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This Day in Country Music- July 11th

  • 1987, “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” takes George Strait to #1 on the Billboard country chart
  • 1981, Earl Thomas Conley scores his first #1 single in Billboard with “Fire & Smoke”
  • 1973, Singer/songwriter Scotty Emerick is born in Hollywood, Florida. He joins Toby Keith’s band and becomes a co-writer on such hits as “Beer For My Horses,” “Whiskey Girl,” “I Love This Bar” and “I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight”
  • 1952, Hank Williams records “You Win Again” a day after his divorce is finalized, along with “I Won’t Be Home No More” at the Castle Studio in Nashville’s Tulane Hotel

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This Day in Country Music- July 10th

  • 2012, Luke Bryan performs “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Kellie Pickler does “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch. The National League beats the American League, 8-0
  • 2004, Toby Keith’s “Whiskey Girl” takes over the #1 position in the Billboard country singles chart
  • 1970, Gerald Vernon is born in Columbus, Ohio. Using the professional name Gary LeVox, he becomes the lead singer for Rascal Flatts, whose tight harmonies and positive lyrics lead to numerous multi-platinum albums and Vocal Group of the Year honors
  • 1965, Ken Mellons is born in Kingsport, Tennessee. The deep-voiced singer earns a 1994 hit with “Jukebox Junkie”

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This Day in Country Music- July 9th

  • 2010, A “CMT Crossroads” episode featuring Kenny Chesney and Steve Miller debuts. The set list includes “I Go Back,” “Rock N’ Me” and “Living In Fast Forward”
  • 2001, The Country Music Association announces 12 honorees will be added to the Country Music Hall of Fame: Bill Anderson, Waylon Jennings, Sam Phillips, The Louvin Brothers, The Delmore Brothers, The Jordanaires, Webb Pierce, Don Gibson, The Everly Brothers, Don Law, Ken Nelson and Homer & Jethro
  • 1983, Ricky Skaggs rides to #1 in Billboard with “Highway 40 Blues”
  • 1954, Elvis Presley records Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” for Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee

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This Day in Country Music- July 8th

  • 2000, Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” begins a five-week ride at #1 on the Billboard country chart
  • 1996, Keifer Thompson moves to Nashville from Oklahoma. Shortly after, he meets future wife and fellow Thompson Square partner Shawna McIlwain
  • 1972, When a concert date is cancelled, Barbara Mandrell joins the Grand Ole Opry, three weeks earlier than scheduled
  • 1961, Toby Keith is born in Clinton, Oklahoma. The former semi-pro football player emerges in 1993 with “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” becoming a brash hitmaker, songwriter, label owner and entrepreneur

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This Day in Country Music- July 7th

  • 2007, Montgomery Gentry rolls straight sevens by topping the Billboard chart with “Lucky Man” on 7-7-07
  • 2004, Jimmy Buffett’s “Hey, Good Lookin’” video–featuring appearances by George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Clint Black and Alan Jackson–debuts on CMT
  • 1973, Kris Kristofferson’s “Why Me” reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
  • 1927, Charlie Louvin, of The Louvin Brothers, is born in Section, Alabama. Along with brother Ira, they mix gospel and country, landing on the Grand Ole Opry in 1955. Charlie remains with the Opry following his brother’s death in 1965

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Is Martina McBride Country’s Martha Stewart?

What if Martina McBride took on a Martha Stewart role for all of her country-loving fans and friends and followers? That would be a good thing, right?

It looks like she’s off to a great start already. On Tuesday (July 1), she revealed the cover of her upcoming book, Around the Table: Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year.

McBride’s first book is part cookbook, part entertaining guide and part decorating inspiration. All, hopefully, with some kind of Nashville twist. The publisher’s website says this book will allow readers to understand that “beneath the glam, glitter and wild success, Martina remains a farm girl true to her roots and the country hospitality with which she was raised.”

A lot of the photos in the book were shot in or around the Nashville home McBride shares with her husband John and their three daughters Delaney, Emma and Ava.

The book won’t be available until October, so using McBride’s “Red, White and Blue Backyard Cookout” idea will have to wait until 2015′s Fourth of July. But I may still be able to do the Picnic Under the Old Oak or the a night of Mistletoe and Martinis before 2014 is over.

“I have a passion for food and entertaining, so I’m excited to be putting everything I love into the pages of my new book,” she said in announcing the project. “The response from fans to the cover on Twitter this morning was incredible. I can’t wait for everyone to see the full book.”

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This Day in Country Music- July 6th

  • 2012, Darius Rucker makes a surprise appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, performing “Wagon Wheel” with Old Crow Medicine Show
  • 2003, The Dixie Chicks perform at Dallas’ American Airlines Center despite a threat that Natalie Maines will be shot on stage
  • 1978, Tammy Wynette marries songwriter George Richey–known for such titles as “The Grand Tour,” “Soul Song” and “‘Til I Can Make It On My Own”–at her home in Jupiter Beach, Florida
  • 1956, Guitarist John Jorgenson is born in Madison, Wisconsin. He joins The Desert Rose Band, which fashions a string of 1980s hits, and plays on records by Pam Tillis, Rick Trevino and Mary Chapin Carpenter, among others

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This Day in Country Music- July 5th

  • 2011, “Drop everything now”: Big Machine releases Taylor Swift’s “Sparks Fly” to radio
  • 2007, Toby Keith’s “Love Me If You Can” video airs on TV for the first time via CMT
  • 1982, Dave Haywood is born in Savannah, Georgia. He becomes a founding member of harmony trio Lady Antebellum, which wins seven Grammy awards from 2010-2012. The band’s hits include “American Honey,” “Downtown” and “Need You Now”
  • 1980, John Conlee makes his Grand Ole Opry debut

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This Day in Country Music- July 4th

  • 2010, Toby Keith performs “God Love Her,” “How Do You Like Me Now?!” and “American Soldier” from the Charles River Esplanade in Boston on the CBS special “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular”
  • 1986, Lee Greenwood performs “God Bless The U.S.A.” in the New York Harbor as the Queen Elizabeth II arrives from England to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty
  • 1985, Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic in Austin features the first live assembly of the Highwaymen: Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. Also in the lineup are Neil Young, Hank Snow and June Carter Cash
  • 1976, Johnny Cash celebrates the Bicentennial by ringing a replica of the Liberty Bell 200 times in Washington, D.C. Also participating in the event are vice president Nelson Rockefeller and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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This Day in Country Music- July 3rd

  • 2004, Montgomery Gentry collects its first #1 country single in Billboard with “If You Ever Stop Loving Me”
  • 1982, “Any Day Now” takes Ronnie Milsap to #1 on the Billboard country chart
  • 1980, Singer/songwriter Sarah Buxton is born in Lawrence, Kansas. Signed for a time to the Lyric Street label, she earns hits as a writer with Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy” and “Put You In A Song.” She also provides supporting vocals on David Nail’s “Let It Rain”
  • 1958, Aaron Tippin is born in Pensacola, Florida. His hard-tipped vocals net him a strong 1990s presence behind such hits as “That’s As Close I’ll Get To Loving You,” “You’ve Got To Stand For Something” and “There Ain’t Nothing Wrong With The Radio”

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