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This Day in Country Music- December 23rd

- 2011, Big Machine releases Taylor Swift’s collaboration with The Civil Wars, “Safe & Sound”

– 2006, Sugarland collects a #1 country single in Billboard with “Want To”

– 2005, The movie “Transamerica,” starring Felicity Huffman, opens in scattered theaters. The soundtrack features Dolly Parton, Jim Lauderdale, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucinda Williams and bluegrass artist Larry Sparks

– 2003, Craig Morgan delivers an acoustic set in Kuwait, the first concert in a Middle East tour for American G.I.s during the holiday season

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This Day in Country Music- December 22nd

- 2013, Paris, Illinois, observes Brett Eldredge Day and unveils city-limit signs proclaiming the community the “Home of Nashville Recording Artist Brett Eldredge”

– 2010, “Country Strong” debuts in Los Angeles and Nashville. Tim McGraw portrays the manager of a singer played by Gwyneth Paltrow in the picture, which also has roles for Ed Bruce, Lari White and Jim Lauderdale

– 2000, “O, Brother Where Art Thou?” debuts in New York and Los Angeles. Produced by the Coen Brothers, the movie stars George Clooney and John Goodman, with a soundtrack featuring Alison Krauss, The Whites and Emmylou Harris, among others

– 1995, The Recording Industry Association of America awards a platinum album for Clint Black’s “One Emotion”

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This Day in Country Music- December 21st

- 2002, “Who’s Your Daddy?” lands Toby Keith at #1 on the Billboard country chart

– 1985, George Strait’s “The Chair” sits at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

– 1984, Singer/songwriter Eric Gunderson is born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He becomes an original member of Love And Theft, a harmony-laden act that earns hits as a trio with 2009’s “Runaway” and as a duo with 2011’s “Angel Eyes”

– 1979, Willie Nelson makes his film debut with the opening of “The Electric Horseman,” also starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. It includes Nelson’s hits “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” and “Midnight Rider”

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This Day in Country Music- December 20th

- 2012, Country singer Tate Stevens is pronounced the winner of FOX-TV’s “The X Factor.” He performs Chris Young’s “Tomorrow” and “Please Come Home For Christmas” in the finale and duets with runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar on “The Climb”

– 2005, Kristen Hall parts ways with Sugarland bandmates Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush

– 2003, Gary Allan’s “Songs About Rain” video debuts on CMT

– 2000, A new sign is erected in the Mountain State: “Glen Dale, West Virginia–Home Of Brad Paisley, Member Of The Grand Ole Opry”

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This Day in Country Music- December 19th

- 2011, Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood gets engaged to Warner Bros. marketing executive Kelli Cashiola at her home in Nashville

– 2005, Gary Allan collects a gold album for “Tough All Over”

– 1988, Johnny Cash has open heart surgery at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital, one week after Waylon Jennings had similar surgery at the same location

– 1985, Johnny Paycheck shoots Larry Wise at the North High Lounge in Hillsboro, Ohio, after Wise asked if he’d ever eaten turtle meat

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This Day in Country Music- December 18th

- 2012, Blake Shelton’s team finishes one and two as Cassadee Pope wins the NBC competition “The Voice” and Terry McDermott is runner-up. Pope and McDermott sing “Catch My Breath” with guest Kelly Clarkson. Smokey Robinson also performs

– 2004, Tim McGraw’s “Back When” goes to #1 in Billboard

– 2003, Reba McEntire gains a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series, for her work in the WB’s “Reba.” Among her competition: “Will And Grace” star Debra Messing and “Sex In The City” actress Sarah Jessica Parker

– 1998, Martina McBride joins Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins and vice president Al Gore on NBC-TV’s Brooke Shields-hosted special “Christmas In Washington”

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This Day in Country Music- December 17th

- 2012, Capitol releases Darius Rucker’s version of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” featuring Lady Antebellum on backing vocals, to radio

– 2005, A Joe Nichols title dresses up the top spot on the Billboard country chart: “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”

– 1994, Joe Diffie parks “Pickup Man” at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart, where it stays for four weeks

– 1993, The tribute album “Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles” goes gold, platinum and double-platinum. It features Travis Tritt, Little Texas, Clint Black, John Anderson, Alan Jackson, Suzy Bogguss, Vince Gill, Diamond Rio, Trisha Yearwood, Billy Dean, Tanya Tucker, Brooks & Dunn and Lorrie Morgan

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This Day in Country Music- December 16th

- 2013, Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley marries Brittney Marie Cole in Nashville

– 2009, Lady Antebellum earns a platinum single for “Need You Now”

– 2004, Josh Gracin’s “Nothin’ To Lose” video debuts on CMT

– 2004, Keith Urban’s “You’re My Better Half” video makes its TV debut on CMT

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This Day in Country Music- December 15th

- 2013, Oops! Numerous media report the death of Ray Price following a Facebook posting by his son. The stories are yanked from the Internet once it becomes clear Price is, in fact, still alive but in a coma. He passes the next day instead

– 2009, Songwriters Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett receive a Golden Globe award nomination for Best Original Song for a Motion Picture, recognizing “The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)”

– 2003, Keith Urban’s self-titled solo debut album is certified platinum

– 2000, “Breathe” becomes Faith Hill’s best-selling album, as it’s certified quintuple-platinum

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This Day in Country Music- December 14th

- 2013, Brad Paisley receives the Harmony Award at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. After accepting the trophy, he plays “Southern Comfort Zone” with the orchestra

– 2006, Brooks & Dunn’s “Hillbilly Deluxe” video debuts on CMT

– 2002, Toby Keith makes his Grand Ole Opry debut

– 2001, Kid Rock performs with Hank Williams Jr. at a Grand Ole Opry House TV studio in Nashville for the genre-mixing “CMT Crossroads.” The set list includes “Midnight Rider,” “Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound” and “Family Tradition”

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