Kenny Chesney is Born

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.

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”


Kenny Chesney’s Greatest Hits Goes Gold

This Day in Country Music History, January 22

2013: Capitol releases Lady Antebellum’s “Downtown” to radio.

2012: Brad Paisley performs “Camouflage” in a short halftime set during an NFL playoff game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The New York Giants defeat the 49ers in the game, 20-17.

2005: Darryl Worley’s “Awful, Beautiful Life” leads him to the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart.

2001: Kenny Chesney’s “Greatest Hits” is certified gold and platinum by the RIAA.

1994: Hal Ketchum performs “Small Town Saturday Night” as he joins the Grand Ole Opry.

1991: RCA releases Aaron Tippin’s first album, “You’ve Got To Stand For Something”.

1990: For the third straight year, Randy Travis leads country winners at the American Music Awards with a trio of trophies, including Favorite Country Single, for “Deeper Than The Holler.” Other country victors: Reba McEntire, Alabama and Clint Black.

1969: Glen Campbell earns his first gold single from the RIAA for “Wichita Lineman”.

1952: Alabama bass player Teddy Gentry is born in Fort Payne, Alabama. The band mixes country with southern rock in becoming the hottest country act of the 1980s, eventually entering the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1949: Exile lead vocalist J.P. Pennington is born in Berea, Kentucky. Founded in 1963, Exile becomes one of country’s top groups during the 1980s, with Pennington and bass player Sonny Lemaire co-writing the bulk of the band’s hook-filled hits.

Country Stars Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Celebrities List

Several country stars have made the cut on Forbes’ “100 Highest-Paid Celebrities” list for 2017. Garth Brooks is the highest ranked country singer on the list, coming in at 26th place with 60 million made. Kenny Chesney earned $42.5 million and Luke Bryan earned $42 million, putting them at No. 53 and 55, respectively. Dolly Parton notched the No. 71 spot with earnings of $37 million, while Toby Keith and Florida Georgia Line found themselves tied at No. 83 with $34.5 million of income. Jason Aldean rounded out the country stars with a 98th place finish and $32.5 million earned.


Topping this year’s list was rapper Sean Combs (A.K.A. Diddy), who pulled in $130 million over the last year.

The list’s findings were compiled from celebrities’ pretax income from June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017. The full list can be seen here.

May 9th: On This Day

On this day in 2005, Kenny Chesney and actress Renee’ Zellweger tied the knot on the island of St. John in the Virgin Islands. After four months of marriage, the couple obtained an annulment.

In the annulment papers, Zellweger cited “fraud” as the reason for the couple’s split. After much scrutiny by the media, she explained that the word “fraud” was simply “legal language” and was “not a reflection of Kenny’s character”.

four months later, the couple obtained an annulment. In the annulment papers, Zellweger cited “fraud” as the reason.[147] Under media scrutiny, she explained that the word “fraud” was simply “legal language” and “not a reflection of Kenny’s character

April 27th: On This Day

On this day in 2004, Keith Urban’s “You’ll Think of Me” took the top spot on the Billboard US Country Songs chart from Kenny Chesney’s “When The Sun Goes Down”. The song was released as the fourth single from his album Golden Road.

“You’ll Think of Me” also hit number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number 2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

The single gave Keith Urban his first Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.

2017 Billboard Music Award Nominees Announced

Florida Georgia Line leads the pack of country nominees at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. The duo picked up six nominations in five categories at the annual show, including an all-genre nod for Top Duo/Group. Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and Hillary Scott follow close behind with three nominations apiece, with Scott earning her nods in the Christian categories.


Additionally, Luke Bryan earned an all-genre nomination for the Billboard Chart Achievement Award, as well as a nod for Top Country Tour.

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards will air on May 21 at 8 PM ET on ABC.


The full list of country nominees at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards:


(all-genre) Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity:


Luke Bryan

Nicki Minaj

The Chainsmokers

The Weeknd

Twenty One Pilots


(all-genre) Top Duo/Group:


The Chainsmokers


Florida Georgia Line

Guns N’ Roses

Twenty One Pilots


Top Country Artist:


Florida Georgia Line

Blake Shelton

Keith Urban

Chris Stapleton

Jason Aldean


Top Country Tour:


Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney

Dixie Chicks


Top Country Album:


Jason Aldean, They Don’t Know

Florida Georgia Line, Dig Your Roots

Blake Shelton, If I’m Honest

Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Keith Urban, Ripcord


Top Country Song:


Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire”

Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”

Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”

Little Big Town, “Better Man”

Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”


Top Country Collaboration:


Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King, “Different For Girls”

Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire”

Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens, “Kill A Word”

Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”

Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill, “Sober Saturday Night”


Top Christian Song:


Lauren Daigle, “Trust In You”

Hillary Scott & The Family, “Thy Will”

Skillet, “Feel Invincible”

Ryan Stevenson Featuring GabeReal, “Eye Of The Storm”

Zach Williams, “Chain Breaker”


Top Christian Album:


Casting Crowns, The Very Next Thing

Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be

Joey + Rory, Hymns

Hillary Scott & The Family, Love Remains

Skillet, Unleashed


Top Christian Artist:


Lauren Daigle

Hillsong Worship

Hillary Scott & the Family


Chris Tomlin

Merle Haggard Tribute Concert Planned For Nashville

Some of country’s biggest stars will assemble in Nashville this spring for a special concert honoring the life and songs of the legendary Merle Haggard. Dubbed “Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard,” the all-star concert will take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on April 6 in honor of what would have been Merle’s 80th birthday and the one-year anniversary of his passing. The night will include performances by artists such as Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., John Mellencamp, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more.


·       Tickets go on sale this Friday (3/3) at 11 AM local time at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office.

·       A portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation.

·       More details about the concert can be found here.


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