This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1974, Charlie Rich’s album, “There Won’t Be Any More,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1992, the single, “Seminole Wind,” by John Anderson went to #1 on the country charts. The same day, John’s album with the same name was certified gold.
  • Today in 1993, Suzy Bogguss hit the top 10 with “Just Like The Weather.”
  • Today in 1996, Tracy Lawrence’s “Time Marches On” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1997, Barbara Mandrell gave her final musical performance at the Grand Ole Opry House, quitting music to concentrate on acting.
  • Today in 1999, Garth Brooks joined Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, John Mellencamp and others participates in Washington D.C. on the White House lawn for what was billed as the Concert of the Century.
  • Today in 2000, it was revealed that Garth Brooks had saved two boys from a house fire in Oklahoma three days earlier.
  • Today in 2000, John Michael Montgomery’s single, “The Little Girl,” topped the country charts. It was John Michael’s biggest song since 1993’s “I Swear” occupied the #1 spot on the charts for four weeks straight.
  • Today in 2000, the album, “Smoke Rings In The Dark,” by Gary Allan was certified gold.
  • Today in 2000, the Dixie Chicks’ “Fly” album was certified for sales of 7-million.
  • Today in 2000, Billy Gilman was recognized by two Hollywood trade magazines. He was named as one of the top 10 youths in entertainment by “Daily Variety” and was nominated for the “Young Star Award” from “The Hollywood Reporter.”
  • Today in 2001, the “Great Hits Collection” by Alan Jackson was certified for sales of 5-million.
  • Today in 2001, Reba McEntire’s “Greatest Hits Volume III: I’m A Survivor” project was released.
  • Today in 2001, Tracy Lawrence’s self-titled album arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2004, George Strait’s “I Hate Everything” takes a seat at #1 in Billboard.
  • Today in 2007, the “Raising Sand,” an album from Alison Krauss with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2010, Blake Shelton became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 2015, Carrie Underwood’s “Storyteller” album was released.
  • Today in 2017, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Mary Chapin Carpenter launched the Lantern Tour, a benefit for immigrants and refugees, at Nashville’s City Winery. Also appearing were Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Shawn Colvin and Lila Downs.
  • Today in 2017, Vern Gosdin was posthumously inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Music City Center. Also inducted were “Friends In Low Places” author Dewayne Blackwell, “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me” writer Walt Aldridge, “Chattahoochee” composer Jim McBride and “Live Like You Were Dying” writer Tim Nichols.
  • Today in 2017, Jason Aldean was the surprise performer for about 1200 conference attendees of the American Trucking Management Conference in Orlando.
  • Today in 2017, Shania Twain was a guest judge on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.”
  • Today in 2017, Luke Combs collects a gold single from the RIAA for “When It Rains It Pours.”


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If you’d like to set up an appointment to meet Chevy & Suzie 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 Chevy & Suzie with Terry Gott from Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter here:


Dolly Parton Brings Stephen Colbert To Tears

Dolly Parton’s voice can apparently bring grown men to tears. In case you missed it, during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Dolly’s singing made the host weep.

During her interview Dolly sang the bluegrass standard “Bury Me Beneath the Willow,” and Colbert was so overcome by emotions he had to wipe away tears.

“So I better hush before you cry yourself to death and you can’t finish the show,” Dolly said at the end of the song. That made Stephen laugh and joke, “Like a lot of Americans, I’m under a lot of stress right now Dolly.”

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1965, Ernest Tubb was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 1991, “The Patsy Cline Collection” album was released.
  • Today in 1992, Mark Chesnutt’s second album, “Longnecks and Short Stories,” went gold.
  • Today in 1992, the album, “Wynonna,” by Wynonna was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 1996, Tracy Byrd released the album, “Big Love” and Mary Chapin Carpenter released the album, “A Place in the World.”
  • Today in 1999, Martina McBride was #1 on “Radio & Records’” Country Top 50 chart with her single, “I Love You.”
  • Today in 2002, the USA Network held the first auditions for the inaugural edition of the “Nashville Star” Ronnie Dunn and Trace Adkins were both on hand, as is Jon Brennan, who is better known as the shy, aspiring country singer from the second season of MTV’s “Real World.” Of course, Buddy Jewell went on to win the competition in May 2003.
  • Today in 2005, Keith Urban’s “Better Life” began a six-week run at the top of the Billboard chart.
  • Today in 2008, a wax figure of Carrie Underwood was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in New York.
  • Today in 2011, Ronne Dunn sang “The Star Spangled Banner” at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals swamped the Texas Rangers in a World Series game.
  • Today in 2012, Taylor Swift’s “Red” album was released.
  • Today in 2016, Eric Church donated $1-million for diabetes research during a fundraiser at the Westin in Charlotte, where his parents, Ken and Rita Church, received an award.
  • Today in 2017, Alan Jackson, songwriter Don Schlitz (the author of “The Gambler”) and the late Jerry Reed were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The 2020 CMT Music Awards Are Tonight

