COUNTRY July 30, 2015

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DATEBOOK: JULY 30, 2015

This is day 211 of 2015. There are 154 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Blues musician Buddy Guy is 79

• Movie director Peter Bogdanovich is 76

• Paul Anka is 74

• Jazz musician David Sanborn is 70

• Arnold Schwarzenegger is 68

• Jean Reno (The Da Vinci Code, Mission Impossible) is 67

• Blues singer-musician Otis Taylor is 67

• Ken Olin (thirtysomething) is 61

• Delta Burke (Designing Women) is 59

• Laurence Fishburne (CSI, Matrix movies) is 54

• TV chef Alton Brown is 53

• Lisa Kudrow is 52

• Vivica A. Fox is 51

• Terry Crews is 47

• Simon Baker (The Mentalist) is 46

• Movie director Christopher Nolan (Batman movies, Inception) is 45

• Christine Taylor (The Brady Bunch Movie, Dodgeball) is 44

• Hilary Swank is 41

• Jaime Pressly is 38

• Soccer player Hope Solo is 32

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1729: The city of Baltimore, Maryland, was founded.

• 1792: The French national anthem (La Marseillaise by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle) was first sung in Paris.

• 1863: American automaker Henry Ford was born in Dearborn Township, Michigan.

• 1945: The USS Indianapolis, which had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine; 880 men lost their lives.

• 1971: Apollo 15 astronauts David R. Scott and James B. Irwin landed on the moon.

• 1975: Former Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in suburban Detroit. Although presumed dead, his remains have never been found.

• 2002: WNBA player Lisa Leslie of the Los Angeles Sparks became the first woman to dunk in a professional game during her team’s 82-73 loss to the Miami Sol.

• 2003: In Newport News, Virginia, Robert Sorrels was arrested for being a peeping tom. And there was basically no way he could deny the charge. The cops matched him up with a pair of lip prints that were lifted from the window he was seen peeping into.

• 2005: Diners at a pizza restaurant in a western Austrian town panicked and called the police when a nearly 10-foot-long tiger python was seen slithering across the restaurant floor. The cops managed to catch the snake before anyone was bitten.

• 2008: Police in Michigan arrested a man who they say tried to steal posters and other items related to the Batman movie The Dark Knight from a cinema lobby while dressed up as the Joker.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cheesecake Day

• Father-In-Law Day

• Friendship Day: 30 Link

• International Day of Friendship

• Chili Dog Day

UPCOMING

• September 7: Labor Day

• September 10: NFL season begins (Steelers at Patriots)

More holidays

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

615,000: Patent submissions in 2014. 326,000 were granted.

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NEWS ATTACK!

In Hong Kong the oldest panda kept in captivity celebrated his birthday. [The panda spent the day eating cake and finalizing the plans for the escape tunnel.]

Authorities in Vietnam busted a major crime ring, capturing 265 pounds of heroin. [That’s expected to put a major dent in the Vietnamese drug business and Charlie Sheen’s weekend.]

The European Union is considering suspending the sale of some 700 generic drugs manufactured in India after evidence that the drugs do not meet quality standards. [The side effect of taking aspirin shouldn’t be headaches.]

Already this year in Florida nine people have contracted leprosy. [The bad news is no one knows how the patients caught it. The good news for the patients is they all have perfect excuses for not attending their family reunions.]

Are you ready for the new Mission: Impossible movie? [This time Tom Cruise’s death-defying assignment is to get people to watch a summer movie not based on a comic book.]

The Governor of Oklahoma has been told that her daughter must remove her trailer from the grounds of the governor’s mansion. [Along with that old refrigerator.]

A 6-month New Hampshire boy is the first to receive one of the state’s new lifetime hunting and fishing licenses. [It comes with a lifetime of free ridiculing from Jimmy Kimmel.]

Wildlife officials in Florida released over 600 baby turtles into the ocean to begin their new life. [But will they ever call?]

In Ohio a man who jumped a barrier at the zoo to pet the cougars was sentenced to four days. [Not in jail, but with the cougars.]

Mexico has filed criminal charges against villagers who bulldozed a 300-year-old chapel.  [What’s history compared to getting good satellite TV reception?]

New data reveals that the average U.S. car is 11½ years old. [In other words, we keep our cars longer than we keep our spouses.]

