- 2013, The Miranda Lambert single “Mama’s Broken Heart” is certified gold
- 2002, Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” album is certified for shipments of 19 million units
- 1996, Trace Adkins’ debut video, “There’s A Girl In Texas,” has its world premiere on CMT
- 1971, Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn share the top spot in Billboard with “After The Fire Is Gone”
With all this talk of Miranda Lambert duets — like her upcoming “Something Bad” with Carrie Underwood and her recent single “We Were Us” with Keith Urban — I can’t help but think of my very favorite one. And it’s one you might not have heard of yet.
It’s “Old Habits,” a duet with Justin Moore from his Off the Beaten Path album released late last year. And the last time I talked to Moore and raved about this particular song, he told me it was one of his favorites, too.
“When I heard the work tape of it, my producer and I both looked at each other and said, ‘That’s a duet,’” Moore told me.
And the next thing they said to each other?
“‘We gotta get Miranda,’” Moore recalled.
Moore said Lambert was the obvious choice for the song because of her vocals and how country the song is.
“There are a lot of talented female artists in this town, but nobody’s a better country singer than Miranda Lambert, in my opinion,” he said. “And there’s not a more country song out there than this one.
“She knocked it out of the park. I knew she would. It was cool of her to take time out of her schedule to do that,” Moore added. “You really find out who our friends are when you call them and say, ‘Sing this song with me,’ and they just go, ‘All right.’”
Moore is nominated for an ACM Award for new artist of the year, and Lambert is nominated for five ACM Awards, including entertainer of the year.
- 2013, Warner Bros. releases Blake Shelton’s album “Based On A True Story…”
- 1992, “Trisha Yearwood” is the singer’s first album certified platinum
- 1983, John Anderson goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Swingin’”
- 1968, Kenny Chesney is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. After a 1993 launch, he becomes one of the biggest hitmakers of the early-21st century, regularly winning Entertainer of the Year trophies and selling out stadiums in his annual summer concert treks
- 2003, Josh Gracin performs the Garth Brooks hit “Ain’t Going Down (Til The Sun Comes Up)” on FOX-TV’s “American Idol”
- 1987, Warner Bros. releases Randy Travis’ “Forever And Ever, Amen”
- 1974, Charlie Rich wins three times during the ninth annual Academy Of Country Music awards at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. Rich swipes Top Male Vocalist, Single Record and Album of the Year for “Behind Closed Doors,” also named Song of the Year
- 1963, Johnny Cash records “Ring Of Fire” at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville
Johnny Cash’s great-niece was found murdered Wednesday morning (March 19) at her home in Baxter, Tenn., a community located approximately 75 miles east of Nashville.
Investigators for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department identified the victim as 23-year-old Courtney Jean Cash. She was the granddaughter of Tommy Cash, the younger brother of the late Johnny Cash.
According to Herald-Citizen newspaper in Cookeville, Tenn., she had been stabbed to death and her body hidden in a box. Austin Johnson, the victim’s boyfriend, was seriously injured and remained in critical condition Thursday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Wayne Gary Masciarella, 26, of Cookeville was arrested Wednesday and charged with first degree murder. He is being held without bond in the Putnam County jail.
Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews said Masciarella is believed to be an acquaintance of the couple and had likely been allowed inside their home before the altercation occurred. Cash and Johnson are parents of a young daughter.
“We ask for your prayers for the Cash family at this time,” Tommy Cash, 73, said Thursday in a written statement. “Courtney and her boyfriend are beloved members of my family and, like you, we have a lot of questions and emotions that we are beginning to sort through today. We ask for you to respect our privacy and appreciate all the support that the public and media has always offered my family as we handle the loss of my granddaughter, pray for the father of my great-grandchild and journey through the search for justice on this violent act.
“We are completely heartbroken. It is a time like this that we are grateful for our faith and trusting the loving guidance of God.”
- 2005, Keith Urban’s “Making Memories Of Us” video has its television premiere on CMT
- 2002, Faith Hill performs “There You’ll Be,” from the movie “Pearl Harbor,” during the Oscar awards at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre. “For The Birds” wins Best Animated Short; the movie features a score created by Riders In The Sky
- 1984, Toby Keith marries Tricia Lucus
- 1977, Songwriter Natalie Hemby is born. Married to producer Mike Wrucke, she pens Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” and “Tornado”; and the Miranda Lambert hits “White Liar” and “Baggage Claim”
- 1998, Naomi, Wynonna and Ashley Judd attend the Oscars in Los Angeles, where Trisha Yearwood performs “How Do I Live,” from the movie “Con Air.” Ashley presents an award and gets flak for a high, revealing hemline
- 1993, Bruce Springsteen surprises the audience at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, when he rips off his shirt and launches into Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart.” “Everybody gets a giggle out of it,” he says, “but that tune is just damn good”
- 1985, Ray Charles and fellow chess player Willie Nelson appear at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Seven Spanish Angels”
- 1922, Fiddlin’ John Carson becomes the first “hillbilly” artist to play on the radio, performing on Atlanta’s WSB. His first song: “Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane”
- 2003, The Dixie Chicks march to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Travelin’ Soldier”
- 1995, Dwight Yoakam earns a platinum album with “Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room”
- 1971, Merle Haggard wins a trio of honors in the sixth Academy Of Country & Western Music awards at the Hollywood Palladium. He claims Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, and his Strangers take Top Touring Band
- 1958, Hank Williams Jr. makes his public stage debut at the age of eight at the Nancy Auditorium in Swainsboro, Georgia. The facility is owned by Webb Pierce and music executive Jim Denny
- 2000, Sugar Hill releases Nickel Creek’s self-titled debut album
- 1998, Clint Black stops at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Nothin’ But The Taillights,” co-written with Steve Wariner
- 1988, Randy Travis wins three times at the 23rd annual Academy Of Country Music awards, aired on NBC from Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. He earns Top Male Vocalist, and “Forever And Ever, Amen” takes Single Record and Song of the Year
- 1981, “Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground” lifts Willie Nelson to #1 on the Billboard country chart
One of the song’s writers, Jimmy Robbins, talked with Radio.com, and he admitted the two singers almost weren’t used.
“(Miranda)’s on a different record label, so there’s a whole other world of red tape,” Robbins said, “so many people that have to approve of it for him to be able to use it.”
Then there’s the added issue of whether the cut will even make the cut.
“Songs get cut, and don’t make records, and get cut again. But once we heard Keith and Miranda sing ['We Were Us'], it would have been hard to hear anybody else sing it because it sounds like it was made for them,” he said.
Robbins also talked about how the song wasn’t necessarily going to be a duet until he and his co-writers Jon Nite and Nicolle Galyon started writing the second verse.
“That didn’t happen until we got to the second verse, and thought, ‘maybe a guy could say this, too.’ That’s when we all got pretty excited about it,” he said.
Urban, too, heard the song as a duet and set his sights on Lambert to sing with him. “I think that Keith had been toying with the idea of a duet, and my publisher knew that. He toyed with the idea of a few different people, but (Lambert) was always his first choice,” Robbins explained.
“It’s easy to listen to and kinda hard to write, to tell a story without really telling a story. It leaves it up to the individual to piece (the story) together and make it their own,” Robbins said of the nostalgic song about an old love. One that turned out to be an up-tempo duet, as opposed to the super-ballad kind of duets that are the norm. And one that is now nominated for an ACM Award for vocal event of the year.