January 24 in Country Music History

This Day in Country Music History: January 24

2015: Blake Shelton sings “Neon Light” and “Boys ‘Round Here” as the host and musical guest on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”

2010: Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett and George W. Bush are all spotted at the Superdome in New Orleans for the NFC Championship Game, a 31-28 overtime win for the Saints against the Minnesota Vikings

2006: MCA releases Josh Turner’s album “Your Man”

2003: Joe Nichols sets a Grand Ole Opry precedent while performing “Brokenheartsville” at the Ryman Auditorium. A green bra is tossed from the seats as he sings, supposedly the first time an undergarment has ever been thrown on stage in show history

1995: Tucker Beathard is born in Nashville, the son of “Don’t Blink” songwriter Casey Beathard. Tucker earns a hit with his 2016 debut, “Rock On”

1984: Stephen Barker Liles is born in Palm Harbor, Florida. The inspiration for “Hey Stephen” on Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” album, he’s a founding member of Love And Theft, known for its 2009 debut, “Runaway,” and for its 2012 hit “Angel Eyes”

1981: The theme to “9 To 5” takes Dolly Parton to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

1963: Drummer Keech Rainwater is born in Plano, Texas. He joins Lonestar, the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Vocal Group in 1996. The band scores such hits as “No News,” “Amazed” and “I’m Already There”

1954: Musician Glenn Worf is born in Dayton, Ohio. A multiple winner of the Academy of Country Music’s Top Bass award, he plays on several hundred hits by Alan Jackson, George Strait, Faith Hill, Toby Keith and Martina McBride, among others. In addition, he co-produces hits by Miranda Lambert and David Nail

1941: Ray Stevens is born in Clarksdale, Georgia. Though capable of serious recordings such as “Everything Is Beautiful” and “Misty,” he earns a reputation for his comedy efforts, including “The Streak,” “Ahab, The Arab” and “Shriner’s Convention”


June 14th: On This Day

On this day in 1998, George Strait’s “I Just Wanna Dance With You” started a three-week stay at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart. The song was his 34th number one single on that specific chart, and 42nd number one single overall, when all major trade charts are count.

The track was released as the first single to his album, One Step at a Time, and would peak at #61 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Blake Shelton Takes to the Streets of Nashville

Blake Shelton took to the streets of Nashville on Thursday night (6/8), surprising fans as he walked down the sidewalk on Lower Broadway. The whole night was captured on Blake’s Instagram Stories, including him hanging out with fans at Broadway’s Whiskey Bent Saloon and even playing bartender at the Crazytown venue. Shelton also headed over the Nashville’s Midtown area, where he joined a band at Losers Bar and Grill for a rendition of George Strait’s classic “The Fireman.”


  • And if Thursday night wasn’t enough, Blake also held a surprise pop-up show at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon on Friday afternoon (6/9) ahead of his performance at Nissan Stadium that night.

ACM’s Special Award Winners Announced

The list of Special Award winners at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards has been announced and includes George Strait, Dolly Parton, Kelsea Ballerini, Reba, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson and more. Honorees will be celebrated during the 11th annual ACM Honors ceremony, which will be held at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on August 23. The event will then be broadcast at a later date on CBS.


  • Strait has been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Icon Award.
  • Parton will receive the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award.
  • Ballerini will be the recipient of the Gene Weed Milestone Award.
  • Reba has been chosen as one of the recipients of the Mae Boren Axton Service Award.
  • Church will receive the Merle Haggard Spirit Award.
  • Keith and Nelson are among those chosen to receive the Poet’s Award.
  • For the more information about the honorees and the awards click here.

George Strait is Named Texas State Musician

As George Strait celebrates his 65th birthday today (5/18), the Texas State Legislature will officially appoint him as Texas State Musician for 2017. Selections for the prestigious honor are made every two years, with the general public nominating the candidates and the Texas Commission on the Arts selecting the recipients. Artists who’ve been bestowed this honor in the past include Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.


  • Strait says, “It’s a great honor for me to be selected as Texas State Musician of 2017 and join this very prestigious list of other honorees. I’m a very proud Texan and love to sing the praises of our great state every chance I get. Thank you very, very much.”

BREAKING: Carrie Underwood Signs Record Deal With UMG

After spending more than a decade with Sony Music Nashville’s Arista label, Carrie Underwood has signed a new record deal with Capitol Records Nashville. Carrie’s new label home is one of four labels that form Universal Music Group Nashville (UMGN), which includes artists such as Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and George Strait. Carrie says of her new journey, “It’s so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future.  The incredible team at UMG shares the heart and passion I have for music as well as the drive, and their innovative spirit has shown that together the possibilities are endless.”


While it’s unclear why Carrie departed Sony, she did have kind words for everyone she’s worked with so far. Underwood said, “I also want to be sure to thank every single person who has played a part in my recording career so far.  I will be forever grateful to them for all we achieved together.”

March 20th: On This Day

On this day in 1993, George Strait landed his 23rd Billboard #1 single of his career with “Heartland”.  The song was released as the second single from his album Pure Country. The album was a soundtrack for the movie of the same name.

With the help of “Heartland” and other songs, the album became Strait’s most commercially successful album, having sold over six million copies.

March 16th: On This Day

On this day in 1987, George Strait received a Gold Record for his album Ocean Front Property. The record was Strait’s seventh studio album, and produced three #1 hits including, “All My Ex’s Live In Texas”, “Am I Blue”, and the title track.

The album has since been Certified 2× Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. It is the first album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart


Stay updated, sign up for our newsletter.