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Alabama’s Two Remaining Members Honor Jeff Cook

The two remaining members of Alabama are paying tribute to Jeff Cook, who died this week. Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry were not only his bandmates, but cousins.

Both released statements and Randy shared “He lived to play our music we created together. He could play any instrument he chose, but it’s his harmonies I’ll miss the most. I’m thankful we got to create music together for over 50 years.” He added “I’m hurt in a way I can’t describe. To Lisa, thanks for loving him and being there for him to the end. Play on, Jeff. Love you!”

Teddy’s statement said in part “We lived together more than with our immediate families. Don’t think I’ve known anyone who loved playing more. Jeff, along with me and Randy, experienced the highs of undreamed success, as well as some very tough early years. None of us were perfect, but together we had something so special it will never die. No other guitar player I’ve known had the range of styles Jeff had. No one can take your place. Ever. Rest in peace till we get to jam again.”

Cook stopped touring with the band in 2017 and at the time Owen said I don’t know if I have the fire. The only way I do is knowing that Jeff is totally, ‘Go get it.’

Source: CMT

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1993, Dolly Parton launched her new line of cosmetics at her Dollywood theme park in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains.
  • Today in 1995, Deana Carter married Chris DiCroce. The couple has since gone their separate ways.
  • Today in 1996, Deana Carter had a lot to celebrate. Her single, “Strawberry Wine” went to #1, the video also hit #1 on CMT. She also did her first cover shoot for a national magazine and a horse named Strawberry Wine placed first in a race at Churchill Downs.
  • Today in 1998, “The Hits” album by Garth Brooks was certified for multi-platinum sales of 10-million.
  • Today in 2002, Dixie Chick Emily Robison and her then-husband, Charlie Robison, welcomed their first child at 10:06pm in San Antonio. Charles Augustus Robison made his debut at a hearty 8-pounds, 13-ounces and measured 21-inches long. News of the happy arrival was leaked on the Chicks’ webboard that afternoon as a fan posted that she heard the sister of a local nurse spill the beans to a local radio station. Reps for the Chicks confirmed the arrival the following morning.
  • Today in 2004, Darryl Worley, Mark Willis, and Rebecca Lynn Howard delivered a Veterans Day performance for troops in Tampa, Florida.
  • Today in 2006, Carrie Underwood carved her name into the top of the Billboard country chart with “Before He Cheats.”
  • Today in 2008, Taylor Swift’s album “Fearless” was released.
  • Today in 2009, Taylor Swift took home four awards at the 43rd annual CMA awards.
  • Today in 2010, Jason Aldean’s duet with Kelly Clarkson “Don’t You Wanna Stay” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2016, Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood album, “Christmas Together,” was released – so was Ronnie Dunn’s album, “Tattooed Heart.”
  • Today in 2016, it was a big day for Eric Church as eight tracks were certified by the RIAA. The single, “Springsteen.” scored earning a triple-platinum status, while “Creepin’,” “Talladega,” “Love Your Love The Most,” “Like Jesus Does” and “Like A Wrecking Ball” went platinum. Going gold – “Cold One” and “Guys Like Me.”
  • Today in 2017, Chris Young’s “Losing Sleep” hit #1.
  • Today in 2017, Brantley Gilbert and his wife, Amber Cochran, welcome their son, Barrett.
  • Today in 2018, Chris Stapleton took part in Joe Walsh’s Veterans Day concert, raising $795-thousand for military charities at the Tacoma Dome. Also on the bill were Don Henley, Ringo Starr and James Taylor. The set list included “Nobody To Blame,” “Desperado,” “Broken Halos,” and Walsh backing Taylor on “Steamroller Blues.”
  • Today in 2019, Craig Morgan played a Veterans Day concert at City Winery in Nashville, where he was joined by two surprise guests: Gavin DeGraw and 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold.
  • Today in 2019, Matt Stell’s single, “Everywhere But On,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2019, Thomas Rhett’s “Sixteen” became a platinum-certified single.
  • Today in 2020, Maren Morris wins three awards during the 54th annual Country Music Association Awards on ABC. She claims Female Vocalist of the Year, while “The Bones” takes Single and Song of the Year.

MEET THE H & S FEED & COUNTRY STORE PET OF THE WEEK: VLAD

This week’s H & S Feed & Country Store Pet of the Week is “Vlad”, an adorable 3 month old kitty. Vlad is fully vetted and vaccinated. He’s playful and full of affection, and would love to meet you!

