This day in Country Music History


  • Today in 1982, Alabama held their first ever June Jam in their hometown of Fort Payne, Alabama. More than 30,000 attended the charity concert near the high school, where the hometown band shares the stage with Janie Fricke, The Oak Ridge Boys, Louis Mandrell and R.C. Bannon.
  • Today in 1996, Kenny Chesney put out his “Me & You” album, Lorrie Morgan released her “Greater Need” project and Neal McCoy’s self-titled album hit the record stores.
  • Today in 1998, Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire performed a special concert simulcast via satellite on TV screens in over 1200 Wal-Mart electronics departments nationwide. The concert was part of a benefit for Children’s Miracle Network, and over 2,300 Wal-Mart stores nationwide donated a dollar from the sale of every Brooks & Dunn and Reba album to the cause.
  • Today in 1999, Tim McGraw and more than 400 fans were forced to evacuate his charity concert at the 7th House in Pontiac, Michigan, after a woman used pepper spray against a man that she claimed groped her. During the show, Tim fell to his knees mid-song, choking. Frightened audience members fled from the hall, coughing and holding shirts over their faces. On a happier note, his album, “A Place In The Sun,” had been certified gold and platinum simultaneously that same day.
  • Today in 1999, the Kinleys earned their first gold album for “Just Between You and Me.”
  • Today in 2002, Shannon Lawson’s debut album, “Chase The Sun,” arrived in stores. “Wheels” from Hometown News was also released.
  • Today in 2002, Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, goes gold and platinum.
  • Today in 2003, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, George Jones, Deana Carter, Kenny Chesney, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride and Sara Evans performed for CMT’s taping of its “100 Greatest Songs of Country Music” special.
  • Today in 2006, a fall in her home in Tennessee caused Loretta Lynn to break her shoulder and subsequently cancel nine concerts through July.
  • Today in 2011, Trace and Rhonda Adkins’ home in Brentwood, Tennessee was destroyed by a fire.
  • Today in 2014, Alan Jackson played a surprise show with Lee Ann Womack in downtown Nashville.
  • Today in 2015, Loretta Lynn and Jack White were inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame.
  • Today in 2016, Taylor Swift surprised fan Max Singer by showing up at his wedding at the Brant Beach Yacht Club in Brant Beach, New Jersey. But she didn’t just show up – she performed an acoustic version of “Blank Space” for the newlyweds and their guests.
  • Today in 2017, six years after controversy knocked his song off of “Monday Night Football,” Hank Williams Jr. shot a new version of “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” in Nashville for the 2017 NFL season on ESPN.



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