- 1998, Alison Krauss + Union Station win three trophies–Best Country Vocal by a Duo or Group, for “Looking In The Eyes Of Love”; Country Instrumental, “Little Liza Jane”; and Best Bluegrass Album, “So Long So Wrong”–during the 40th annual Grammy Awards at New York’s Madison Square Garden
- 1978, Shawna McIlwain is born in Laurel, Mississippi. After marrying Keifer Thompson, the couple becomes Thompson Square, establishing the duo nationally with the 2010 single “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”
- 1956, Elvis Presley collects his first #1 record as “I Forgot To Remember To Forget” reaches the top on the Billboard country singles chart
- 1932, Faron Young is born in Shreveport, Louisiana. One of country’s most colorful figures, he founds The Music City News and launches more than 40 hits from 1953-1974 on his way to admission in 2000 to the Country Music Hall of Fame
But not just any casseroles. These will be masterfully-crafted casseroles, lovingly-prepared for him by his wife Trisha Yearwood. She’s heading out on tour for a string of theater shows. In an interview with The Tennessean, Nashville’s daily newspaper, she said Brooks will be just fine without her.
“He was wonderfully supportive because it’s right in the middle of soccer season and he won’t be able to go with me, but I’m only gone like two weekends out of the month,” she said. “It’s not like I’ll be gone a long time. He can survive. I’ll leave him some casseroles to bake. I’m not going that far.”
Once her own tour wraps, Yearwood and Brooks will start preparing for his tour in the fall. No one knows the specifics of that tour, but I do have one request already. I’ve been listening to Brooks’ Blame It All on My Roots boxed set since it was released in November, and one of my favorites is their cover of “After the Fire Is Gone,” the 1971 Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty hit.
Performing live is something Yearwood can’t imagine not doing.
“When Garth had been in Vegas for the past two years, I’d go out with him and do two or three shows with him, and it just feeds my soul,” she told the newspaper.
Yearwood is also going to get busy on Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, her Food Network cooking show.
“After I get done with this tour in April, I’m going to try to get another season shot in my spare time before everything else starts up,” she said. “I’m going to try to get that done so hopefully there will be new shows by fall.”
Maybe she’ll do an episode called “Garth’s Home Alone Casseroles.”
Country artists are usually pretty quick to point out they didn’t grow up on a diet of country music alone. They make sure the world knows they were influenced by a little bit of everything. And Carrie Underwood’s little bit of everything is from all over the place.
In a recent interview with Glam.com, Underwood admitted that Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is high on her list of first loves.
“I’ve always been a huge fan and lover of Freddie Mercury,” she said. “I would listen to him when I was a kid. He could do so many amazing things with his voice. People like that — who had incredible voices — I was always drawn to. I would want to try to do what they do. They were my teachers.”
Then again, growing up with country roots means Underwood has a special place in her heart for Loretta Lynn. She shared this story about kind of meeting the Country Music Hall of Fame member at the Grand Ole Opry.
“I’d never met Loretta before,” Underwood said. “I knew she was going to be here, so I was excited. Somebody comes up behind me and smacks me on the rear, and I’m offended for a split second. I’m like ‘Who would dare walk up behind me and smack me on the bum?’ I turn around, and I’m like, ‘Oh, my gosh. It’s Loretta!’ She didn’t really stop to say anything. She just smacked me on the rear.”
She also said that if you scrolled through her iPod, you’d find some really hard rock music, like Mudvayne.
“When I work out, I like to listen to things that are really angry,” she said. “I couldn’t do it on a daily basis or driving in my car. I think that would be kind of weird.”
And Underwood said some of the singers she’s expecting big things from right now are Lauren Alaina , Kacey Musgraves and Sarah Darling.
