduled, with Bob DylanRobert Plant & Alison Krauss and Celisse all playing as scheduled while fans and tourmates await Willie’s recovery and return to the tour.

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1964, Connie Smith signed with RCA Records.
  • Today in 1974, “Back Home Again” album by John Denver was certified gold.
  • Today in 1989, Garth Brooks made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 1991, the “What Do I Do With Me” album by Tanya Tucker was released.
  • Today in 1993, three of Alabama’s albums, “American Pride,” “Pass It On Down” and “Southern Star,” were certified platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1994, Collin Raye topped the country charts with the single, “Little Rock.
  • Today in 1996, George Strait’s “Greatest Hits” album was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 1998, Johnny Cash returned to a Nashville stage and performed for the first time since he was stricken with Shy-Drager Syndrome the preceding October. He joined a surprised Kris Kristofferson, who was singing at a tribute to Johnny and Waylon Jennings at the Ryman Auditorium.
  • Today in 1999, the “Evolution” album by Martina McBride was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 2000, Dixie Chick Natalie Maines married actor Adrian Pasdar at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas following a Chicks concert. To celebrate, the couple hit the casinos and won $740!
  • Today in 2007, Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson teamed up on “Because Of You,” “Fancy” and “Why Haven’t I Heard From You” as a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” makes its cable debut
  • Today in 2009, Jason Aldean picked up a gold album for “Wide Open”
  • Today in 2011, Luke Bryan and The Doobie Brothers were paired as a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” debuted. Among the songs in the telecast: “Rain Is A Good Thing,” “Black Water,” “Do I” and “China Grove.”
  • Today in 2012, Glen Campbell played the historic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles during his final tour, threading the set with “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston.” The date included a tribute from opening acts Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams and Jackson Browne.
  • Today in 2016, Thomas Rhett and Nick Jonas were paired as a new installment of “CMT Crossroads” premiered. Danielle Bradbery guested on the episode, which includes versions of Rhett’s hits “Crash And Burn,” “T-Shirt,” “‘Make Me Wanna” and “Die A Happy Man.” They also cover “Rich Girl,” backed by Hall & Oates’ member John Oates.
  • Today in 2016, the Dustin Lynch single “Seein’ Red” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2017, Rascal Flatts crashes a wedding in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, playing “Bless The Broken Road” for the surprised couple’s first dance.
  • Today in 2017, Luke Combs debuts at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart with his first album, “This One’s For You.”
  • Today in 2017, Kristian Bush performed a free show for military personnel at Fort Benning, Georgia.
  • Today in 2019, Lexington Habitat For Humanity revealed it had received a surprise $10,000 donation from Chris and Morgane Stapleton.
  • Today in 2020, Travis Denning’s “After A Few” scored a gold single from the RIAA.
  • Today in 2020, Vince Gill performed “Go Rest High On That Mountain” and Lee Brice sings “I Drive Your Truck” during a memorial for police officer Destin Legieza at Clearview Baptist Church in Franklin, Tennessee. Legieza died in a two-car crash in the line of duty.

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1975, “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell entered the Top 40 chart.
  • Today in 1975, Don Williams topped the country charts with “You’re My Best Friend.”
  • Today in 1976, Reba McEntire marries Charlie Battles in Oklahoma.
  • Today in 1988, Hank Williams Jr.’s “Wild Streak” album was released.
  • Today in 1991, Juice Newton’s “Juice Newton – Greatest Hits” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1994, the video, “Livin’, Lovin’ And Rockin’ That Jukebox,” by Alan Jackson was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1995, John Berry’s daughter, Caelan, was born.
  • Today in 1996, Tracy Lawrence hit #1 with the single, “Time Marches On.”
  • Today in 1996, Wynonna’s daughter, Grace Pauline Kelly, was born.
  • Today in 2000, Jo Dee Messina’s video, “That’s The Way,” premiered on CMT.
  • Today in 2000, Patty Loveless kicked off her first major tour in two years.
  • Today in 2001, Alan Jackson was chosen for induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 2004, Gretchen Wilson’s debut album, “Here for the Party” was certified gold and platinum.
  • Today in 2014, Luke Bryan headlined a stadium for the first time at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Supporting acts include Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, and Cole Swindell.
  • Today in 2014, Lucy Hale made her Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 2018, Kane Brown collected gold singles from the RIAA for “Found You” and “There Goes My Everything,” plus a double-platinum award for “Heaven” and a triple-platinum single for his Lauren Alaina collaboration, “What Ifs.”
  • Today in 2019, Chris Pratt received two pigs for his birthday from his wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger. The pets are named Tim and Faith.
  • Today in 2019, the Willie Nelson album,”Ride Me Back Home,” was released.

Is Kelsea Ballerini Going . . . Hollywood?

When Kelsea Ballerini was young, she wanted to be a BALLERINA.  Seriously.  She even took some classes again a few years ago.

That said, she was always a “HARD NO” on ever dabbling in ACTING.

But now that she’s dating “Outer Banks” star Chase Stokes, she MIGHT be changing her tune a little.

