- 2007, Big & Rich takes “Lost In This Moment” to the top of the Billboard country chart
- 2004, Sara Evans performs for George W. Bush at the annual president’s dinner in Washington, D.C. The set list includes “Born To Fly,” “No Place That Far,” “Perfect” and her current single, “Suds In The Bucket”
- 1999, Charley Pride’s name is embedded in a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- 1956, Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line” hits #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
- 2002, Toby Keith occupies the #1 position in Billboard with “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)”
- 1988, Julianne Hough is born in Salt Lake City. Introduced nationally on the ABC series “Dancing With The Stars,” she nets a #1 country album with her self-titled 2008 debut
- 1968, Johnny Cash’s live version of “Folsom Prison Blues” takes the #1 slot on the Billboard country chart
- 1944, Bill Browder is born in Humboldt, Tennessee. Under the stage name T.G. Sheppard, he segues from record promotion into performing, developing pop-slanted 1980s country hits, including “I Loved ‘Em Every One,” “Only One You” and “Slow Burn”
- 2004, Gretchen Wilson’s “Here For The Party” album is certified double-platinum
- 1997, George Strait starts a four-week stay at the top of the Billboard chart with “Carrying Your Love With Me”
- 1993, Liberty releases Garth Brooks’ “Ain’t Going Down (Til The Sun Comes Up)”
- 1937, George Hamilton IV is born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Added to the Grand Ole Opry in 1961, he gains a massive #1 single with “Abilene” in 1963 and earns hits with Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain” and Joni Mitchell’s “Urge For Going”
- 2006, Capitol releases Eric Church’s debut album, “Sinners Like Me”
- 2000, DreamWorks releases Darryl Worley’s debut album, “Hard Rain Don’t Last”
- 1986, Columbia Records drops Johnny Cash after 28 years on the label. Cash finds out by reading the newspaper
- 1964, Connie Smith makes her Grand Ole Opry debut
And the “Anything Could Happen” singer explained to the British edition of Glamour magazine why her friendship with Swift and other high-profile women are some of the ones she loves to love the most.
“We’re friends because they understand the predicaments. They see what is and isn’t real. I’m not anywhere near their level of fame, but if I say, ‘Oh, God, Taylor, this happened,’ she’ll be like, ‘Girl, that’s nothing,’” Goulding said. “Suck it up, kind of thing! I have strong female characters all around me, really cool women.”
Beyond Swift, Goulding has girls in her life that do more than just pal around New York City with her.
“My tour manager is a woman, my manager is a woman. I want to be surrounded by powerful women, not men,” she said.
I don’t know exactly how the two singers met, but it sounds like they are very like-minded when it comes to the way they approach a blank sheet of paper.
“There’s an innate part of me that is very strong. But there’ll always be that part of me that I go to to write songs — that weakness, that vulnerability. That’s what I access to write my music. In this industry, oh, God, do you need a thick skin! But it’s that thinner skin that’s gotten me here,” Goulding said, sounding exactly like Swift has in so many interviews over the course of her songwriting career.
- 2006, BNA announces the signing of former “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler to her first recording contract
- 1993, Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee” kicks off a four-week run at #1 on the Billboard country singles list
- 1976, Singer/songwriter Luke Bryan is born in Leesburg, Georgia. A 2013 winner of the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, he gains prominence with the hits “I Don’t Want This Night To End,” “Drink A Beer” and “That’s My Kind Of Night,” becoming a stadium headliner in 2014
- 1969, Merle Haggard records the studio version of “Okie From Muskogee” at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood
Richie Brown was the biggest Garth Brooks fan Jerrod Niemann ever knew. They went to college together in Texas, and Niemann told me Brown would always tell him — and anyone else who was listening — I’m gonna write with Garth Brooks someday.”
Fast forward a few years, and Niemann and Brown ran into each other after they’d both moved to Nashville.
Fast forward even more, and Niemann and Brown were sitting in Brooks’ kitchen writing songs.
It makes for an excellent story this week while the world awaits details of Brooks’ upcoming U.S. tour.
“So Richie runs into Garth on Music Row,” Niemann recalled. “And he tells him, ‘Man, I know this isn’t proper protocol, but what does it take to write with Garth Brooks? I know it’s not the right Music Row etiquette.’