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

The 56th CMA Awards Are In The Books

The 56th Annual CMA Awards are in the books. Hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the live show went down at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

  • The big winners of the night? Luke Combs – who scored Album of the Year and Entertainer. Lainey Wilson walked away as Female Vocalist of the Year and Chris Stapleton (Male Vocalist of the Year) Old Dominion (Group of the Year) and Brothers Osborne (Duo of the Year)
  • Big moments of the night? There were many! But the biggest?
    • The Loretta Lynn tribute, which saw Carrie Underwood performing “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” Miranda Lambert singing “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ ” and Reba McEntire offering up “You’re Lookin at Country.” Then? They teamed up on Lynn’s classic, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Later in the night, Carly Pearce – with Ricky Skaggs by her side – performed her own tribute, “Dear Miss Loretta.)
    • Cole Swindell performed “She Had Me at Heads Carolina”…and was joined by Jo Dee Messina to duet her 1996 hit “Heads Carolina, Tails California.” Epic.
    • Lainey Wilson blew the roof off of the Bridgestone Arena when she and Hardy sang their duet, “Wait In The Truck.”
    • Chris and Morgane Stapleton got an assist from Patty Loveless for a rendition of “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.”
    • The War and Treaty and Brothers Osborne lit up the joint with their performance of the Rolling Stones’ “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll”…and later, Elle King and The Black Keys teamed up on Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire.” Speaking of being lit and things being on fire…Elle’s piano? Yup…actual fire.
    • Wynonna Judd marking her first awards show appearance since the tragic April death of her mom, country legend Naomi Judd. She presented the award for Vocal Duo of the Year to Brothers Osborne.
    • And John Osborne? He evealed onstage that his wife Lucie Silvas is not only pregnant…but with twins! “I love you, babe,” he said. “You’re going to be an amazing mom.”
  • The biggest event of the night? Alan Jackson receiving the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award – and paying tribute..Dierks BentleyJon PardiCarrie Underwood and Lainey Wilson. Carrie kicked things off with Jackson’s classic, “Remember When”…then Dierks took over to perform Alan’s classic, “Chattahoochee.” Jon was up next with Alan’s “Drive (For Daddy Gene)” and then Lainey kicked out Alan’s “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.” Rounding out the incredible performance was the man himself – who had the entire arena dancing and singing along to his hit, “Don’t Rock the Jukebox.”

What about the winner? They’re below.

Entertainer of the Year

  • Luke Combs **WINNER**
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Morgan Wallen

Single of the Year

  • “Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan (Producer: Paul DiGiovanni, Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley)
  • “half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini (feat. Kenny Chesney) (Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins, Mix Engineer: Dan Grech-Marguerat)
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore)
  • “‘Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson (Producer: Trent Willmon, Mix Engineer: Jack Clarke) **WINNER**
  • “You Should Probably Leave” – Chris Stapleton (Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton, Mix Engineer: Vance Powell)

Album of the Year

  • “Growin’ Up” – Luke Combs (Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton, Mix Engineers: Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews) **WINNER** (His second win in the category)
  • “Humble Quest” – Maren Morris (Producer: Greg Kurstin, Mix Engineer: Serban Ghenea)
  • “Palomino” – Miranda Lambert (Producers: Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, Mikey Reaves, Mix Engineer: Jason Lehning)
  • “Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin'” – Lainey Wilson (Producer: Jay Joyce, Mix Engineer: F. Reid Shippen)
  • “Time, Tequila & Therapy” – Old Dominion (Producers: Shane McAnally, Old Dominion, Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank)

Song of the Year

  • “Buy Dirt” – Songwriters: Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins (performed by Jordan Davis and feat. Luke Bryan) **WINNER**
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Songwriters: Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce (performed by Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce)
  • “Sand In My Boots” – Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy, Josh Osborne (performed by Morgan Whallen)
  • “Things A Man Oughta Know” – Songwriters: Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson (performed by Lainey Wilson)
  • “You Should Probably Leave” – Songwriters: Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley, Chris Stapleton (performed by Chris Stapleton)

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Carly Pearce
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Lainey Wilson **WINNER** (her first win in the category)

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Cody Johnson
  • Chris Stapleton **WINNER** (his sixth win in the category)
  • Morgan Wallen