New data reveals that the average U.S. car is 11½ years old. [But the study found that we prefer to get rid of the cars during the 12th year before they can reach those difficult rebellious teen years.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

IS IT FLIGHT MH370? _ Photos surfaced Wednesday of what appeared to be a plane flap or wing that had washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island, fueling speculation that it could be from Malaysian Air Flight MH370, which vanished in March 2014.

… A source close to the investigation of the missing plane says the debris appears to be part of a Boeing 777, the same model as Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared. The source said there is a unique element to the Boeing 777’s flaperon, a wing component, that Boeing observers believe they are seeing in photos.

… The discovery was made by employees of a company responsible for cleaning the shoreline of the island. Reunion Island, near Madagascar, is thousands of miles west of the MH370 search area, which covers some 75,000 square miles.

HACKERS CAN FORCE A HIGH-TECH SNIPER RIFLE TO SHOOT THE WRONG TARGET _ Last week we heard about a Jeep that was hacked by a couple of guys who were demonstrating how today’s connected vehicles could be taken over by bad guys. This week we’re hearing about a new hardware hack that could alter the intended path of a high-power rifle’s bullet. Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger, a married pair of computer security experts, have successfully used their skills to access and fundamentally alter how one type of Wi-Fi-enabled hunting rifle operates. In the hack, Sandvik and Auger demonstrate how it is possible to tinker with a rifle’s ammunition weight data in order to shoot something other than the intended target. A demonstration of this hack took place at a West Virginia firing range.

… Importantly, the couple’s hack does not enable them to remotely fire the gun. To do so is still only possible with the manual press of a finger on the trigger.

FACEBOOK ADDICTION HITS AN AVERAGE OF 46 MINUTES PER DAY _ You don’t think you’re hooked on Facebook — but all those sneaky workday News Feed peeks add up. According to new numbers (from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg), they really, really do. This week it was revealed by the company that the average user spends 46 minutes per day on Facebook.

STUNTMAN TRIES TO RAM THROUGH A FLAMING WALL _ A stuntman tried to ram through a flaming wall. The stunt is call the “human battering ram.” As things started out, the stunt was going according to plan. The stuntman was headed toward the flaming wall. However, he wasn’t inside of the truck. He was actually tied to the hood. The announcer had the crowd hyped and ready to witness the stuntman ride through the wall. Well, apparently, the stuntman wasn’t adequately tied to the SUV. After connecting with and breaking through the wall, he was on fire. He then slides off the hood of the vehicle and gets run over. But recovered immediately. Seemingly okay, the stuntman trotted over to the side, but it can be seen that he was holding his abdomen. • VIDEO

SUMMER SNOW TURNS WY MOUNTAINS INTO WINTER WONDERLAND _ The middle of summer looked like the middle of winter in the mountains of western Wyoming. A cold front that moved through Monday afternoon dumped heavy rain on the valleys and snow above 9,000 feet. About an inch accumulated at most, but some stuck around until Tuesday.

BABY RECEIVES LIFETIME HUNTING-FISHING LICENSE _ A 6-month-old New Hampshire boy has become the first child to get a newborn hunting and fishing license in the state. Daylen Brickley family bought the license July 23, the first day it was available. New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are offering a lifetime, combined hunting and fishing license that can be purchased for those under a year old. Daylen will be able to redeem his fishing license when he turns 16 and redeem his hunting license after he completes the state’s hunter education course. The lifetime license costs $300 plus a fee of $4.50. A seasonal fishing and hunting license costs $46 per year.

NEW JEANS CLAIM TO FILTER FLATULENT FUMES _ Denim lovers no longer have to worry about being a bit gassy. Shreddies Flatulence Jeans promises gassy wearers that their secret will be safe. In 2013 Shreddies introduced underwear with a carbon back panel to absorb and neutralize odors, and now the clothing line has expanded to include jeans and pajamas.

… Selling for approximately $150, Shreddies Ladies Flatulence Jeans offers “increased protection and more freedom to enter social situations.”

… The company’s Men’s Flatulence Jeans suggest “when worn with Shreddies flatulence filtering underwear it offers a double layer of protection, giving increased confidence that all odors are filtered.”

