COUNTRY May 22, 2014

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• 1956: LEFTY FRIZZELL recorded The Waltz of the Angels in his first Nashville recording session.

• 1997: CLINT BLACK’s album Put Yourself In My Shoes was certified triple platinum. Hits included the title track, Loving Blind and One More Payment.

• 1998: At age 63, Royce Kendall of THE KENDALLS died of a stroke prior to a show in Iowa.

• 2007: CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s Before He Cheats became SoundScan’s most downloaded single, with 1.23 million copies.

• 2011: REBA McENTIRE, JEAN SHEPARD and songwriter BOBBY BRADDOCK were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

• 2011: With TRACE ADKINS in the TV audience, JOHN RICH was pronounced the winner of the NBC series The Celebrity Apprentice. John won $1.3 million during the season for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

DIAMOND RIO bassist Dana Williams is 53.

COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

RASCAL FLATTS’ album Rewind has debuted at the top of the Country Albums chart.

JOSH TURNER and wife Jennifer are expecting their fourth child, which will be another son. No word when the new addition is expected.

MIRANDA LAMBERT tells Women’s Health magazine her best advice to those looking to drop some extra weight is not to pay attention to the scale, but rather focus on how clothes fit. Miranda says in her experience, the number only irritates her and puts her in a bad mood — and it doesn’t tell the full story.

The ZAC BROWN BAND will play a Southern Ground Music & Food Festival, October 11-12 in Charleston, South Carolina at Blackbaud Stadium.

LEE ANN WOMACK has revealed the title and release date for her next album. The Way I’m Livin’ will hit stores September 23.

Surprising as it may sound, DOLLY PARTON had only ever had one album visit the Top 10 of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart before this week. That was the collaborative album, Trio, with EMMYLOU HARRIS and Linda Ronstadt, which hit No. 6 in 1987. That changed on May 14 with the release of Blue Smoke, Dolly’s 42nd studio album. Landing at the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, Blue Smoke hit No. 6 on the Billboard 200 across all genres, making it her first solo album to hit the Top 10 of that chart.

On June 3 country fans will be able to buy Now That’s What I Call Country Vol. 7, the latest installment in the popular NOW series. Now That’s What I Call Country Vol. 7 Track Listing:

  1. Luke Bryan – “Drink A Beer”
  2. Darius Rucker – “Wagon Wheel”
  3. Florida Georgia Line – “Stay”
  4. Hunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy”
  5. Lady Antebellum – “Compass”
  6. Brett Eldredge – “Don’t Ya”
  7. Eric Paslay – “Friday Night”
  8. Brad Paisley – “Beat This Summer”
  9. Carrie Underwood – “See You Again”
  10. Keith Urban duet with Miranda Lambert – “We Were Us”
  11. Dierks Bentley – “I Hold On”
  12. Cassadee Pope – “Wasting All These Tears”
  13. Tyler Farr – “Redneck Crazy”
  14. David Nail – “Whatever She’s Got”
  15. Scotty McCreery – “See You Tonight”
  16. Chris Young – “Aw Naw”
  17. Thomas Rhett – “Get Me Some Of That”
  18. Parmalee – “Carolina”