- 2002, Brooks & Dunn perform with ZZ Top at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House, with the show filmed for later airing on “CMT Crossroads.” The set list includes “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “La Grange,” “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” and “Hard Workin’ Man”
- 2001, Toby Keith warms up the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart with “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This”
- 1990, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson perform at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Astrodome, kicking off their first concert tour as the Highwaymen
- 1963, Patsy Cline gives what proves to be her final show, a benefit for the widow of Kansas City deejay “Cactus Jack” Call. Also appearing: Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas, Dottie West, Billy Walker, George Jones and Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper
- 2006, Former “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood returns to the FOX-TV show to perform “Jesus, Take The Wheel”
- 1996, Martina McBride hovers at #1 for the first time in her career with “Wild Angels”
- 1962, Jon Bon Jovi is born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He sings lead for the rock band Bon Jovi, which finds its way into the country charts in 2006 by working with Jennifer Nettles on “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”
- 1923, Doc Watson is born in Deep Gap, North Carolina. A blind acoustic guitarist, he joins The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on its “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” album and collects seven Grammy awards
- 2005, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” Alan Jackson’s collaboration with Jimmy Buffett, is certified gold
- 1980, Waylon Jennings reaches the top of the Billboard country chart with the Rodney Crowell-penned “I Ain’t Living Long Like This”
- 1957, The Everly Brothers record “Bye Bye Love” and “I Wonder If I Care As Much” at the Methodist Television, Radio and Film Commission in Nashville
- 1949, Hank Williams records “Mind Your Own Business,” “Honky Tonk Blues,” “You’re Gonna Change (Or I’m Gonna Leave)” and “Lost Highway” at Nashville’s Castle Recording Studio. He records the final version of “Honky Tonk Blues” 33 months later
- 2007, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts secure three nominations apiece to lead the field as the finalists are announce for the CMT Music Awards
- 1996, Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High On That Mountain” wins two trophies–Best Country Song and Best Male Country Vocal Performance–during the 38th annual Grammy awards at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium
- 1977, Jason Aldean is born in Macon, Georgia. Beginning in 2005, he mixes country, rock and–on occasion–rap in such hits as “Hicktown,” “She’s Country” and “Dirt Road Anthem,” earning a double-platinum album with his 2010 release “My Kinda Party”
- 1966, Roger Miller, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens are double-winners at the inaugural Academy of Country & Western Music awards, held at the Palladium in Hollywood. Miller is named Man of the Year and Top Songwriter
Jett Williams Adkinson, daughter of the late Hank Williams Sr., is
According to the Lebanon Democrat newspaper, the 61-year-old Adkinson was driving a 1998 Jaguar when police officers stopped her around 2:35 a.m. for suspicion of DUI after the vehicle swerved between lanes. Officers detected slurred speech and the smell of alcohol. The newspaper reported that Adkinson admitted drinking two beers and failed a standard field sobriety test.
She was arrested for DUI and issued citations for not wearing a seatbelt and not having proof of current insurance. She was released from the Wilson County jail on a $1,000 bond.
Adkinson, a singer-songwriter, performs under the stage name of Jett Williams as a tribute to her father and mother Bobbie Webb Jett. She was born Jan. 6, 1953, five days after Hank Williams Sr. died. After her birth, Bobbie Jett granted legal custody of her daughter to Williams’ mother, Lillybelle “Lilly” Stone. After Stone died two years later, the child became a ward of the state of Alabama and was adopted by a couple in 1956. Her name was changed to Cathy Louise Deupree, and she earned a degree from the University of Alabama in 1975.
On her 21st birthday, upon learning she was to receive money from Stone’s estate, she first realized she was possibly the daughter of the Country Music Hall of Fame member. A notarized agreement was signed prior to her birth by Hank Williams and Jett. With the assistance of attorney F. Keith Adkinson, she took legal action in the early ’80s to receive her share of her father’s estate. In 1989, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled she was entitled to a share of proceeds from the estate.
She married was married to Adkinson from 1986 until his death in June 2013.
