- 2012, Big Machine releases the Taylor Swift album “Red”
– 2006, Little Big Town backs John Mellencamp’s performance of “Our Country” before Game 2 of the World Series at Detroit’s Comerica Park. Josh Gracin sings “God Bless America” during the seventh inning as the Tigers beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1
– 1990, Tim McGraw signs a recording contract with Curb Records
– 1966, Eddy Arnold, music publisher Jim Denny, Grand Ole Opry founder George D. Hay and Uncle Dave Macon are added to the Country Music Hall Of Fame, with the proceedings airing on ABC-TV’s “The Jimmy Dean Show”
Co-Writer Chris DeStefano Says She Gave Him Chill Bumps
That’s when Chris DeStefano came in with a musical idea, and Underwood came in with a big idea. It was, as DeStefano describes it, “the perfect write.”
“I played Carrie and Brett (James) this music, and Carrie was immediately like, ‘I’ve got this title and concept I’ve been wanting to write,” DeStefano told me of the day the three wrote Underwood’s latest hit, “Something in the Water.”
“I remember it like it was yesterday, getting chill bumps when she said that title,” he said. “It felt so right with the music.”
He said anytime he’s writing with Underwood, he likes to go in with ideas, but she’s usually the one who brings her best. And DeStefano loves to build on those.
“Going into a session, you never know what you’ll write,” he said. “That’s what’s so exciting. It’s like riding a wave. You all kind of get on this wave together and just roll with it. It’s almost like you can’t think about it too much.”
And that day, the wave took them on a ride the songwriters knew was special.
“By end of that day, we were cranking it up on the speakers and had our hands in the air. We definitely went to church that day. I can’t tell you how many times it brought me to tears,” he admitted. “Countless times. Just constantly. It’s such a powerful thing.”
We compared our favorite lyrics. Mine are, “Got joy in my heart, angels on my side,” and his are, “Got washed in the water, washed in the blood.”
“I’m getting chill bumps just talking about it,” DeStefano. “Each line lifts me up higher and higher.”
I remember seeing Underwood’s songwriting haven on TV when she gave Oprah Winfrey a tour of it. It was built in the 1800s and has been lovingly restored. It has plenty of religious touches all around. Like wooden plaques that say things like, “As for me and my ranch, we will serve the Lord” and “Nothing but the blood of Jesus (Romans 3:25).”
DeStefano probably felt that.
“With a song like that, there was so much at work in the room — beyond the three of us — that we all kind of knew it,” he said.
It sounds like there must have been something in the cabin.
- 2012, Garth Brooks, Connie Smith and session keyboard player Hargus “Pig” Robbins officially join the Country Music Hall of Fame during a medallion ceremony in Nashville
– 2004, Toby Keith receives his second quadruple-platinum album, for “Shock’n Y’all”
– 1999, The Dixie Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces” album reaches 8 million in shipments
– 1987, Exactly six months after its release, Dwight Yoakam’s “Hillbilly Deluxe” is recognized with a gold album
But for Yearwood, the show sounds like it hits very close to home.
Think about it. She and the show’s leading lady and fictional country star Rayna James have so much in common. They both thrived in the ’90s. They are both pining for the days when female singers were holding the door open for other female singers. They both have gorgeous hair. They both spend a lot of time in their gourmet kitchens. And they both are in love with powerhouse country superstar singers.
In Rayna’s case, it’s Luke Wheeler. (Ruke, as the couple’s been dubbed.)
In Yearwood’s case, it’s Garth Brooks. (Trarth? Gisha?)
Anyway, for all those reasons and more, the show feels really real to her.
“I really identify with Rayna being her age,” Yearwood recently told ABC News Radio. “I mean, I’m older than her, but I kind of identify with that character a lot and just the things she goes through and how the odds are kind of against her and all that.”
As for Rayna’s love affair with Luke, who has children from a previous marriage, Yearwood thinks the plotline sounds familiar, too.
