Grand Ole Opry Holding Special Events To Celebrate Dolly’s Birthday Next Week

The Grand Ole Opry is having two special shows on January 21st to celebrate Dolly Parton’s 77th birthday. Even though she won’t be there in person, they’re going to have a whole lot going on to honor the star. Events include live performances by Chapel HartThe Fairfield FourCaitlyn SmithMarty Stuart, and Chris Young. The event will also be donating a portion of the ticket sales to the Opry Trust Fund in her honor.

The Opry will have a lot of other fun stuff going on too like “77 Hours of Dolly” giveaways on their social media, birthday cupcakes, a big birthday card for fans to sign, a Dolly impersonator for photo opportunities, and even signature Dolly drinks at the bars.

Tickets are available at www.opry.com/full-calendar.

Source: The Tennessean

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1968, Johnny Cash recorded the live album, “Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison” in California – he remade “Folsom Prison Blues” in the process. Also on hand – June Carter, The Carter Family, Carl Perkins and The Statler Brothers.
  • Today in 1978, the “Waylon Live” album by Waylon Jennings was certified gold.
  • Today in 1981, country movie music scores big at the GRAMMYs, as the “Urban Cowboy” soundtrack scored four nominations.” Roadie” songs get three, and “Honeysuckle Rose” picks up two. Sissy Spacek gets a nomination for her performance of “Coal Miner’s Daughter”
  • Today in 1990, Keith Whitley hits #1 on the Billboard country chart with “It Ain’t Nothin'”
  • Today in 1992, George Strait’s “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1994, Clint Black’s fourth album, “No Time To Kill,” went platinum.
  • Today in 1994, Alan Jackson hit #1 with the single, “Gone Country.”
  • Today in 1995, Joe Diffie’s album, “Third Rock from the Sun,” went platinum.
  • Today in 1995, the “Lead On” album by George Strait was certified gold and platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1996, Faith Hill was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “It Matters To Me”
  • Today in 1996, Martina McBride made her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry since becoming a member the previous November. Terri Clark made her Opry debut the same evening.
  • Today in 1997, Brooks & Dunn’s album, “Borderline,” went double platinum.
  • Today in 1997, Toby Keith’s “Blue Moon” album went gold.
  • Today in 1999, the album, “Who I Am,” by Alan Jackson was certified quadruple platinum.
  • Today in 2002, the first episode of “CMT Crossroads” aired, pairing a country act with a non-country performer. In this inaugural show matched “Passionate Kisses” songwriter Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello.
  • Today in 2006, Big & Rich’s “Comin’ To Your City” album was certified gold and platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 2010, Trace Adkins signs a recording deal with Toby Keith’s Show Dog-Universal Music during a press conference at BMI in Nashville.
  • Today in 2012, Jake Owen broke his collarbone skiing in Crested Butte, Colorado, forcing the cancellation of several concerts.
  • Today in 2015, Brad Paisley’s “Crushin’ It” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2017, Dierks Bentley took his annual polar plunge for New Year’s nearly two weeks late. Penalizing himself for his tardiness, he stayed in the 38-degree water for 13 minutes.
  • Today in 2018, Billy Currington was thrown into panic when he received an official cell phone alert warning of an in-bound ballistic missile. The alarm, it was soon discovered, was the result of human error.
  • Today in 2020, Darius Rucker’s version of “Wagon Wheel” was certified eight-times platinum.
  • Today in 2020, Brooks & Dunn, Kane Brown and Brett Young topped the bill as Bobby Bones hosted his annual Million Dollar Show to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Surprise acts included Sawyer Brown, Old Dominion, Lindsay Ell and Sam Hunt, who performed “Kinfolks” and “Body Like A Back Road.”
  • Today in 2020, Josh Gracin and his wife, Katie, welcomed their son, Luka Roman Gracin, in Nashville.
  • Today in 2020, Jordan Davis picked up a double-platinum certification from the RIAA for his song, “Singles You Up.” The same day, Luke Bryan’s single, “That’s My Kind Of Night,” was certified quintuple-platinum.
  • Today in 2021, moments after Donald Trump became the first president to be impeached twice, he presented Toby Keith and Ricky Skaggs the National Medal of Arts in the East Room of the White House.
  • Today in 2021, Tennessee State Rep. John Windle introduced a bill to create a statue of Dolly Parton to reside at the Capitol in Nashville. As “humbled” as she was about the suggestion, Dolly later asked that the legislation be dropped – noting, “With all that is going on in the world, I don’t think that putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time.”


