TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY – 05/20/2020

COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MAY 20, 2020
• 1980: ALABAMA’s album My Home’s In Alabama was released.
• 1994: TOBY KEITH topped the charts with Wish I Didn’t Know Now.
• 1999: An autopsy on the late TAMMY WYNETTE, at the request of her husband George Richey, revealed she died from heart failure caused by repeated blood clots.
• 2008: SHANIA TWAIN and producer/husband Robert “Mutt” Lange split after 14 years of marriage.
• 2008: JULIANNE HOUGH’s self-titled debut album was released.
• 2010: KENNY CHESNEY topped Forbes magazine’s list of the top earning country artists.
• 2017: LITTLE BIG TOWN’s show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville attracted two surprise guests: LEE ANN WOMACK and LUKE BRYAN.
Susan Cowsill of THE COWSILLS is 61.
JON PARDI is 35.

COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
LADY ANTEBELLUM has canceled all dates on its 2020 Ocean Tour. JAKE OWEN and MADDIE & TAE were to open the tour across 40+ cities.
RASCAL FLATTS has canceled its farewell tour.
… The guys wrote on Instagram: “2020 is still an important year for us as a band and a milestone we want to celebrate with our fans, so please stay tuned for some fun surprises coming your way soon.”
KEITH URBAN recently played a drive-in concert for a Nashville-area hospital staff, and if he has his way, it will have been the first of many similar shows from the country star. Keith has been exploring the options for performing live during the pandemic, including social distancing shows.
REBA MCENTIRE is the latest artist to shift her tour dates to 2021. Reba’s arena tour, initially set for March then moved to July, has now been rescheduled to next year and will begin July 8, 2021 in Evansville, Indiana.
MORGAN WALLEN scores his third number one this week with Chasin’ You (Billboard Country Airplay) chart. It’s the third and likely final hit off his debut album, If I Know Me, as he hopes to offer a taste of his second album with his next single.
GEORGE STRAIT and his Codigo brand of tequila have partnered with Omaze to offer fans a virtual Happy Hour. The contest, which is open through June 19, will allow one lucky fan the chance at an hourlong chat with George, a pair of boots personally autographed by the singer, and two VIP tickets to a future Strait concert. All money raised will go to benefit independent restaurants impacted by COVID-19.
The Sing For St. Jude mini-concerts will include several country artists, like LANCO’s Brandon Lancaster (Thursday), MITCHELL TENPENNY, MATT STELL, and RYAN HURD (next week). The three-song episodes will air on each artist’s socials and be cross-broadcast on St. Jude’s pages with fans having the chance to donate to the facility that provides free care for children battling cancer and their families.