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This Day in Country Music – November 17th

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  • 2012, “We have to make a new bucket list after tonight”: The Zac Brown Band headlines the prestigious Madison Square Garden in New York for the first time
  • 2011, Scotty McCreery picks up a gold album for “Clear As Day”
  • 2005, Sara Evans’ “Cheatin'” video and Jason Aldean’s “Why” debut on CMT
  • 2004, Montgomery Gentry and Lynyrd Skynyrd tape an episode of “CMT Crossroads” at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. The set list includes “Hillbilly Shoes,” “My Town,” “Call Me The Breeze” and “Sweet Home Alabama”

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This Day in Country Music – November 16th

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  • 2012, Curb releases Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck” to radio
  • 2003, Alabama adds to its own American Music Awards record, claiming the 23rd victory of its career at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. The evening’s other country winners include Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Toby Keith
  • 1991, Garth Brooks’ interpretation of the Billy Joel song “Shameless” rises to #1 on the Billboard country chart
  • 1963, Singer/guitarist Keith Burns is born in Atlanta, Georgia. He becomes one-third of Trick Pony, who emerge as one of the 21st century’s first party bands behind such hits as “Pour Me” and “Just What I Do”

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This Day in Country Music – November 15th

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  • 2014, Sam Hunt’s “Montevallo” debuts at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart
  • 2012, Hunter Hayes’ self-titled debut album is certified gold
  • 2005, Lee Ann Womack wins three trophies in the Country Music Association awards at New York’s Madison Square Garden: Single of the Year, for “I May Hate Myself In The Morning”; Album, for “There’s More Where That Came From”; and Vocal Event, for the George Strait collaboration “Good News, Bad News”
  • 2000, The video for Jo Dee Messina’s “Burn,” shot in a castle in New York, debuts on CMT

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This Day in Country Music – November 14th

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  • 2015, Thomas Rhett’s “Die A Happy Man” rises to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart. It will occupy that position a total of 17 weeks
  • 2005, The Grand Ole Opry holds a show at Carnegie Hall, with Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss + Union Station, Little Jimmy Dickens, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Bill Anderson, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride and Ricky Skaggs
  • 2001, “Garth Brooks: Coast To Coast Live” airs on CBS-TV from Los Angeles’ Great Western Forum. The first of three consecutive Wednesday-night concert specials, the show features Keb’ Mo’ and Trisha Yearwood. Tyler England also rejoins Brooks’ backing band, Stillwater
  • 1989, MCA releases Vince Gill’s album “When I Call Your Name”

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This Day in Country Music – November 13th

  • 2014, Lee Brice’s “Drinking Class” video premieres on CMT
  • 2010, Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)” ranks #1 as CMT debuts “40 Greatest Songs Of The Decade”
  • 2005, The New York premiere of the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line” at the Beacon Theatre draws Kris Kristofferson, Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins, LeAnn Rimes, Van Zant, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Currington, Dierks Bentley, Lonestar and Sara Evans
  • 1996, Trisha Yearwood has a guest role on the controversial ABC-TV sitcom “Ellen,” where she performs “Everybody Knows”

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This Day in Country Music – November 12th

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  • 2013, Danielle Bradbery performs “The Heart Of Dixie” and “A Little Bit Stronger” in her Grand Ole Opry debut at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville
  • 2009, CMT.com premieres Jason Aldean’s video “The Truth”
  • 2006, Josh Turner delivers the national anthem at Nashville’s LP Field, where the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens edge the Tennessee Titans, 27-26
  • 2003, George Strait receives the National Medal of Arts from president George W. Bush and the National Endowment for the Arts in a ceremony at the White House. “Austin City Limits” also becomes the first television program to win the honor

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This Day in Country Music – November 11th

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  • 2009, Taylor Swift wins four times during the 43rd annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville’s Sommet Center, taking Entertainer of the Year; Female Vocalist; Album, for “Fearless”; and Music Video, for “Love Story”
  • 2008, Big Machine releases Taylor Swift’s album “Fearless”
  • 2004, Darryl Worley, Mark Wills and Rebecca Lynn Howard deliver a Veterans Day performance for troops at Central Command at the Sundome in Tampa, Florida
  • 1993, Crystal Gayle performs alongside Harry Connick Jr. at the dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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This Day in Country Music – November 10th

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  • 2014, MCA releases Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” to radio
  • 2010, Miranda Lambert wins three trophies–Female Vocalist of the Year; Album, for “Revolution”; and Music Video, for “The House That Built Me”–during the 44th annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena
  • 2001, “Angry All The Time” propels Tim McGraw to the top of the Billboard chart
  • 1983, Miranda Lambert is born in Longview, Texas. Introduced on TV’s “Nashville Star,” she combines a feisty attitude and deep sensitivity while winning the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year six times in a row from 2010-2015

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This Day in Country Music – November 9th

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  • 2011, The Band Perry wins New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year, for “If I Die Young,” as ABC airs the 45th annual Country Music Association awards from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. “If I Die Young” also wins Song of the Year for songwriter Kimberly Perry
  • 2010, Big Machine releases Taylor Swift’s “Back To December” to radio
  • 2008, Randy Travis, Trace Adkins and Martina McBride are added to the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville along with Elvis Presley, Michael McDonald, Little Richard and Jo Walker-Meador, the former executive director of the Country Music Association
  • 2004, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss win two times apiece as CBS telecasts the 38th annual Country Music Association awards from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. Chesney takes Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year, for “When The Sun Goes Down”

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This Day in Country Music – November 8th

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  • 2010, The movie “Country Strong,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, premieres at Nashville’s Green Hills 16 theaters, drawing Luke Bryan, Sara” Evans, Dierks Bentley, Mark Collie, Jerrod Niemann and Little Big Town
  • 2005, The album “Jason Aldean” is certified gold
  • 1997, Now she’s really gone and done it: Shania Twain starts a five-week reign on Billboard’s country chart with “Love Gets Me Every Time”
  • 1994, Lauren Alaina Sudderth is born in Rossville, Georgia. After finishing as the runner-up in the 2011 edition of “American Idol,” she hits #2 on the Billboard country albums chart with her debut, “Wildflower

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