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Lady A
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion **WINNER** (their fifth win in the category…and we’re talking consecutively)
  • Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne **WINNER** (their fifth win in the category)
  • Dan + Shay
  • LOCASH
  • Maddie & Tae

New Artist of the Year

  • HARDY
  • Walker Hayes
  • Cody Johnson
  • Parker McCollum
  • Lainey Wilson **WINNER**

Musical Event of the Year

  • “Beers On Me” – Dierks Bentley with BRELAND & HARDY (Producers: Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman)
  • “If I Didn’t Love You” – Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood (Producer: Michael Knox)
  • “Longneck Way To Go” – Midland (featuring Jon Pardi) (Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
  • “Never Say Never” – Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson) (Producer: Zach Crowell)
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne) **WINNER**

Music Video of the Year

  • “I Bet You Think About Me” (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault) – Taylor Swift (featuring Chris Stapleton) (Director: Blake Lively)
  • “Longneck Way To Go” – Midland (featuring Jon Pardi) (Director: Harper Smith)
  • “Never Say Never” – Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson) (Director: Michael Monaco)
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (Director: Alexa Campbell)
  • “‘Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson (Director: Dustin Haney) **WINNER**

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1956, “Billboard’s” annual DJ’s Poll found that Elvis Presley was the most-played country artist and male artist overall.
  • Today in 1969, Gene Autry’s “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” recording is certified gold.
  • Today in 1973, David “Stringbean” Akeman (a regular on the “Porter Wagoner Show” and “HeeHaw”) and his wife, Estelle, were murdered by burglars in their home.
  • Today in 1984, “Dukes of Hazzard” actor-turned-singer John Schneider had his first #1 country single with “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know.”
  • Today in 1994, Tracy Lawrence earned a gold record for “I See It Now.”
  • Today in 1999, George Strait’s “Blue Clear Sky” album was certified triple-platinum. The same day, the “Pure Country” film soundtrack was certified multi-platinum for sales of 6-million.
  • Today in 1999, Vince Gill’s album, “The Key,” was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1999, Reba McEntire’s album, “What If It’s You” was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 2000, Billy Yates made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 2000, Travis Tritt’s single, “Best of Intentions,” was #1 on “Radio & Records’” Country Top 50 chart.
  • Today in 2001, Toby Keith appeared on CBS’s “Touched by an Angel” series.
  • Today in 2001, after a three-year romance, Chalee Tennison married her guitar player, Mark Gillespie, in a private ceremony in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. About 50 of the couple’s closest friends and family members attended the intimate event, which took place in a wedding chapel nestled in the Great Smokey Mountains.
  • Today in 2003, an incredible list of stars converged on Nashville to honor the late Johnny Cash. The public event, which was hosted by actor Tim Robbins and taped by CMT for broadcast, celebrated the life and musical legacy of the Man In Black. The list of performers included his daughter Rosanne; Brooks & Dunn, Jack Clement, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Larry Gatlin, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Hank Williams Jr., Dwight Yoakam, Sheryl Crow and others.
  • Today in 2004, “Redneck Woman” became Gretchen Wilson’s first gold single.
  • Today in 2005, Rascal Flatts video for “Skin (Sarabeth)” debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2010, Miranda Lambert won three trophies at the 44th annual CMA awards.
  • Today in 2013, Rodney Atkins married Rose Falcon in Florida.
  • Today in 2014, Sam Hunt’s single, “Take Your Time,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2019, Kellie Pickler starred alongside Patrick Duffy as the Hallmark Channel premieres a Christmas movie, “The Mistletoe Secret.” Recurring themes in the two-hour production include deception, community and pie.
  • Today in 2019, Little Big Town performed “Why Me” at Cash Fest, a Johnny Cash celebration at Nashville’s Memorial Auditorium that raised money for MusiCares. Also appearing are Elle King, Morgan Wallen, Devin Dawson, Cam, Grace Potter and Midland, who cover “(Ghost) Riders In The Sky.”
  • Today in 2019, Blake Shelton is named Country Artist of 2019 in the E! People’s Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. Taylor Swift’s “Lover” took Album of 2019, and P!nk was named the People’s Champion for her activism.
  • Today in 2020, Justin Moore, Craig Morgan and Kellie Pickler perform during Salute To Our Heroes, a virtual benefit for the Robert Irvine Foundation on the eve of Veteran’s Day.
  • Today in 2021, Chris Stapleton won four trophies during the 55th annual CMA Awards, televised on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. He takes Male Vocalist of the Year, earned Album for “Starting Over” and claimed Single and Song for the title track.