She says, “I said no [to acting] because I’m so scared of failing . . . it’s the perfectionist in me . . . and then the last few years, I’ve just started running toward things that really terrify me.  So I’ll probably try it.”

It doesn’t sound like there’s anything in the works yet, but maybe she’d start off with something easy . . . like playing HERSELF.  She says, “I can’t picture anyone else [doing it].”

H & S FEED & COUNTRY STORE PET OF THE WEEK: “BELLA”

This week’s H&S Feed and Country Store Pet of the Week is “Bella”, a sweet 8 year old terrier mix. Bella is pretty shy at first, but once she warms up to you is a real sweetie. Bella belonged to an older lady, so she’s used to the quiet life. She’s a little timid around cats, but loves affection and loves walks. She’s housetrained, spayed, fully vetted, vaccinated, microchipped and ready to go to a loving home. And because Bella is the Pet of the Week, the adoption fee is only $100 this week!

If you’d like to set up an appointment to meet Bella 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 Bella with Shanna & Nicole from Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter here:

MARK CHESNUTT UNDERGOES EMERGENCY HEART SURGERY

Country music veteran and 90s star Mark Chesnutt experienced a medical emergency over the weekend, ending up in the hospital and being forced to undergo emergency quadruple bypass heart surgery. In a post on Instagram, Chesnutt wrote “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the cancellation of my upcoming shows. I send my love and gratitude to my family and friends, the band and fans for your understanding, prayers and support, and look forward to seeing you all again soon at a honky tonk near you.” For the last several years, Chesnutt has been dealing with a series of health issues, including needing back surgery and an unspecified issue that had him in critical condition last year.

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1981, “Queen Of Hearts” by Juice Newton entered the Top 40 chart.
  • Today in 1981, Dolly Parton’s single, “But You Know That I Love You,” graced the top of the country charts.
  • Today in 1991, Mickey Gilley’s “Encore” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1992, the Mavericks debuted on the charts with the single, “Hey Good Lookin’.”
  • Today in 1995, George Jones and Tammy Wynette released the reunion album, “One.”
  • Today in 2000, Martina McBride and Loretta Lynn were among the acts set to kick off the Opry’s series of Tuesday matinee shows.
  • Today in 2000, Sammy Kershaw’s album, “Sammy Kershaw Covers The Hits,” arrived in stores. The project was a collection of cover tunes that he recorded over the previous seven years. The album includes such classics as “Third Rate Romance,” “Memphis, Tennessee” and “If I Fell.”
  • Today in 2000, Amanda Wilkinson became a high school graduate.
  • Today in 2001, it was announced that Chely Wright was tapped to join Luther Vandross, the Irish Tenors, the Pointer Sisters and event host Barry Bostwick of ABC-TV’s “Spin City” for the annual “Capitol Fourth Concert.”
  • Today in 2001,T. Oslin told Billboard.com that her latest album, “Live Close By, Visit Often,” would probably be her last release.
  • Today in 2005, Gretchen Wilson received the key to the city of Pocahontas, Illinois, when she returns to her hometown to cut the ribbon on a new ball field concession stand she donated to the community. The event takes place at the renamed Gretchen Wilson Park
  • Today in 2007, the Academy of Country Music presented the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award to Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Don Williams and songwriter Harlan Howard at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. Buck Owens receives the Jim Reeves International Award.
  • Today in 2009, Steel Magnolia was introduced on the season premiere of CMT’s competition “Can You Duet.” Judges for the season include Big Kenny, Naomi Judd and Big Machine executive Scott Borchetta.
  • Today in 2011, “Remind Me,” Brad Paisley’s duet with Carrie Underwood, hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2013, Florida Georgia Line’s single, “Cruise,” went quadruple-platinum. The same day, Luke Bryan’s “Doin’ My Thing” album also went platinum.
  • Today in 2014, Rascal Flatts collected a gold single from the RIAA for “Rewind.”
  • Today in 2015, Willie Nelson endorsed Democrat Bernie Sanders for president.
  • Today in 2015, Luke Bryan became the first country artist to headline TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. He was joined on the bill by Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch. FGL returned to the stage during Bryan’s set to collab on “The Only Way I Know.”
  • Today in 2016, a spokesperson for Don McLean indicated the “Crying” singer had reached a settlement in his divorce with his wife, Patrisha, receiving $10-million.
  • Today in 2016, stars of the ABC series, “Nashville,” performed in Dublin, Ireland, to conclude the cast’s first-ever international tour. The lineup included Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio.
  • Today in 2017, Dylan Scott took home a gold single from the RIAA, for “My Girl.”
  • Today in 2017, Canaan Smith’s rental car is broken into while he’s on tour in San Jose. Thieves make off with a guitar, a computer and concert equipment.
  • Today in 2018, Ashley McBryde’s brother, William McBryde Jr., a veteran who was previously stationed in Iraq, died at his home in Russellville, Arkansas.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD’S FAMILY SAFE AFTER HOUSE FIRE

It’s a nightmare no matter who you are – average people like you and me or a superstar like Carrie Underwood. The entire Fisher family was at their home in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee when a fire broke out Sunday that spread from a  UTV to the garage itself. The family and their pets all escaped without injury, and one reason was that firefighters were able to use a 10-thousand gallon water tank Carrie and husband Mike Fisher had installed on their property. Williamson County (Tennessee) Fire Rescue did share pictures from the emergency call, while Underwood’s people said of the fire that it was “quickly contained and there was no fire damage to the primary residence, and the family and their pets were unharmed.”

