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This Day in Country Music – August 21st

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2010, Brad Paisley headlines a stadium for the first time, playing for 51,000 fans at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, with Jason Aldean, Sara Evans, Darius Rucker and Easton Corbin. Paisley plays the theme from the Boston-based sitcom “Cheers” as a lead-in to “Mud On The Tires”

2006, Rosanne Cash and Steve Earle tape a new episode of “CMT Crossroads” at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The set list includes “Seven Year Ache,” “Guitar Town,” “Devil’s Right Hand” and the Johnny Cash song “Big River”

1974, Preston Brust is born in Dermott, Arkansas. He’s a member of the duo LoCash, earning hits in 2015 and 2016 with “I Love This Life” and “I Know Somebody.” He also co-writes Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah” and Keith Urban’s “You Gonna Fly”

1939, Harold Reid, of The Statler Brothers, is born in Augusta County, Virginia. His bass voice is easily distinguished in the group’s award-winning gospel harmonies. They join the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008

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This Day in Country Music – August 20th

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2015, Arista releases Carrie Underwood’s “Smoke Break” to radio

1988, Restless Heart’s “Bluest Eyes In Texas” rises to #1 on the Billboard country chart

1985, Ricky Skaggs leads with six nominations for the Country Music Association awards. Alabama, George Strait and Lee Greenwood each get four nominations. Those four are finalists for the Entertainer of the Year title, along with Reba McEntire

1952, Singer/songwriter John Hiatt is born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He writes such country hits as The Desert Rose Band’s “She Don’t Love Nobody,” Suzy Bogguss’ “Drive South” and Rosanne Cash’s “The Way We Make A Broken Heart”

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This Day in Country Music – August 19th

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2008, Trace Adkins teams with 38 Special to tape an installment of “CMT Crossroads” at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. The set list includes “Hold On Loosely,” “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”

2003, Two members of Kenny Chesney’s video crew and a pilot escape serious injury when their helicopter crashes while shooting footage for the video to “There Goes My Life” in Austin, Texas. Chesney is not present

1978, “Talking In Your Sleep” takes Crystal Gayle to #1 on the Billboard country chart

1966, Lee Ann Womack is born in Jacksonville, Texas. A superb traditionally minded vocalist, she reaches her commercial peak with the 2000 release “I Hope You Dance,” named Song and Single of the Year by the Country Music Association

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This Day in Country Music – August 18th

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2015, Sara Evans shoots a “CMT Crossroads” episode with REO Speedwagon at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. The set includes her country hits” A Real Fine Place To Start” and “Born To Fly” and the rock band’s signature songs “Take It On The Run” and “Keep On Loving You”

2012, Highway 101 drummer Cactus Moser is injured when his motorcycle collides with an oncoming car near Hill City, South Dakota. His left leg is amputated as a result of the collision. Wife Wynonna Judd cancels a Canadian tour

2009, Valory releases Reba McEntire’s first album for the label, “Keep On Loving You”

2003, DreamWorks releases Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar”

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This Day in Country Music – August 17th

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2012, Florida Georgia Line performs “Cruise” in its Grand Ole Opry debut

2009, Brad Paisley’s “Welcome To The Future” video debuts on CMT

1989, Ricky Van Shelton, Rodney Crowell and Hank Williams Jr. lead with four nominations apiece as finalists are announced for the Country Music Association awards

1985, “Highwayman” appears at the top of the Billboard chart, teaming Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson

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This Day in Country Music – August 16th

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2012, Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” is certified double-platinum

2000, Mary Chapin Carpenter sings “Why Walk When You Can Fly” during the Democratic National Convention at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as the party nominates vice president Al Gore for president

1977, Elvis Presley dies in his bathroom at Graceland Mansion in Memphis. The most significant pop artist of the 20th century, the beginning and end of his career are grounded in country. He enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998

1939, Singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver is born in Corsicana, Texas. His writing credits include Waylon Jennings’ “You Ask Me To,” Johnny Rodriguez’s “I Couldn’t Be Me Without You” and John Anderson’s “I’m Just An Old Chunk Of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be A Diamond Someday)”

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This Day in Country Music – August 15th

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2011, The Band Perry’s “All Your Life” video debuts on CMT

1991, Vince Gill and Alan Jackson lead the way in the 25th annual Country Music Association awards with six nominations apiece. Garth Brooks receives five. Brooks and Gill compete for entertainer against Clint Black, Reba McEntire and George Strait

1946, Songwriter Jimmy Webb is born in Elk City, Oklahoma. He writes “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman,” by Glen Campbell; and “Highwayman,” by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson

1925, Rose Maddox is born in Boaz, Alabama. She fronts the California-based Maddox Brothers & Rose, a wild, energetic touring group in the 1940s and ’50s dubbed the Most Colorful Hillbilly Band in America

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This Day in Country Music – August 14th

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2003, Toby Keith and Scotty Emerick perform for 25,000 troops and president George W. Bush at Miramar Marine Air Corps Station near San Diego. Among the day’s selections: “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)” and “The Fightin’ Side Of Me”

2001, Rounder releases Alison Krauss + Union Station’s album “New Favorite”

1995, Shania Twain is certified double-platinum for the first time in her career, with “The Woman In Me”

1942, Songwriter/producer Brent Maher is born in Great Bend, Kansas. He produces hits for The Judds, Michael Johnson and Dottie West and writes such titles as The Judds’ “Why Not Me” and “Girls Night Out,” West’s “A Lesson In Leavin'” and Tanya Tucker’s “Some Kind Of Trouble”

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This Day in Country Music – August 13th

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2011, A wind gust collapses the stage, lighting and sound equipment at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis as Sugarland prepares to go on. Seven people eventually die and another 45 are treated for injuries

2009, Toby Keith’s “American Ride” video debuts on CMT.com

1988, Willie Nelson becomes the first artist ever to have an album spend 10 years on the Billboard country chart as “Stardust” logs its 520th week

1973, Andy Griggs is born in Monroe, Louisiana. Influenced by Waylon Jennings and Bob Seger, his 1999 debut album nets hits with the Pure Prairie League-like “You Won’t Ever Be Lonely” and the sensitive “She’s More”

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This Day in Country Music – August 12th

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2011, Hunter Hayes performs “Storm Warning” in his Grand Ole Opry debut

2006, Rodney Atkins earns his first #1 single in Billboard: “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)”

1993, Vince Gill racks up eight nominations and Alan Jackson gets seven, as the Country Music Association unveils finalists for its 1993 awards. Gill and Jackson face Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire for Entertainer of the Year

1956, Danny Shirley is born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He fronts Confederate Railroad, whose mix of country and Southern rock gives them a biker image and a handful of 1990s hits, including “Trashy Women,” “Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind” and “Queen Of Memphis”

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