- 2005, Jo Dee Messina’s “My Give A Damn’s Busted” video debuts on CMT
- 2000, Vince Gill marries Christian singer Amy Grant in Nashville, with about 75 people attending. Grant takes her vows barefoot
- 1983, Carrie Underwood is born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Her 2005 participation in “American Idol” is a prologue to a career marked by soaring performances, platinum albums and a ream of Female Vocalist honors
- 1973, Tammy Wynette tops the Billboard country singles chart with “‘Til I Get It Right”
- 2009, Mac McAnally gives Kenny Chesney a personal gift: the Martin guitar he used to write “Back Where I Come From” and “Down The Road”
- 2006, Worlds collide! The Rolling Stones tab Merle Haggard as their opening act when the band plays the Alltel Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas
- 2002, Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw tag-team the #1 position in Billboard with “Bring On The Rain”
- 1991, Alan Jackson tops the Billboard country singles chart for the first time in his career with “I’d Love You All Over Again”
- 1948, Drummer and singer Jimmie Fadden is born in Long Beach, California. A member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, he plays on all three volumes of the “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” albums and a bevy of 1980s country hits
- 2011, RCA releases the Sara Evans album “Stronger”
- 2003, Darryl Worley’s “Have You Forgotten?” video debuts on CMT’s “Most Wanted Live”
- 1991, “Love Can Build A Bridge” earns a gold album for The Judds
- 1975, Conway Twitty’s “Linda On My Mind” rests at #1 on the Billboard country chart
- 2008, Faith Hill’s “Breathe” tops the list when CMT premieres “40 Sexiest Music Videos”
- 1998, Sara Evans makes her Grand Ole Opry debut, singing “Your Cheatin’ Heart”
- 1986, Randy Travis makes his debut on the Grand Ole Opry. After an introduction from Little Jimmy Dickens, he performs “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
- 1944, Singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt is born in Fort Worth, Texas. A vivid songwriter and wild personality, he authors a pair of 1980s hits: Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson cover “Pancho And Lefty”; Emmylou Harris & Don Williams do “If I Needed You”
Now, call me a skeptic, but in the past, every time I’ve seen an incredibly svelte celebrity in a fashion or beauty or fitness magazine giving me a handful of easy “tips” on how I, too, can achieve their hot body with a few simple crunches or leg lifts, I’ve thought to myself, “Yeah, right!”
And after chuckling, I usually ate a cookie.
We all know just a couple of sit-ups are going to give us abs we can grate cheese on, right?
Wrong. You’ve tried it. I’ve tried it. And still, no abs. At least not at my house.
But I may have to pack my cynicism away in light of Glamour’s latest feature with Underwood and her trainer Erin Oprea. Not only did they get the skinny on Underwood’s workout straight from the source herself, they actually feature the two of them demonstrating the moves for us in a handy online slideshow.
And, ladies, let me just tell you: This is it. This actually is the real “miniskirt-ready legs” workout we’ve all been dying to try in our valiant effort to emulate the look of country music’s most envied gams — the legs of Underwood.
Through a series of squats, lunges, jumps on a Bosu fitness ball, skater hops and one killer kettle bell move known as a “cherry picker,” the fit twosome don’t hold back. They dish the detailed instructions guaranteed to put you right on track to get Underwood’s toned legs by summer.
How can I be so sure, you ask? Because just one evening spent devoting to my … ahem … workout to Underwood’s regimen left me feeling the burn in places I’d never felt it before. I’m not even kidding.
So, guys and gals, should we all join together over the next month and get “Carried” away with Underwood’s hot legs boot camp? I could definitely be in it to win. Hey, I’ll even be your accountability partner, if you’ll be mine.
