Today In Country Music History -12/12/2019

COUNTRY DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 12, 2019
• 2003: DOLLY PARTON’s Imagination Library, in its seventh year, donated its one-millionth book, The Little Engine That Could, to the parents of a one-year-old in Danville, Alabama.
• 2007: SARA EVANS sat in as co-host of ABC’s morning talk show The View. Sara co-hosted again two days later.
• 2011: TAYLOR SWIFT was named Billboard magazine’s Artist of the Year for Country Music for overall album, singles and concert sales.
• 2011: ERIC CHURCH’s Springsteen was named one of Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Songs of the Year, months before it became a single.
• 2016: BRETT ELDREDGE stopped by the Nashville Rescue Mission to deliver winter coats for the homeless.
Singer-songwriter KATRINA ELAM is 36. She co-wrote RASCAL FLATTS’ Easy.

COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
ERIC CHURCH’s Double Down Tour was tops in country in 2019, bringing in $65 million over 48 shows and playing for more than 718,000 fans. Eric was followed on the list by FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, THOMAS RHETT and GEORGE STRAIT. It’s interesting to note that George brought in $46 million over nine shows while everyone else in the top five played more than 40 dates.
DAN + SHAY’s 10,000 Hours gives the duo the fastest selling country single of the year. The tune, with Justin Bieber, has been certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies since it’s release in October. The tune has also achieved platinum status in Canada and gold certifications in Australia, the Netherlands, Brazil and Ireland.
ABC will re-air BRAD PAISLEY’s variety special, Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special, on December 28. Bringing in 6 million viewers its first time around, the show includes special guests like CARRIE UNDERWOOD, TIM MCGRAW, KELSEA BALLERINI and DARIUS RUCKER.
CRAIG MORGAN will host a new show called Craig’s World on the Circle Network, launching in January. The show will focus on Craig and his family. The network will also air Grand Ole Opry performances and other country music focused programming.
DIERKS BENTLEY and BRANDI CARLILE will headline the Shaky Boots Festival, May 8-9 at Central Park in Atlanta. Others on the bill will include MORGAN WALLEN, CLINT BLACK and TANYA TUCKER.
DIERKS BENTLEY’s 2014 album, Riser, is coming in vinyl form at the end of January. The set includes the number ones I Hold On and Say You Do.
BLAKE SHELTON and GWEN STEFANI cover the latest issue of People magazine with the caption: Ready To Wed. The story talks about Gwen being a devout Catholic and how her previous marriage to Gavin Rossdale must be annulled before she could marry Blake in a church ceremony, a process that can take much time and could explain why there haven’t been vows between the couple just yet.
LEE BRICE will play four shows in the United Kingdom next July. The shows are July 7 in London; July 9 in Birmingham, England; July 10 in Manchester, England; and July 11 in Glosgow, Scotland.
THOMAS RHETT says the one thing he and wife don’t agree on when it comes to Christmas is what type of tree to have in their house. While TR would prefer a fake tree, Lauren insists they have a real one, which they do every year.
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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: DECEMBER 13, 2019
• 1993: FAITH HILL made her Grand Ole Opry debut.
• 1995: GEORGE STRAIT’s album Pure Country soundtrack was certified multi-platinum for sales of 5 million copies. Hits included Heartland, I Cross My Heart and When Did You Stop Loving Me.
• 2002: SHANIA TWAIN’s album Up! Sold over 317,000 copies to remain at the top of both the Top 200 and Country albums chart for a third straight week.
• 2016: DOLLY PARTON’s Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit For The My People Fund raised $9 million for fire victims in East Tennessee. Helping Dolly was CHRIS STAPLETON, JAMEY JOHNSON, BIG & RICH, REBA MCENTIRE, CHRIS JANSON, LOCASH, CHRIS YOUNG and KENNY ROGERS.
• 2016: SUNDANCE HEAD won Season 11 of The Voice. Sundance was a member of BLAKE SHELTON’s team.
Buck White of THE WHITES is 89.
ALABAMA frontman Randy Owen is 70.
JOHN ANDERSON is 65.
TAYLOR SWIFT is 30.