OHIO STATE COACH IS IN BUTTER _ Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer popped by the Ohio State fair to visit a buttery version of himself. The buttery version of Meyer will be on display during the fair after sculptors used 2,000 pounds of butter and spent 500 hours to perfect it. A press release from the fair read: “The Ohio State Buckeyes carved out a spot in history after winning the first-ever College Football Playoffs in January, and now the team is getting even BUTTER. To celebrate the legen-dairy Buckeyes, sculptors created a life-sized replica of head coach Urban Meyer and mascot Brutus — made entirely out of butter.” • IMAGE

DEEZ NUTS IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT _ You know the biggest names in the 2016 presidential campaign — Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, and lately, Donald Trump. But it turns out the field of declared candidates is far larger than the 21 Democrats and Republicans whose candidacies get regular coverage in the media. An independent named Deez Nuts, for example, filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission Sunday. He joined more than 500 other people who have done the same.

… The latest entry to the race is Steven Wayne Covington, who filed his statement of candidacy Monday, the 512th person to do so.

… There is also at least one cat: Isaac Weiss, a 17-year-old high school student from Louisville, filed a statement of candidacy for his friend’s cat “Limberbutt McCubbins.” McCubbins was the 192nd entrant into the race. • THE LIST

8-YEAR-OLD HAS FIRST PEDIATRIC DOUBLE HAND TRANSPLANT _ When asked why he wanted hands, Zion Harvey told his doctor just wanted to swing from the monkey bars. Earlier this month, the 8-year-old became the first child to receive a double hand transplant. When Zion was 2 he had to have his hands amputated because after a life-threatening infection. Even more amazing is Zion’s attitude about what he’s been through. He even put a positive spin on bullies. When someone would say something to him about not having hands Zion just figured “it slipped out and they didn’t mean to say it. Everybody has their own way of thinking.”

RARE BLUE MOON COMES FRIDAY _ If anything unusual happens to you Friday, you’ll be right to say it was “once in a blue moon.” The July 31 appearance of the month’s second full moon will be the first such occurrence in the Americas since August 2012. Every month has a full moon, but because the lunar cycle and the calendar year aren’t perfectly synched, about every three years we wind up with two in the same calendar month.

… The moon will most likely not appear blue at all. Typically, when a moon does take on a bluish hue, it is because of smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere, such as during a cataclysmic volcanic eruption. When the phrase “once in a blue moon” was coined, it meant something so rare you’d be lucky (or unlucky) to see in your lifetime.

THE AVERAGE CAR ON THE ROAD IS 11.5 YEARS OLD _If you’re driving a car made over the last six, eight or ten years — it’s still young. According to the latest data (compiled by the consulting firm IHS Automotive) cars that are registered and on the roads have an average age of 11.5 years. The trend of older cars began during the recession, and the average age of cars on the road has been increasing since 2008. People wouldn’t be keeping their cars for longer (or acquiring older used cars) if the cars themselves weren’t more durable, though, and that indicates that cars are more reliable than they use to be and staying out of the scrap heap.

KFC HAS TOTALLY REINVENTED THE CHICKEN BUCKET _ To celebrate its 60th anniversary in Canada, KFC has introduced the “Memories Bucket,” a Bluetooth-enabled bucket of fried chicken that can also print photos from your smartphone. I assume it’s  for those of us who look attractive eating fried chicken. • IMAGE