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Eric Church Announces 27-Show ‘The Outsiders Revival Tour’

Eric Church is going on tour this summer, with his newly announced “The Outsiders Revival Tour”, starting June 22nd! The first leg of the tour kicks off in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and ends in Tampa Florida on September 30th. Church announced the tour to Church Choir, his fan club, last night. The tour will be completely outdoors, with more than a dozen other artists set to join him on different dates of the tour like Whiskey MyersCody Jinks, and Ashley McBryde.

Church told his fan club that he always wants to bring new experiences to the tours and this is the first time they’re doing an outdoor summer tour. Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 20th on Ticketmaster.com, while Church Choir members get a head start and are able to purchase tickets Tuesday the 17th.

Fans have been waiting expectantly for news like this. Before the tour was announced Church was teasing it on his social media, posting a video clip that incorporated snippets of his own music and some of the opening acts.

Check out the tour dates HERE!

Source: Billboard

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1992, Garth Brooks rose to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Unanswered Prayers”
  • Today in 1993, Marty Stuart earned his first-ever gold album for “This One’s Gonna Hurt You.”
  • Today in 1993, the video, “Reba In Concert,” was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1996, Tim Rushlow of Little Texas became the proud father of daughter, Bailey Nicole.
  • Today in 1998, Shania Twain inducted the Mamas & the Papas into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.
  • Today in 1999, “The Very Best Of John Denver” was certified gold and platinum.
  • Today in 2006, Sugarland’s appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” was marked by the absence of original member Kristen Hall. It was seen as a sign of her departure, which the group announced days later.
  • Today in 2009, Lady Antebellum’s “I Run To You” was released.
  • Today in 2014, a Yoplait ad featuring Eddie Rabbitt’s “I Love A Rainy Night” had its first airing on TV.
  • Today in 2017, Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman and husband Stephen announce they’d adopted daughter, Dolly Grace Schlapman. She joined their other daughter, Daisy Pearl, who was born in 2007.
  • Today in 2018, Carrie Underwood’s “The Champion” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2018, Florida Georgia Line earned a gold single from the RIAA for “Smooth” and Justin Moore’s single, “Somebody Else Will,” also went gold.
  • Today in 2019, Chris Stapleton sang “Whiskey River” to launch the A&E taping of “Willie: Life & Songs Of An American Outlaw” at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The lineup included Eric Church, George Strait, Emmylou Harris, Sturgill Simpson, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson.
  • Today in 2019, Tom T. Hall and John Prine were announced as 2019 inductees in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, part of a class that included Cat Stevens, Missy Elliot,t and Jack Tempchin.
  • Today in 2020, Tanya Tucker welcomed surprise guest Billy Ray Cyrus to duet on “Old Town Road” in a concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Tucker’s guests also included Billy Joe Shaver, Lee Ann Womack, Johnny Rodriguez, Dennis Quaid, Jamey Johnson and Margo Price, who joins Tucker on “Love Me Like You Used To.”
  • Today in 2021, the Jimmie Allen/ Brad Paisley single, “Freedom Was A Highway,” hit the airwaves. The same day, Tim McGraw & Tyler Hubbard’s single, “Undivided,” was also released.

Justin Moore Says He Won’t Chase Trends, Will Keep Making ‘Traditional Country’

Justin Moore is staying in his lane, and is happy that taste in country music has “kinda swung back in our favor” for “traditional country.” Moore, in an interview with his label Big Machine, notes that he was lucky to be signed in 2007, but that over the next decade or so country trends incorporated more pop and hip-hop vibes that weren’t part of his style.

Moore says that at times he wasn’t sure if he “[could] hang in here doing what we’re doin’.” He goes on to say that fortunately “we rode the wave in the middle of our career, and we got to continue makin’ traditional country” as acts like Luke CombsCarly Pearce, & Jon Pardi proved that what he calls “traditional country” can remain popular on the airwaves.