- 2006, Miranda Lambert nabs the first gold single of her career with “Kerosene”
- 1999, George Jones is seriously injured in a one-car accident while driving home in Nashville. The wreck occurs while Jones tries to play his next single, “Choices,” for his stepdaughter via cellphone. Authorities later find an opened vodka bottle in the car
- 1990, Singer/songwriter Clara Henningsen is born at home in Atwood, Illinois. She becomes one-third of the family group The Henningsens and a co-writer of two of The Band Perry’s hits: “You Lie” and “All Your Life”
- 1983, Country Music Television (CMT) makes its cable debut. The first video to air on the channel: Faron Young’s “It’s Four In The Morning”
- 1964, Skip Ewing is born in Redlands, California. After several hits as a recording artist in the late-1980s, he scores his biggest successes as a songwriter. Among his titles: Collin Raye’s “Love, Me,” Diamond Rio’s “I Believe,” Kenny Chesney’s “Me And You” and Randy Travis’ “If I Didn’t Have You”
Rooney Statement on House Passage of Flood Insurance Relief Bill
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-17) issued the following statement after the House approved legislation to provide local homeowners and small businesses with relief from impending, significant increases in the flood insurance premiums:
“This bill is an important first step toward giving Florida homeowners some relief from a massive, unaffordable hike in their flood insurance premiums. Passing this legislation is critical to maintaining growth in Florida’s housing market and its entire economy. I hope the Senate will follow our lead and pass this agreement quickly.
“While this is a good first step, it does not solve the problem. What we need is a long term solution to make flood insurance more affordable for middle class families and small businesses in Florida and across the country. I am committed to working towards that goal.”
When Paisley wrapped up his Beat This Winter tour Saturday (March 1) in Charleston, W.Va., he was presented the Distinguished West Virginian Award by state senate president Jeff Kessler and West Virginia Music Hall of Fame director Michael Lipton.
That’s a mighty fine accomplishment and a full-circle moment for Paisley, who got his start picking and grinning in his hometown of Glen Dale around the age of 8. He became a local favorite and then a star on the regional circuit after performing on the Wheeling Jamboree, a weekly program second only to the Grand Ole Opry as the oldest country music show broadcast in the U.S.
Of course, now he’s an international superstar and a member of the Opry — and arguably its poster boy — but that doesn’t negate the importance of those early years of hometown performing to a down-home guy like Paisley. He’s the kind of man and artist that might just treasure those moments more than anything. They are what keep him grounded.
And it makes sense that all of West Virginia would want to give such praise to their native son after all he’s given and continues to give to them. The award, which is meant to honor those who bring positive attention to the state, is also the highest honor that can be awarded by the governor.
Talk about ending a tour on a high note, but the fun for him is just beginning. He’ll be heading to Europe later this month for concerts in Ireland, England, Norway and Sweden.
- 2007, George Strait racks up eight nominations to top the ballot in the Academy of Country Music Awards, unveiled at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame. Brooks & Dunn collects seven, and Ronnie Dunn garners another on his own
- 2004, Epic releases Gretchen Wilson’s debut single, “Redneck Woman,” to radio. Along the way, Wilson namechecks redneck inspirations Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, George Strait, Charlie Daniels, Tanya Tucker and Hank Williams Jr.
- 1986, MCA releases Steve Earle’s album “Guitar Town”
- 1963, A plane crash in Camden, Tennessee, claims the lives of Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and pilot Randy Hughes as they return to Nashville from a charity concert in Kansas City
- 1960, Elvis Presley is discharged from the Army
- 2008, Arista releases Alan Jackson’s album “Good Time”
- 1994, “Reba McEntire’s Greatest Hits” becomes the singer’s fifth double-platinum album
- 1980, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” the story of Loretta Lynn’s life, premieres in Nashville, with Sissy Spacek in the lead role. Also receiving minor roles: Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl
- 1971, Jason Sellers is born in Gilmer, Texas. Signed for a short time to RCA Records, he writes Jason Aldean’s “Don’t You Wanna Stay” and Thompson Square’s “I Got You,” and sings background vocals on several hits by ex-wife Lee Ann Womack