COUNTRY June 30, 2014

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• 1970: Groundbreaking took place at the Opryland Theater in Nashville.

• 1973: RONNIE MILSAP made his chart debut with I Hate You.

• 1980: TANYA TUCKER and GLEN CAMPBELL were featured on the cover of People magazine.

• 1982: ALABAMA’s album My Home’s In Alabama was certified platinum.

• 1984: VERN GOSDIN topped the charts with I Can Tell By The Way You Dance.

• 1987: K.T. OSLIN’s album ’80s Ladies was released.

• 1994: Twelve miles of highway in Waverly, Tennessee, became Loretta Lynn Parkway.

• 1995: GARTH BROOKS buried the master to his CD The Hits under his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

• 1998: FAITH HILL’s album Faith was certified gold and platinum.

• 1998: Twenty-seven Country artists won a lawsuit filed earlier in the year against Californian Jim Salmon for linking their names to pornographic websites. Among the artists involved were TIM MCGRAW, FAITH HILL, and LEE ROY PARNELL.

• 2001: CHET ATKINS died of cancer at the age of 77 at his home in Nashville.

• 2009: The BRAD PAISLEY album American Saturday Night was released. It included the hit songs Then, Welcome To The Future, Water and the title track.

• 2010: TAYLOR SWIFT was tops in country and No. 12 overall on Forbes magazine’s list of the Celebrity 100.

COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

HUNTER HAYES will help Major League Baseball celebrate this year’s Hall of Fame inductions August 2 in Cooperstown, New York. He’ll perform three songs with The Boston Pops. Other musical guests will include Paul Simon and Yolanda Adams.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD will return for another season of NBC’s Sunday Night Football, singing the theme song. The new season of Sunday Night Football kicks off September 7 when the Indianapolis Colts take on the Denver Broncos. The first game of the season is September 4 with the Packers playing the Seahawks.

DIERKS BENTLEY’s August 1 concert at the Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict.

MIRANDA LAMBERT says she’s no role model, because she drinks, has tattoos and uses swear words. While she admitted all this to FOX News, she says the one area she tries to be an advocate for young women is physical appearance because it’s not the outer shell that is important.

TYLER FARR recently broke up a fight at a concert. Tyler was mid-song when he noticed a ruckus taking place. Apparently, a bunch of guys were fighting, and Tyler didn’t hesitate to call them out. He yelled into his mic: “Y’all knock that sh** off. Quit that stupid-a** nonsense.” He then called for security, instructing them to “Get their a**es outta here.” Tyler joked to the crowd, “I remember my first beer.”

The music video for KENNY CHESNEY’s American Kids will make its debut today (Monday) on both CMT and Great American Country. The song is the lead-off tune from Kenny’s upcoming album.

LEE BRICE’s upcoming album I Don’t Dance isn’t even on store shelves, but he’s already planning another project, and it involves a very important woman in his life: his mom. In July Lee is recording a gospel album with his mom and her sisters, who have sang gospel music for many, many years. Lee says, “I’m going to send a tour bus to pick them all up in South Carolina in July and bring them here to my house, and I’m going to make a new record on them.”

MICKEY GILLEY has a new variety show on the RFD Network. Gilley’s Place includes performances and interviews with special guests as well as a look back at Mickey’s career. Guests to appear on upcoming episodes of the show will include NEAL MCCOY, LINDA DAVIS, THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, MEL TILLIS and RHONDA VINCENT. The show airs Friday night’s on the network.

Former PISTOL ANNIES member ANGALEENA PRESLEY will release her debut album, American Middle Class, October 14. She wrote five songs for the project and co-wrote the other seven. PATTY LOVELESS provides harmonies on the album.