March 26 in Country Music History
1942: Country music producer/songwriter Larry Butler is born.
1952: Hank Williams makes an appearance on The Kate Smith Evening Hour TV show performing “Hey Good Lookin’”.
1955: Country music artist and songwriter Dean Dillon is born.
1956: Country music singer Charlotte Denise “Charly” McClain is born.
1968: Kenny Chesney is born in Knoxville, Tennessee.
1992: George Thackston pleads no contest to a charge of reckless endangerment arising out of a fatal accident.
1996: The Woman in Me album by Shania Twain sits at #1 on the Country Charts. It would go on onto become her biggest-selling recording at the time of its release, selling 4 million copies by the end of the year.
March 23 in Country Music History
1870: Fiddler John Carson is born on this day in Fannin County, Georgia. Carson would later become the first “hillbilly” artist to play on the radio.
1970: Merle Haggard is #1 on the US Country Chart with The Fightin’ Side of Me.
1981: Dolly Parton is at #1 on the Country Charts with 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs.
1986: American country singer Brett Eldredge signs to Atlantic Records Nashville.
1990: Ricky Van Shelton is at #1 on the Country Charts with his third album RVS III.
2006: American singer/songwriter Cindy Walker dies at the age of 87.
March 19 in Country Music History
1961: Marty Robbins sits at #1 with Don’t Worry, his seventh Country Chart-topper.
1972: Freddie Hart and the Heartbeats are #1 on the Country Chart with My Hang-Up Is You, Hart’s second #1 on the US Country Singles Chart.
2000: Dixie Chicks fifth studio album Fly is #1 on the Country Charts.
2007: Days after an announcement that Lonestar had parted ways with longtime record label BNA Records, lead singer Richie McDonald announces plans to depart the group to embark on a solo career at the end of the year.
2010: Josh Turner is #1 on the Country Singles Chart with Why Don’t We Just Dance.
2013: Police in north Florida ticket country music singer David Allan Coe for running a red light before being struck by a tractor-trailer near downtown Ocala.
Keith Urban was a featured speaker at this year’s South by Southwest music conference. In a 75-minute discussion and Q&A session, he touched on his musical influences, his feelings about modern technology and how wife Nicole Kidman has helped him try new things.
Here are a few revelations from Urban’s chat:
- Johnny Cash made him realize he wanted to be a musician at the age of 5;
- Being married made him better at relationships;
- Speaking of being married, his wife made him less fearful of trying new things;
- Social media has its downside, it can make you too self-aware;
- Sobriety is what helped make him a superstar.
Later on that night, Urban hit the stage for an 80-minute showcase performance at Stubbs. The 16-song set mostly included hits from 2013’s “Fuse” and 2016’s “Ripcord” albums.
Urban just announced the forthcoming “Graffiti U” album, but there’s no release date.
Here are the “Graffiti U World Tour” dates – click HERE for the full listing:
- June 15 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
- June 16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortage Music Center
- June 22 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
- June 23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
- June 27 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
- June 29 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
- June 30 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
- July 5 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
- July 6 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
- July 8 – Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC
Source: Rolling Stone
February 20th in Country Music History
1954: Webb Pierce’s “Slowly” becomes the first #1 song on Billboard’s country charts to feature the pedal steel guitar.
1981: Musician Chris Thile is born in Oceanside, California. Thile was a part of the acoustic folk/progressive bluegrass quintet Punch Brothers.
1993: Billy Ray Cyrus sits at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his debut album, Some Gave All which included his breakthrough hit “Achy Breaky Heart”.
1996: Alan Jackson makes a guest appearance on Home Improvement, singing “Mercury Blues” on the fictitious handyman show Tool Time.
2005: LeAnn Rimes performs “Nothin’ ‘Bout Love Makes Sense” and Big & Rich performs “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)” at halftime during the NBA all-star basketball game at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center.
Scotty McCreery is giving fans a chance to play a role in his next video. The singer has teamed with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for a new video contest for his new single “Five More Minutes.”
Fans are being encouraged to share a one-to-three minute video clip of people in their lives they want to spend more than five minutes with, and some of them may wind up in the video, which will premiere on Cracker Barrel’s YouTube channel March 15th. Video submissions are being accepted on the store’s website from now until March 5th.
