COUNTRY August 19, 2014

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• 1973: KRIS KIRSTOFFERSON married Rita Coolidge.

• 1994: THE TRACTORS made their debut on the country chart with Baby Like To Rock It.

• 1995: BROOKS & DUNN topped the Billboard Country Singles Chart with You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone.

• 1997: LONESTAR’s Dean Sams and wife Kim became parents for the first time with the birth of daughter Britney Deann.

• 1998: GARTH BROOKS’ album Sevens was certified multi-platinum for sales of 6 million copies.

• 1999: DWIGHT YOAKAM’s album Guitars, Cadillacs was certified double platinum.

• 2000: REBA MCENTIRE made her live performance debut in Brazil.

• 2009: GEORGE STRAIT’s 38th album, Twang, debuted at the top of the Country albums and 200 all formats charts. It was George’s fifth album to debut at No. 1 on the all formats chart.

• 2011: THE DIXIE CHICKS’ Natalie Maines and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder attended as the West Memphis 3, a trio of men who spent 10 years behind bars, were freed from prison in Jonesboro, Arkansas.



MARK MCGUINN (Mrs. Steven Rudy) is 46



TAYLOR SWIFT will release her first official pop album, 1989, October 27. Taylor was heavily inspired by the music of the 1980s and has been working on the project for the last two years.

… On Monday during a live stream on Yahoo Taylor debut 1989’s first single, Shake It Off. Taylor began the stream at the top of New York’s Empire State Building, but made her announcements before a group of hand-picked fans.

… The inspiration for Shake It Off came from a lesson she had to learn over the past couple years: “People can say whatever they want about us, at any time and we cannot control that. The only thing we can control is our reaction to that.” Video

… Taylor also revealed plans for the 1989 Swiftstakes. She joked: “It’s like ‘sweepstakes,’ but we made it annoying.” She’ll give away 1,000 tickets and 500 meet ‘n’ greets for her next tour. She’ll give away a total of 1,989 prizes.

Is TAYLOR SWIFT’s Sparks Fly about JAKE OWEN? The liner notes for the song hide the phrase “PORTLAND OREGON,” and fans unearthed a MySpace post from Taylor back in 2006, written after she opened up for Jake in Portland. Taylor was 16 at the time, so the whole incident seems to have just been an encounter with a celebrity crush, but it was enough to inspire one of Taylor’s many platinum-selling songs.

With Drunk On A Plane DIERKS BENTLEY has landed at the No.1 spot on the country singles charts. It’s Jake’s twelfth number one.

On September 3 DARIUS RUCKER will announce nominees for the 48th Annual Country Music Association Awards.

DARIUS RUCKER will release a new studio album early in 2015. The lead single will be Homegrown Honey and is expected next month.

GARTH BROOKS will now play seven shows in Atlanta with TRISHA YEARWOOD. Two additional concerts were added over the weekend.

On September 16 GEORGE STRAIT will release a 20-track live album, The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium. The set will contain twenty of his biggest hits performed with special guests JASON ALDEAN, ERIC CHURCH, MIRANDA LAMBERT, ALAN JACKSON, FAITH HILL, MARTINA MCBRIDE and VINCE GILL.

Country Music Television will air a special of GEORGE STRAIT’s final concert from AT&T stadium in Dallas, Texas. The Cowboy Rides Away will air August 29 and will include interviews as well as performances with JASON ALDEAN, FAITH HILL, ALAN JACKSON, VINCE GILL, MIRANDA LAMBERT, MARTINA MCBRIDE and others.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE and DARIUS RUCKER have joined the S.T.A.R. (Show Tolerance And Respect) campaign, which aims to stop bullying. Several actors, comedians and other celebs are on board.


CHASE RICE’s debut, Ignite The Night.

Nashville Outlaws: Tribute To Motley Crue. Various country stars, including FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE and DARIUS RUCKER hooked up with the Crue for the album.

RANDY TRAVIS’ Influence 2: The Man I Am.