COUNTRY DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 18, 2019
• 1925: The Ryman Auditorium, original home of the Grand Ole Opry, opened in Nashville.
• 1952: Hank Williams married Billie Jean Jones Eshliman in a private ceremony in Louisiana. They renewed their vows in a public ceremony the next day.
• 1968: The CMA Awards, with hosts ROY ROGERS and Dale Evans, was videotaped at the Ryman Auditorium for its first broadcast on television a month later, November 19.
• 1983: The KENNY ROGERS/DOLLY PARTON hit Islands In The Stream was certified gold.
• 1992: LYNN ANDERSON was released from jail after serving a 2-day sentence for swearing at her ex-husband in front of her children.
• 2016: BLAKE SHELTON joined Gwen Stefani to perform Go Ahead And Break My Heart for the final state dinner of Barack Obama’s presidency at the White House in Washington, D.C.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
CRAIG MORGAN’s performance of The Father, My Son And The Holy Ghost will air today (Friday) on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
GARTH BROOKS packed more than 700 fans into The Barn in Sanford, Florida, for his fourth Dive Bar show on Wednesday night (October 16). Next up for Garth on the tour is a stop in Ohio on October 28.
GARTH BROOKS performs alongside soul legend Sam Moore as part of the Grammy Salute To Legends special airing on PBS tomorrow (Saturday).
JOSH TURNER took home his first Gospel Music Association Dove Award during the October 15 Dove Awards in Nashville. Josh was honored for his rendition of HANK WILLIAMS’ I Saw The Light.
JIMMIE ALLEN says his post-show ritual has changed since becoming engaged. Instead of heading straight for his video game console he calls and checks in with fiancée Lexi Gale.
Radio broadcast pioneer Bob Kingsley has died at age 80 after a battle with cancer. Bob hosted American Country Countdown across many stations from 1978-2006 before establishing the Bob Kingsley Country Countdown. He was a member of both the Country DJ Hall of Fame and Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
NEW AND OUT TODAY
CHRIS JANSON’s third album, Real Friends, which includes a guest appearance by BLAKE SHELTON on the title track.
BLACKHAWK’s first Christmas album, The Spirit of Christmas.
JOHN RICH, RICKY SKAGGS and ERIC PASLAY are among the special guests on Dionne Warwick’s The Voices of Christmas.
THE WEEK’S TOP SINGLES
MATT STELL – Prayed For You
CHRIS JANSON – Good Vibes
DIERKS BENTLEY – Living
COLE SWINDELL – Love You Too Late
RUSSELL DICKERSON – Every Little Thing
BRANTLEY GILBERT + LINDSAY ELL – Happens In A Small Town
CHRIS LANE – I Don’t Know About You
LUKE COMBS – Even Though I’m Leaving
OLD DOMINION – One Man Band
KEITH URBAN – We Were