Randy Travis Surprises Carrie Underwood with Grand Ole Opry Offer

March 15 in Country Music History

1927: Carl “Mister Country” Smith is born in Maynardville. Smith was the husband of June Carter (later June Carter Cash) and the father of Carlene Carter.

1970: Merle Haggard is #1 on the Country Chart with “The Fightin’ Side of Me.”

1982: Alabama are at #1 on the Country Album Chart with Mountain Music, their award-winning third studio album.

2008: Randy Travis surprises Carrie Underwood on stage of the Grand Ole Opry with an invitation to become the newest member.

2011: Lady Antebellum sit at #1 on the Country Chart with Need You Now, their second studio album.

Luke and Dierks Pay Tribute To The Hag On The Late Show

During their appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night (3/29), Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley performed a rendition of Merle Haggard’s “Ramblin’ Fever,” backed by New Orleans musician Jon Batiste and his band, Stay Human. Before Luke and Dierks paid tribute to The Hag, the two sat down with host Stephen Colbert and discussed everything from their hosting duties at the upcoming ACM Awards to Luke’s dream collaboration being Elvis Presley. Their conversation can be seen here.

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.

Artist Of A Lifetime Award – Shania Twain

Shania Twain will be honored with the Artist of a Lifetime award during the seventh annual CMT Artists of the Year ceremony in Nashville on October 20. Twain will become the first female to ever receive the prestigious award, which was presented to Merle Haggard and Kenny Rogers in 2014 and 2015, respectively.


·       Shania is among the ceremony’s 2016 honorees, which include CMT’s top artists of the year: Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett.

·       The 90-minute special will be taped live at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center and will air on CMT at 9 PM ET.


ACM’s Merle Haggard Spirit Award

The Academy of Country Music (ACM) has announced the inception of the ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award. The award will be presented to an artist whose career reflects the integrity and steadfast spirit embodied by the late Merle Haggard. The inaugural ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award will be handed out at the 10th Annual ACM Honors ceremony to a recipient still to be announced.


·       Lady Antebellum will host the 10th ACM Honors, which takes place on August 30 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The ceremony will also make its television debut on September 9 at 9:00 PM ET on CBS.


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