COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 21, 2019
• 1976: The WAYLON JENNINGS-WILLIE NELSON tune Good Hearted Woman topped the country charts.
• 2003: THE DIXIE CHICKS’ album Wide Open Spaces reached 12 million in shipments.
• 2011: ESPN debuted the KENNY CHESNEY-produced The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story, a documentary on a former University of Tennessee quarterback.
• 2012: THE BAND PERRY headlined Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in the venue’s first concert since replacing its legendary wooden stage floor for the first time since 1951.
• 2015: Randy Owen was an unannounced guest during JASON ALDEAN’s concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Together they sang the ALABAMA classics Tennessee River and My Home’s In Alabama.
• 2016: LITTLE BIG TOWN and KELSEA BALLERINI were guests on the ABC special The Wonderful World Of Disney: Disneyland 60.
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER, of Princeton, New Jersey, is 61.
ERIC HEATHERLY is 49. He had a top ten song with his re-make of THE STATLER BROTHERS’ Flowers On The Wall.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
CHRIS STAPLETON and DAN + SHAY lead all nominees with six for the 54th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, to be handed out April 7 in Las Vegas. The nominees:
• Entertainer of the Year: JASON ALDEAN; LUKE BRYAN; KENNY CHESNEY; CHRIS STAPLETON; KEITH URBAN
• Album of the Year: DAN + SHAY, Dan + Shay; ERIC CHURCH, Desperate Man; KACEY MUSGRAVES, Golden Hour; DIERKS BENTLEY, The Mountain; CHRIS STAPLETON, From A Room: Volume 2
• Single of the Year (award to artist): LUKE BRYAN, Most People Are Good; KANE BROWN, Heaven; JAKE OWEN, Down To The Honkytonk; DAN + SHAY, Tequila; FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/BEBE REXHA, Meant To Be
• Female Artist of the Year: MIRANDA LAMBERT; MAREN MORRIS; ASHLEY MCBRYDE; KACEY MUSGRAVES; CARRIE UNDERWOOD
• Male Artist of the Year: DIERKS BENTLEY; THOMAS RHETT; LUKE COMBS; KEITH URBAN; CHRIS STAPLETON
• Group of the Year: LADY ANTEBELLUM; MIDLAND; LANCO; OLD DOMINION; LITTLE BIG TOWN
• Duo of the Year: DAN + SHAY; BROTHERS OSBORNE; FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE; LOCASH; MADDIE & TAE
• Song of the Year (award to songwriter): COLE SWINDELL’s Break Up In The End; CHRIS STAPLETON’s Broken Halos; FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/BEBE REXHA’s Meant To Be; KACEY MUSGRAVES’ Space Cowboy; DAN + SHAY’s Tequila; RUSSELL DICKERSON’s Yours
• Video of the Year: SUGARLAND Featuring TAYLOR SWIFT, Babe; DIERKS BENTLEY Featuring BROTHERS OSBORNE, Burning Man; MIDLAND, Burn Out; CHRIS JANSON, Drunk Girl; DAN + SHAY, Tequila; BROTHERS OSBORNE, Shoot Me Straight
• Musical Event of the Year: DIERKS BENTLEY Featuring BROTHERS OSBORNE, Burning Man; DAVID LEE MURPHY Featuring KENNY CHESNEY, Everything’s Gonna Be Alright; DAN + SHAY Featuring KELLY CLARKSON, Keeping Score; FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE Featuring BEBE REXHA, Meant To Be; JASON ALDEAN Featuring MIRANDA LAMBERT, Drowns The Whiskey
• New Female Artist: LINDSAY ELL; CARLY PEARCE; ASHLEY MCBRYDE; DANIELLE BRADBERY
• New Male Artist: JIMMIE ALLEN; LUKE COMBS; MICHAEL RAY; MITCHELL TENPENNY; JORDAN DAVIS
• New Duo or Group of the Year: HIGH VALLEY; LANCO; RUNAWAY JUNE
• Songwriter of the Year:ASHLEY GORLEY; ROSS COPPERMAN; CHASE MCGILL; SHANE MCANALLY; JOSH OSBORNE
… KELSEA BALLERINI received no nominations for the first time since 2016.
… ERIC CHURCH’s only nomination was for his album Desperate Man. While all of Eric’s shows sold out last year it’s hard to see why he wasn’t considered for Entertainer of the Year.
… New artists MORGAN EVANS, MORGAN WALLEN and RUSSELLL DICKERSON, who all scored number ones, weren’t included in the New Male Artist category.
… DAN + SHAY’s six nominations recognize their breakout success over the last year with mega hits like Tequila and Speechless.
LUKE BRYAN’s recently-adopted senior dog has died. Poochie, the 18-year-old dog, was adopted from the Nashville-area animal rescue Proverbs 12:10 just a few weeks ago. Poochie was abandoned after a member of his former family became allergic to dogs. Animal Control brought him to Proverbs 12:10, and the organization had assumed that he would stay with them until he died, because finding senior dogs new homes is a difficult prospect. After the Bryan and his family saw Poochie in social media photos, they applied to adopt him on February 9 and officially made him a part of their family shortly thereafter. • IMAGE
MIRANDA LAMBERT’s new husband has been taken off NYPD patrol because, according to the New York Post, “cops don’t want to deal with reporters’ sudden infatuation with him.” Officer Brendan is now focusing on paperwork instead of patrolling the streets.
GEORGE STRAIT’s Every Little Honky Tonk Bar is his first Top 20 tune in nearly six years. George last hit the Top 20 in 2013 with I Got A Car.
REBA MCENTIRE will guest tonight (Thursday) on Watch What Happens Live on the Bravo Network.
THOMPSON SQUARE’s Keifer Thompson is mourning the loss of his mother, Carrol, who died yesterday morning (Wednesday) unexpectedly in her hometown of Miami, Oklahoma. The duo are expected to cancel their weekend appearances, including a performance at the Grand Ole Opry.
JON PARDI will be out with a new album this summer.
MORGAN WALLEN will guest this morning (Thursday) on The Today Show to perform his latest, Whiskey Glasses.
LONESTAR will kick off their Hits and More Hits Tour March 2 in Panama City, Florida. The tour marks the 20th anniversary of their Lonely Grill album, which included their mega hit, Amazed.