The 56th CMA Awards Go Down Tonight

The 56th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, goes down tonight at 8 pm on ABC, live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The presenters for tonight’s telecast include BRELAND, Tyler Hubbard, Reba McEntire and boyfriend Rex Linn, Little Big Town, Parker McCollum, Jordan Davis, Lady A, Lainey Wilson, Wynonna Judd, and Jeannie Seely along with Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts, “George & Tammy” stars Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon, Sarah Drew, Cole Hauser, “Home Town’s” Ben and Erin Napier.

The lineup of performers include Luke Combs, Cody Johnson, Reba McEntire, Cole Swindell, Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce, Lainey Wilson, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen, Zac Brown Band, featuring Jimmie Allen and Marcus King, Ashley McBryde, Brandi Clark, Caylee Hammack, Pillbox Patti and John Osborne, Chris Stapleton and Patty Loveless, and Elle King and The Black Keys.

Alan Jackson will receive the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award with Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, Carrie Underwood and Lainey Wilson paying tribute to him in song.

As a reminder, here are the nominees:

Entertainer of the Year

  • Luke Combs
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Morgan Wallen

Single of the Year

  • “Buy Dirt” — Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan (Producer: Paul DiGiovanni, Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley)
  • “half of my hometown” — Kelsea Ballerini (feat. Kenny Chesney) (Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins, Mix Engineer: Dan Grech-Marguerat)
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” — Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore)
  • “‘Til You Can’t” — Cody Johnson (Producer: Trent Willmon, Mix Engineer: Jack Clarke)
  • “You Should Probably Leave” — Chris Stapleton (Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton, Mix Engineer: Vance Powell)

Album of the Year

  • “Growin’ Up” — Luke Combs (Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton, Mix Engineers: Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews)
  • “Humble Quest” — Maren Morris (Producer: Greg Kurstin, Mix Engineer: Serban Ghenea)
  • “Palomino” — Miranda Lambert (Producers: Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, Mikey Reaves, Mix Engineer: Jason Lehning)
  • “Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin'” — Lainey Wilson (Producer: Jay Joyce, Mix Engineer: F. Reid Shippen)
  • “Time, Tequila & Therapy” — Old Dominion (Producers: Shane McAnally, Old Dominion, Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank)

Song of the Year

  • “Buy Dirt” – Songwriters: Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Songwriters: Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce
  • “Sand In My Boots” – Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy, Josh Osborne
  • “Things A Man Oughta Know” – Songwriters: Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson
  • “You Should Probably Leave” – Songwriters: Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley, Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Carly Pearce
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Lainey Wilson

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Cody Johnson
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Morgan Wallen

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Lady A
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion
  • Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • LOCASH
  • Maddie & Tae

New Artist of the Year

  • HARDY
  • Walker Hayes
  • Cody Johnson
  • Parker McCollum
  • Lainey Wilson

Musical Event of the Year

  • “Beers On Me” — Dierks Bentley with BRELAND & HARDY (Producers: Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman)
  • “If I Didn’t Love You” — Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood (Producer: Michael Knox)
  • “Longneck Way To Go” — Midland (featuring Jon Pardi) (Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
  • “Never Say Never” — Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson) (Producer: Zach Crowell)
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” — Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)

Music Video of the Year

  • “I Bet You Think About Me” (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault) — Taylor Swift (featuring Chris Stapleton) (Director: Blake Lively)
  • “Longneck Way To Go” — Midland (featuring Jon Pardi) (Director: Harper Smith)
  • “Never Say Never” — Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson) (Director: Michael Monaco)
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” — Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (Director: Alexa Campbell)
  • “‘Til You Can’t” — Cody Johnson (Director: Dustin Haney)

