This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1988, Willie Nelson became the first artist ever to have an album spend 10 years on the Billboard country chart as “Stardust” logs its 520th
  • Today in 1991, Brooks & Dunn’s album, “Brand New Man,” was released.
  • Today in 1996, the Statler Brothers’ Gospel Favorites album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1996, Ty Herndon released his second album, “Living In A Moment,” and Randy Travis released “Full Circle.”
  • Today in 2002, the Dixie Chicks held a private show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for members of the country music industry. The concert was mostly a listening party, as they ran through all of the music from their new album, “Home,” in sequential order, start to finish.
  • Today in 2009, Toby Keith’s “American Ride” video debuted on
  • Today in 2011, as Sugarland prepared to perform, a wind gust collapsed the stage at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Seven people eventually died and another 45 were treated for injuries.
  • Today in 2013, Luke Bryan’s album, “Crash My Party,” was released.
  • Today in 2016, Gwen Stefani’s show at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas included a surprise guest: her boo, Blake Shelton, who joined her on their song, “Go Ahead And Break My Heart.”
  • Today in 2016, Rascal Flatts reached 10-million concert tickets sold during their career when their “Rhythm And Roots Tour” landed in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • Today in 2016, Vince Gill celebrated 25 years as a Grand Ole Opry member. He was joined during his Opry performance by Patty Loveless, who joined him to sing “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” but they weren’t alone. Rodney Crowell turned up to duet on on “Oklahoma Borderline,” and a number of other acts – including The Time Jumpers, Ashley Monroe, Charlie Worsham and Bill Anderson – teamed up to cover his classic, “Liza Jane.”
  • Today in 2017, Lloyd Gentry Jr., the father of Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry, died in Nicholasville, Kentucky. A few weeks later, Troy himself was killed in a helicopter crash en route to a show in New Jersey.
  • Today in 2017, the Wreckers reunited in Nashville during a Michelle Branch concert at Marathon Music Works. It marked the first time Branch and former musical partner Jessica Harp had seen each other in seven years.


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