The 2020 CMT Awards are happening tonight, and it’s bound to be a great night of music.

The show, hosted by Kane Brown, Ashley McBryde and Sarah Hyland, as well as one more yet-to-be named host, will feature performances by Ashley, Kane, Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Sam Hunt, Shania Twain, Gabby Barrett, Jimmie Allen andNoah Cyrus, Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey, Luke Combs and Brooks & Dunn, and Morgan Wallen.

In addition, six breakout artists – Caylee Hammack, HARDY, Ingrid Andress, Mickey Guyton, Riley Green and Travis Denning – will perform on the Ram Trucks Side Stage.

This year’s presenters include Taylor Swift, Brandi Carlile, Demi Lovato, Diplo, Idina Menzel, Jessica Chastain, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Rob Thomas and Tanya Tucker.

In addition to the regular awards, CMT just announced that Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles will be honored with the first honorary Equal Play Awards for her outspokenness and advocacy for women in country music.

Luke Combs, and Kelsea Ballerini lead the list of nominees with three a piece, while Dan + Shay, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Ashley McBryde, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion and The Chicks, also have multiple nominations.

Video of the Year nominees include: Carrie Undrwood’s Drinking Alone,” Keith Urban’s “Polaroid,” Kelsea Ballernin’s “homecoming queen?,” Luke Combs’ “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” Miranda Lambert’s “Bluebird,” and Tanya Tucker’s “Bring My Flowers Now.”

2020 CMT Music Awards Nominees


Drinking Alone” – Carrie Underwood
“Polaroid” – Keith Urban
“homecoming queen?” – Kelsea Ballerini
“Beer Never Broke My Heart” – Luke Combs
“Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert
“Bring My Flowers Now” – Tanya Tucker


Ashley McBryde – “One Night Standards”
Carrie Underwood – “Drinking Alone”
Gabby Barrett – “I Hope”
Kelsea Ballerini – “homecoming queen?”
Maren Morris – “The Bones”
Miranda Lambert – “Bluebird”


Jason Aldean – “Got What I Got”
• Luke Bryan – “One Margarita”
• Luke Combs – “Even Though I’m Leaving”
• Morgan Wallen – “Chasin’ You (Dream Video)”
• Sam Hunt – “Hard To Forget”
• Thomas Rhett – “Remember You Young”


Lady A – “Champagne Night”
• Little Big Town – “Wine, Beer, Whiskey”
• Midland – “Cheatin’ Songs (Live From the Palomino)”
• Old Dominion – “One Man Band”
• The Chicks – “Gaslighter”
• The Highwomen – “Crowded Table”


Brothers Osborne – “All Night (Studio Performance)”
• Dan + Shay – “I Should Probably Go To Bed”
• Florida Georgia Line – “Blessings”
• LOCASH – “One Big Country Song”
• Maddie & Tae – “Die From A Broken Heart”


Blanco Brown – “The Git Up”
• Caylee Hammack – “Family Tree”
• Gabby Barrett – “I Hope”
• Ingrid Andress – “More Hearts Than Mine”
• Riley Green – “I Wish Grandpas Never Died”
• Travis Denning – “After a Few”


Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani – “Nobody But You”
• Carly Pearce and Lee Brice – “I Hope You’re Happy Now”
• Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber – “10,000 Hours”
• Kane Brown feat. Nelly – “Cool Again”
• Marshmello & Kane Brown – “One Thing Right”
• Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi – “Beer Can’t Fix”


