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This Day in Country Music – April 25th

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  • 2011, USA Weekend reveals the CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year nominees: Lee Brice’s “Love Like Crazy”; Aaron Lewis’ “Country Boy”; Jerrod Niemann’s “Lover, Lover”; The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young”; and Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”
  • 2009, Diamond Rio’s Jimmy Olander runs 13.1 miles in the Country Music Marathon and Half-Marathon in two hours, 10 minutes. Marty Roe completes it in 2:20 and The Dancehall Doctors’ Jeff McMahon does it in 3:36
  • 1990, Clint Black claims four trophies during the 25th annual Academy Of Country Music awards, broadcast by NBC from Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre. He wins Top Male and New Male Vocalist; Album of the Year, for “Killin’ Time”; and Single Record of the Year, for “A Better Man”
  • 1986, The Judds receive their first platinum album, for “Why Not Me”

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This Day in Country Music – April 24th

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2012, Curb releases Lee Brice’s “Hard To Love” to radio

2010, Lady Antebellum starts a two-week run at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “American Honey”

1993, Willie Nelson holds Farm Aid VI in Ames, Iowa, with Sawyer Brown, Martina McBride, The Kentucky HeadHunters, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yoakam, Waylon Jennings, Ringo Starr, Bryan Adams, Paul Simon, Travis Tritt, Ricky Van Shelton and others. Nelson closes with “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “I Saw The Light”

1991, Garth Brooks wins a record six times during the 26th annual Academy Of Country Music awards on NBC. His haul includes Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist; Album, for “No Fences”; Single Record, for “Friends In Low Places”; and Song and Video, for “The Dance”

1982, Pop singer Kelly Clarkson is born in Fort Worth, Texas. The winner of the first season of “American Idol,” she earns country hits by joining Reba McEntire on “Because Of You” and Jason Aldean on “Don’t You Wanna Stay”

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This Day in Country Music – April 23rd

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  • 2016, Tim McGraw’s “Humble And Kind” rises to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
  • 2015, A VIP grand opening party is held for the George Jones Museum in downtown Nashville. Guests include Dierks Bentley, Lee Greenwood, T.G. Sheppard, Jeannie Seely, Lorrie Morgan, John Rich and Rex Allen Jr.
  • 2012, Carrie Underwood is the leading contender in the CMT Music Awards as she picks up five nominations, including two for “Good Girl” and two for the Brad Paisley collaboration “Remind Me”
  • 2006, Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney marries Tiffany Fallon at the One & Only Palmilla in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

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This Day in Country Music – April 22nd

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– 2014, Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman and songwriter Hank Cochran are announced as the 2014 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees by the Country Music Association during a press conference in the Hall of Fame’s Rotunda

– 2011, LeAnn Rimes marries actor Eddie Cibrian at a private home in Malibu, California

– 2007, Emmylou Harris, Wynonna Judd, The Crickets, John Hiatt, ex-BMI executive Frances Preston and Christian artist Michael W. Smith make up the second batch of people inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville

– 1998, “It’s Your Love” propels Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to four wins in CBS’ telecast of the 33rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre: Single Record, Song, Video and Vocal Event of the Year

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This Day in Country Music – April 21st

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  • 2014, Dierks Bentley attends the Boston Marathon to cheer on his wife, Cassidy Bentley. She finishes the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 34 minutes
  • 2012, Keith Urban becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry, performing “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me,” “Days Go By” and “Without You” during the night
  • 2007, Carrie Underwood goes to #1 in Billboard with “Wasted”
  • 2006, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill kick off their Soul2Soul Tour II at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Hill’s first tour in six years, it generates nearly $89 million over the next five months, more than any previous country tour in history

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This Day in Country Music – April 20th

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  • 2015, Willie Nelson uses 4/20–National Weed Day–to formally announce plans to launch Willie’s Reserve, his own brand of cannabis. The product will initially be available in Colorado and Washington, the only U.S. states where pot is legal
  • 2012, Eric Church’s “Springsteen” goes gold
  • 2011, Jo Dee Messina sings the national anthem before a Nashville Predators playoff game at Bridgestone Arena. Carrie Underwood performs “Cowboy Casanova” during intermission with Vince Gill on guitar. The visiting Anaheim Ducks win, 6-3
  • 2008, Hank Williams, Steve Wariner and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band are added to the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, along with jazz musician Kirk Whalum, Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman and “Ring Of Fire” songwriter Merle Kilgore

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This Day in Country Music – April 19th

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  • 2010, The Zac Brown Band album “The Foundation” goes double-platinum
  • 2007, Keith Urban’s “I Told You So” video has its TV debut on CMT
  • 2005, Carrie Underwood, one of the seven remaining contestants on FOX-TV’s “American Idol,” turns in a version of “MacArthur Park” on the live telecast
  • 1995, The Eagles play Nashville’s Starwood Amphitheatre. The celebrity-dotted audience includes Clay Walker, Tim McGraw, Doug Supernaw, Brooks & Dunn, Steve Winwood, Reba McEntire, Lorrie Morgan and Diamond Rio’s Brian Prout

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This Day in Country Music – April 18th

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  • 2013, Willie Nelson’s 80th birthday is celebrated with a “CMT Crossroads” taping at Third Man Records. On hand are Sheryl Crow, Jack White, Neil Young, Leon Russell, Norah Jones, Ashley Monroe and Jamey Johnson
  • 2010, Lady Antebellum wins in three categories–Top Vocal Group and Single Record and Song of the Year, for “Need You Now”–during the 45th Academy of Country Music Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
  • 2003, Dierks Bentley makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
  • 1998, Diamond Rio joins the cast of the Grand Ole Opry, following an introduction by Little Jimmy Dickens. The first song the band performs as members: “Meet In The Middle”

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This Day in Country Music – April 17th

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  • 2009, Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley welcome their second son, Jasper Warren Paisley, at a Nashville hospital
  • 2006, Jo Dee Messina runs the 26.2-mile course in the 110th Boston Marathon. She injures her knee halfway through, but still finishes in five hours and 47 minutes, ranking #19,681 among participants
  • 2004, The Judds make their Grand Ole Opry debut, performing “Flies On The Butter (You Can’t Go Home Again)” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days)”
  • 2001, Arista releases Brooks & Dunn’s album “Steers & Stripes”

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This Day in Country Music – April 16th

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  • 2015, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott barely escapes with three other riders when her tour bus catches fire on the way to Dallas for the Academy of Country Music Awards. No one is injured, though all of the band’s stage outfits are destroyed
  • 2013, Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins and Eric Church join hosts Keith Urban and Vince Gill in We’re All For The Hall, a benefit at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Also appearing are Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Brantley Gilbert and Tim McGraw
  • 2012, Capitol releases Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” to radio
  • 2009, Jamey Johnson earns a gold album for “That Lonesome Song”

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