- 1988, Restless Heart’s “Bluest Eyes In Texas” rises to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
- 1977, Elvis Presley’s “Way Down” goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
- 1974, David Allan Coe records “the perfect country & western song,” “You Never Even Called Me By My Name,” at Nashville’s Columbia Studio A, namechecking Waylon Jennings, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard and songwriter Steve Goodman
- 1948, Rock singer Robert Plant is born in Birmingham, England. The vocalist for hard-rock pioneers Led Zeppelin, he joins Alison Krauss on a Grammy-winning Top 5 country album, 2007’s “Raising Sand”
- 2003, Capitol releases Dierks Bentley’s self-titled debut album
- 1999, Dwight Yoakam earns a double-platinum album, with “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.”
- 1973, Kris Kristofferson marries Rita Coolidge with Kristofferson’s father, a minister, conducting the ceremony
- 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
- 2006, Kenny Chesney performs at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Randy Owen, lead singer of the band Alabama, attends the show–the first time he’s ever seen a concert as a ticket-holder
- 2003, DreamWorks releases Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar”
- 1973, Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn share the top spot on the Billboard country chart with “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man”
- 1955, Steve Wilkinson, of The Wilkinsons, is born in Belleville, Ontario. The Canadian family trio, which includes son Tyler and daughter Amanda, enters the national arena with its sentimental 1998 single “26 Cents”
- 2011, Martina McBride’s “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” video debuts on CMT.com
- 2004, Mercury releases Sugarland’s “Baby Girl” to retail
- 1985, “Highwayman” appears at the top of the Billboard chart, teaming Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
- 1977, Steve Wariner has his first recording session, cutting “I’m Already Taken” at RCA Studio B. The studio is filled with reporters, but they are uninterested in Steve. Elvis Presley had died the day prior, and they want to interview producer Chet Atkins
- 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
- 1980, Alabama registers its first #1 single in Billboard with “Tennessee River”
- 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
- 2011, The Band Perry’s “All Your Life” video debuts on CMT
- 1995, Roy Clark performs “Yesterday, When I Was Young” during the funeral for Mickey Mantle at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas
- 1957, The Everly Brothers record “Wake Up Little Susie” at the Methodist Television, Radio and Film Commission studios in Nashville
- 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
The Grammy-winning singer has put her signature twang on the song of the summer: the body-acceptance anthem “All About That Bass” by pop newcomer Meghan Trainor.
In case you missed it, 20-year-old Trainor’s single of self-empowerment exploded onto the scene this summer with a hooky, doo-wop vibe and slam-dunk lyrics like “Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size 2, but I can shake it like I’m supposed to do!” and my personal favorite line, “I got that boom boom that all the boys chase — and all the right junk in all the right places.”
How can you not just love Trainor and this absolute delight of a hit? You can’t … and Rimes herself is no exception here.
After an episode of her and husband Eddie Cibrian’s VH1 series LeAnn & Eddie, the singer posted the cover video from a dressing room to her weekly series Songs & Hymns Inspired By Tabloids. Her band and hubby all seem to be having a great time grooving along — Cibrian even provides the percussion with a bag of potato chips.
Sadly, Rimes knows all too well the pressures of being a celebrity. Or heck, just being a woman nowadays in our image-driven society. So much of her not-so-distant tabloid past (and sometimes present) has unfortunately been media scrutiny over her physique.
So it’s fun to see Rimes loving and spreading the message of Trainor’s single … and it was pretty epic for Trainor, too. Rimes tweeted the video, to which Trainor replied via her Twitter account, “So I’m gonna cry. One of my favorite artists covered my song! Thank you, LeAnn Rimes, I love you!”
Oh yeah, Trainor is a big Rimes fan. She’s hip to country. Did we mention the pop-wunderkind is a Nashville songwriter and producer who’s penned songs for Rascal Flatts and Hunter Hayes?
“All About That Bass” hit No. 1 on iTunes here in the states, as well as Australia and New Zealand, and is currently racing up the Top 10 on the Billboard charts.
- 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 selections: “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue” and “The Fightin’ Side Of Me”
- 1995, Garth Brooks’ “The Hits” becomes the first best-of album by a country-based artist certified for shipments of 7 million units
- 1982, Ernest Tubb makes his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry
- 1941, Connie Smith is born in Elkhart, Indiana. The Grand Ole Opry powerhouse debuts with 1964’s “Once A Day,” making hits consistently for nine years. In 1997, she marries fellow Opry star Marty Stuart. In 2012, she joins the Country Music Hall of Fame
And now, I think I know what they were talking about: her performances on the last couple of nights of his tour.
The youngest of McGraw’s three girls took the stage at his pre-show VIP party that day to sing a little Dixie Chicks. That was at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion and she sang in the Heaven Town Lounge before McGraw’s main stage show. McGraw even gave her a kiss on her forehead before she sang and proudly told the crowd it was her first performance.
You can see from a fan’s Instagram video, she’s being backed by two guitar players and is singing “Travelin’ Soldier.” Audrey was only a year old when that song was released, but she seems to have had a lot of practice getting it just right. (If you look closely, you can even see her dad watching her from the side of the tiny stage.)
Then on Friday at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Audrey took the pre-show stage again, according to Oklahoma’s country station KLAW. And she performed the Dixie Chicks song again. There’s no word yet on any other songs she performed or whether or not McGraw joined her for any duets.
Audrey is only 12, but then again, she’s the daughter of McGraw and Faith Hill. So it’s only natural she’d have a voice that combines all the nuances of McGraw’s and Hill’s vocals. Even in a few seconds of an amateur video, you can hear that.
In other McGraw family-singers news, his duet with his cousin Catherine (Raney) Dunn on “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” — off his upcoming Sundown Heaven Town album — will be available for download on Tuesday (Aug. 12).
- 2009, Toby Keith’s “American Ride” video debuts on CMT.com
- 2002, The Dixie Chicks give a private show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, playing their album “Home” in its entirety in sequential order. In the audience: Marty Stuart, Ty Herndon, Little Big Town and Tim O’Brien
- 1988, Keith Whitley collects his first #1 country single in Billboard with “Don’t Close Your Eyes”
- 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