COUNTRY September 23, 2014

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• 1989: CLINT BLACK’s album Killin’ Time was certified gold.

• 1997: GARTH BROOKS was named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association.

• 1998: WAYLON JENNINGS walked off CBS-TV’s The Late, Late Show, hosted by Tom Snyder, when the amount of air time he was told he would receive was cut by two-thirds.

• 1998: BROOKS & DUNN were named Vocal Duo of the Year for the seventh time by the Country Music Association, tying the record set by THE JUDDS, who’d been named Vocal Group their first three years prior to the creation of the Vocal Duo category. Naomi and Wynonna were named Vocal Duo of the Year the following four years after the category was created.

• 1999: ALAN JACKSON was the final guest on TNN’s Prime Time Country. The network had announced plans in August to cancel the show, but ran re-runs through the end of the year.

• 2001: LEE GREENWOOD sang God Bless The U.S.A. and Bette Midler delivered The Wind Beneath My Wings during the post-9/11 Prayer For America ceremony at New York’s Yankee Stadium.

• 2005: MINDY MCCREADY was checked into a Nashville hospital after swallowing about 30 anti-depressant pills, her second overdose in two months.

• 2011: CARRIE UNDERWOOD and Tony Bennett sang It Had To Be You during the season premiere of CBS-TV’s Blue Bloods.

Steel guitarist Don Herron of BR549 is 52.


BRAD PAISLEY will headline the 25th Annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids tonight (Tuesday) at the Grand Ole Opry House. Other artists performing include ERIC PASLAY, CHARLIE DANIELS and MADDIE & TAE. Since it began in 1989, the event has raised more than $500 million for children battling cancer and other illnesses.

KENNY CHESNEY visits The Today Show this morning (Tuesday) to promote his album, The Big Revival.

JO DEE MESSINA is offering fans a free download of her tune Not Dead Yet through People Country. The song is from her latest album, Me.

JASON ALDEAN covers the latest issue of Billboard magazine and talks about how he’s tired of media attention surrounding his relationship with former American Idol contestant Britany Kerr and that he doesn’t consider himself part of the bro country movement.

Today (Tuesday) the Academy of Country Music issue This Is Country Music: A Backstage Pass. The 224 page book chronicles the 50-year anniversary of the ACM Awards, which will take place April 19 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. The book includes contributions from top names such as KENNY CHESNEY, REBA MCENTIRE, TIM MCGRAW, FAITH HILL, MIRANDA LAMBERT, LUKE BRYAN and CARRIE UNDERWOOD.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD will perform as part of the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday (September 27) in New York’s Central Park. Other musical acts taking part in the show include The Roots, No Doubt and Jay Z. The aim of the concert is to bring people together from around the globe.

GARTH BROOKS has beaten his own personal record for tickets sold in Florida. The record was previously set during his five shows played from February 27 through March 4 in 1997 at the Jacksonville Coliseum. Those 56,243 paid admissions broke Elvis Presley’s 1975 record. Garth has now surpassed that number and is still selling. The dates in Jacksonville are October 10, 12, 16, 17 and 18.

LUKE BRYAN is bringing COLE SWINDELL and THE PEACH PICKERS (RHETT AKINS, DALLAS DAVIDSON and BEN HAISLOP) along for the ride on his Farm Tour 2014, which begins October 1.

BRANTLEY GILBERT says his dog, Sylo, is a great touring partner because he’s lazy and just hangs out on the bus. Brantley says Sylo gets a wild hair every couple of days to run around, but otherwise just kicks back. Visit your Country Audio section to hear Brantley say it himself.


LEE ANN WOMACK’s The Way I’m Livin’.

KENNY CHESNEY’s The Big Revival…

… His 15th studio release, The Big Revival is a special album for Kenny — one he set aside time to focus on this year, even taking a year off from his lucrative touring schedule to complete it.

… While he’s recorded some impressive songs by other writers (including the lead single, American Kids), Kenny also wrote some of the songs himself, such as Wild Child (a duet with Grace Potter, and If This Bus Could Talk, a look back at his touring experiences.

… Regarding Wild Child, Kenny explains: “In the last several years, a lot of the songs about women have been written in kind of an objectifying way. If you didn’t wear cut-off jeans or a bikini top, or sit on a tailgate and drink, then you really weren’t worthy, you didn’t really add up. But Wild Child is telling some girl out there that’s got dreams, that’s a free spirit, who’s smart and interesting, that she has a chance, that she is worthy.”