- 2009, Jamey Johnson and Shooter Jennings tape an installment of “CMT Crossroads” at Rocketown in Nashville. The set list naturally includes “In Color”
- 2002, The T Bone Burnett-produced “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” wins Album of the Year and Best Compilation Soundtrack Album, and influences triumphs in four other categories, during the 44th annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles’ Staples Center
- 1982, Don Williams’ “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good” reaches the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart
- 1959, Johnny Van Zant is born in Jacksonville, Florida. The brother of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant and 38 Special’s Donnie Van Zant, he joins Skynyrd in the 1980s and also teams with Ronnie to form Van Zant, a duo that nabs a country hit in 2005
Granted, he wasn’t the one asking the questions, but you can tell from his enthusiastic answers that this is a man who has about as much passion for the games as he does for music.
Asked about his choices if he could form a new band with only professional athletes, he said, “I’d have Dan Marino playing bass. I’d have (retired Cincinnati Reds baseball player) Barry Larkin playing drums and (former professional wrestler) Ric Flair on keyboards, for sure, shaking that hair. My guitar player would probably be (retired Miami Dolphin) Jason Taylor. If we were all single and on the road, I’d like to get some of his throwaways. He’s so pretty. They could all sing backgrounds, but I’d still be the lead singer.”
As for his love of football, he said, “There are two kinds of seasons for me — football season and waiting for football season. My favorite teams are the (South Carolina) Gamecocks and the Miami Dolphins. I love it.”
About a game he likes to play instead of watch, Rucker noted, “I play a lot (of golf), even on the road. The other day I shot a 74, and the next day I shot an 84. It fluctuates like that, but it’s still my favorite thing to do. Once the spring hits, we play every day. Once you get over partying and sleeping in, it’s the best way to spend the mornings. I’m up at 8 o’clock every day now. What else am I going to do?”
Regarding his favorite memory as a lifelong sports fan, he said. “That would have to be when I was 6 years old and the Dolphins won their first Super Bowl (in 1973) after going undefeated. I’ll never forget how happy I was at that moment.”
Authorities told Nashville TV station WKRN the fire started around 9:30 a.m. when a candle fell onto a chair in the sunroom of the home. Lynn, 81, was watching TV when she heard a crackling noise. She suffered burns on her fingertips while using a pillow to extinguish the flames.
Lynn’s ranch, located approximately 75 miles west of Nashville, includes restaurants, a concert venue and a Motocross track. The antebellum mansion, which now houses a museum, was not damaged. The singer-songwriter resides in another house on the property. It was not heavily damaged in Tuesday’s fire.
Lynn, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, is best known for hits such as “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough” and “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).” In 2013, President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
She’s scheduled to continue her tour dates this weekend in Texas with shows Friday (Feb. 28) in Greenville, Saturday in Corpus Christi and Sunday in Austin.
In a recent interview, McGraw said every time he makes an album, it’s a way to cleanse himself emotionally.
“It’s about making a great record, about making something you feel proud of, making something that sort of purges you emotionally,” he said. “If it doesn’t purge you emotionally, then you’re not gonna have the reaction you want from the fans who listen to it. … Music has to be cathartic, and all art is about purging your emotions.”
Wow, right? That makes me really curious to see what he puts on his upcoming album, due out in May.
“I mean, that’s why people enjoy it and that’s why people go to a movie,” he added. “Because they can cry and they feel better about crying after they come out. Or it makes you think and it makes you reflect.”
His latest hit “Lookin’ for That Girl” doesn’t seem all that cathartic to me. But, then again, maybe radio singles aren’t the best example of this purging. On McGraw’s last album, Two Lanes of Freedom, the hit songs like “Truck Yeah” and “Southern Girl” are the far end of the emo spectrum. But if you were obsessed with that album like I was, you know that “Number 37405,” “Book of John” and “Nashville Without You” were songs that made you stop, think and reflect. Definite purges, I think.
McGraw says songs that leave some questions unanswered are the ones that tend to hold up even after you’ve heard them several times.
“It’s what makes art propel and makes an artist propel, and makes listeners stay engaged with you,” he said.
- 2006, Willie Nelson rides in the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans
- 2002, Sony releases the soundtrack to “We Were Soldiers,” with a collaboration between Johnny Cash and Dave Matthews, plus a duet of Jamie O’Neal and Michael McDonald. Also featured: Tammy Cochran, Montgomery Gentry, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Rascal Flatts
- 2001, Toby Keith captures a platinum album for “How Do You Like Me Now?!”
- 1994, The Desert Rose Band plays its final concert in Indio, California