COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 19, 2021
• 1957: JOHNNY CASH made his first television appearance on the CBS series The Jackie Gleason show.
• 1977: THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND and The Marshall Tucker Band played for the inauguration of U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
• 1990: REBA McENTIRE’s first movie, Tremors, debuted in theaters. Kevin Bacon starred.
• 2001: TRAVIS TRITT performed at the Republican Texas Ball in Washington D.C. as part of the events surrounding the inauguration of President George W. Bush.
• 2012: ERIC CHURCH kicked off his first arena headlining tour in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
• 2016: ZAC BROWN announced a new line of Z. Alexander Brown wines.
• 2017: TOBY KEITH performed at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. during an inaugural concert for Donald Trump.
• 2019: Mike Fisher announced he and CARRIE UNDERWOOD had taken in a dog, promptly named Zero by their son.
DOLLY PARTON is 75.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
GARTH BROOKS is performing at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Garth announced Monday that he will be singing on-site at the swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. alongside previously announced artists including Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez. Garth also performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2008. He didn’t share what he’ll sing but did say that it likely won’t be We Shall Be Free, because that’s what he sang at Obama’s inauguration.
… Garth feels the need to remind some country fans that his performance tomorrow is “not a political statement”. Garth says, “I’ve played for every president there is, since Carter, with the exception of Reagan. This is an honor for me to get to serve.”
MORGAN WALLEN tops the latest Billboard album chart with his second release, Dangerous: The Double Album, which broke the country streaming record by a wide margin. In one week songs on Dangerous racked up 240 million streams — by far the biggest weekly tally for a country album, beating the 102 million earned by the expanded version of LUKE COMBS’ What You See Is What You Get in October.
BLAKE SHELTON says he chose to cut his latest song, Minimum Wage, because he could relate. Blake says like 95 percent of the artists out there he “struggled for so long to get by. But at the end of the day, I wouldn’t trade those times for anything. Those days when the big struggle was, ‘Man, do I pay my rent or my electric bill, or do I just say screw it and go buy some beer?’ You had to decide because you didn’t have enough to go around.”
COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 20, 2021
• 1956: ERNEST TUBB reached No. 1 on the U.K. Pop charts with Sixteen Tons.
• 1977: JOHNNY PAYCHECK’s album Take This Job And Shove It was released.
• 2006: REBA MCENTIRE’s WB sitcom, Reba, aired its 100th episode.
• 2006: SUGARLAND’s debut album, Twice The Speed of Life, was certified double platinum.
• 2009: FAITH HILL performed If My Heart Had Wings at the Washington Convention Center during ABC’s The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration.
• 2013: ZAC BROWN BAND performed The Star-Spangled Banner before the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The San Francisco 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl with a win over the Falcons.
• 2018: DAN + SHAY performed Tequila in concert for the first time at Tampa’s Amalie Arena.
JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY is 56.
BRANTLEY GILBERT is 36.