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This Day in Country Music – September 26th

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  • 2014, Lee Ann Womack teams with R&B vocalist John Legend as a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” debuts. They collaborate on his hit “All Of Me” and her recordings “The Way I’m Livin’,” “I May Hate Myself In The Morning” and “I Hope You Dance”
  • 2000, BNA releases Kenny Chesney’s “Greatest Hits”
  • 1955, Carlene Carter is born in Nashville. The daughter of Carl Smith and June Carter, she develops an edgy brand of country that flirts with rockabilly, debuting in 1977. She attains her biggest commercial success in the early-’90s
  • 1948, Olivia Newton-John is born in Cambridge, England. Raised in Australia, the pop singer begins her career with country-tinged recordings, gaining her a Country Music Association award as Female Vocalist of the Year in 1974

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This Day in Country Music – September 25th

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  • 2005, Jake Owen signs with RCA Records
  • 2004, Lonestar drummer Keech Rainwater marries CMT Canada employee Elissa Lansdell in Toronto. The ceremony includes a taped performance by Rainwater’s band mates of the group’s signature ballad “Amazed”
  • 2001, Alan Jackson records “Drive (For Daddy Gene)” and “That’d Be Alright”
  • 1987, Singer/songwriter Greg Bates is born in Nashville. He comes to national prominence with his 2012 debut, “Did It For The Girl”

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This Day in Country Music – September 24th

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  • 2014, Jason Aldean gets engaged to Brittany Kerr at the San Diego Zoo
  • 2005, Sara Evans completes her run to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “A Real Fine Place To Start”
  • 2004, Loretta Lynn is a double-winner at the Americana Music Awards, held at the Nashville Convention Center
  • 1991, Mark Chesnutt receives his first gold album, for his debut, “Too Cold At Home”

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This Day in Country Music – September 23rd

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  • 2012, Carrie Underwood is surprised during a concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena by Brad Paisley, who joins her on stage for “Remind Me.” Hunter Hayes opens the show, attended by Kix Brooks, Vince Gill, Lauren Alaina and Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet
  • 2002, Reba McEntire performs “Does He Love You” with “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson during the two-hour FOX TV special “American Idol In Vegas”
  • 1998, Steve Wariner’s “Holes In The Floor Of Heaven” wins Single and Song of the Year from the Country Music Association during the 32nd annual awards on CBS at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The Dixie Chicks also win twice
  • 1989, Rodney Crowell goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart with a remake of Buck Owens’ “Above And Beyond”

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‘Forever Country’ Video: Watch Magical Medley Come to Life – Rolling Stone

‘Forever Country’ Video: Watch Star-Studded, Magical Medley Come to Life

Thirty artists trade lines on Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again

Keith Urban stands in a field of flowers, a majestic mountainscape behind him. Luke Bryan strums his guitar across some train tracks from Miranda Lambert, while Willie Nelson picks his six string under the Eiffel Tower. Kacey Musgraves is perched in the middle of a downtown Nashville street, flanked by honky tonks, while Charley Pride, Trisha Yearwood and Dierks Bentley walk a pedestrian bridge just a few blocks away. And Little Big Town walk, appropriately, down a country road. These are just a few of dozens of different scenes in the new “Forever Country” video, making its grand debut tonight.

The collaboration — a medley/mashup of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” — was recorded in celebration of the 50th annual CMA Awards, which broadcast live from Nashville November 2nd. Thirty celebrated country stars trade lines on the three tunes — which were all, not coincidentally, originally recorded by former CMA Entertainer of the Year winners. [See the full list of participating artists — all CMA winners, as well — below.]

“All the people involved are people that we love, and that we loved 10 years ago, 20 years ago and today,” says Tim McGraw of the song’s lineup of legends and legends-in-the-making.

“There’s every era of country music in this song and in the video,” echoes Trisha Yearwood. “I’m just trying not to be giddy the whole time. I’m supposed to be emoting and I’m really just going, ‘This is so cool!'”

“Forever Country” has already topped several charts since its release last week. It was produced by decorated songwriter Shane McAnally, with its magical video directed by Joseph Kahn. McAnally is a co-writer on such future classics as Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow,” Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” and Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids” (just to name a few in a long, long list of hits). Kahn, who used the magic of a green screen to create all the picturesque scenes in the Nashville-shot video, has been behind the lens of music videos by the likes of Britney Spears, 50 Cent, Eminem and Katy Perry. He shares a Grammy with Taylor Swift for her “Bad Blood” video.

“Forever Country” artist list: Alabama, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Milsap, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Randy Travis, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Trisha Yearwood.