Source: Big Machine

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1964, Roger Miller recorded “Dang Me” and “Chug-A-Lug” in Nashville at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio.
  • Today in 1967, Johnny Cash & June Carter recorded the classic, “Jackson,” at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville.
  • Today in 1990, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s album “Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume 2” rounded up five GRAMMY nominations.
  • Today in 1997, Kevin Sharp’s remake of The Tony Rich Project’s “Nobody Knows” hit #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2003, Mark Wills began a six-week stay at the Billboard summit with “19 Somethin’.”
  • Today in 2003, CMT’s “Most Wanted Live” debuted Shania Twain’s “Up!” video and Montgomery Gentry’s “Speed.”
  • Today in 2006, Sugarland’s debut album, “Twice The Speed Of Life,” went double-platinum.
  • Today in 2010, Luke Bryan’s single, “Rain Is A Good Thing,” was released.
  • Today in 2012, Taylor Swift was named Favorite Country Artist during the People’s Choice Awards.
  • Today in 2016, the Chris Young/ Cassadee Pope duet, “Think Of You,” hit the airwaves.

Jason Aldean, Walker Hayes & More To Perform At 2023 RodeoHouston

RodeoHouston has announced their 2023 lineup and it is filled with many of today’s most popular acts. The world’s largest livestock show takes place from February 28th through March 19th in Houston Texas at the NRG stadium, with proceeds going to support education for youths.

Texas native Parker McCollum will kick off RODEOHOUSTON on February 28, and Luke Bryan closes out the event on March 19th. Sandwiched between these two acts are, just to name a few, Zac Brown BandJason AldeanWalker HayesAshley McBrydeKenny ChesneyCody Johnson, and Brad Paisley.

“We are thrilled to welcome back so many talented artists including some fan favorites such as Houston rap legend, Bun B who will be taking the stage alongside some additional iconic southern performers,” Rodeo President and CEO, Chris Boleman, shared. “The level of talent we have in this lineup will get the fans excited, including Texas’ own Parker McCollum, who is helping us kick off this 2023, star lineup on Opening Day.”

Check out the full lineup HERE!

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1960, Patsy Cline became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 1961, Johnny Horton’s “North to Alaska” reached #1 in Billboard.
  • Today in 1982, a five-mile stretch of Gallatin Road in Hendersonville, Tennessee was renamed the Johnny Cash Parkway.
  • Today in 1990, Willie Nelson’s “Stardust” album was certified quadruple-platinum.
  • Today in 2000, Shania Twain won People’s Choice award for Favorite Female Music Performer.
  • Today in 2004, Emmylou Harris and Dave Matthews cover the Lefty Frizzell classic “The Long Black Veil” as the latest addition of the Radney Foster-hosted “CMT Crossroads” debuts.
  • Today in 2007, Rascal Flatts’ “Life Is A Highway” earned two People’s Choice awards, Carrie Underwood also won two awards. Kenny Chesney and Bon Jovi’s won an award for “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”
  • Today in 2009, Justin Moore’s “Small Town USA” was released.
  • Today in 2012, Blake Shelton achieved gold and platinum singles for “God Gave Me You.”
  • Today in 2015, Toby Keith performed “Beer For My Horses” to launch “CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party,” a 90-minute special celebrating the college football championship game. The lineup also featured Thomas Rhett, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, Maddie & Tae, Brett Eldredge and Big & Rich.
  • Today in 2017, Little Big Town performed the national anthem before the BCS National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, where the Clemson Tigers beat the Alabama Crimson Tide, 35-31.

Luke Combs Announces New Album Coming in March

If you need more Luke Combs in your life, buckle up! Combs has announced a new album coming March 24th with a whopping 18 tracks. This will be the fourth album dropped by Combs, following up on his most recent “Growin Up” in 2022.

Combs hasn’t release any details about his album. The singer dropped the surprise on Instagram simply saying “New album. 18 songs. March 24.” However, he has been teasing new songs, most recently posting a snippet of “Tattoo On A Sunburn” last month. We can only assume the full song will make it to his next album.


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