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This Day in Country Music – February 25th

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  • 2015, Keith Urban performs “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” for the first time publicly at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville during a Universal Music Group showcase on the opening day of the Country Radio Seminar
  • 2014, Capitol releases the Dierks Bentley album “Riser”
  • 2009, Lady Antebellum and Josh Kear co-write “Need You Now” in Nashville
  • 1981, George Jones wins Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, for “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” during the 23rd annual Grammy Awards in New York

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This Day in Country Music – February 24th

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  • 2015, Keith Urban and Eric Church shoot the video for “Raise ‘Em Up” in Nashville
  • 2007, A new installment of “CMT Crossroads” debuts, pairing Ricky Skaggs with pop and jazz artist Bruce Hornsby. The set list includes “Mandolin Rain,” “Don’t Get Above Your Raising” and “Super Freak,” with a guest appearance by John Anderson
  • 2002, Martina McBride performs at Salt Lake City’s Olympics Medals Park on the final night of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Willie Nelson sings “Bridge Over Troubled Water” during the closing ceremony, which also features Donny and Marie Osmond
  • 2001, Keith Urban picks up his first #1 single in Billboard with “But For The Grace Of God”

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This Day in Country Music – February 23rd

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  • 2012, Arista releases Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” to radio
  • 2009, Gloriana’s first video, “Wild At Heart,” debuts on CMT
  • 2000, The Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain each win twice during the 42nd annual Grammy Awards 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
  • 1983, “Always On My Mind” wins three times during the 25th annual Grammy awards in Los Angeles. Songwriters Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher and Mark James receive Song of the Year and Best Country Song; and Willie Nelson collects Best Country Vocal Performance, Male

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This Day in Country Music – February 22nd

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  • 2015, Tim McGraw performs “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from the documentary “Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me,” during the Oscar Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. In attendance are Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman
  • 2012, Lady Antebellum welcomes two surprise guests during a show at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. The band performs “Do I” with Luke Bryan and “A Little Bit Stronger” with Sara Evans
  • 2003, Blake Shelton earns a #1 single in Billboard with “The Baby”
  • 1999, Arista releases Brad Paisley’s debut single, “Who Needs Pictures”

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 This Day in Country Music – February 21st

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  • 2016, Florida Georgia Line performs during the Daytona 500 pre-race show at the Daytona Motor Speedway in Florida. “Confession” is televised on FOX. The set also includes “Cruise,” “Anything Goes” and “This Is How We Roll”
  • 2012, Jason Aldean shoots the “Fly Over States” video at the Smyrna Airport in Tennessee
  • 2004, “American Soldier” conquers the #1 position in Billboard for Toby Keith
  • 2001, Faith Hill’s “Breathe” album propels her to three trophies during the 43rd annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The CD takes Best Country Album, the title track wins Best Female Country Vocal Performance, and she shares Best Country Collaboration with Vocals with Tim McGraw, for “Let’s Make Love”

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This Day in Country Music – February 20th

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  • 2011, Brad Paisley sings “Water” and Dierks Bentley adds “Sideways” before the Daytona 500 at the Daytona Motor Speedway. National-anthem singer Martina McBride and Randy Montana are also on hand. Trevor Bayne wins the race
  • 2009, Jason Aldean’s video for “She’s Country” debuts on CMT
  • 2005, LeAnn Rimes sings “Nothin’ ‘Bout Love Makes Sense” and Big & Rich perform “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)” at halftime during the NBA all-star basketball game at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center. The East beats the West, 125-115
  • 2003, The Dixie Chicks’ album “Wide Open Spaces” reaches 12 million in shipments

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This Day in Country Music – February 19th

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  • 2014, Tim McGraw becomes the first country artist to appear on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” after Jimmy Fallon took over as host. McGraw premieres “Shotgun Rider”
  • 2006, Carrie Underwood performs at halftime of the NBA All-Star Game, a 122-120 victory for the Eastern Conference at the Toyota Center in Houston
  • 2005, An episode of “CMT Crossroads” featuring Keith Urban and John Fogerty debuts. Besides Urban’s “Days Go By,” “Somebody Like Me” and “You’ll Think Of Me,” the show also features a rendition of Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes”
  • 2000, Garth Brooks signs a contract to join the New York Mets during spring training at Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets will contribute to his Touch ‘Em All Foundation for kids

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This Day in Country Music – February 18th

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  • 2015, Toby Keith and Bobby Braddock are announced as 2015 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees. Also in the class are Cyndi Lauper, Willie Dixon, Linda Perry, Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter
  • 2014, Warner Bros. releases Cole Swindell’s self-titled debut album
  • 2010, Lady Antebellum collects a double-platinum single for “Need You Now
  • 2004, Montgomery Gentry’s “If You Ever Stop Loving Me” video debuts on CMT

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This Day in Country Music – February 16th

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  • 2010, Miranda Lambert earns a gold album for “Revolution”
  • 2006, CMT premieres Rascal Flatts’ video for “What Hurts The Most”
  • 2002, Hank Williams Jr. makes his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in more than 20 years, joining Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart to pay tribute to the late Waylon Jennings for more than an hour at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium
  • 1997, Garth Brooks greets Melinda and Ricky Huffman at the Charleston Coliseum in West Virginia with a raft of gifts, as his tour pulls in its 2 millionth customer. The couple gets a Chevy Tahoe and a Caribbean vacation

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This Day in Country Music – February 17th

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  • 2002, “CMT Crossroads” features Hank Williams Jr. and Kid Rock performing in tandem. Songs in the set list include “Family Tradition” and “Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound”
  • 2001, Brad Paisley is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. He wears the yellow jacket that Buck Owens wore the night he recorded his album “Live At Carnegie Hall.” Paisley sings “Two People Fell In Love,” “Me Neither,” “Streets Of Bakersfield” and–with Steve Wariner–“Nothin’ But The Taillights”
  • 2001, Jamie O’Neal peaks at #1 in Billboard with “There Is No Arizona”
  • 1995, Atlantic releases John Michael Montgomery’s “I Can Love You Like That”

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