From CMT Artists of the Year: Ashley McBryde – “One Night Standards”
• From CMT Crossroads: Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs– “Brand New Man”
• From CMT Artists of the Year: Chris Young – “Drowning”
• From CMT Crossroads: Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini – “Graveyard”
• From CMT Artists of the Year: Sam Hunt – “Fancy”
• From CMT Crossroads: Sheryl Crow and Chris Stapleton– “Tell Me When It’s Over”

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1957, the Elvis Presley film “Jailhouse Rock” premiered.
  • Today in 1968, Nashville’s top Country Music Awards go to Jeannie C. Riley’s “Harper Valley P.T.A.” for best song and to “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison” for best album.
  • Today in 1987, the “Hillbilly Deluxe” album by Dwight Yoakam was certified gold.
  • Today in 1987, “The Best Of Dan Seals” album was released.
  • Today in 1994, Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind” album was certified quadruple platinum.
  • Today in 1997, Wynonna Judd’s album, “The Other Side,” was released.
  • Today in 1999, the “Wide Open Spaces” album by the Dixie Chicks was certified for multi-platinum sales of 8-million.
  • Today in 2001, some of country music’s biggest artists gathered in Nashville to show their support of America and to raise money for the Salvation Army, which has been working around the clock since the September 11th terrorist attacks. The music at the “Country Freedom Concert” began with Martina McBride’s a cappella introduction to “Independence Day” and closed with Trisha Yearwood and a choir belting out “We Shall Be Free.” But those were just two of the key moments during the three-hour show that featured some unexpected songs while the artists – and the fans – demonstrated their unwavering love of America.
  • Today in 2001, Billy Gilman took part in the all-star “United We Stand” concert in Washington, D.C.
  • Today in 2001, Alan Jackson was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 2002, it was revealed that Faith Hill’s “Cry” album debuted at #1 on “Billboard’s” Top Country Albums chart as well as the all-genre “Billboard 200” chart. The CD sold a whopping 472,000 copies in just its first week – that was the highest SoundScan debut in history for any Warner Bros. Records recording artist. Plus, first-week sales of “Cry” were nearly twice her record-breaking 1999 “Breathe” debut, which also hit the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Album and Country Album Chart (it sold 242,229 in its first week).
  • Today in 2003, the Eagles’ album, “Eagles – The Very Best Of,” as well as Mark Wills’ “And The Crowd Goes Wild” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2004, Toby Keith received his second quadruple-platinum album for “Shock’n Y’all.”
  • Today in 2009, Brad Paisley performed at Madison Square Garden for the first time.
  • Today in 2012, Garth Brooks, Connie Smith, and session keyboard player, Hargus “Pig” Robbins, officially joined the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 2014, Little Big Town’s “Pain Killer” album was released.

Garth Brooks Reveals Release Date for “Fun” And “Triple Deluxe Live”

Garth Brooks fans are finally getting his new album. The singer just announced that his long-awaited record “Fun,” will drop on November 20th, along with a new live album, “Triple Deluxe Live.”

Fans have already heard several songs from the new record, including “All Day Long,” “Stronger Than Me,” and “Dive Bar,” his collaboration with Blake Shelton, as well as a cover of “Shallow” with Trisha Yearwood.

And fans are going to get a preview of both albums tomorrow when Garth hosts a chat on Talk Shop Live at 6 pm central time.