BURMESE PYTHON KILLED AFTER PROWLING MISSOURI NEIGHBORHOOD _ A snake blamed for the disappearances of small animals in rural Missouri was shot by a resident and identified as a Burmese python measuring more than 14 feet long. Residents of Warren County said they spotted the massive snake recently, about the same time two dogs and three chickens went missing. The serpent was finally cornered in the early hours Tuesday by a homeowner, who called a neighbor. He arrived and took out the python with a couple of shotgun blasts.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER WEARS SHIRT THAT SAYS ‘CRIME PAYS’ _ Police in suburban Baltimore put on their Facebook page a description of a pizza shop robbery and a photo of their suspect. The description by police read: “Attempt robbery suspect. Can you help us ID him? And yes, his shirt really says that.” In the photo we can see that the robber’s shirt reads: “Crime Pays”. Unfortunately for the robber crime didn’t pay — employees fumbled and couldn’t get the register open so the man fled.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE NAB SERIAL POTTED PLANT THIEVES _ In China, a couple of amateur gardeners decided the best way to quickly grow their plant and flower gardens was to steal. So the suspects stole potted plants from restaurants and community buildings. In all they stole more than 100 potted plants and flowers before being caught.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RETURN JESUS, GET SOME SOUP _ Employees at a Rhode Island soup kitchen are asking, “Have you found Jesus?” after a religious statue disappeared from the kitchen’s garden. Pawtucket Soup Kitchen Director Adrienne Marchetti says the kitchen staff will take back the statue, no questions asked, and even offer a free meal to the person who returns it.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FLORIDA WOMAN NAMED CRYSTAL METHENY ARRESTED _ It’s hard to be destined for greatness with a name like Crystal Metheny. A woman with that name was arrested last month in Florida (Polk County). Her alleged crime, however, was not drug related — at least not this time. Metheny was arrested on a charge of shooting something into a vehicle.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NAKED, BANJO-PLAYING MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY _ A Vancouver, Washington, man was taken into custody after a standoff with police in which he serenaded them while standing in front of his house naked and playing the banjo. Police were called to the man’s neighborhood because he was allegedly walking around with a knife.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BATMOBILE BREAKDOWN ON ONTARIO HIGHWAY _ When the Dark Knight has car trouble it’s a recipe for traffic chaos. Drivers in Ontario clogged a highway (near Napanee) as they watched Batman, in his Batsuit, working on his Batmobile. One driver said she watched Batman “in full garb standing at the back (of the car). We only saw it for a few seconds as we were driving. It was cool. And confusing.” Stephen Lawrence — aka Batman — was returning from a charity event when he heard a noise in his car. So he pulled off to the side of the road to inspect the problem, which turned out to be a loose hatch. But by then, traffic had nearly stopped to get a glimpse of the caped crusader with car troubles.

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ON TELEVISION

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

FOOD FIGHTERS (8p ET, NBC) — Celebrity chef Lorena García is featured in this new edition.

ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB (8p ET, ABC) — Holley Fain (Grey’s Anatomy) guest stars in this new episode.

BOOM! (8p ET, FOX) — New

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (8p ET, CW) — New

MOM (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BIG BROTHER (9p ET, CBS) — New

MISTRESSES (9p ET, ABC) — New

BONES (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

DATELINE THURSDAY NIGHT MYSTERY (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition

DATES (9p ET, CW) — Two new episodes air back to back.

UNDER THE DOME (10p ET, CBS) — New

ROOKIE BLUE (10p ET, ABC) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

TABLOID: BEN AFFLECK HAS BEEN DATING NANNY _ Nearly one month after announcing the end of his 10-year marriage to Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck has begun to move on. And the two-time Oscar winner didn’t have to look far to find a new romance. In the new issue of Us Weekly, multiple sources reveal Affleck has been dating 28-year-old Christine Ouzounian, a woman he and Garner hired as a nanny for their three kids this spring. The issue also features exclusive photos of the two. When Ouzounian — an employee at a high-end Beverly Hills nanny agency — first started caring for Ben and Jenn’s three kids, they were in the midst of a secret 10-month trial separation. When Garner discovered there was something going on between her estranged husband and Ouzounian, she let the babysitter go.

MIA FARROW FACES BACKLASH FOR TWEETING ADDRESS OF CECIL’s KILLER _ Mia Farrow took some Twitter heat Wednesday for joining other angry social media posters and blasting out the business address of the dentist who killed the lion Cecil in Zimbabwe. Some apparently thought the actress had listed Walter Palmer’s home address in Minnesota, calling for her verified Twitter account to be suspended.

… The Farrow account did delete the original message. One tweeter shot back at Farrow, “Maybe Donald Trump should give out your phone number.”

JOE JACKSON REPORTED TO BE ‘ON VERGE OF DEATH’ _ As Joe Jackson is still in intensive care in Brazil, reports are surfacing that he is “on the verge of death.” Jackson was rushed to the hospital Sunday on his 87th birthday, after having a stroke and suffering temporary blindness. Upon arrival at the hospital, Jackson had three heart attacks, and emergency pacemaker surgery. Joe Jackson suffers from diabetes, and has had three other strokes in the past, the most recent in 2012. Daughter Janet Jackson cut her tour prep short to rush to her father’s side in Sao Paolo Tuesday, joining her mother, Katherine, Jackson family matriarch.

