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This Day in Country Music – May 26th

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2009, Dwight Yoakam performs on “The Tonight Show” becoming the final country artist to appear on the NBC program during Jay Leno’s first tenure as host

2007, Billy Currington takes “Good Directions,” written by Luke Bryan, to #1 in Billboard

2005, Faith Hill’s “Mississippi Girl” video debuts on CMT

2004, Toby Keith wins four times in the Academy of Country Music Awards at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay. Keith claims Entertainer of the Year; Top Male Vocalist; Album, for “Shock’n Y’all”; and Video, for the Willie Nelson duet “Beer For My Horses”

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This Day in Country Music – May 25th

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2014, Brad Paisley makes a surprise Memorial Day weekend appearance at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, performing for 3,000 U.S. troops before president Barack Obama delivers a speech. Paisley’s set includes “Southern Comfort Zone,” “This Is Country Music,” “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” and “Alcohol”

2002, Alan Jackson starts a four-week ride at #1 in Billboard with “Drive (For Daddy Gene)”

1993, “This Time” nets a gold album for Dwight Yoakam

1976, Singer/guitarist Cody Canada is born in Pampa, Texas. He becomes the frontman for one of Dierks Bentley’s favorite alt-country bands, Cross Canadian Ragweed. He goes on to form the red-dirt band The Departed

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This Day in Country Music – May 23rd

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2015, Jason Aldean’s “Tonight Looks Good On You” video premieres on CMT

2012, Reba McEntire sings “Turn On The Radio” with contestant Skylar Laine on the season finale of FOX-TV’s “American Idol,” live from Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Carrie Underwood and Scotty McCreery attend as competitor Jessica Sanchez covers “I Will Always Love You”

2011, The Luke Bryan video for “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” premieres on CMT

2009, Sugarland’s “It Happens” goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

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This Day in Country Music – May 22nd

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2015, The George Clooney movie “Tomorrowland” debuts in theaters. The picture includes a part for Tim McGraw

2012, Pistol Annies’ Angaleena Presley marries Miranda Lambert’s tour manager, Jordan Powell, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2011, Reba McEntire, Jean Shepard and songwriter Bobby Braddock are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

2007, LeAnn Rimes’ “Nothin’ Better To Do” video debuts online at CMT.com

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This Day in Country Music – May 21st

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2016, Luke Bryan and Jason Derulo team up as a new episode of “CMT Crossroads” debuts. The set list includes “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” “Strip It Down” and “That’s My Kind Of Night”

2013, Kellie Pickler wins season 16 of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” Wynonna, who also competed during the season, sings “I Want To Know What Love Is” on the finale

2012, Gloriana is featured on ABC-TV’s “The Bachelorette” performing “(Kissed You) Good Night” as contestant Emily Maynard enjoys a first date

2002, Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow tape an installment of “CMT Crossroads” on the Sony Pictures lot in Los Angeles. In addition to their own material, they offer a duet on the Johnny Cash & June Carter classic “Jackson

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This Day in Country Music – May 20th

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2014, Luke Bryan’s album “Crash My Party” is certified double-platinum, while four of its songs earn metal honors: “Drink A Beer,” “Play It Again” and “That’s My Kind Of Night” go gold and platinum, with the latter single hitting double-platinum. Additionally, the title track reaches double-platinum

2011, Darius Rucker receives an honorary doctorate and delivers the commencement speech at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston

2009, Buddy Miller receives five nominations for the Americana Honors & Awards. Julie Miller and Justin Townes Earle pick up three apiece

2004, Trace Adkins’ “Rough & Ready” video premieres on CMT, with NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the piece

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This Day in Country Music – May 19th

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2015, Black River releases Kelsea Ballerini’s debut album, “The First Time”

2012, Miranda Lambert’s “Over You,” co-written with Blake Shelton, reaches the top of the Billboard country singles chart

2009, Sugarland is the leading nominee for the CMT Music Awards, named five times on the ballot. Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift receive four nominations apiece

2005, Toby Keith’s “As Good As I Once Was” video debuts on CMT

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This Day in Country Music – May 18th

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2015, MCA releases Sam Hunt’s “House Party” to radio

2005, Gretchen Wilson earns a gold single with “Here For The Party” and a platinum one with “Redneck Woman”

2003, A wheelchair-bound Johnny Cash sits in the front row at the funeral for June Carter at the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Emmylou Harris, Larry Gatlin, The Oak Ridge Boys and Sheryl Crow all perform at the memorial

1996, Brooks & Dunn begin a three-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart with their remake of “My Maria”

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This Day in Country Music – May 17th

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2013, The Zac Brown Band’s “Jump Right In” video debuts on CMT

2010, Republic Nashville releases The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” to radio

2005, Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, wins Single Record and Song of the Year during the 40th annual Academy of Country Music awards, telecast on CBS from Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay

2001, A new $37-million Country Music Hall of Fame opens in downtown Nashville. On hand are Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Diamond Rio, Martina McBride, Bill Anderson and ribbon-cutters Charley Pride, Brenda Lee and Kitty Wells

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This Day in Country Music – May 16th

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2013, Keith Urban performs “Little Bit Of Everything” during the season finale of FOX-TV’s “American Idol.” The Band Perry plays “DONE.” And Urban and contestant Kree Harrison do “Where The Blacktop Ends” with Blink-182’s Travis Barker on drums and Randy Jackson on bass

2009, Jason Aldean tops the Billboard country singles chart with “She’s Country”

1998, Faith Hill begins a three-week run at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “This Kiss”

1989, “Reba McEntire’s Greatest Hits” becomes the singer’s first platinum album

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