- 2002, Martina McBride performs at Salt Lake City’s Olympics Medals Park on closing night of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Willie Nelson sings “Bridge Over Troubled Water” during the closing ceremony, which also features Donny and Marie Osmond
- 1993, Vince Gill wins Best Country Vocal Performance, Male; and Best Country Song–shared with co-writer John Jarvis–for “I Still Believe In You” during the 35th annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles
- 1982, Dolly Parton’s “9 To 5″ wins a pair of trophies–Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female–during the 24th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
- 1969, Johnny Cash records the “Johnny Cash At San Quentin” album, including “A Boy Named Sue.” The concert features his entire touring ensemble, including June Carter, Carl Perkins, The Carter Family and The Statler Brothers
- 2004, Brad Paisley is the celebrity monarch for the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans
- 2000, The Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain each win twice during the 42nd annual Grammy Awards apiece at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The Chicks’ “Ready To Run” takes Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, while “Fly” earns Best Country Album
- 1985, Mel McDaniel realizes his only #1 single in Billboard with “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On”
- 1972, Steve Holy is born in Dallas, Texas. He earns a major hit with his ballad “Good Morning Beautiful” in 2001, returning to prominence five years later with the rambunctious “Brand New Girlfriend”
- 2003, Blake Shelton earns a #1 single in Billboard with “The Baby”
- 1997, Brooks & Dunn climb to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “A Man This Lonely”
- 1969, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs make their final public appearance on the Grand Ole Opry before a nasty split
- 1968, Johnny Cash proposes to tour partner June Carter when they perform in London, Ontario. She says yes
- 2004, “American Soldier” conquers the #1 position in Billboard for Toby Keith
- 1997, The “Everything I Love” album goes gold and platinum for Alan Jackson
- 1976, Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson share the top spot on the Billboard country chart with “Good Hearted Woman”
- 1953, The late Hank Williams registers a #1 country single in Billboard with “Kaw-Liga”
- 2009, Jason Aldean’s video “She’s Country” debuts on CMT
- 2003, The Dixie Chicks’ album “Wide Open Spaces” reaches 12 million in shipments
- 1996, Alan Jackson makes a guest appearance on “Home Improvement,” singing “Mercury Blues” on the fictitious handyman show “Tool Time”
- 1981, Mandolin player Chris Thile is born in Oceanside, California. He comes to prominence with bluegrass trio Nickel Creek, then establishes a five-piece progressive bluegrass band, The Punch Brothers
Indiana was born yesterday (Feb. 17) at 12:03 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces. This is Joey and Rory’s first child together; however, Rory has two daughters—Hopie and Heidi—from a previous marriage. The big sisters were on hand as well to welcome the new baby to the family.
The sweet country couple, who got the attention of music fans with their debut single, “Cheater, Cheater,” have been married since 2002. Last October, they released their fifth album, Made to Last, and are currently in the middle of their fourth season of The Joey+Rory Show, which airs on RFD-TV. For more information on their music and show, go to joeyandrory.com.
Vince Gill Receives Special Radio Award – Country Weekly
Vince Gill was honored for his years of radio success as he received the Career Achievement Award during the Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony, Tuesday night (Feb. 18), at the Nashville Convention Center. The Hall of Fame presentation, which also honors radio personalities and executives, is considered the kickoff event to the annual Country Radio Seminar week in Nashville.
Before Vince took the podium to receive his award, his good friends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell saluted him with one of his signature tunes, “Go Rest High on That Mountain.” Rodney recalled first meeting Vince at the famous Troubadour club outside of Los Angeles. “There was this tall handsome lad singing like a bird,” Rodney told the audience. Emmylou added, “Hasn’t he done well?”
Vince thanked country radio for continuing to play his songs and for helping boost his career. He also remarked that radio airplay was hard to come by early in his career, but he used that discouraging experience as a valuable learning tool. “That taught me a lesson that as a young songwriter, I needed to get better,” Vince said. “I’ve made lifelong friends [in radio] all these years.”
Alison Krauss also participated in the evening as she helped induct her friend Jim Denny, an on-air personality at WFMS radio in Indianapolis, to the Country Radio Hall of Fame.