This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1939, Gene Autry’s “Back In The Saddle Again” was released.
  • Today in 1976, Willie Nelson released “The Troublemaker” album.
  • Today in 1979, “Just Good Ol’ Boys” (not the theme for “Dukes of Hazzard,” which belongs to Waylon Jennings) hit #1 on the Billboard country singles chart for duet partners Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley.
  • Today in 1983, the Everly Brothers performed together for the first time in 10 years at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • Today in 1985, Willie Nelson, John Cougar and Neil Young hosted the first Farm Aid concert in Champaign, Illinois, raising $10-million for troubled family farmers.
  • Today in 1986, Reba McEntire’s “What Am I Gonna Do About You” album was released.
  • Today in 1992, Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Some Gave All” album was certified quadruple platinum.
  • Today in 1992, Garth Brooks released his album, “The Chase.” It was the second country album ever to enter both the pop and country album charts at #1 – his “Ropin’ the Wind” was the first.
  • Today in 1995, Collin Raye was #1 with the single, “One Boy, One Girl.”
  • Today in 1998, Vince Gill’s album, “The Key,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1998, Lee Ann Womack released the album, “Some Things I Know.”
  • Today in 1998, Garth Brooks performed for the first time in Latin America at the world’s largest rodeo in Barretos, Brazil.
  • Today in 1999, the Dixie Chicks’ album, “Wide Open Spaces,” was certified for multi-platinum sales of 7-million. On the same day, the Chicks won three awards at the CMAs during the 33rd ceremony at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. They were named Vocal Group of the Year, while “Wide Open Spaces” took Single and Music Video of the Year
  • Today in 2001, Cyndi Thomson’s debut single, “What I Really Meant To Say,” began a three-week run at #1 in Billboard.
  • Today in 2005, Keith Urban’s “Golden Road” album went triple-platinum.
  • Today in 2007, Rascal Flatts’ “Take Me There,” which was written by Kenny Chesney, hit #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2008, Toby Keith ranked #3 on the “Forbes” List of the World’s Best-Paid Music Stars, earning $48-million that year. Rascal Flatts’ $40-million puts them at #7. In the pop arena, Justin Timberlake was #4; Madonna came in at #5; and The Police were at the top of the heap at #1 with earnings of $115-million.
  • Today in 2009, Eli Young Band frontman Mike Eli got engaged to Kacey Herndon. The happy couple exchanged “I do’s” the following March – and have since welcomed a daughter Kline Olivia (in 2012) and their son, Kash (in 2018).
  • Today in 2009, Diamond Rio’s album, “The Reason,” was released.
  • Today in 2010, Del McCoury was honored with the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
  • Today in 2010, Toby Keith’s single, “Bullets In The Gun,” was released.
  • Today in 2011, Jason Aldean’s “Tattoos On This Town” video dropped on YouTube.
  • Today in 2012, Brad Paisley performed “Southern Comfort Zone” publicly for the first time during the iHeart Radio Music Festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Taylor Swift sings five songs during her portion of the show, including “Sparks Fly,” “Mean” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
  • Today in 2012, Miranda Lambert served as a surprise bridesmaid – the matron of honor, even – for her friend, Laci, at the Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Turns out, Miranda was in Sin City for her performance the night before at the iHeart Radio Music Festival.
  • Today in 2014, Kenny Chesney’s “Til It’s Gone” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2014, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard got engaged to Hayley Stommel. The lovebirds got hitched the following. Since then, the couple has welcomed two sons and a daughter.
  • Today in 2014, Dierks Bentley’s single, “Say You Do,” was released.
  • Today in 2015, Lady A’s Hillary Scott announced she was establishing a scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro specifically for women pursuing a career in the music business
  • Today in 2017, Luke Bryan turned his concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas, into a benefit for Hurricane Harvey victims.
  • Today in 2017, Willie Nelson performed “Funny How Time Slips Away” with soul singer Leon Bridges at a Hurricane Harvey relief concert at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Also on the bill are James Taylor, Lyle Lovett, Ryan Bingham, Asleep At The Wheel and Paul Simon, who covered “Waltz Across Texas” with Edie Brickell.
  • Today in 2017, Reba McEntire celebrated 40 years since her Grand Ole Opry debut. Her Opry anniversary includes surprise appearances by Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and Carrie Underwood, who performed with McEntire on “Does He Love You.” Underwood’s set also includes “Wasted” and “I Told You So.”
  • Today in 2018, Charlie Worsham and Kristen Korzenowski married at Christ The King Catholic Church in Nashville. The famous faces in attendance included Jeannie Seely, Jenny Gill, songwriters Don Schlitz and Luke Dick, as well as producers Frank Liddell and Eric Masse.
  • Today in 2018, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves and Sturgill Simpson played the annual Farm Aid concert at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut. Willie Nelson and fellow board members John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young also welcomed Margo Price, Lukas Nelson and Nathaniel Rateliff, among others.
  • Today in 2020, Mercury signed Priscilla Block to a recording deal…and promptly released her debut single, “Just About Over You.”
  • Today in 2020, “One Too Many,” Keith Urban’s duet With P!nk, was released.
  • Today in 2021, Ashley McBryde fell while horseback riding in Montana and landed on her head, suffering a concussion and requiring stitches. In the days following the accident, she was unable to walk without assistance and cancels a series of concerts. She’s since made a full recovery.


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