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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.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

TIM McGRAW and TYLER HUBBARD will be performing for the Joe Biden Presidential Inauguration TV special today (Wednesday), following the swearing in ceremony. Most likely singing their new song Undivided, the pair will be joining GARTH BROOKS among the country artists participating in inauguration day festivities.

ERIC CHURCH and Jazmine Sullivan will perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Jazmine is a Grammy-nominated, BET Award-winning R&B star.

LUKE COMBS has picked up another No. 1 song. Better Together is the fifth single fro his album What You See Is What You Get, and it’s Luke’s tenth consecutive No. 1.

LUKE COMBS will perform at this year’s Daytona 500. Luke will deliver a televised performance on Fox, set to air just before the NASCAR season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway on Valentine’s Day. It will be Luke’s first live show since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down most live performances last March, in addition to being the first big performance at a track during the pandemic.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD is releasing her gospel album, My Savior, on March 26. The album features a variety of traditional hymns Carrie grew up singing. In a trailer for the album Carrie says the songs “are like a warm hug.” • VIDEO

… My Savior will also be released on vinyl on April 30.

BRAD PAISLEY and BLAKE SHELTON will serve as co-hosts for Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music, honoring the iconic Nashville show and the incredible country stars that call it home. The two-hour special will air Sunday, February 14 on NBC.

… Later that same week, Brad will celebrate his 20th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member. Blake is marking 10 years as a member.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 21, 2021

• 1985: The WAYLON JENNINGS-WILLIE NELSON album Waylon & Willie was certified platinum.

• 1995: WYNONNA married businessman Arch Kelley III. The couple have two children, Grace and Elijah, but are no longer married.

• 2005: SHANIA TWAIN’s Greatest Hits album spent its tenth straight week at the top of the Country Albums chart.

• 2007: GEORGE STRAIT appeared on the cover of the Sunday newspaper supplement USA Weekend, recalling poorer days when he first started performing with bands: “One time we left a club with $7 apiece in our pockets. But we always got the beer free.”

• 2012: KELLIE PICKLER hosted a fashion benefit for the Nashville Humane Society at the Hutton Hotel. Also walking dogs down the runway: TY HERNDONS, JULIE ROBERTS, SARAH DARLING, JIMMY WAYNE and Allison DeMarcus.

• 2012: LEE BRICE’s bus went up in flames outside TOBY KEITH’s I Love This Bar & Grill in Mesa, Arizona. No one was hurt.

• 2017: BLAKE SHELTON brought out a surprise guest Gwen Stefani when he played Footloose during the encore at a show hosted by LUKE BRYAN in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

• 2019: CARRIE UNDERWOOD and husband Mike Fisher welcomed a son, Jacob Bryan Fisher.

Guitarist Jim Ibbotson of THE NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND is 74.