COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MARCH 27, 2020
• 1965: ROGER MILLER topped the country charts with King Of The Road.
• 1976: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw reached #17 on the country charts with I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.
• 2002: SHANIA TWAIN’s Come On Over became the best selling album by a female artist in all styles of music when it surpassed the 19 million mark in sales. It has (as of 2019) sold 29 million.
• 2008: TRACE ADKINS lost out to America’s Got Talent’s Piers Morgan in the season finale of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.
• 2011: SHANIA TWAIN was formally inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in Toronto.
• 2014: TAYLOR SWIFT obtained a three year restraining order against Timothy Sweet, a man who had threatened her family and claimed to be married to the singer.
• 2017: Guest mentor LUKE BRYAN gave advice to two contestants who were assigned In The Midnight Hour by BLAKE SHELTON during The Voice.
• 2018: The late DARYLE SINGLETARY was remembered by CHRIS YOUNG, DARRYL WORLEY and JOSH TURNER during a tribute show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
The Academy of Country Music has announced performers for the ACM Presents: Our Country, the two hour special airing April 5 They include CARRIE UNDERWOOD, KEITH URBAN, LUKE BRYAN, LUKE COMBS, SHANIA TWAIN, KELSEA BALLERINI, MIRANDA LAMBERT, LITTLE BIG TOWN, BLAKE SHELTON with GWEN STEFANI, DARIUS RUCKER, and BRAD PAISLEY. In addition, Luke (Bryan), Darius, and Brad will honor KENNY ROGERS who passed away March 21. The artists will perform from their homes where they will also talk about their favorite ACM moments over the last 55 years.
BLAKE SHELTON is working on his mullet with a little help from girlfriend Gwen Stefani. Over a week after the singer announced that he was bringing back his signature ’90s hairstyle, he gave his followers an update Thursday. Although Blake’s hair definitely has a lot of growing out to do, it’s now just long enough on the ends that Gwen can run her fingers through it. Making sure her man’s new look really stands out, Gwen “decided to take it to the next level” by adding “stripes” shaved into the side of his head. In addition to sharing a “quarantine mullet update” video, The Voice coaches also posed together for a photograph while wearing coordinating camouflage looks. • IMAGE
After postponing shows in May and June, THOMAS RHETT will now kick off his Center Point Road Tour on July 9 in Charlotte.
GARTH BROOKS receives the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress on Sunday (March 29). The pre-taped ceremony will air on PBS.
TIM MCGRAW, Alicia Keys and the Backstreet Boys will be among those taking part in A Concert For America, a one-hour special airing on FOX on Sunday (March 29). Hosted by Elton John, the commercial free show will feature artists performing from home and is dedicated to first responders and health care workers.
LEE BRICE and songwriter Rob Hatch are launching a record label called Pump House Records. The label will cater to all types of music with the first artist to be Nick Norman. The label also hopes to work with REBECCA LYNN HOWARD, who scored a minor hit with the song Forgive several years ago.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has extended its closure through April 30. The facility was initially scheduled to reopen at the start of April.
NEW AND OUT TODAY
INGRID ANDRESS’ debut, Lady Like. The set includes her hit More Hearts Than Mine.
THE WEEK’S TOP SINGLES
JAKE OWEN – Homemade
KANE BROWN – Homesick
LUKE BRYAN – What She Wants Tonight
SAM HUNT – Kinfolks
BRETT YOUNG – Catch
JORDAN DAVIS – Slow Dance In A Parking Lot
GABBY BARRETT – I Hope
INGRID ANDRESS – More Hearts Than Mine
JASON ALDEAN – We Back
BLAKE SHELTON Duet with GWEN STEFANI – Nobody But You