June 12th: On This Day

On this day in 1973, Dolly Parton recorded “Jolene” during the afternoon at RCA Studio B in Nashville. The song was released in October of the same year and hit #1 on the Billboard US Country Songs chart in 1974.

“Jolene” was Parton’s second #1 of her career on the country charts and was the first single, and title track from her album of the same name.

The single was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance (first for the original release and the following year for a live version). Parton lost both of those awards, but “Jolene” won a Grammy award 44 years later, after the acapella group Pentatonix covered it, along with Parton.

2017 Country Grammy Nominees Announced

All- Genre Best New Artist:


Kelsea Ballerini

The Chainsmokers

Chance The Rapper

Maren Morris

Anderson .Paak


Best Country Solo Performance


Love Can Go To Hell

Brandy Clark

Miranda Lambert


My Church

Maren Morris


Church Bells

Carrie Underwood


Blue Ain’t Your Color

Keith Urban


Best Country Duo/Group Performance


Different For Girls

Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King


21 Summer

Brothers Osborne


Setting The World On Fire

Kenny Chesney & P!nk



Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton


Think Of You

Chris Young With Cassadee Pope


Best Country Song


Blue Ain’t Your Color

Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)


Die A Happy Man

Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)


Humble And Kind

Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)


My Church

busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)



Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)


Best Country Album


Big Day In A Small Town

Brandy Clark


Full Circle

Loretta Lynn



Maren Morris


A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Sturgill Simpson



Keith Urban


The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will broadcast live on CBS on February 12, 2017. 


More Legendary Performers Added To CMA Awards

The star power at the upcoming 50th Annual CMA Awards continues to grow with the addition of more legendary acts to the lineup.  Joining the star-studded lineup are 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis; former Entertainer of the Year winners Ricky Skaggs and Roy Clark and former CMA Awards host Clint Black. The new wave of performers also includes Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride and Dwight Yoakam, as well as multi-format performers Elle King and Pentatonix.


·       These artists join previously announced performers Alabama, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Reba, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood.

·       The 50th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 2 at 8:00-PM ET on ABC.

Dolly Parton Makes Chart History

Dolly Parton has made even more history thanks to her collaborative rendition of “Jolene” with a cappella group Pentatonix. The new version of Parton’s classic has debuted at #18 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, making Dolly the only artist to notch a Top 20 hit on the chart in each of the last six decades.


·       The song also sits at #4 on the Country Streaming Songs chart with 2.6 million U.S. streams and additionally finds #7 spot on the Country Digital Song Sales chart with 18,000 downloads sold in its first week out, according to Nielsen Music.

·       A video of the a cappella version of “Jolene” has gone viral with more than 10 million views so far. That video can be seen here.


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