This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1990, The Internal Revenue Service placed liens totaling $16.7-million on Willie Nelson’s property to guarantee that he paid $6.5-million in back taxes.
  • Today in 1993, Garth Brooks’ self-titled debut album was certified for sales of 5-million copies.
  • Today in 1993, the Country Music Association announced it would induct Willie Nelson into its Hall of Fame. The actual induction took place on September 29th.
  • Today in 1994, Garth Brooks’ “No Fences” album was certified for sales of 11-million copies.
  • Today in 1994, Pam Tillis’ “Sweetheart’s Dance” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1995, John Berry’s debut album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1995, the album, “Games Rednecks Play,” by Jeff Foxworthy was certified gold and platinum simultaneously.
  • Today in 1996, the audience at the Grand Ole Opry witnessed a historic moment when 23-year-old Hank Williams III, son of Hank Williams Jr. and grandson of country music legend Hank Williams made his Opry debut. Hank III wore a black western shirt trimmed with green fringe that belonged to his grandfather.
  • Today in 1999, Brooks & Dunn’s album, “Tight Rope,” was released.
  • Today in 2001, newlyweds Vince Gill and wife Amy Grant announced that they were expecting their first child together. The couple welcomed their daughter Corrina Grant Gill, into the world at 12:36 am CT on March 11th. Here are two fun facts for you: First, Vince and Amy didn’t find out if they were having a boy or a girl until she made her debut. Second, the baby’s name isn’t a combination of the couple’s last names – “Grant” is actually Vince’s middle name.
  • Today in 2004, Keith Urban’s “Be Here” album was released.
  • Today in 2011, Carrie Underwood, Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano wrote their future hit, “Good Girl,” in Los Angeles.
  • Today in 2013, Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid featured Kacey Musgraves, Carlene Carter, Pete Seeger, Jack Johnson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young, among others, at the Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center in New York.
  • Today in 2015, Dierks Bentley was a surprise guest during Taylor Swift’s concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. They teamed up on “Every Mile A Memory.”
  • Today in 2016, the Garth Brooks album, “The Ultimate Hits,” was certified 10-times platinum by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2019, “The Highwomen” debuted at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart.
  • Today in 2019, Tenille Arts made her Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 2021, Cody Johnson’s single, “‘Til You Can’t,” was released.


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