CARA DELEVINGNE CHEWED OUT BY MORNING ANCHORS _ Cara Delevingne sat through four incredibly awkward minutes Tuesday with Good Day Sacramento anchors to promote her film Paper Towns. The model-turned-actress’ sarcastic answers and irritated facial expressions drew criticism from the show’s hosts, who quickly wrapped up the live interview. One of the anchors joked, “We’ll let you go and take a little nap, maybe get a Red Bull.”

… Delevingne took to Twitter on Wednesday to set the record straight, explaining, “Some people just don’t understand sarcasm or the British sense of humour.”

ZAYN MALIK SOLO CAREER ANNOUNCEMENT _ Zayn Malik announced on Wednesday that he signed a record deal (RCA Records) to launch his solo career, and now One Direction fans are reacting to the news. Malik dropped the news on Twitter, writing in a series of tweets: “I guess I never explained why I left, it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who i really am! #realmusic #RCA!!” He added, “#realme.”

… Shortly after his announcement, the Twitter hashtag “#realmusic” started to trend with hundreds of fans commenting on Malik’s big news.

THE OTHER JASON ALEXANDER ARRESTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES _ Jason “Jace” Alexander, a director whose credits include several episodes of Law & Order, has been hit with two felony child pornography charges.

KRIS JENNER AND CAITLYN JENNER HAVE FINALLY MET IN PERSON _ The highly anticipated meeting between Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner has finally happened. A source says the exes met at Caitlyn’s Malibu house Tuesday for their first face-to-face get together. Kris, who openly struggled with the news of Caitlyn’s transition on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, is the last of the family members to meet Caitlyn. Kris was also noticeably absent at the 2015 ESPYs, where Caitlyn accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, but she was watching.

CAITLYN JENNER GETTING PLASTIC SURGERY TO LOOK LIKE ANGELINA JOLIE? _ According to Life & Style, Caitlyn Jenner is such a hardcore fan of Angelina Jolie’s that “she’s planning to get plastic surgery to try to look just like Angie.” A “pal” of Jenner’s tells the tabloid, “She wants to do it gradually — one feature at a time.”

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BITS & BREAKS

BEST CRIME STOPPERS EVER

Editor: Did you see this Crime Stoppers report out of Louisiana? Best ever. Here’s the video and here’s the edited, radio-ready audio.

FIVE TIPS FOR SAFE ONLINE DATING FROM THE ‘TINDER QUEEN’

According to Match.com, 40 million Americans use online dating services, which is about 40% of all singles in the dating pool. Growing in popularity is Tinder, an app that has amassed 24 million users since its conception in 2011. Self-proclaimed ‘Tinder Queen’ Victoria Bohush, a sophomore from Chapman University, offers five stay-safe tips for fellow Tinder users.

Check Out Your Potential Date on Social Media

Bohush admits to stalking the guy’s social media accounts. Only when she is sure her suitor isn’t a Tinder scammer who uses a fake Facebook account to create his or her Tinder profile will she feel comfortable giving out her phone number and setting up a date.

Meet There

It’s important that you are in control of your own transportation, so that you can leave whenever you want and are not at the mercy of your date.

Meet During the Day

Bohush admits to breaking this rule a few times — a mistake she won’t make again.

Meet in a Public Space

Tinder strongly advises against meeting in your home or apartment for the first time. Coffee is always the better bet — light, innocent and with witnesses.

Tell a Friend — Better Yet, Have a Friend in the General Vicinity of Your Date

While on a Tinder date, someone should know where you are — meaning what restaurant or store and in what city — at all times. Many Tinder users will have a friend sit nearby at a restaurant in case something should happen.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Do you use an online dating service? What’s your best tip? What’s your horror story?

HOW TO SCREW UP YOUR KIDS!

Parenting is not easy, but at least you can make up for your mistakes. Try to avoid these:

• You’re obsessed with getting your kid into Harvard. Kids that are under tremendous pressure to succeed from their parents have higher rates of drug use, petty crime, and depression

• You’re rude to the overworked waitress at Ruby Tuesday. You can lecture all day about manners, but it’s what you do in front of them that matters.

• You think your kid is the next LeBron James. Pushing your child into year ’round training puts them in danger of injury, or they’ll want to quit before they reach their potential.

• You let your kids quit everything. Kids need to exercise at least an hour a day with no more than two hours of screen time.

• You let them post on Instagram and then you stalk them. Young people use social media as a primary place to hang out. Yes, there’s cruelty, but learning to cope with it can teach kids important skills.