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1951, Hank Williams signed a movie contract with MGM.
  • Today in 1955, a little known singer, Elvis Presley, played at a sock hop at Brooklyn High School (a Cleveland suburb) in his first appearance outside his native South (along with Pat Boone and Bill Haley and the Comets).
  • Today in 1967, Sonny James and Bobbie Gentry hosted the first CMA Awards presentation.
  • Today in 1982, the Statler Brothers’ “Christmas Card” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1991, Clint and Lisa Hartman Black were married on a farm outside of Houston. In his vows, Clint told Lisa, “Our two lives will become one life and together the two of us will overcome what would overcome one.”
  • Today in 1992, Travis Tritt’s album, “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1992, the film, “Pure Country,” starring George Strait, premiered in Nashville. Attendees included George, Garth Brooks, Joe Diffie and Randy Travis.
  • Today in 1993, Mark Chesnutt’s “Almost Goodbye” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1994, the “Heartaches” album by Patsy Cline was certified gold.
  • Today in 1998, Deana Carter’s Everything’s Gonna Be Alright album was released.
  • Today in 1999, Martina McBride’s album, “Emotion,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 2000, Vince Gill and Amy Grant adopted a mixed-breed puppy from Love at First Sight in Nashville’s Sylvan Park. The family’s new addition was a 6-week-old golden retriever-Shetland sheep dog mix.
  • Today in 2008, The Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2009, Curb released Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice” album
  • Today in 2011, The Eli Young Band earned its first platinum single for “Crazy Girl.”
  • Today in 2012, Brad Paisley headlined the historic Hollywood Bowl for the first time. The bill also included The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery.
  • Today in 2013, Kelly Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock in Tennessee.
  • Today in 2016, Little Big Town’s “Better Man,” which written by Taylor Swift, hit the airwaves.

Kelly Clarkson Once Signed An Autograph As Carrie Underwood

Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood don’t look anything alike, but Kelly says she was once mistaken for her fellow “American Idol” winner, and just played a long. The confession came during an “I’m Awesome At Being Awkward” segment on her daytime talk show, which asked Kelly, and her guests, Cheryl Hines and Michelle Buteau, what they would do in an awkward situation.

One situation asked what they would do if someone mistook you for another person, and Kelly shared that it happened to her. “This girl came up to me and was like, ‘Oh my god, your song ‘So Small’ is one of my favorites,'” Kelly said. “And I kept thinking, ‘I don’t have a song “So Small.” ‘ And then she said another song and I was like, ‘Oh, you think I’m Carrie Underwood.’ ”

Kelly continued, “And I literally look nothing like Carrie Underwood,” adding, “I was so embarrassed for her that I just…She was like, ‘Can you sign this?’ And I totally signed ‘Carrie Underwood.’ I think that might be illegal!”

Source: The Kelly Clarkson Show

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1952, Hank and Billie Jean Williams repeated their wedding vows onstage in New Orleans.
  • Today in 1963, Buck Owens attained the #1 spot on the Billboard country singles chart with “Love’s Gonna Live Here.”
  • Today in 1972, the album, “The Best Of Charley Pride, Vol. 2,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1984, Willie Nelson’s “Stardust” album was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 1985, Reba McEntire sang the national anthem prior to the first game of the World Series at Royal Stadium in Kansas City. The Cardinals beat the Royals, 3-1
  • Today in 1991, Country Music Hall of Fame member and Grand Ole Opry announcer Grant Turner died six hours after being on the Opry stage.
  • Today in 1993, Patty Loveless’ album, “Only What I Feel,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1995, George Jones & Tammy Wynette performed the only full-fledged Nashville concert of their career, uniting on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House.
  • Today in 1997, on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, Vince Gill honored his late friend and influence, John Denver. Vince played “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and invited the audience to sing along.
  • Today in 1999, Keith Urban’s self-titled debut album as a solo artist arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2002, Keith Urban began a six-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Somebody Like You.”
  • Today in 2006, Keith Urban checked into the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, to cope with a recurrence of substance abuse. In a statement, he offered, “One can never let one’s guard down on recovery, and I’m afraid I have”
  • Today in 2011, Scotty McCreery performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” before game 1 of the World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Cardinals win the opener, 3-2, against the Texas Rangers, partially owned by Charley Pride.
  • Today in 2013, Jason Aldean headlined the historic Hollywood Bowl for the first time. Filling out the bill were Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett.
  • Today in 2015, Blake Shelton sued “In Touch Weekly” for more than $1-million, saying a cover story that claimed he had gone to rehab defamed him. Overcoming a number of legal hurdles – including the need to prove that the headlines weren’t protected free speech – Shelton settled with the mag in April 2017.
  • Today in 2017, Big & Rich, Cam and surprise guests Rascal Flatts played a benefit concert for Route 91 Music Festival shooting victims at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
  • Today in 2017, Dierks Bentley lead a tribute concert to the late Ralph Stanley at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Also on the bill are Darryl Worley, Heidi Newfield, Nathan Stanley, Ralph Stanley II, T. Graham Brown, T Bone Burnett and Doug Supernaw.


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