“And Garth told Richie, ‘I’ll tell you what. Drop off some songs to this location, and if there’s something we can use, you’ll hear from me. And if it’s something that is going in a different direction, you probably won’t.’ We dropped off 15 songs for Garth.”
What happened next was a moment that Niemann, his mother and every driver on Nashville’s Briley Parkway that day will probably never forget.
“I remember driving my mom to the airport and telling her that I hoped someday I’d be able to tell my kids that Garth Brooks had heard some of my songs,” Niemann said. “And literally two minutes later, I get a caller-ID-blocked call. I thought it was a collection agency or a girl I’d upset. But I answered, and it was a guy. And it was Garth.
“I started swerving all over and told my mom, ‘It’s Garth Brooks.’ And she said, ‘Well, don’t kill us!’”
By the next weekend, Brown and Niemann were writing “That Girl Is a Cowboy” with Brooks. (Niemann also co-wrote Brooks’ “Good Ride Cowboy” and “Midnight Sun.”)
“It was crazy to sit there. I’m like, I’m 21 years old, and I’m in Garth’s kitchen, writing songs,” Niemann said. “I was like, ‘Holy shit!’ I need a minute to adjust to that.’ From there, Garth just took us under his wing. It makes it a lot easier to wake up every morning when you know the people at the top are huge-hearted, great people.”
- 2012, Florida Georgia Line signs a recording deal with Republic Nashville
- 2005, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans’ “Happy Trails” is ranked at #1 with the TV debut of “CMT 20 Greatest Cowboy Songs”
- 1985, The Oak Ridge Boys sing the national anthem at baseball’s All-Star Game and meet Johnny Bench at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. The National League beats the American League, 6-1
- 1982, Kenny Rogers makes his film debut in the movie “Six Pack.” The picture’s music includes his single “Love Will Turn You Around” and a song by Crystal Gayle
- 2011, Jason Aldean picks up platinum singles for “Dirt Road Anthem” and “My Kinda Party”
- 2005, The movie “Wedding Crashers,” starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, debuts in theaters. The cast features Dwight Yoakam, derided by an ex as a “hillbilly” in a divorce negotiation during the opening scene
- 2003, Arista releases Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road” album
- 1961, Bill Anderson joins the Grand Ole Opry
The four will be officially inducted during an Oct. 5 ceremony in Nashville.
Anderson, best known as a vocalist, will join the Hall of Fame in the songwriter/artist category. The Florida native released his self-titled debut album in 1980 and scored his first No. 1 single, “Wild and Blue,” in 1983. A year later, he hit No. 1 with “Swingin’,” a song he co-wrote that was named single of the year at the CMA Awards. He also enjoyed major hits with other original songs, including “Seminole Wind,” “I Wish I Could Have Been There,” “Bend It Until It Breaks” and “Chicken Truck,” among others.
Craft, to be inducted in the veteran songwriter category, has written numerous bluegrass classics, including “Midnight Flyer,” originally recorded by the Osborne Brothers and later covered by the Eagles on their 1974 album, On the Border. His credits also include country hits such as Bobby Bare’s “Dropkick Me, Jesus,” Moe Bandy’s “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life,” Ray Stevens’ “It’s Me Again, Margaret” and Mark Chesnutt’s “Brother Jukebox.” His songs have also been recorded by numerous artists, including Linda Ronstadt, Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley and the Nashville Bluegrass Band.
Douglas and Peters will be inducted in the songwriter category.
Douglas’ catalog of hits includes Lady Antebellum’s “I Run to You” and “Hello World,” Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me,” Tim McGraw’s “Grown Men Don’t Cry,” “My Little Girl,” “Let It Go” and “Southern Voice,” Martina McBride’s “Love’s the Only House” and Collin Raye’s “Little Rock.”
Peters’ initial songwriting success came in 1991 with George Strait’s “The Chill of an Early Fall.” Her compositions also include Patty Loveless’ “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am,” Faith Hill’s “The Secret of Life,” Pam Tillis’ “Let That Pony Run,” Trisha Yearwood’s “On a Bus to St. Cloud” and McBride’s “My Baby Loves Me.”