- 2013, Brantley Gilbert and Chris Young make guest appearances on ABC-TV’s “Nashville,” showing up at a music-business party. Music in the episode includes Jack Ingram’s “Barefoot And Crazy,” plus tracks by Thomas Rhett and Edens Edge
– 2011, Martina McBride delivers the national anthem at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, while Joe Nichols and Hank Williams Jr. perform at halftime in the AFC Championship Game. The Steelers ground the New York Jets, 24-19
– 2008, Carrie Underwood picks up four nods to lead all artists as the nominees are announced for the second annual CMT Online Awards
– 2007, Carrie Underwood claims four victories to top the list as the CMT.com Loaded Awards winners are announced
- 2013, Capitol releases Lady Antebellum’s “Downtown” to radio
– 2012, Brad Paisley performs “Camouflage” in a short halftime set during an NFL playoff game at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. The New York Giants defeat the 49ers in the game, 20-17
– 2001, Kenny Chesney’s “Greatest Hits” album is certified gold and platinum simultaneously
– 1994, Hal Ketchum joins the Grand Ole Opry
- 2013, Brad Paisley performs “American Saturday Night” during an inaugural concert for president Barack Obama at the Washington Convention Center. Also in the lineup: Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder and Jamie Foxx, who sings “I Can’t Stop Loving You”
– 2006, Carrie Underwood parks herself at #1 in Billboard for the first of six weeks with “Jesus, Take The Wheel”
– 1996, Wynonna Judd marries Arch Kelley at the Christ Church in Nashville, then holds the reception at her mother’s Trilogy restaurant
– 1989, “She’s Crazy For Leavin'” takes Rodney Crowell to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
- 2013, The Zac Brown Band performs “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The San Francisco 49ers advance to the Super Bowl with a 28-24 win against the Falcons
– 2005, Keith Urban and John Fogerty tape an episode of “CMT Crossroads” together at Union Station in Los Angeles. In addition to Urban’s hits “You’ll Think Of Me,” “Somebody Like You” and “Days Go By,” they work up a version of “Blue Suede Shoes”
– 1997, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lonestar, Trisha Yearwood and Kim Richey are among the performers at Bill Clinton’s inaugural celebration, which includes 14 different receptions. Vice president Al Gore and wife Tipper dance to the “Tennessee Waltz”
– 1995, The “Wynonna” album is certified quadruple-platinum
- 2012, Eric Church kicks off his first arena headlining tour in Fort Smith, Arkansas, with opening acts Brantley Gilbert, Sonia Leigh and The Cadillac Black, a band that includes “You Gonna Fly” songwriter Jaren Johnston
– 2010, Shania Twain is featured as a guest judge on FOX-TV’s “American Idol” during the season’s third episode
– 2005, On the eve of George W. Bush’s inauguration, Lee Greenwood, Kenny Chesney, The Gatlins, Sara Evans, Clay Walker, Lyle Lovett, Asleep At The Wheel, Robert Earl Keen, The Derailers and Neal McCoy perform at related events in Washington, D.C.
– 1993, Kenny Rogers and Trisha Yearwood perform in “The Presidential Inaugural Gala” a day before Bill Clinton takes office. Others on the bill include Fleetwood Mac, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Chuck Berry and Elton John
- 2013, George Strait launches the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, his last official concert trek, at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Martina McBride opens the show
– 2009, Garth Brooks sings “We Shall Be Free” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural event for Barack Obama. Also appearing: James Taylor, Jennifer Nettles, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow
– 2007, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby tape a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” in Nashville. The set list includes “Mandolin Rain” and “Don’t Get Above Your Raising.” They’re also joined by John Anderson for a surprise rendition of “Super Freak”
– 2006, Keith Urban’s “Be Here” album goes triple-platinum
- 2013, Republic Nashville announces the signing of Cassadee Pope to a recording contract
– 2010, Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett win Best Original Song, for “The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart),” in the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
– 2006, Sugarland posts a message on its website announcing Kristen Hall is leaving the trio to concentrate on songwriting
– 1998, Tim McGraw begins a six-week residency at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Just To See You Smile”
Jason Aldean: “Garth Was the Guy”
Could Singers Start a Mutual Adoration Society in Nashville?
by Alison Bonaguro 11/12/2014
Ever since Garth Brooks told me how much he admired Jason Aldean, I’ve wondered what Aldean thought about having a country music legend in his corner.
During an interview when his comeback tour launched in Chicago, Brooks went on and on about Aldean’s “muscle country” and how “everybody tried to do that Jason thing.”
When I was in Nashville for CMA Awards week, I finally had my chance to ask Aldean about it.
“First of all, the fact that the dude even knows who I am cracks me up,” Aldean said. “Second of all, giving me compliments? That’s very cool. I don’t take stuff like that for granted at all.”
When Aldean was first playing clubs as a teenager in Georgia, he sang a lot of Brooks cover songs. In the ’90s, that was pretty much standard operating procedure for any aspiring country singer.
By the time Aldean had a steady gig in a house band, Brooks had released his first four albums which spawned more than 10 No. 1 songs and had already won the CMA’s entertainer of the year award twice.
So, yeah, you could say his music influenced Aldean.
“Garth’s such a legend in music,” Aldean said. “So that fact that he even cares enough to have an opinion on me really trips me out. Because as a kid growing up, when I first started getting into music and playing out, Garth was the guy. And when I was trying to break into the business, if you’d told me he’d ever say something like that, I would have thought that was ridiculous.”
- 2007, The Recording Industry Association of America issues a gold album for “Taylor Swift”
– 2006, The Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line” earns three Golden Globes: Best Musical or Comedy plus trophies for Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. The “Brokeback Mountain” piece “A Love That Will Never Grow Old” wins Best Original Song
– 1999, “Right On The Money,” written by Phil Vassar, takes Alan Jackson to the top of the Billboard country chart
– 1993, Patty Loveless performs on the Grand Ole Opry. It’s her first Opry appearance since undergoing vocal surgery
- 2014, Trace Adkins enters a treatment facility for alcohol rehab after getting into a fight with a Trace Adkins impersonator during a country music cruise
– 2013, Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride” is awarded a platinum single
– 2002, Arista releases Alan Jackson’s “Drive” album
– 2000, Patty Loveless introduces Ralph Stanley as a new member of the Grand Ole Opry