• Your marriage makes the ones in Game of Thrones look healthy. A messy marriage leads to long lasting damage for your kids. Kids need a supportive , stimulating environment to develop the skills they need later in life.

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Despite almost daily coverage, 40% of adults worldwide say they’ve never heard of what? (Climate change)

TRIVIA: Four in ten couples say they did this at least once before getting married. (Had a fight over wedding plans)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A man interviewing for the CIA is told he is doing well, but must pass one final test before being accepted as an agent. “Your wife is in the other room,” they tell him. “We want you to take this gun and kill her as proof of your ultimate loyalty to the CIA and your country.” The man hesitates, but finally agrees to do as he is asked. From the other room, the CIA bosses hear “BANG! BANG!” followed by a lot of scuffling and banging against the wall. Several minutes later, he returns, and they ask, “Did you do it?” “Yeah,” he said, “but some jerk put blanks in the gun so I had to strangle her.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Dad took his son drifting. Check out the boy’s hilarious reaction.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY


Source: twitter

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Draw in peanut butter.

• The world’s strongest coffee.

• Time-lapse of severe weather and natural wonders.

• Your daily source of natural rain sounds.

• What speed do you read?

• Your radio station videos are too long.

• How big is space?

• Justin Watkins took his drone out for a pleasant ride — and it caught a tornado in Kansas.

• Use your mouse to play with the text.

• The real value of $100 in each state.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JULY 30, 2015

• 1949: ERNEST TUBB’s Slippin’ Around charted. It would go on to hit number one.

• 1953: WEBB PIERCE recorded the eventual Top 5 song I’m Walkin’ The Dog.

• 1968: JOHNNY CASH recorded the tune Daddy Sang Base.

• 1985: ALABAMA’s albums Feels So Right and Mountain Music were certified quadruple platinum while their CD The Closer You Get was certified triple platinum.

• 1990: RANDY TRAVIS’ album Always & Forever was certified quadruple platinum. Hits included Forever And Ever, Amen, I Told You So and Too Gone Too Long.

• 1991: TRAVIS TRITT’s album Country Club was certified platinum. Hits included the title track, Drift Off To Dream and put Some Drive In Your Country.

• 1993: MARTINA MCBRIDE’s first Top 5, My Baby Loves Me, began its chart run.

• 1999: The movie The Runaway Bride, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, opened in theaters. The soundtrack featured MARTINA MCBRIDE’s I Love You.

• 2001: JO DEE MESSINA performed as part of CBS’ The Early Show Summer Concert Series.

• 2003: BRAD PAISLEY’s Mud On The Tires debuted at number one on the Country Albums chart after selling 85,000 copies its first week of release.

• 2008: ALAN JACKSON held the top spot on the country singles chart for a second week with Good Time.

• 2012: ELI YOUNG BAND vocalist Mike Eli and his wife, Kacey, welcomed their first daughter.

NEAL McCOY is 57.

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COUNTRY AUDIO

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

John Gardner, the judge in BLAKE SHELTON and MIRANDA LAMBERT’s divorce case, claims he sealed the records because there are delicate financial and personal matters that were part of the divorce. Gardner said, “If the pleadings in this case were made public, it would significantly compromise the personal and financial privacy of the parties.”

An outdoor play area at TRAVIS TRITT’s Georgia house caught fire Wednesday afternoon. Travis’ mother-in-law called 911 after returning from the grocery store to a fire in the back yard of Travis’ Powder Springs, Georgia, house. He was at home at the time, but he was inside and had no idea about the fire; once he was alerted he used a hose to keep the flames from spreading until firefighters arrived. Travis wrote on Facebook, “Fire destroyed the kids’ playground at my house today. Thanking God that nobody was hurt and [that there was] no other major damage. Also, thank you to all of you that have expressed concern.”

The DIXIE CHICKS recently announced a string of European tour dates for 2016. Then on Wednesday lead singer Natalie Maines hinted that an American tour might not be such a bad idea. First a fan tweeted to Natalie, asking, “will @dixiechicks ever tour in the United States again? Are you ready to play nice yet? We misssssssssssss you!!!” Natalie responded, “I’ll never make nice, but I will tour the states again ;)”

LUKE BRYAN’s Kick The Dust Up has ended LITTLE BIG TOWN’s run at the top of the country chart.

