Just remember: this woman authored a cookbook. Reba McEntire recently entered a “Hillbilly Chili Cook-off” – and a woman who professes to know how to cook (and wrote a book that would seem to indicate as much) should have a leg up in something like this. On top of that, she had an ace in the hole: boyfriend Rex Linn was one of the judges. However, if you bet on Reba to take top prize in the competition, you’re going home broke.

In fact, Reba came in dead last. She walked away with a booby prize trophy: a chili pepper being flushed down a toilet. To add insult to injury, fellow country star Terri Clark also entered – and finished in second place.

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1974, Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” went to #1 on the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1981, George Strait records his first hit, “Unwound,” at Music City Music Hall in Nashville.
  • Today in 1985, Charlie Daniels hosted Volunteer Jam XI at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium, joined by Kris Kristofferson, Tom Wopat, Little Richard, Nicolette Larson, Alabama, Ted Nugent, Bill Medley, Lacy J. Dalton, Gail Davies, Eddy Raven, Emmylou Harris and Amy Grant, among others.
  • Today in 1993, Willie Nelson and the IRS settled their long-standing tax feud. The U.S. government kept $3.6-million in assets it had already seized, and Willie had to pay $5.4-million of the $13.1 million balance.
  • Today in 1996, Shania Twain hit #1 with “(If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here.”
  • Today in 1996, the mayor of Tampa, Florida proclaimed that it was “Henry Paul Day,” in honor of BlackHawk’s lead singer, Henry Paul. Mayor Dick A. Greco said Paul should be honored for “lifelong achievements in one of our nation’s classic treasures: country music.”
  • Today in 2003, Keith Urban announced that a throat ailment affecting his vocal chords would force the cancellation of his professional obligations for 6 weeks.
  • Today in 2008, Brad Paisley’s “Letter To Me” occupied the #1 position on the Billboard country chart, where it remained the rest of the month.
  • Today in 2010, Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow shot concert footage for the movie “Country Strong” at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. The Lost Trailers performed for extras during the day.
  • Today in 2013, it was the eve of the Super Bowl, and Rascal Flatts team up with Journey for a live installment of “CMT Crossroads” from the Sugar Mill in New Orleans. The hour included “Life Is A Highway,” “Fast Cars And Freedom” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
  • Today in 2015, Jennifer Nettles took over the role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of “Chicago” at the Ambassador Theatre in New York.
  • Today in 2015, Cam’s debut single, “My Mistake,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2016, Merle Haggard attempted to go back to work 11 weeks after contracting double pneumonia. He shows up at the venue in Riverside, California, but is unable to perform and cancelled his six remaining February concerts. He ultimately passed away in April of that same year.
  • Today in 2017, Maren Morris launched her first headlining tour at the Bowery Ballroom in New York.
  • Today in 2018, Eddie Montgomery made his solo debut on the Grand Ole Opry, five months after the death of his longtime Montgomery Gentry singing partner Troy Gentry.
  • Today in 2018, Luke Combs performed “Hurricane” and “When It Rains It Pours” as he headlines Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for the first time.
  • Today in 2019, Cody Johnson’s “Ain’t Nothin’ To It” debuted at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart.
  • Today in 2020, Billy Ray Cyrus made a cameo as “Old Town Road” was featured in a Doritos ad making its TV debut during the FOX telecast of the Super Bowl. Lil Nas X has a dance-off in the clip with actor Sam Elliot.
  • Today in 2021, Dolly Parton revealed on NBC’s “Today” that she twice turned down Donald Trump’s offer to present her the Presidential Medal of Freedom–her husband was sick the first year, and she declined to travel during the pandemic the second year.
  • Today in 2021, the infamous video of Morgan Wallen using a racial slur outside of his Nashville home surfaced on TMZ. Over the next 24 hours, the country music business delivered various forms of punishment – essentially imploding his career. Among other things, he was suspended from his record label and his music was dropped from several major radio networks. He largely kept quiet – outside of the initial apology – until the following July. That’s when he publicly spoke of his comments on “GMA” and apologized again. Wallen’s songs returned to country radio in August 2021 with the release of his single “Sand in My Boots.”


This week’s H&S Feed and Country Store Pet of the Week is “Boomer”, a super-friendly and energetic Pointer mix who is house-trained and crate-trained. Boomer knows some commands, walks great on leash, loves car rides, wants to be your best buddy! Boomer gets along great with everything and everyone! Boomer is fully vetted, vaccinated and ready to go to a loving home.

