COUNTRY DATEBOOK: AUGUST 19, 2019
• 1995: BROOKS & DUNN topped the Billboard Country Singles Chart with You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone.
• 1997: LONESTAR’s Dean Sams and wife Kim became parents for the first time with the birth of daughter Britney Deann.
• 1998: GARTH BROOKS’ album Sevens was certified multi-platinum for sales of 6 million copies.
• 1999: DWIGHT YOAKAM’s album Guitars, Cadillacs was certified double platinum.
• 2000: REBA MCENTIRE made her live performance debut in Brazil.
• 2009: GEORGE STRAIT’s 38th album, Twang, debuted at the top of the Country albums and 200 all formats charts. It was George’s fifth album to debut at No. 1 on the all formats chart.
• 2011: THE DIXIE CHICKS’ Natalie Maines and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder attended as the West Memphis 3, a trio of men who spent 10 years behind bars, were freed from prison in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
• 2018: Three days after Aretha Franklin’s death, ERIC CHURCH paid respect by covering A Natural Woman to launch his concert in Calgary, Alberta.
EDDY RAVEN is 75.
LEE ANN WOMACK is 53.
MARK MCGUINN (Mrs. Steven Rudy) is 51.
CLAY WALKER is 50.
Find these audio files on the COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE.
🎧 GRANGER SMITH talks about selling the home where his son died.
🎧 JUSTIN MOORE doesn’t do karaoke or concerts.
🎧 CARRIE UNDERWOOD on including elements of her life in her music.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
In BLAKE SHELTON’s new single with TRACE ADKINS, Hell Right, the two singers take a lyrical jab at what is probably the biggest song of 2019, Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road. What likely started out as a humorous songwriting idea has now sparked chatter as to whether the song’s lyrics are offensive. The line in question is: “The girl from the small town took off the Old Town, put on a little Hank Jr.,” with Trace replying, “Thank God.”
… A spokesperson for Blake says the singer meant no harm with his song and only targeted Old Town Road for its ubiquitousness: “It’s absolutely not throwing any kind of shade at Lil Nas X at all. Blake says this literally has nothing to do with anything at all except how much the song is played. It could have been Achy Breaky Heart or any other song.”
… The spokesperson also notes that Blake talked to Billy Ray Cyrus, who appears on the most famous version of the song, and that Billy Ray thought the lyric was funny.
After canceling four shows in July ALABAMA was forced to cancel their dates over the weekend in West Virginia (August 16) and New Jersey (August 17) due to frontman RANDY OWEN’s ongoing battle with cluster migraines and vertigo. The band, which are on a 50th anniversary tour, has not performed since a July 12 show in Arkansas. Their next scheduled date is August 23 in Michigan.
On August 30, SARA EVANS And The Barker Family will release Live From City Winery: Nashville, a 16-track collection that includes originals, covers and a handful of Sara’s signature songs. On the album Sara is joined by her 16-year-old daughter and 19-year-old son. The family band did a short tour earlier this year.
BROOKS & DUNN appear on the cover of the October issue of Cowboys & Indians magazine flanked by KANE BROWN and JON PARDI. The issue talks about their induction to the Country Music Hall of fame and their Reboot album. It’ll be on newsstands September 3.
DIXIE CHICKS are on a song called Soon You’ll Get Better on TAYLOR SWIFT’s new album, Lover, hitting stores August 23.
DRAKE WHITE was rushed to a Roanoke, West Virginia hospital Friday night (August 16) after nearly collapsing onstage just 15 minutes into his show, opening for SCOTTY McCREERY. He tweeted out an apology to his fans later in the evening saying he was getting checked out by some of Roanoke’s finest.
In the music video for her new single, The Bones, MAREN MORRIS takes fans to Maui where the clip was filmed while she and husband RYAN HURD were vacationing. The song, which is just starting up the country charts, is already inside the Top 20 on the Adult Contemporary chart.