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This Day in Country Music – January 25th

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  • 2015, Jo Dee Messina sings the national anthem before the NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Team Toews defeats Team Foligno, 17-12
  • 2014, Luke Bryan plays a sold-out show at prestigious Madison Square Garden in New York for the first time, weaving “That’s My Kind Of Night,” “Drink A Beer” and “Drunk On You” into the concert. His opening acts are Lee Brice and Cole Swindell
  • 2010, Sea Gayle/Arista releases Jerrod Niemann’s “Lover, Lover” to radio
  • 2006, Carrie Underwood collects a gold award for her single “Jesus, Take The Wheel”

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This Day in Country Music – January 24th

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  • 2015, Blake Shelton sings “Neon Light” and “Boys ‘Round Here” as the host and musical guest on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”
  • 2006, MCA releases Josh Turner’s album “Your Man”
  • 2003, Joe Nichols sets a Grand Ole Opry precedent while performing “Brokenheartsville” at the Ryman Auditorium. A green bra is tossed from the seats as he sings, supposedly the first time an undergarment has ever been thrown on stage in show history
  • 1984, Stephen Barker Liles is born in Palm Harbor, Florida. The inspiration for “Hey Stephen” on Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” album, he’s a founding member of Love And Theft, known for its 2009 debut, “Runaway,” and for its 2012 hit “Angel Eyes”

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This Day in Country Music – January 23rd

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  • 2013, Brantley Gilbert and Chris Young make guest appearances on ABC-TV’s “Nashville,” showing up at a music-business party. Music in the episode includes Jack Ingram’s “Barefoot And Crazy,” plus tracks by Thomas Rhett and Edens Edge
  • 2011, Martina McBride delivers the national anthem at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, while Joe Nichols and Hank Williams Jr. perform at halftime in the AFC Championship Game. The Steelers ground the New York Jets, 24-19
  • 1990, Clint Black collects his first platinum album, for “Killin’ Time”
  • 1987, Reba McEntire nets her first gold album, for “Whoever’s In New England”

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This Day in Country Music – January 22nd

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  • 2013, Capitol releases Lady Antebellum’s “Downtown” to radio
  • 2001, Kenny Chesney’s “Greatest Hits” is certified gold and platinum simultaneously
  • 1994, Hal Ketchum performs “Small Town Saturday Night” as he joins the Grand Ole Opry
  • 1990, For the third straight year, Randy Travis leads country winners at the American Music Awards with a trio of trophies, including Favorite Country Single, for “Deeper Than The Holler.” Other country victors: Reba McEntire, Alabama and Clint Black

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This Day in Country Music – January 21st

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  • 2013, Brad Paisley sings “American Saturday Night” in an inaugural concert for president Barack Obama at the Washington Convention Center. Also in the lineup: Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder and Jamie Foxx, who performs “I Can’t Stop Loving You”
  • 2000, Drummer Brian Prout returns to live work with Diamond Rio at Sam’s Town in Robinsville, Mississippi, 10 weeks after surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome
  • 1989, Rodney Crowell’s “She’s Crazy For Leaving,” co-written with Guy Clark, reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
  • 1987, Dwight Yoakam picks up his first gold album, for “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.”

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This Day in Country Music – January 20th

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  • 2013, The Zac Brown Band performs “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The San Francisco 49ers advance to the Super Bowl with a 28-24 win against the Falcons
  • 2009, Faith Hill performs “If My Heart Had Wings” at the Washington Convention Center during ABC’s “The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration.” Also appearing: Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Sting, Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder
  • 2001, Sara Evans soars to #1 in Billboard with “Born To Fly”
  • 1995, The album “Wynonna” is certified quadruple-platinum

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This Day in Country Music – January 18th

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  • 2016, Singer/songwriter Glenn Frey dies in New York with multiple ailments, including colitis. His band The Eagles earned a country hit with “Lyin’ Eyes,” while Frey co-wrote such hits as “Desperado,” “Take It To The Limit” and “Heartache Tonight”
  • 2013, George Strait launches the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, his last official concert trek, at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas, with opener Martina McBride. Strait’s set includes “Here For A Good Time,” “The Chair” and “Folsom Prison Blues”
  • 2009, Garth Brooks sings “We Shall Be Free” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural event for president-elect Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. Also appearing: James Taylor, Jennifer Nettles, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow
  • 2007, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby tape a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” in Nashville. The set list includes “Mandolin Rain” and “Don’t Get Above Your Raising.” They’re also joined by John Anderson for a surprise rendition of “Super Freak”

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This Day in Country Music – January 17th

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  • 2015, Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr hold an engagement party at Citizen in Nashville. Guests include Luke Bryan and Eric Church
  • 2010, Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett win Best Original Song, for “The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart),” in the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
  • 2000, Garth Brooks is named Artist of the Decade for the ’90s during the American Music Awards at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. He also wins trophies for Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Country Album, for “Sevens.” Shania Twain nets two
  • 1998, Tim McGraw begins a six-week residency at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Just To See You Smile”

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This Day in Country Music – January 16th

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  • 2016, Scotty McCreery performs “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where the New England Patriots defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-20, in an NFL playoff game
  • 2006, The Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line” earns three Golden Globes: Best Musical or Comedy plus trophies for Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. The “Brokeback Mountain” piece “A Love That Will Never Grow Old” wins Best Original Song
  • 1993, Patty Loveless performs on the Grand Ole Opry. It’s her first Opry appearance since undergoing vocal surgery
  • 1984, RCA releases Alabama’s album “Roll On”

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This Day in Country Music – January 15th

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  • 2015, Florida Georgia Line kicks off its first arena headlining tour in Toledo, Ohio, joined on the bill by Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard
  • 2013, Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride” is awarded a platinum single
  • 2007, Taylor Swift enlists actor Tyler Hilton as she shoots the video for “Teardrops On My Guitar” at Nashville’s Hume-Fogg Magnet School
  • 2000, Patty Loveless introduces Ralph Stanley as a new member of the Grand Ole Opry. Stanley plays “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow” and “Little Maggie”

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