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Check out our visit about Boomer with Nicole from Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter here:


If true, this is huge. Up til now, we’ve been told by Luke Combs that he’s had no direct contact with Tracy Chapman since turning his cover of her 1988 hit “Fast Car” into a massive country and pop hit. While Chapman did congratulate Combs in a statement, apparently they never had any communication either before or after the song took over radio last summer.

That story may not hold true for much longer. “Variety” is reporting that the folk rocker and the country superstar are planning to duet on the song at Sunday night’s GRAMMY awards. No one’s talking on either side, and the Recording Academy isn’t saying anything either – but if it happens, it will be a minor miracle; Chapman has only performed for the cameras three times since wrapping up her last tour in 2009, and the singer had thus far resisted the any suggestions to take advantage of the resurgence of “Fast Car” as an international phenomenon.

We’ll find out Sunday night; the GRAMMYs will air live from 8-11:30 p.m. ET/5-8:30 p.m. PT from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

Source: Variety

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1978, “Here You Come Again” was certified as Dolly Parton’s first gold single.
  • Today in 1980, the album, “A Christmas Together,” by John Denver & The Muppets was certified gold and platinum.
  • Today in 1981, Alabama’s “Feels So Right” album by was released.
  • Today in 1983, the “We’ve Got Tonight” album by Kenny Rogers was released.
  • Today in 1991, Mark Chesnutt scored his first #1 hit with his “Brother Jukebox” single.
  • Today in 1992, Pam Tillis was #1 on the charts with the single, “Maybe It Was Memphis.”
  • Today in 1992, Doug Stone’s “A Jukebox With A Country Song” blasts into the #1 position on the Billboard country singles lis
  • Today in 1993, Reba McEntire made a guest appearance on the CBS-TV sitcom, “Evening Shade,” starring Burt Reynolds.
  • Today in 1994, Ricky Van Shelton’s “A Bridge I Didn’t Burn” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1994, the album, “What A Crying Shame,” by the Mavericks was released.
  • Today in 1995, the “Best Of Vince Gill” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1998, Tim McGraw was #1 on the charts with “Just to See You Smile.”
  • Today in 2000, the Elvis Presley Gospel Treasury album was certified gold.
  • Today in 2001, Kenny Rogers’ album, “Endless Love (20 Greatest Love Songs),” maintained the #1 position on the official Swedish album charts for the second week in a row (these charts are based on sales). Incidentally, Kenny had also dislodged the Beatles album, “1,” which held the top spot for 8 weeks.
  • Today in 2001, Brooks & Dunn announced that Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry and keith urban would be joining them on the road for the inaugural “Neon Circus & Wild West Show” tour.
  • Today in 2001, Brooks & Dunn announced that Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry and Keith Urban would be joining them on the road for the inaugural “Neon Circus & Wild West Show” tour.
  • Today in 2002, Kenny Chesney kicked off his “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems” tour in West Palm Beach, Florida in front of a crowd of 11,000. He was so excited about tour launch that he split the crotch of his pants – literally! An embarrassed Kenny laughed, quote, “I split my pants – it’s a good thing I remembered to wear underwear.”
  • Today in 2004, Toby Keith and Willie Nelson joined Aerosmith in the pre-game show for Super Bowl XXXVIII at Houston’s Reliant Stadium, as the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers, 32-29. Kid Rock appeared at halftime. Also attending: Rascal Flatts.
  • Today in 2009, Faith Hill sang “America, The Beautiful” before the Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band playing halftime. Pittsburgh beat Arizona, 27-23.
  • Today in 2011, Miranda Lambert nabbed seven nominations in the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, making her the leading contender.
  • Today in 2014, Keith Urban brought out a couple surprise guests during his show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena: Eric Church joined him on “Raise ‘Em Up,” and Peter Frampton helped out on a Beatles song, “Get Back.”
  • Today in 2017, Sam Hunt’s “Body Like A Back Road” hit the airwaves.

Chris Stapleton’s Wife Was Trying to Mess with His Head Before Last Year’s Super Bowl Anthem

With the Super Bowl coming up next weekend, we got to thinking about how awesome Chris Stapleton’s anthem was last year.  And then when we found out that his wife, Morgane, was messing with him for weeks before, it made his performance seem that much better.

