COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JUNE 20, 2019
• 1998: BROOKS & DUNN’s pairing with REBA MCENTIRE on the tune If You See Him/If You See Her topped the Billboard Country Singles Chart.
• 2003: ALABAMA kicked off their American Farewell Tour in Atlanta. It would run through most of 2004.
• 2003: After just two weeks on the chart, ALAN JACKSON’s duet with JIMMY BUFFETT, It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, entered the Top 20. In Alan’s career, only his tune Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning) scaled the chart faster.
• 2005: MARTINA MCBRIDE gave birth to her third daughter, Ava Rose Kathleen.
• 2006: GRETCHEN WILSON and JOSH GRACIN performed for president George W. Bush and 6,000 guests at the President’s Dinner at the Washington Convention Center.
• 2016: Stars of the TV series Nashville performed in Dublin, Ireland, to conclude the cast’s first-ever international tour. The lineup included Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio.
ANNE MURRAY is 74.
KEITH URBAN’s wife, Nicole Kidman, is 52.
Dan Tyminski of ALISON KRAUSS AND UNION STATION is 52.
Drummer Chris Thompson of THE ELI YOUNG BAND is 39.
Singer Grace Potter is 36. Grace sang with KENNY CHESNEY on his songs You and Tequila and Wild Child.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
CARRIE UNDERWOOD is being sued by singer-songwriter Heidi Merrill over her 2018 Sunday Night Football theme, Game On. Merrill claims she pitched a song with the same title to the producer of Carrie’s first five albums and was told it didn’t make the cut, then Carrie used a song of the same title that she co-wrote for the NFL theme last year. Neither Carrie’s side or the NFL have commented on the suit.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD has a new cover story in People called How Faith And Family Made Me Strong. In the interview can be found in the issue on stands tomorrow (Friday).
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE brought their Can’t Say I Ain’t Country tour mates to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis for a surprise show last weekend. DAN + SHAY, MORGAN WALLEN and Hardy all performed for the staff and patients at the facility.
BRETT ELDREDGE is heading to he United Kingdom for an eight show tour in late January and early February. He’ll make stops in Germany, the Netherlands, England, and Scotland.
TIM MCGRAW and KEITH URBAN will be sponsors of this year’s Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament, taking place August 19 in Nashville. Proceeds from the event will benefit the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Middle Tennessee.
CHRIS STAPLETON, EMMYLOU HARRIS, CONNIE SMITH and others will join MARTY STUART as special guests during his three week Artist In Residence concerts this September at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Each week will find Marty performing songs under a different theme and with different special guests.
CARLY PEARCE shares a common bond with ’90s hitmaker SUZY BOGGUSS: They both performed at Dollywood on their way up through the country music ranks.