“The thing with her and Luke, a little bit of it is like, ‘I know it’s not about us, but … it’s interesting,” she said.
- 2013, Kelly Clarkson marries Brandon Blackstock in Tennessee
– 2011, The Eli Young Band earns its first platinum single for “Crazy Girl”
– 1992, “Pure Country” has its Nashville premiere, attended by Garth Brooks, Joe Diffie and Randy Travis, plus the movie’s star, George Strait
– 1970, Jimi Westbrook is born in Jacksonville, Arkansas. He joins the vocal group Little Big Town, identified by thick, four-part harmony on such hits as “Boondocks,” “Pontoon,” “Tornado” ” and “Little White Church”
- 2013, Jason Aldean headlines the historic Hollywood Bowl for the first time. Filling out the bill are Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett
– 2002, Keith Urban begins a six-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Somebody Like You”
– 1985, Reba McEntire sings the national anthem prior to the first game of the World Series at Royal Stadium in Kansas City. The Cardinals beat the Royals, 3-1
– 1958, Brenda Lee records “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville
- 2007, Alison Krauss teams with Robert Plant for a “CMT Crossroads” taping at The Mill in Lebanon, Tennessee, with band members T Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller. In the audience are Michelle Branch, John Waite, Ed King, Holly Williams, Jessica Simpson and Bill Lloyd
- 2002, A new episode of “CMT Crossroads” airs, pairing The Dixie Chicks with James Taylor. The set list includes “Some Days You Gotta Dance,” “Wide Open Spaces” and “Ready To Run”
- 1984, Mickey Gilley is honored with a star at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- 1980, Don Williams’ “I Believe In You” takes up the #1 position on the Billboard country chart
- 2006, MCA releases Vince Gill’s “These Days,” an unprecedented box set featuring four discs of entirely new material. Guests on the project include Sheryl Crow, Rodney Crowell, Gretchen Wilson, Phil Everly, LeAnn Rimes, John Anderson, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris and Amy Grant
– 1997, SHeDAISY’s Kelsi Osborn marries Steve Simpson
– 1990, Naomi Judd tells reporters she has hepatitis and will have to give up performing. She and Wynonna hold the press conference in the same room in which they auditioned for RCA in 1983
– 1989, Mercury releases The Kentucky HeadHunters’ “Pickin’ On Nashville” album
“Aunt @mirandalambert & Uncle @blakeshelton 4 the win! She is destined 2 b a Country/Rock legend with this! Thnx guys,” Clarkson tweeted on Tuesday (Oct. 14), after her 4-month-old baby girl River Rose received a Gibson acoustic guitar from her famous friends. Shelton is managed by River’s father (and Clarkson’s husband) Brandon Blackstock.
That tweet has been favorited almost 5,000 times.
And here’s why: the photo Clarkson tweeted has all the elements to take it from cute to off-the-charts adorable.
1. River Rose’s sing-songy name is in gigantic gold letters down the neck of the guitar.
2. The guitar case is open on the couch, and River Rose is nestled down inside the case.
3. Her fat little baby arm appears to be propping her up beside the guitar.
4. The guitar is easily three times the size of River Rose.
5. She’s all dressed up for the photo shoot, from her cozy socks to her lacy headband.
I just can’t wait for the day when River Rose can sit up and hold that Gibson in her arms.
- 2011, Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks join the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame along with Thom Schuyler, Allen Shamblin and John Bettis during a ceremony at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel
– 2003, Pat Benatar joins Martina McBride to tape an installment of the Radney Foster-hosted “CMT Crossroads” in Nashville. Among the songs they perform together: “Independence Day,” “We Belong” and “When God-Fearin’ Women Get The Blues”
– 1982, Dolly Parton takes “I Will Always Love You” to #1 for the second time. The new version was recorded for the movie “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas”
– 1972, Loretta Lynn becomes the first woman to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in the sixth annual awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. She also takes Female Vocalist and shares Vocal Duo with Conway Twitty