Check this, all the way leading up to the big show, she kept sending him “Star Spangled Banner Gone Wrong” moments.  Like she was thinking, “Oh, you are about to perform in front of 150 million people worldwide?  Cool cool, here are a few videos of people absolutely bombing to calm your nerves.”

It either speaks to how great their relationship is, or how totally cool Chris Stapleton is.  Because even with her messing with him, he still rocked it.

Meanwhile, CBS Sports just put out a list of the best Super Bowl anthems and Chris didn’t even crack the top ten?  Only two country stars made the list, Faith Hill in 2000 at #10 . . . and Carrie Underwood in 2010 at #6.  Where do you think Chris should rank on this list?  (Whiskey Riff)

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1968, Merle Haggard recorded “The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde” at the Capitol recording Studio on Hollywood. The song was inspired by the Warren Beatty film.
  • Today in 1970, Tom T. Hall jumped to the #1 spot on the Billboard country chart for the first time with “A Week In A Country Jail.”
  • Today in 1977, Loretta Lynn won two American Music Awards. Johnny Cash became the first country artists to win the Award of Merit. Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John and The Eagles also won awards.
  • Today in 1993, Garth Brooks performed the national anthem during a pre-game show, which also featured Tanya Tucker, Billy Burnette, and Fleetwood Mac at the Super Bowl XXVII.
  • Today in 1997, Tim McGraw’s album “Not A Moment Too Soon” was certified quintuple-platinum.
  • Today in 2006, The Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line” with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon received five Oscar nominations, including Best Actor and Actress.
  • Today in 2008, CMT premiered Carrie Underwood’s video “All-American Girl.”
  • Today in 2010, Taylor Swift won four awards at the 52nd annual GRAMMY Awards. “Fearless” won the Album of the Year, and Best Country Album, “White Horse” won Best Country Female Vocal and Best Country Song.
  • Today in 2013, “Forbes” ranked Kelly Clarkson as 2012’s top-earning “American Idol” graduate, citing revenue of $8-million. Carrie Underwood tied Daughtry at #2 (with $5-million), Scotty McCreery at #4 ($4-million) and Kellie Pickler at #5, ($1.1-million).
  • Today in 2013, Blake Shelton “Red River Blue” album went platinum.
  • Today in 2015, Carrie Underwood’s “Little Toy Guns” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2015, Miranda Lambert was nominated in an incredible seven categories to lead the list of finalists for the 50th annual Academy of Country Music awards.
  • Today in 2016, Carrie Underwood’s son, Isaiah, took his first steps in Jacksonville, Florida…the same day she launched her “Storyteller Tour.”
  • Today in 2016, Eric Church and The Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmit played Tony LaRussa’s Stars To The Rescue benefit for the Animal Rescue Foundation at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California.
  • Today in 2017, Carly Pearce’s single, “Every Little Thing,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2018, Brad Paisley delivered a surprise pop-up concert at the Sleep Number store in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. The set included “Today,” “Celebrity,” “Alcohol,” “Mud On The Tires” and “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song).”
  • Today in 2018, Jerrod Niemann and Love And Theft played a benefit for Virgin Islands hurricane victims at Nashville’s City Winery.
  • Today in 2018, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Miley Cyrus and Maren Morris participated as CBS recorded “Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute” at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Tim McGraw Announces Opening Acts For “Standing Room Only” Tour

Tim Mcgraw had already announced his “Standing Room Only 2024” tour a while back, and had also revealed his special guest for the trek: Carly Pearce. Yesterday he announced that a rotating roster of up-and-coming performers would be opening various shows on the tour. Warming up the crowd for Carly and Tim will be Abby AndersonHeartwreckersRandall KingLandon ParkerPeytan PorterRestless RoadTrack45Timothy Wayne, and The WoodsVisit Tim’s website for more tour info.