The Academy of Country Music’s ACM Honors event is set for September 1 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. JAKE OWEN will once again host. The event honors those whose awards were given off-camera during the Academy of Country Music Awards in the spring. JASON ALDEAN, MIRANDA LAMBERT, RANDY HOUSER, RESTLESS HEART and ROY CLARK have been revealed as performers with KELSEA BALLERINI and THE SWON BROTHERS to present.

KACEY MUSGRAVES, HOLLY WILLIAMS, LUKAS NELSON, Imagine Dragons and Mavis Staples are among the first list of performers revealed for Farm Aid, taking place September 19 in Chicago. Founders WILLIE NELSON, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, along with board member Dave Matthews, will also perform.

SCOTTY MCCREERY will be the focus of a segment on CNN this morning (Thursday) when he shows off his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina during a travel segment.

DOLLY PARTON will make a guest appearance on a song called My Father’s Daughter on the new album by JEWEL, due out September 11.

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DATEBOOK: JULY 31, 2015

This is day 212 of 2015. There are 153 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Michael Biehn (Aliens, Kyle Reese in The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day) is 59

• Wesley Snipes (The Expendables 3) is 53

• Author J.K. Rowling is 50

• Dean Cain is 49

• Annie Parisse (The Following, Alexandra Borgia on Law & Order) is 40

• Singer-musician Zac Brown is 37

• Actor-producer-writer B.J. Novak (Inglourious Basterds, Ryan Howard on The Office) is 36

• Rico Rodriguez (Manny Delgado on Modern Family) is 17

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1790: The first U.S. patent was issued, granted to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.

• 1930: The radio mystery program The Shadow aired for the first time.

• 1971: Apollo 15 astronauts became the first to ride in a lunar rover.

• 1975: In Detroit, Michigan, Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa was reported missing.

• 1980: Fictional character Harry Potter was born today.

• 1981: A seven-week strike by major league baseball players ended.

• 1990: Nolan Ryan became the 20th major league pitcher to win 300 games as his Texas Rangers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3.

• 1995: The Walt Disney Company agreed to acquire Capital Cities-ABC Inc. in a $19 billion deal.

• 1996: Three brothers, a sister, and two cousins all drowned while trying to rescue a chicken and each other from a 60-foot-deep well in Nazlat Imara, Egypt. The chicken survived.

• 1997: Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago announced that “the Teddy Bear Lady,” a $15-thousand-a-year secretary who passed out teddy bears to children in the hospital, had left $18-million for research into children’s diseases. Gladys Holm, who never married and had no heirs, apparently had invested wisely in the stock market.

• 2002: A knife-wielding robber in the Philippines was beaten up by his victim, a 25-year-old pregnant woman with a black belt in taekwondo. Clarissa de Guzman of Manila said when the robber focused his attention on her jewelry and money, she kicked him in the head, then in the groin and all over.

• 2005: Diners at a pizzeria in a western Austrian town panicked and called the police when a nearly 10-foot-long tiger python was seen slithering across the restaurant floor. The cops managed to catch the snake before anyone was bitten.

• 2012: A second power grid failure in two days left 670 million people in India without power.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Talk in An Elevator Day

• System Administrator Appreciation Day: 31 Link  Link (Last Friday)

• Cotton Candy Day

UPCOMING

• September 7: Labor Day

• September 10: NFL season begins (Steelers at Patriots)

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DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1

• Blues singer-musician Robert Cray is 62. Joe Elliott of Def Leppard is 56. Rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy is 55. Rapper Coolio is 52. Movie director Sam Mendes is 50. Country singer George Ducas is 49. Tempestt Bledsoe is 42.

• Girlfriend’s Day; Mustard Day; Sandcastle Day; US Air Force Day; Raspberry Cream Pie Day

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2

• Director Wes Craven is 76. Kathy Lennon of The Lennon Sisters is 72. Joanna Cassidy is 70. Kathryn Harrold is 65. Butch Patrick (The Munsters) is 62. Victoria Jackson is 56. Mary-Louise Parker is 51. Director-actor Kevin Smith is 45. Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation) is 39. Edward Furlong is 38. Hallie Eisenberg is 23.

• National Doll Day; National Kids’ Day; Sisters Day; Ice Cream Sandwich Day; Friendship Day; International Forgiveness Day;

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