- 2003, Toby Keith’s “American Soldier” video debuts on CMT
- 1977, Dolly Parton’s “Here You Come Again” begins a five-week ride at #1 in Billboard
- 1954, Bass player Paul Gregg is born in Altus, Oklahoma. He joins Restless Heart, whose big, pop-tinged harmonies earn them a series of smooth country hits in the late-1980s and the Academy of Country Music’s Top Vocal Group award in 1990
- 1927, Ferlin Husky is born in Flat River, Missouri. His 1956 single “Gone” establishes the Nashville Sound. He also has a landmark with the gospel-themed “Wings Of A Dove” and enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010
- 2005, Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas From The Family” ranks at #1 in the holiday special “CMT 20 Merriest Christmas Videos”
- 2002, Kenny Chesney’s album “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” goes double-platinum
- 1989, Randy Travis goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “It’s Just A Matter Of Time”
- 1965, Songwriter Casey Beathard is born in Torrance, California. He authors such hits as Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink,” Darius Rucker’s “Come Back Song,” Eric Church’s “Homeboy” and George Strait’s “The Breath You Take”
- 2012, Shania Twain begins a two-year, 120-show residency at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. She sings “You’re Still The One” to a horse, and does “Up!,” “Any Man Of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”
- 2007, Carrie Underwood gets big results from “So Small” as the song reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
- 1998, Faith Hill’s “This Kiss” earns a platinum single
- 1964, Buck Owens records “I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail” and “Cryin’ Time” in an afternoon session at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood
- 2000, Two country artists are nominated in each of the three musical categories for the People’s Choice Awards: Garth Brooks and George Strait, male nominees; Shania Twain and Faith Hill, female; and The Dixie Chicks and Alabama, band
- 1995, Martina McBride joins the Grand Ole Opry during the taping of a CBS-TV special, “Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary Celebration,” at the Opry House
- 1975, Mindy McCready born in Fort Myers, Florida. Her sassy, confident approach nets late-1990s hits with “Ten Thousand Angels” and “Guys Do It All The Time,” but she falls into a publicly reported downward spiral a decade later
- 1937, Record executive and producer Jimmy Bowen is born in Santa Rita, New Mexico. After starting in pop, he works for MCA, Elektra and Capitol, producing hits for George Strait, Reba McEntire, Eddie Rabbitt and Hank Williams Jr., among others
- 2010, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles hosts the ABC special “CMA Country Christmas” with Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker and Little Big Town
- 2001, Lee Ann Womack kicks off a unique Christmas tour in Sewell, New Jersey, performing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra
- 1994, Brooks & Dunn’s “Brand New Man” becomes the first album by a country duo certified quadruple-platinum, while their “Hard Workin’ Man” album goes triple-platinum
- 1959, “The Battle Of New Orleans” wins Song of the Year for composer Jimmy Driftwood and Best Country & Western Performance for Johnny Horton during the second annual Grammy Awards
Note to the tabloids: Don’t mess with Miranda Lambert. The singer has a bone to pick with the rags after a story surfaced alleging the singer underwent weight loss surgery to score that svelte figure she debuted at the CMA Awards.
Lambert — never one to really comment or throw kerosene on the fires the gossip magazines ignite — decided this time, she wasn’t going to sit back idly and let them devalue her hard work. Instead, she would tackle the situation head on with an open letter on her personal website.
She told fans, “I NEVER care what the tabloids have to say about me. … I wanted to address this certain story they are running this week and set the record straight. I DID NOT have surgery to lose weight. … That is ridiculous. I lost my weight the healthy and good old fashioned way. Watching what I eat and working out with my trainer Bill Crutchfield.”
There you have it, folks. Simple math — eat better, eat lighter and move more, in Lambert’s case. And it did work.
And for the Texas beauty, the actual number of pounds lost just doesn’t matter. She went on to write, “I don’t even know! Like I have always said, it’s not about a scale, it’s about how you feel and how your jeans fit. And on November 10th when I turned 30, my skinny jeans were finally baggy! Mission accomplished!”
Perhaps the biggest message to fans in the letter — besides avoid reading “Trash Talk” as she so aptly puts it — is just to be confident, no matter where you are in your journey.
“I am proud to be a normal size girl and I want to encourage everyone to be confident at any size. Thanks for the support y’all!”
Remember, according to Lambert, it takes “all kinds of kinds.” And she is so incredibly right about that one. Here’s to you ‘Ran — master encourager to us all.
- 2005, Lee Ann Womack collects a gold album for “There’s More Where That Came From”
- 1992, Marty Stuart joins the Grand Ole Opry, the first new member added following the death of Roy Acuff
- 1964, Willie Nelson makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
- 1925, “The WSM Barn Dance” begins broadcasting in Nashville, with a one-hour performance by Uncle Jimmy Thompson. It’s later renamed the Grand Ole Opry. Thompson’s first-night songs include “When You And I Were Young Maggie”
- 2006, Dierks Bentley receives a gold album for “Long Trip Alone”
- 2001, Reba McEntire is nominated for a People’s Choice Award for her acting in the TV series “Reba.” Other country stars receiving nominations: The Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks and George Strait
- 1996, “Sling Blade” opens in American movie theaters. The picture features Dwight Yoakam in a prominent role, along with Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall and Tex Ritter’s son, John Ritter. It also includes an Emmylou Harris performance of “Shenandoah”
- 1980, William Lee Golden, of The Oak Ridge Boys, stops trimming his beard. Combined with the long hair he’s been growing since Christmas 1979, the facial hair helps create a new mountain man image
I know I sound like a Debbie Downer, but I always want the bad news first. So when I saw the story about Kellie Pickler in the new country special issue of People magazine, I went immediately to the part about her down-in-the-dumps song.
“When I’m having my own pity party, it’s Lee Ann Womack,” she said. “She has a song called ‘Have You Seen That Girl.’ I’ve sat on my bus, drunk a bottle of wine, cried and felt sorry for myself to that song I don’t know how many times.”
The opposite extreme is her stuck-in-her-head song, which is currently Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” Pickler and her husband Kyle Jacobs were mesmerized while watching one of Cyrus’ recent TV appearances.
“Kyle and I were on my bus the other night watching Saturday Night Live, and she was on,” Pickler said. “I was blown away. I know she’s controversial, but that girl can sing.”
The other musical moments that mean so much to Pickler include:
Most romantic song: Her husband playing “Say I Do” for her on the piano in their bedroom. (For the record, just having a piano in your bedroom might be the most romantic thing I’ve ever heard of.)
Desert island discs: Her ideal list would be made up of the women she could listen to on repeat every day — Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells and Patsy Cline.
First concert she attended: “My friend won two tickets off a radio station to a Kenny Chesney concert when I was 17 or 18,” she said. “I don’t know how he does it, but he can connect with 50,000 people. He leaves every ounce of himself onstage.”
Nelson was traveling in his own bus and not on board at the time of the accident.
Among Nelson’s band members, Paul English hurt his ankle and Billy English sustained a bruised hip. The brothers both play drums in the band. Meanwhile, crew member Tom Hawkins’ rib was cracked. The remaining passengers are sore, but everyone is expected to fully recover, according to Nelson’s website.
The bus was trying to navigate through heavy rains and winds, according to a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety. The representative stated that the bus crashed into a bridge pillar after being swept off the road. The crash took place on Interstate 30, about 80 miles east of Dallas.
Nelson has postponed the remaining four tour dates in November, which were scheduled in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. The tour is expected to resume as scheduled in December.
According to Nelson’s website, the band’s next tour dates will be Dec. 10-11 in Las Vegas.