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1929, Jimmie Rodgers began production on his only movie, “The Singing Brakeman,” a ten-minute short filmed in Camden, New Jersey.
  • Today in 1962, Roy Acuff became the first living member inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 1991, Alan Jackson’s single “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” hit #1.
  • Today in 1999, Faith Hill’s fourth album, “Breathe,” was released.
  • Today in 2004, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss each won twice apiece as CBS telecasts the 38th annual Country Music Association awards from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. Chesney won Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year, for “When The Sun Goes Down.”
  • Today in 2005, Jamey Johnson, Bill Anderson and Buddy Cannon wrote a future George Strait hit, “Give It Away.”
  • Today in 2006, Trace Adkins’ “Ladies Love Country Boys” video debuted on CMT. The song namechecks Charlie Daniels, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr.
  • Today in 2008, Randy Travis, Trace Adkins and Martina McBride were added to the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville along with Elvis Presley, Michael McDonald, Little Richard and Jo Walker-Meador, the former executive director of the Country Music Association.
  • Today in 2009, Toby Keith kicked off his first European tour at Glasgow ABC in Scotland.
  • Today in 2010, Big Machine released Taylor Swift’s “Back To December” to radio.
  • Today in 2011, the Band Perry won New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year, for “If I Die Young,” as ABC aired the 45th annual Country Music Association awards from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. “If I Die Young” also won Song of the Year for songwriter Kimberly Perry.

‘Midnights’ by Taylor Swift On Second Week at Billboard’s No.1

Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” is on its second week as number one. This makes “Midnights” the largest second-week album unit total since Adele’s “25,” with “Midnights” earning 1.578 million units in its first week.

Coming in at number two is Lil Baby‘s “It’s Only Me,” followed by Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin Ti” at three, Morgan Wallen‘s “Dangerous: The Double Album” at four, and The Weeknd‘s “The Highlights” at five.

Rounding out the Top 10 are: The Arctic Monkeys‘ “The Car” at six, Youngboy Never Broke Again‘s “Ma’ I Got A Family” at seven, Harry Styles’ “Harry’s House” at eight, Jeezy & DJ Drama’s “Snofall” at nine, and Beyonce‘s “Renaissance” at ten.

Source: Billboard

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1978, Willie Nelson’s “Willie & Family Live” album was released.
  • Today in 1980, the single, “On The Road Again,” by Willie Nelson peaked at #20 on the pop singles chart.
  • Today in 1991, Garth Brooks’ album, “Ropin’ The Wind,” was certified gold, platinum, double platinum, triple platinum AND quadruple platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1994, the “Lead On” album, by George Strait, was released.
  • Today in 1996, Deana Carter’s “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1996, Kenny Rogers’ “Eyes That See In The Dark” album was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 1997, Shania Twain started a five-week reign on Billboard’s country chart with “Love Gets Me Every Time.”
  • Today in 2003, “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” brought Keith Urban to the top of the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 2005, Jason Aldean’s self-titled went gold.
  • Today in 2009, Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, Ernest Tubb, Kid Rock and Hattie Louise “Tootie” Bess – founder of Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge – were inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.
  • Today in 2010, the movie, “Country Strong,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, premiered at Nashville’s Green Hills 16 theaters.
  • Today in 2016, Brothers Osborne scored a platinum single for “Stay A Little Longer.”
  • Today in 2017, Kane Brown’s self-titled album went gold.
  • Today in 2017, Keith Urban’s single, “Female” – with wife Nicole Kidman on supporting vocals – hit the airwaves.

Dolly Parton Gets Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Dolly Parton was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night, and now she gets it. When the nomination was announced, the “Jolene” singer said she didn’t want fans to vote for her.

But, when she walked on stage after seeing the other inductees get their honor, Dolly said “I’m a rock star now! Back when they said they were going to induct me into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I didn’t really think that I’d done enough to deserve that. I didn’t understand at the time. But this is a very, very special night for me.”

Most of the presenters and performers weren’t shared ahead of time so when Bruce Springsteen, Dr. Dre, Steven Tyler, Pink, The Edge, Alice Cooper, Brandi Carlile, Olivia Rodrigo, and Ed Sheeran hit the stage, the crowd went wild.

Parton was inducted last with Pink and Brandi Carlile singing “Coat of Many Colors,” and Zac Brown and Sheryl Crow dueting on “9 to 5.” Dolly had time to slip into an Elvis-like jumpsuit before performing a new song about being in the Rock Hall. Then she brought out several of the night’s performers including Simon Le Bon, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Pink, Brandi Carlile, Pat Benatar, and Rob Halford for “Jolene.” It brought the house down.

At the very end, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp wrapped the night up with a medley of Jerry Lee Lewis songs as a tribute. They were backed by members of the Zac Brown Band and E Street Band keyboardist Roy Bittan.

Source: Rolling Stone

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