What’s more, Cracker Barrel will sell Scotty’s new album “Seasons Change” beginning March 16th, with $1 from every sale going to Operation Homefront, which builds homes for military families.
Source: Scotty McCreery
February 16th in Country Music History
1914: Actor and country Western music vocalist Jimmy Wakely is born is Howard County, Arkansas. Wakely was known as one of the last singing cowboys.
1950: American record producer and session guitarist Paul Worley is born in Nashville, Tennessee. Worley is known primarily for his work in country music. Formerly a vice president at Sony BMG, Worley has worked for Big & Rich, and is most widely known as the co- producer (with Victoria Shaw) of the self-titled debut album of Lady Antebellum (2008), as the co-writer (with Lady Antebellum) of their global hit, “Need You Now.” He also discovered the Dixie Chicks and, with Blake Chancey, co-produced their first two albums.
1967: American country music performer Smiley Burnette (Lester Alvin Burnett ), dies from leukemia aged 55.
1969: George Jones and Tammy Wynette marry in Ringgold, Georgia.
1971: Lynn Anderson sits at #1 on the country music album chart with Rose Garden. The title track went on to top the country charts, where it stayed at the #1 position for five weeks, and reached #3 on the pop charts in 1971.
2002: Hank Williams Jr. makes his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in more than 20 years, joining Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart to pay tribute to the late Waylon Jennings.
2006: John Michael Montgomery is arrested at an intersection in Lexington, Kentucky for driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. Police also found two loaded handguns in Montgomery’s vehicle. Montgomery was charged with a count of a prescription drug not in its proper container, and two counts of carrying a concealed deadly weapon.
February 15 in Country Music History
1917: Singer, manager, music promoter, and businessman Wally Fowler is born near Adairsville, Georgia. He was the founder of The Oak Ridge Quartet, a gospel act that eventually became The Oak Ridge Boys. Fowler died on June 3, 1994.
1918: Lawrence Hankins Locklin (better known as Hank Locklin) is born in the Florida Panhandle. A member of the Grand Ole Opry for nearly 50 years, Locklin had a long recording career.
1979: Willie Nelson takes home two trophies during the 21st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles: Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, for “Georgia On My Mind”; and Best Country Vocal Duo or Group (shared with Waylon Jennings), for “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.”
1983: The TV film starring Johnny Cash, Murder in Coweta County is released in the US. The film was set in 1948, in rural Georgia, and based on a true story.
2012: A Kenny Chesney fan is arrested for trespassing on the singer’s property. Melissa Mansfield of Murrieta, California, was arrested around 2AM and charged with trespassing and public intoxication. Reports state that Chesney was not home at the time of the incident.
This Day in Country Music History
1911: Prominent recording executive Stephen H. Sholes is born in Washington, D.C. Sholes was responsible for recruiting such talent as Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, The Browns, Hank Locklin, Homer and Jethro, Hank Snow, Jim Reeves, and Pee Wee King. In 1955, he signed Elvis Presley for RCA Victor.
1944: Country musician Moe Bandy is born in Meridian, Mississippi. Bandy had the 1974 Country Top 10 album It Was Always So Easy and the 1979 Country #1 hit “I Cheated Me Right Out of You.”
1999: Clint Black is #1 on the US Country Music Album Chart with his debut album, Killin’ Time.
2008: Tom T. Hall is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
This Day in Country Music History
2011: Thompson Square’s self-titled debut album is released by Stoney Creek.
2009: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss take home five trophies in the 51st Grammy Awards at the Staples Center for: Album of the Year and Contemporary Folk/Americana Album, for “Raising Sand”; Record of the Year, “Please Read The Letter”; Pop Collaboration, “Rich Woman”; and Country Collaboration, “Killing The Blues”
2006: Alison Krauss + Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas score three trophies during the 48th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. They take home: Best Country Album, for “Lonely Runs Both Ways”; Best Country Vocal by a Duo or Group, “Restless”; and Best Country Instrumental, “Unionhouse Branch”
1997: A timely appearance at the top of the Billboard country chart is made by Mark Chesnutt with “It’s A Little Too Late”
1996: Travis Tritt proposes to Theresa Nelson at home near Marietta, Georgia.
1948: Dan Seals is born in McCamey, Texas.