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1958, twenty-year-old Merle Haggard was convicted of second-degree burglary, after a botched break-in attempt at a Bakersfield, California nightclub. He served two years and nine months in prison at San Quentin, and he really did “turn 21 in prison,” as he sang in his hit “Mama Tried.” He was paroled in 1960, and eventually pardoned by then-California governor, Ronald Reagan, in 1972.
  • Today in 1972, Kris Kristofferson got five nominations at the Grammys for three songs: “Help Me Make It Through The Night,” “For the Good Times,” and “Me and Bobby McGee.”
  • Today in 1981, at the American Music Awards, Kenny Rogers won four awards including Favorite Country Single for “Coward of the Country,” and Country Album for “The Gambler.” The Eagles, The Statler Brothers, and Barbara Mandrell also won awards.
  • Today in 1985, in his first Warner Brothers recording session, Randy Travis recorded “Prairie Rose,” and “On The Other Hand.”
  • Today in 1988, Kathy Mattea’s “Goin’ Gone” became a #1 country single.
  • Today in 1994, at the Super Bowl’s “Rockin’ Country” halftime show, Clint Black, Travis Tritt, and Tanya Tucker were featured. The Judds sang “Love Can Build a Bridge.” The Dallas Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills 30-13.
  • Today in 2000, Faith Hill sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXIV, with Travis Tritt performing in the pre-game show. Faith was especially excited about her participation because the big game featured the St. Louis Rams facing off against the Tennessee Titans. Unfortunately, her performance wasn’t enough to send the Titans home with a ring – the Rams took the prize and defeated Titans 23-to-16.
  • Today in 2001, Faith Hill was among the top picks in the seventh annual Hanes Hosiery Sexy Legs Survey. The survey revealed that for most people, sexy legs are the one physical feature that turns up the heat! Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez may have taken the top prize – but when people were asked whose legs they’d most like theirs to resemble – guess who trounced the competition (including Jennifer)? Yup – none other than Mrs. McGraw!
  • Today in 2001, LeAnn Rimes’ album, “I Need You,” arrived in stores. Around the time of the release, LeAnn took the highly unusual step of publicly distancing herself from the project. In fact, she denounced the existence of the album, saying it was an unauthorized move by the record company. LeAnn and her record company later kissed and made up.
  • Today in 2001, “Stuff” magazine released its list of the “2001 Sexiest Women.” Making the list this time around were Shania Twain and LeAnn Rimes.
  • Today in 2002, the success of Alan Jackson’s “Drive” album was kicking into high gear internationally. Following the previous chart-topping success in the U.S., the project debuted on the Canadian album charts in the #1 spot! If that’s not enough, he also kept Canadian rockers Nickelback in the #2 slot. SoundScan Canada also noted that this wasn’t a close victory for Alan — his sales of 12,900 put him well ahead of the group whose album, “Silver Side Up,” sold 9,100 copies.
  • Today in 2002, Freddy Fender was released from a San Antonio, Texas hospital after having a kidney transplant the week before. Fender had been having problems related to diabetes and hepatitis C.
  • Today in 2003, the “Live” album by Alison Krauss + Union Station was certified gold.
  • Today in 2004, Keith Urban’s “You’ll Think of Me” video premiered on CMT.
  • Today in 2011, Dierks Bentley started recording at the Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina for several days, during which time he recorded “Am I The Only One.” The sessions were captured on video, and posted online with no sound.
  • Today in 2013, Blake Shelton’s “Red River Blue” album went platinum.


We all have to start somewhere, and back in 2014, Morgan Wallen recorded some of his earliest tunes for a small record label, Panacea Records. While five of the songs were released as an EP (“Stand Alone”), most of the songs were discarded – or so Morgan assumed.

Friday, the label reissued the EP and eight more songs in a collection called “10th Anniversary,” and if “new” Morgan Wallen music was news to fans, it was equally surprising to Morgan himself. Wallen said he learned of the old music coming out while he was duck-hunting, and actually recorded a cover of one of the songs, “Spin You Around,” while he was out on the hunt. “I want you to know this is NOT my new music & I don’t want to see this happen to anyone else,” Wallen wrote on Instagram. “I cringe when I listen to these songs & I’m concerned my fans may mistakenly believe this is a new release by me,” he wrote. “It’s gross, greedy & an example of how the dark side of the music business can suck the soul out of artists.” He released the re-recorded version of “Spin You Around” Friday night, at the same time his old label released the rest of the earlier material.

Panacea Records’ William Ray, for his part, stands by the release of the eight previously unheard tracks. “We love the songs and believe some of his fans will love it too,” says Ray. “We are excited to finally get these songs out to the world.”

Check out Morgan’s new and Wallen-approved version of “Spin You Around” below.

Source: Variety


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