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This Day in Country Music- September 24th

  • 2005, Sara Evans completes her run to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “A Real Fine Place To Start”
  • 1999, Lonestar collects its first platinum album, for “Lonely Grill”
  • 1994, Joe Diffie’s “Third Rock From The Sun” rises to the #1 position on the Billboard country singles chart
  • 1989, Clint Black picks up his first gold album, for “Killin’ Time”

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Carrie Underwood: Typical College Student?

When I picked up the new special issue of People’s “50 Amazing Moments in Country Music,” I kind of expected it to just be the 50 amazing moments I already knew all about.

But as I started to flip through the pages, I realized, there are stories I actually hadn’t heard before.

Here are some of the news-to-me bits and pieces from the pages:

Carrie Underwood on her pre-American Idol years: “I was a typical college student,” she said. “I would roll out of bed, brush my teeth and go to class. I was in a sorority. I’d never been to New York. When I sang, it was before about 15 people. Without Idol, I’d probably be singing in church on Sunday and karaoke on Wednesday nights.”

Kenny Chesney on relating to his fans: “I look out there and see a lot of people that work really hard and have stress and anxiety in their lives just like everybody else, but they take it all in stride,” he said. “They kinda walk through the world like they got their feet in the sand every day. And that’s me. When I look out into the audience, I see that common ground.”

Blake Shelton on falling in love mid-song: “Standing up there and singing with somebody and going, ‘Man, this shouldn’t be happening.’ Looking back on that, I was falling in love with (Miranda Lambert) right there onstage,” he said of the night Lambert joined him to sing “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” in 2005. “I tell you, if it wasn’t for Miranda, I’d be screwed.”

Miranda Lambert on meeting Shelton for the first time: “It was just like this draw to each other,” she recalled. “It was this inevitable chemistry.”

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This Day in Country Music- September 23rd

2006, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss tape an episode of “CMT Cross Country” at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. The set list includes “Tryin’ To Get Over You,” “The Lucky One” and The Reason Why”

1998, Steve Wariner’s “Holes In The Floor Of Heaven” wins Single and Song of the Year from the Country Music Association during the 32nd annual awards on CBS at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The Dixie Chicks also win twice

1986, ABC-TV’s “Who’s The Boss?” has its season premiere. In the process, Steve Wariner begins a run as the voice of the Tony Danza show’s theme song, “Brand New Life”

1965, Songwriter Rodney Clawson is born in Dallas, Texas. He scores hits by writing George Strait’s “I Saw God Today,” Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride,” Luke Bryan’s “Drunk On You” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Get Your Shine On”

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This Day in Country Music- September 22nd

2005, Keith Urban’s “Golden Road” album goes triple-platinum

1999, The Dixie Chicks win three awards from the Country Music Association during the 33rd ceremony at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. They’re named Vocal Group of the Year, while “Wide Open Spaces” takes Single and Music Video of the Year

1985, Willie Nelson sponsors the first Farm Aid concert in Champaign, Illinois, with Merle Haggard, John Cougar Mellencamp, Roger Miller, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Alabama, George Jones, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, B.B. King, Judy Rodman and Waylon Jennings, among others

1979, “Just Good Ol’ Boys” hits #1 in Billboard for duet partners Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley

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This Day in Country Music- September 21st

2007, Trisha Yearwood and Babyface lock voices as a new episode of “CMT Crossroads” debuts. The set list includes “How Do I Live,” “Walkaway Joe” and “Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love”

2002, Darryl Worley picks up his first #1 single in Billboard: “I Miss My Friend”

1990, The Internal Revenue Service places liens totalling $16.7 million on Willie Nelson’s property to guarantee that he pays $6.5 million in back taxes

1967, Faith Hill is born in Jackson, Mississippi. Following her 1993 debut “Wild One,” she becomes one of country’s most successful female singers, gaining major crossover hits with “This Kiss” and “Breathe.” She marries Tim McGraw in 1996

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This Day in Country Music- September 20th

2007, Carrie Underwood’s “So Small” video debuts on CMT

2002, Toby Keith’s “Who’s Your Daddy?” video premieres on CMT

1992, Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam XV at Nashville’s Starwood Amphitheater. It features Eddie Rabbitt, Paulette Carlson, Suzy Bogguss, Jo-El Sonnier, Pirates Of The Mississippi, Confederate Railroad, The Oak Ridge Boys, Little Feat, Hal Ketchum, Poco and The Desert Rose Band, among others

1973, A day after Gram Parsons died, his body is stolen during transfer at the Los Angeles International Airport, then taken to Joshua Tree, where it is burned, in accordance with his request. Road manager Phil Kaufman is among two charged with the crime

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This Day in Country Music- September 19th

2006, The Wreckers’ “Stand Still, Look Pretty” album is certified gold

2002, Brad Paisley kicks off his first headlining tour, performing at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix. Pinmonkey opens the show, sponsored by CMT

1981, Mickey Gilley’s remake of “You Don’t Know Me” hits #1 on the Billboard country chart

1970, Ray Price nets a #1 Billboard country single with “For The Good Times,” written by Kris Kristofferson

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This Day in Country Music- September 18th

2006, Willie and Bobbie Nelson receive misdemeanor citations for drug possession when his bus is stopped on Interstate 10 near Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. A search of the vehicle yielded 1.5 pounds of marijuana and 2/10 of a pound of mushrooms

2004, Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart” takes top honors in the CMT special “40 Greatest Done Me Wrong Songs”

1993, Garth Brooks rises to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Ain’t Going Down (Til The Sun Comes Up)”

1971, Tom T. Hall checks in at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died”

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This Day in Country Music- September 17th

2012, Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah” video debuts on CMT. It features a guest appearance by actor Garrett Hedlund

2005, The Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton single “Islands In The Stream” tops the list with the debut of “CMT 100 Greatest Duets”

1998, The Country Music Hall of Fame unveils a bronze statue of the late Hank Williams on the 75th anniversary of the singer’s birth. At the ceremony are his children, Hank Williams Jr. and Jett Williams, who meet for the first time

1982, Elektra releases Hank Williams Jr.’s “Greatest Hits”

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Darius Rucker Plans Christmas Album

Darius Rucker will release his first Christmas album, featuring two new original songs, on Oct. 27. The project will be titled Home for the Holidays.

“I am so excited to finally make a Christmas album,” Rucker said. “This has been a lifelong dream, and I hope my fans enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making it.”

Rucker and producer Frank Rogers co-wrote “What God Wants for Christmas” with Monty Criswell. In addition, Rucker and Rogers teamed with Steve Leslie for “Candy Cane Christmas.” Sheryl Crow joins Rucker for the duet, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

Other holiday selections on the album include “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “White Christmas,” “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Please Come Home for Christmas,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Rucker is also completing work on his upcoming country album, expected to be released in early 2015. That project’s lead single in “Homegrown Honey.”

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