- 2008, MCA releases George Strait’s album “Troubadour”
- 1993, Garth Brooks makes the cover of Rolling Stone, where he defends his stance on homosexuality and interracial marriage in “We Shall Be Free”: “I do believe that God exists. I do believe in the Bible. But I can’t see that loving somebody is a sin”
- 1986, Hillary Scott is born in Nashville. The daughter of Linda Davis, she becomes the female voice in Lady Antebellum, a harmony-based trio noted for such hits as “Need You Now,” “I Run To You,” “Downtown” and “American Honey”
- 1962, Billy Dean is born in Quincy, Florida. He tells people his birthday is April 2nd, so they won’t think of him as an April Fool. He nets a series of smooth hits in the 1990s, including “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” “Billy The Kid” and “Only The Wind”
The latest thing in Hollywood marriages? Divorce. It happens all the time. Just this week, in fact, actress Gwyneth Paltrow announced her separation from her husband of more than 10 years, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
But in the country music world, many marriages seem to actually last forever.
And Miranda Lambert is glad she has good husband/wife role models in her world.
“It’s not easy when everyone is trying to tear you down, but you make a commitment and you stick to it,” Lambert said in a recent People magazine story. “In other parts of the entertainment world, it sometimes seems like marriage is so disposable. But country has some enduring marriages — Johnny and June, George and Nancy, Faith and Tim. I’m thankful we have those role models. I feel like our peers are rooting for us. They’re holding us up.”
Lambert’s nearly three-year marriage to Blake Shelton is under constant media scrutiny because they are both celebrities. (Had Lambert married a dentist or a cop, I am assuming the tabloids would be less interested.) But because his name sells magazines and her name sells magazines, it seems like every week there is a new tabloid story about their impending divorce.
Even stories about how her songs are clues about the trouble in their paradise. Those songs include her new single “Automatic.”
“There were rumors that was about our marriage, that it had become boring and predictable. How do people even think that up?” Lambert said.
None of that is true. Lambert and Shelton sound as happy as can be.
“At some point, you calm down,” she said. “I’m happy. I’m more settled. I’ve put down roots.”
- 2006, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack and The Judds sing “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” en masse at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., amid three weeks of country shows in the capitol. Also appearing at the concert: Ray Price
- 1998, “The Greatest Hits Collection” goes quadruple-platinum for Alan Jackson
- 1962, Patsy Cline claims a #1 country single in Billboard with “She’s Got You”
- 1934, Hall Of Fame songwriter John D. Loudermilk is born in Durham, North Carolina. His hits include “Indian Reservation,” by Paul Revere & The Raiders; “Abilene,” by George Hamilton IV; and “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” by Eddy Arnold
- 2006, Phil Vassar’s “Last Day Of My Life” video and The Wreckers’ “Leave The Pieces” debut on CMT
- 2002, Martina McBride and “Blessed” earn the #1 position in Billboard
- 1990, Thomas Rhett Akins Jr. is born at the Valdosta Medical Center in Georgia. The son of singer/songwriter Rhett Akins, he earns hits with his 2012 singles “Something To Do With My Hands” and “Beer With Jesus.” He also co-writes Jason Aldean’s “1994″
- 1976, The collaborative album “Wanted: The Outlaws”–featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter–is certified gold
- 2013, Taylor Swift picks up a platinum single for “Begin Again”
- 1999, Thirteen years after its release, Steve Earle’s “Guitar Town” album is certified gold
- 1997, Reba McEntire’s “How Was I To Know” makes its way to #1 on the Billboard country chart
- 1980, Conway Twitty nets a #1 country single in Billboard with “I’d Love To Lay You Down”
- 2009, Love And Theft performs “Runaway” in its Grand Ole Opry debut
- 2001, The “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack goes platinum. Produced by T Bone Burnett, it features Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, The Soggy Bottom Boys, Alison Krauss, Harry McClintock, Gillian Welch, John Hartford and The Cox Family
- 1981, Hank Williams Jr.’s “Texas Women” hits #1 on the Billboard country chart
- 1955, Reba McEntire is born in McAlester, Oklahoma. The winner of multiple Entertainer of the Year awards, she becomes a country icon while expanding into movies, Broadway and even a TV sitcom, entering the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011
- 2013, The Miranda Lambert single “Mama’s Broken Heart” is certified gold
- 2002, Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” album is certified for shipments of 19 million units
- 1996, Trace Adkins’ debut video, “There’s A Girl In Texas,” has its world premiere on CMT
- 1971, Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn share the top spot in Billboard with “After The Fire Is Gone”
With all this talk of Miranda Lambert duets — like her upcoming “Something Bad” with Carrie Underwood and her recent single “We Were Us” with Keith Urban — I can’t help but think of my very favorite one. And it’s one you might not have heard of yet.
It’s “Old Habits,” a duet with Justin Moore from his Off the Beaten Path album released late last year. And the last time I talked to Moore and raved about this particular song, he told me it was one of his favorites, too.
“When I heard the work tape of it, my producer and I both looked at each other and said, ‘That’s a duet,’” Moore told me.
And the next thing they said to each other?
“‘We gotta get Miranda,’” Moore recalled.
Moore said Lambert was the obvious choice for the song because of her vocals and how country the song is.
“There are a lot of talented female artists in this town, but nobody’s a better country singer than Miranda Lambert, in my opinion,” he said. “And there’s not a more country song out there than this one.
“She knocked it out of the park. I knew she would. It was cool of her to take time out of her schedule to do that,” Moore added. “You really find out who our friends are when you call them and say, ‘Sing this song with me,’ and they just go, ‘All right.’”
Moore is nominated for an ACM Award for new artist of the year, and Lambert is nominated for five ACM Awards, including entertainer of the year.
- 2013, Warner Bros. releases Blake Shelton’s album “Based On A True Story…”
- 1992, “Trisha Yearwood” is the singer’s first album certified platinum
- 1983, John Anderson goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Swingin’”
- 1968, Kenny Chesney is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. After a 1993 launch, he becomes one of the biggest hitmakers of the early-21st century, regularly winning Entertainer of the Year trophies and selling out stadiums in his annual summer concert treks
- 2003, Josh Gracin performs the Garth Brooks hit “Ain’t Going Down (Til The Sun Comes Up)” on FOX-TV’s “American Idol”
- 1987, Warner Bros. releases Randy Travis’ “Forever And Ever, Amen”
- 1974, Charlie Rich wins three times during the ninth annual Academy Of Country Music awards at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. Rich swipes Top Male Vocalist, Single Record and Album of the Year for “Behind Closed Doors,” also named Song of the Year
- 1963, Johnny Cash records “Ring Of Fire” at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville