This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1993, The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inducted Don Schlitz, who authored “The Gambler” and “On The Other Hand”; Red Lane, known for “My Own Kind Of Hat” and “‘Til I Get It Right”; and Conway Twitty
  • Today in 1997, Diamond Rio’s “How Your Love Makes Me Feel” worked its way to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2002, Brad Paisley’s CMT-sponsored show at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheater ended with a huge jam. “According To Jim” star Jim Belushi sang “The House Is Rockin'” with Paisley and his band, plus Steve Azar, Shannon Lawson and guitarist Albert Lee.
  • Today in 2003, Dierks Bentley registered his first #1 single in Billboard with “What Was I Thinkin’.”
  • Today in 2004, The “Party For Two” video, featuring Shania Twain and Billy Currington swinging from the chandeliers, debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2007, Sugarland kicked off its first headlining tour at the North Charleston Coliseum in South Carolina. Sponsored by CMT, the tour lineup includes Little Big Town and Jake Owen.
  • Today in 2008, a “CMT Crossroads” episode featuring Trace Adkins and 38 Special debuts. The set list included “Hold On Loosely,” “Caught Up In You,” “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “Ladies Love Country Boys.”
  • Today in 2011, Vince Gill invited Rascal Flatts to join the Grand Ole Opry during a Tuesday edition of the show. The group teamed with Gill on “Whenever You Come Around.”
  • Today in 2012, Emmylou Harris joined Mumford & Sons as a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” debuts. It includes performances of “The Boxer” and “If I Needed You.”
  • Today in 2016, Luke Combs signed a recording deal from a tour stop at the Top Hat in Missoula, Montana.
  • Today in 2016, Chris Stapleton’s album “Traveller” is certified double-platinum by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2019, the Carly Pearce & Lee Brice collabo, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2019, Sturgill Simpson’s album, “Sound & Fury,” and Jon Pardi’s record, “Heartache Medication,” were released.
  • Today in 2019, Toby Keith presents a $16-thousand all-terrain wheelchair to a wounded veteran during his show at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh. The retired Marine corporal also joins Keith on stage during “American Soldier.”
  • Today in 2019, Taylor Swift’s pop album, “Lover,” was certified gold and platinum by the RIAA
  • Today in 2020, Thomas Rhett performed “Be A Light” and “T-Shirt” during the first night of the two-part “iHeartRadio Music Festival” on the CW. He was also joined by Jon Pardi on “Beer Can’t Fix.”


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