Source: ‘Forever Country’ Video: Watch Magical Medley Come to Life – Rolling Stone


This Day in Country Music – September 22nd

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  • 2007, Rascal Flatts’ “Take Me There,” written by Kenny Chesney, ascends to #1 in the Billboard country singles chart
  • 2001, Cyndi Thomson’s debut single, “What I Really Meant To Say,” begins a three-week run at #1 in Billboard
  • 1985, Willie Nelson sponsors the first Farm Aid concert in Champaign, Illinois, with Merle Haggard, John Cougar Mellencamp, Roger Miller, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Alabama, George Jones, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, B.B. King, Judy Rodman and Waylon Jennings, among others
  • 1979, “Just Good Ol’ Boys” hits #1 on the Billboard country singles chart for duet partners Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley

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This Day in Country Music – September 21st

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  • 2015, Dierks Bentley is a surprise guest during Taylor Swift’s concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. They team up on “Every Mile A Memory”
  • 2013, Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid features 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
  • 2004, Capitol releases Keith Urban’s “Be Here” album
  • 1990, The Internal Revenue Service places liens totalling $16.7 million on Willie Nelson’s property to guarantee that he pays $6.5 million in back taxes

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This Day in Country Music – September 20th

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  • 2010, Capitol releases Lady Antebellum’s single “Hello World” to radio
  • 2008, Brad Paisley scores a #1 country single in Billboard with “Waitin’ On A Woman”
  • 2002, Toby Keith’s “Who’s Your Daddy?” video premieres on CMT
  • 1992, Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam XV at Nashville’s Starwood Amphitheater. It features Eddie Rabbitt, Paulette Carlson, Suzy Bogguss, Jo-El Sonnier, Pirates Of The Mississippi, Confederate Railroad, The Oak Ridge Boys, Little Feat, Hal Ketchum, Poco and The Desert Rose Band, among others

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‘Forever Country’: Story behind country music’s epic mashup | EW.com

The story behind country music’s epic mashup, ‘Forever Country’

Posted September 16 2016 — 8:59 AM EDT

Shane McAnally was nothing short of terrified when he stepped into the studio to begin a project that, on paper, looked a little crazy.The challenge of melding three iconic country song – John Denver’s “Country Roads, Take Me Home,” Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again” – into one new piece of music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards, was “a very scary process,” McAnally tells PEOPLE.In fact, when a mash-up was first proposed as a way of marking the anniversary, McAnally, who’s written hit songs for Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and Kacey Musgraves among others, argued against it. “I didn’t think it would work in our genre,” he says. “I said, ‘Maybe in pop music you can just take a piece of a song, but we tell stories. And we can’t just cut into them and take a piece.’”But as McAnally, a CMA board member as well as a top producer in town (he’s behind albums by Sam Hunt and Musgraves), and other CMA members began to consider what songs could work, the idea took shape.“I Will Always Love You” was a song that everyone felt like needed to be a part of it but I was having a hard time with the story – it’s such a personal song. It’s to one person,” he says. “But when you play that song over, ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’, they somehow take on a life together and it feels almost like you’re speaking more to the music, and to country music specifically, when you say, ‘I will always love you.’ It feels meant to be.”An ode to the life of a traveling musician, Nelson’s classic seemed a natural addition to the mix. “The line ‘The life I love is making music with my friends,’ kept coming into my mind and ‘On the Road Again’ felt essential,” McAnally says.The result, dubbed “Forever Country,” was born and McAnally took on the task of producing the recording, a monumental undertaking with 30 artists, including one whom he especially wanted to impress.“I was very scared when Dolly heard it that it might seem like a bit of a compromise to the integrity of the original song,” he says. “The song is such a simple, perfect sentiment. It was really important for her to know we handled it with care. She just listened and said, ‘Wow. That really works!’ It was really hard not to cry in front of her. I’ve cried a lot since then!”The tune begins with West Virginia native Brad Paisley singing the opening lines of “Country Roads” (“Almost heaven, West Virginia) followed by a host of stars – Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Shelton”, George Strait – adding line after line until Musgraves begins “I Will Always Love You” (“If I should stay/I Would only be in your way”). Lyrics from the two songs weave in and out with different Nashville voices as Jason Aldean begins “On the Road Again,” joined by Rascal Flatts and many more.The song premiered on country radio stations around the country Friday, but you’ll have to wait ‘til Tuesday for the video, directed by Joseph Kahn, who won a VMA Award for Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”.“The responsibility of this feels greater than anything I’ve done,” McAnally says of the project. “I hope this is a great timepiece for the legacy of country music.”Profits from the sales and streaming of “Forever Country” will go toward music education causes supported by the CMA Foundation.

Source: ‘Forever Country’: Story behind country music’s epic mashup | EW.com


This Day in Country Music – September 19th

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  • 2015, A “CMT Crossroads” episode pairing Sara Evans and REO Speedwagon premieres
  • 2003, One week after his death, Johnny Cash wins three trophies at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville
  • 1998, Eddie Rabbitt, Kent Robbins (“Straight Tequila Night”) and Merle Kilgore (“Ring Of Fire”) are inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel in Nashville
  • 1981, Mickey Gilley’s remake of “You Don’t Know Me” hits #1 on the Billboard country chart

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