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1915,P. Carter married Sara Dougherty in Virginia, starting the country music dynasty that produced June Carter and Carlene Carter.
  • Today in 1941, Gene Autry records “You Are My Sunshine” at the CBS Studios in Hollywood
  • Today in 1977, “Lucille” by Kenny Rogers peaked at #5 on the pop singles chart and topped the U.K. singles chart.
  • Today in 1993, Aaron Tippin’s hit single, “Working Man’s PhD,” entered the country charts.
  • Today in 1994, Neal McCoy scored his second #1 hit with the single, “Wink.”
  • Today in 1996, Marty Stuart released his album, “Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best.”
  • Today in 1997, Ty Herndon’s album, “Livin’ In A Moment,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1997, CMA Entertainers of the Year, Brooks & Dunn, played a special show for their fan club at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. In keeping with tradition, both Kix and Ronnie stuck around to meet and sign autographs for attendees — even though there were over 2,000 of them. In typical fashion, the guys weren’t content with stopping until they’d taken care of everyone there. They started signing at 9 pm and wrapped things up at 5 am the following morning.
  • Today in 1998, a memorial for former Oak Ridge Boy Steve Sanders was held at the McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville. Sanders had taken his own life a week earlier at his home in Cape Coral, Florida.
  • Today in 2011, Tim McGraw stopped his show at the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington to kick out a male audience member for mistreating a woman.
  • Today in 2012, Kip Moore’s “Beer Money” single hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2013, Danielle Bradbery was crowned the winner of “The Voice” on NBC. A member of Blake Shelton’s team, she sang “I Want Crazy” with guest Hunter Hayes. Florida Georgia Line performed “Cruise” in a guest appearance with Nelly.

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1975, B.J. Thomas found his way to the top of the Billboard country chart with one of country music’s longest song titles: “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.”
  • Today in 1983, Bill Monroe was a guest at the White House, along with Frank Sinatra, as president Ronald Reagan recognized Monroe as the only living American credited with originating an American music form.
  • Today in 1992, the album, “No Fences,” by Garth Brooks was certified for multi-platinum sales of 8-million.
  • 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. It marked the start of work on Cash’s “American Recordings” album.
  • Today in 1997, Lonestar’s “Crazy Nights” album was released.
  • Today in 1997, Ricochet released “Blink of An Eye” and Lila McCann released her debut album, “Lila.”
  • Today in 2000, the Grand Ole Opry radio show, carried since 1925 on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, began webcasting the Opry program.
  • Today in 2001, the new $37-million Country Music Hall of Fame opened in downtown Nashville. On hand were 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 2002, Elvis Presley was back at #1 on the U.K. singles chart for the first time since shortly after his death in 1977. That means he broken the quarter-century-long stalemate with the Beatles for the most chart-topping singles in British history. The remix of his 1968 song, “A Little Less Conversation,” was also the first remix of any Elvis recording, which was sanctioned by his estate.
  • Today in 2005, Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” which was written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, won Single Record and Song of the Year during the 40th annual Academy of Country Music awards.
  • Today in 2006, Kenny Chesney kicked off a five-week run at Billboard #1 with his song, “Summertime.”
  • Today in 2010, Taylor Swift received the Hal David Starlight Award as the Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted David Foster, Jackie DeShannon, Leonard Cohen and Sunny Skylar.
  • Today in 2013, Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This” video debuted on CMT, as did Zac Brown Band’s “Jump Right In.”
  • Today in 2015, Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn began a Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace.
  • Today in 2016, Garth Brooks attended the Tennessee funeral of Mike Chapman, who played bass on many of his hits, including “Shameless,” “Friends In Low Places,” “The Thunder Rolls” and, appropriately, “The Dance.”
  • Today in 2016, Jon Pardi’s album, “California Sunrise,” was released.
  • Today in 2016, Garth Brooks’ 2007 album, “The Ultimate Hits,” was certified nine-times platinum by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2019, Meghan Linsey got engaged to Tyler Cain in Alaska during a video shoot. The lovebirds eloped to Hawaii in January 2022.
  • Today in 2020, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell and Scotty McCreery play a livestream benefit for Music Health Alliance, joined by Steve Wariner, Jordan Davis, Keb’ Mo’, Sara Evans, Craig Morgan and Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires.
  • Today in 2021, Brad Paisley was honored as Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Committee.
  • Today in 2021, Carly Pearce was officially invited by Dolly Parton to join the Grand Ole Opry. She was inducted the following August.

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