This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1992, the single, “Love’s Got A Hold On You,” by Alan Jackson is released.
  • Today in 1993, the Statler Brothers’ “Christmas Card” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1993, Clint Black’s “No Time To Kill” album was released.
  • Today in 1993, The Statler Brothers’ “The Best Of The Statler Brothers” album was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 1993, a stretch of Tennessee Highway 56 near McMinnville was named for the late Dottie West.
  • Today in 1994, Travis Tritt’s “Ten Feet Tall And Bulletproof” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1995, Charlie Daniels’ “Million Mile Reflection” album was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 1996, the first “CountryFest” was held in Atlanta, Georgia with headliners Alan Jackson, Alabama, and Pam Tillis. The show drew 275,000 fans.
  • Today in 1998, Trisha Yearwood performed “There Goes My Baby” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
  • Today in 1999, Willie Nelson released, “Night and Day,” an album featuring jazz instrumental versions of old standards.
  • Today in 1999, the “Return of the Grievous Angel” album was released. The album served as a tribute to country rock pioneer Gram Parsons, and featured versions of his songs by Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and more.
  • Today in 2000, LeAnn Rimes kicked off her 30-city “2000 Tour” at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
  • Today in 2000, the Dixie Chicks “Fly” album entered the record books as having spent the most weeks at the # 1 spot for a group on “Billboard’s” Country Albums Chart. The follow-up to the group’s debut album, “Wide Open Spaces,” spent a record 32 weeks at the coveted top spot on the albums chart. With its record-setting reign at the chart’s top position, the Dixie Chicks surpassed the previously held record of 28 weeks set by Alabama’s “Feels So Right” and “Mountain Music” albums.
  • Today in 2001, Reba and Martina McBride top the biggest all-female lineup in country music history as “Girls Night Out Tour” debuted in Las Vegas.
  • Today in 2010, Jerrod Niemann’s debut album, “Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury,” was released.
  • Today in 2014, Tim McGraw swatted a female fan in the middle of “Truck Yeah” at Aaron’s Amphitheatre in Atlanta when she clawed at his leg. She ripped his jeans and was escorted out of the venue. The moment became a viral topic when video was posted online.
  • Today in 2016, Trace Adkins fans leave his Seaside Heights, New Jersey concert due to his poor performance. Audience members accuse him of being drunk, saying he mumbled through his set and forgot the words to his songs
  • Today in 2016, Craig Morgan canceled 10 shows in nine following the death of his son in a boating accident
  • Today in 2017, Scotty McCreery is charged with a misdemeanor for attempting to pass a loaded gun through security at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Morrisville, North Carolina.
  • Today in 2017, Dolly Parton’s “Christmas Of Many Colors – Circle Of Love” earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Television Movie.
  • Today in 2018, Tucker Beathard welcomed a daughter, Sage, in Seattle.
  • Today in 2018, Blake Shelton’s single, “I’ll Name The Dogs,” went gold.
  • Today in 2019, Blanco Brown’s “The Git Up” hit #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2021, Toby Keith and Rhett Akins were announced as 2021 inductees in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with Amy Grant and songwriters Buddy Cannon and John Scott Sherill.
  • Today in 2021, the Discovery Channel aired “Brad Paisley’s Shark Country,” featuring comedian J.B. Smoove. Sharks in the wild responded positively to Paisley’s recording of “River Bank” and his band’s live performance of “Water.” They’re agitated by Smoove playing cowbell.


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