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This Day in Country Music – August 19th

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  • 2014, Sam Hunt performs “Leave The Night On” and “Take Your Time” as he makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
  • 2003, Capitol releases Dierks Bentley’s self-titled debut album
  • 1999, Dwight Yoakam earns a double-platinum album, with “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.”
  • 1969, Clay Walker is born in Beaumont, Texas. A dynamic live act with a growl he uses judiciously, Walker nets more than 10 years of hits, including “What’s It To You,” “Who Needs You Baby,” “The Chain Of Love” and “She Won’t Be Lonely Long”

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This Day in Country Music – August 18th

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  • 2014, Warner Bros. releases Blake Shelton’s “Neon Light” to radio
  • 2012, Highway 101 drummer Cactus Moser is injured when his motorcycle collides with an oncoming car near Hill City, South Dakota. His left leg is amputated as a result of the collision. Wife Wynonna Judd cancels a Canadian tour
  • 2006, Kenny Chesney performs at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Randy Owen, lead singer of the band Alabama, attends the show–the first time he’s ever seen a concert as a ticket-holder
  • 2004, Big & Rich’s debut album, “Horse Of A Different Color,” is certified platinum

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This Day in Country Music – August 17th

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  • 2012, Florida Georgia Line performs “Cruise” in its Grand Ole Opry debut
  • 2009, Brad Paisley’s “Welcome To The Future” video debuts on CMT
  • 1991, George Strait’s “You Know Me Better Than That” begins a three-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart
  • 1988, Colton Swon is born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He sings high harmonies for The Swon Brothers, a duo that signs with Arista following a season on the NBC music series “The Voice.” They earn their first hit in 2014 with “Later On”

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This Day in Country Music – August 16th

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  • 2012, Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” is certified double-platinum
  • 2000, Mary Chapin Carpenter sings “Why Walk When You Can Fly” during the Democratic National Convention at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as the party nominates vice president Al Gore for president
  • 1987, Dan Smyers is born in Pennsylvania. He becomes one-half of Dan + Shay, who earn an Academy of Country Music nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year in 2014 on the heels of their debut single, “19 You + Me”
  • 1980, Alabama registers its first #1 single in Billboard with “Tennessee River”

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This Day in Country Music – August 15th

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  • 2011, The Band Perry’s “All Your Life” video debuts on CMT
  • 1995, Roy Clark performs “Yesterday, When I Was Young” during the funeral for Mickey Mantle at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas
  • 1991, Vince Gill and Alan Jackson lead the way in the 25th annual Country Music Association awards with six nominations apiece. Garth Brooks receives five. Brooks and Gill compete for entertainer against Clint Black, Reba McEntire and George Strait
  • 1957, The Everly Brothers record “Wake Up Little Susie” at the Methodist Television, Radio and Film Commission studios in Nashville

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This Day in Country Music – August 14th

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  • 2007, Capitol releases Luke Bryan’s debut album, “I’ll Stay Me”
  • 2003, When a power outage zaps the electricity for 50 million residents in the Northeast, Jo Dee Messina improvises with a 30-minute acoustic set at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. Her performance includes the apropos “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”
  • 1995, Garth Brooks’ “The Hits” becomes the first best-of album by a country-based artist certified for shipments of 7 million units
  • 1982, Ernest Tubb makes his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry

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This Day in Country Music – August 13th

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  • 2013, Capitol releases the Luke Bryan album “Crash My Party”
  • 2009, Toby Keith’s “American Ride” video debuts on CMT.com
  • 1991, Arista releases Brooks & Dunn’s debut album, “Brand New Man”
  • 1978, Drummer Mike Melancon is born in Ecurces, Quebec. He provides a foundation for the Alberta-based band Emerson Drive, which uses power harmonies to net hits with “I Should Be Sleeping,” “Moments” and “Fall Into Me”

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This Day in Country Music – August 12th

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  • 2011, Hunter Hayes performs “Storm Warning” in his Grand Ole Opry debut
  • 2000, Lonestar lifts “What About Now” to the top of the Billboard country chart
  • 1989, Patty Loveless notches her first #1 country single with “Timber, I’m Falling In Love”
  • 1929, Buck Owens is born in Sherman, Texas. Raised in California, he adds a rock ‘n’ roll spirit to country music, becoming a major part of the Bakersfield Sound. He co-hosts “Hee Haw” for more than 15 years on his way into the Country Music Hall of Fame

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This Day in Country Music – August 11th

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  • 2012, Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over” rises to the top of the Billboard country singles chart
  • 2006, “CMT Cross Country” debuts, demonstrating the parallels between a pair of country performers. The inaugural episode matches Josh Turner with one of his biggest influences, Randy Travis
  • 1998, MCA releases Vince Gill’s “The Key” album
  • 1979, Eddie Rabbitt’s “Suspicions” reigns at #1 on the Billboard country chart

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This Day in Country Music – August 10th

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  • 2014, Cole Swindell writes his future hit “You Should Be Here” with songwriter Ashley Gorley at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where he’s opening for Luke Bryan
  • 2012, Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride” video premieres on CMT
  • 2006, Kenny Chesney’s nine-minute “You Save Me” video debuts on CMT
  • 1973, Jennifer Hanson is born in Whittier, California. Blending influences such as Dolly Parton and Sheryl Crow, she earns a hit in 2002 with “Beautiful Goodbye.” She also writes The Wreckers’ “Leave The Pieces” and Bucky Covington’s “A Different World”

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