- 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
Now I know one of the things I’ll be thankful for this Thanksgiving — the much-anticipated album from Trisha Yearwood due out on Nov. 17. It is her first one with new music — six new songs — in seven long years.
Yearwood just revealed the cover art featuring her in a white gown, a tiara and a pair of Rocky Balboa’s actual boxing gloves, for what seems like the greatest hits of all greatest hits albums.
It’s called PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit.
There will be huge hits, obviously, like “She’s in Love With the Boy,” “XXX’s and OOO’s,” and “How Do I Live.” Plus the title track and five other new ones, like “She Met Him in a Motel Room” and “Your Husband’s Cheating on Us,” which sound like they could be two sides to the same story.
“I’m excited for you to be the first to see the PrizeFighter CD cover,” Yearwood said Tuesday (Oct. 14) on Facebook when she revealed the cover artwork. “The song ‘PrizeFighter’ describes for me the fight we all fight, whatever it is. It’s the courage to get up every day and give it your best shot, no matter the odds.
“For me, I learned that strength from my mama, Gwen. She went toe to toe with breast cancer, and though she lost her battle, she fought every step of the way with grace, dignity, humor and love. She’s my prizefighter. Whatever your battle, whoever your prizefighter is, my hope is that you draw strength from this important message.”
Describing the album’s title, Yearwood says it’s about the punches you throw and the punches you take in life.
“But it’s the entire fight that defines who you are,” she said.
Carrie Underwood could just paint her baby’s nursery yellow. That’s always a pretty safe and gender-neutral go-to color for expectant parents. But it sounds like she and her husband Mike Fisher have decided to wait on any kind of décor until they find out if the baby is a boy or a girl.
“We haven’t really worried about too much,” Underwood told CMT Radio’s Cody Alan about the holding pattern she is in right now, so early in her pregnancy. “Until we find out if it’s gonna be a boy or a girl. We haven’t really done anything with the room or anything.”
But that’s not to say she hasn’t started stockpiling some baby essentials with a little online shopping.
“I bought a few books online — kids books and stuff — that I grew up with. Just little things. But we’re kind of waiting to see if it’s a he or a she,” she said.
And so far, Underwood admits her pregnancy has been all good.
“I feel really good. I think I’ve been really lucky in my symptoms thus far,” she said. “It’s still strange to honestly wrap my head around it, as I’m sure it is with all pregnant people. But it’s exciting.”
One thing she isn’t so sure about is how she’s going to maintain her ever-changing styles on the CMA Awards stage.
Underwood told Alan she doesn’t think she’ll be able to pull off the standard 10 wardrobe changes in a night like she’s done in the past. “I don’t know if I can keep up with those numbers,” she admitted, “just from pure exhaustion.”
- 2010, Miranda Lambert’s “Revolution” album is certified platinum
– 1991, Atlantic releases Tracy Lawrence’s debut single, “Sticks And Stones”
– 1978, The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inducts Joe Allison (“He’ll Have To Go”), Tom T. Hall (“Harper Valley P.T.A.”), Hank Snow (“I’m Moving On”) and Don Wayne (“Country Bumpkin”)
– 1969, Kimberly Roads (now Schlapman) is born in Toccoa, Georgia. She is destined for membership in Little Big Town, a harmony-based group known for “Boondocks,” “Tornado,” “Pontoon” and “Little White Church”
A list of the most influential artists in history chosen by country stars themselves, another honoree is announced each week on CMT Hot 20 Countdown.
McEntire’s natural charm, one-of-a-kind voice and stunning looks have made her a multitalented entertainer with success as a country singer and as an actress.
Her first No. 1 hit came in 1982 with “Can’t Even Get the Blues,” and she has gone on to release a total of 40 No. 1 singles and 14 No. 1 albums to date. She has sold more than 80 million records worldwide.
One of the first country artists to embrace music videos and treat them like minimovies, her performances in videos like “Fancy,” “Whoever’s in New England” and “Is There Life Out There” led to a memorable role in the film Tremors and eventually to starring roles in the Broadway reboot of Annie Get Your Gun and her own television sitcom, Reba.
Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011, she continues to tour and record, releasing the spiritually-minded single “Pray for Peace” in 2014.
Kix Brooks, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Martina McBride, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are just a few of the artists who named McEntire as one of the most influential artists in country music history.
“She’s very unique in that she has so many talents,” Brooks said. “Our first real opening tour was with Reba, and we got to see how real pros did it. She sings so good, she’s a really good actor and onstage she’s so funny and natural with people. That’s what a big star is all about.
“She’s got all the tools, and she brings them in spades because she enjoys it so much. She goes out there and just slays it every time she does it. For anybody that really wants to do this for a living — especially for women, because it is a different game for guys — if you don’t go to Reba McEntire school, you are missing a big part of the book.”
“I mean, she’s an icon,” Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott said. “She’s a one-namer. There’s not very many of those, you know? Personally, I’ve had the chance to know her since I was 5 years old because both my parents were in her band, and my mother, Linda Davis, did a duet with her — ‘Does He Love You.’
“Not only does she record great music, she is the best at reinventing herself,” Scott continued. “I feel like she has such a thumb on the pulse of where she is in her career, what people want from her and keeping things interesting and exciting for all the fans. She’s the ultimate to me.”
“Everybody everywhere knows who Reba is,” Bryan said. “All you gotta do is say ‘Reba.’ You don’t have to say anything else. That red hair, and (she’s) just an entertainer beyond entertainers. To entertain the way she can and has for so many years, she knows every in and out of the business. Nobody’s figured it out better than Reba McEntire.”
For a fellow vocalist like McBride, McEntire is the gold standard of female country singers.
“I can remember listening to Reba McEntire back in Kansas in my bedroom in high school,” McBride admitted. “I sang in my dad’s band, (and one of my first songs was) ‘Can’t Even Get the Blues.’
“She just had such a unique sound. And she’s a really great singer. … When you try to sing ‘You Lie’ or ‘Rumor Has It,’ they’re hard songs to sing. Her range is amazing, and her control is amazing, so I really admire her as a vocalist. … I don’t know if I can describe what that vocal thing is. It’s just Reba. There’s nobody else that does that. She sounds like Reba when she comes on the radio. You just know it’s her.”
Shelton, who’s become close with McEntire over the years through business ties and personal friendship, agrees.
“She’s a stylist,” he said. “There’s nobody else that’s ever sounded like Reba McEntire, and she’s just a class act, too. I don’t know anybody — and it frustrates me — that works harder than Reba does. We have the same manager, so every time I’m like, ‘Man, I need a week off,’ he’s like, ‘Well, Reba hasn’t really taken any time off in like 30 years.’ … It’s like, ‘Oh, well.’
“She’s just so talented in so many different ways, that the sky’s the limit for somebody like Reba,” Shelton concluded.
His wife Lambert expressed a similar reverence for the iconic redhead.
“I respect Reba so much,” she said. “Not just as an artist but as a woman and as a businesswoman. … Just because she’s Reba McEntire, you already respect her. She’s a legend, but then how she’s run her business and how she presents herself is always classy, and it’s always Reba. She’s never strayed away from Reba McEntire.
“I love that she’s country as hell, and it’s never gone away and it won’t go away,” Lambert added. “It’s country music, and she does it with pride. And that accent and that red hair, she carved out a spot for herself that will never be taken by anyone else.”
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- 2011, The Zac Brown Band’s “Keep Me In Mind” video debuts on CMT
– 2000, Bryan White marries “One Life To Live” actress Erika Page at the Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas. In attendance: Lila McCann
– 1974, The Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines is born in Lubbock, Texas. Her feisty lead vocals provide a base for the trio, one of country’s biggest acts from 1997-2003, until her offhand comment about the president derails the band’s mainstream standing
– 1957, The Everly Brothers score a #1 country single in Billboard with “Wake Up Little Susie”