COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 27, 2021
• 1993: GARTH BROOKS performed at a Clovis, New Mexico, nightclub under the alias Yukon Jack.
• 1998: THE DIXIE CHICKS’ album Wide Open Spaces was released. With more than 10 million copies sold, it’s since become the best-selling debut album by a female or group in country music history.
• 1998: TRACY LAWRENCE was found guilty of domestic battery by a Las Vegas judge and ordered to pay $500 to a local battered women’s shelter.
• 2009: With Cowgirls Don’t Cry, a duet with BROOKS & DUNN, REBA MCENTIRE scored her 56th top ten. That number placed her ahead of all other women with the most top tens.
• 2017: MERLE HAGGARD, BUCK OWENS, BONNIE OWENS, BILLY MIZE and RED SIMPSON were the inaugural inductees in the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame
Cheryl White of THE WHITES is 66.
Richard Young of THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS is 66.
TRACY LAWRENCE is 53.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
GABBY BARRETT and her husband Cade Foehner are the proud new parents of Baylah May Foehner, born January 18. On social media, the I Hope singer alerted fans to the birth, saying, “Gotten to spend a very sweet week with our newest addition. Meet our girl.”
… Gabby and Cade met through American Idol in 2018.
MIRANDA LAMBERT took to social media to show appreciation for her husband Brendan McLoughlin on their two-year wedding anniversary. The singer’s Tuesday post shows the couple in a candid moment of vulnerability, dressed up alongside a black-and-white horse. The picture looks to have been snapped during filming of her Settling Down music video, which features McLoughlin as a co-star. Lambert captioned the pic with: “2 years hitched!”
JASON ALDEAN is raising a glass to his Wolf Moon Bourbon. The singer is commemorating the one-year anniversary of the libation he co-created with FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE with a virtual event that includes a 30-minute, stripped down set from the singer himself, marking his first live performance in nearly a year.
… In addition to the performance, fans drinking Wolf Moon during the interactive livestream may appear on-screen. Wolf Moon Bourbon on the Rocks streams on January 28, the same night as the first full moon of the year. Visit Jason’s social media channels for more info.
LOCASH has been writing new music and perfecting the art of the Zoom co-write, working extensively with close friends like CHRIS JANSON. Soon fans will hear the results when LOCASH releases a brand new collaboration, but the duo won’t reveal anything about the mysterious new track — except its name: Beach Boys.
DOLLY PARTON wants to help get you moving as part of Apple’s new audio fitness experience, Time to Walk, that allows users to exercise while listening to personal stories from major public figures across music and sports. Time to Walk episodes range from 25-40 minutes and revolve around the speaker’s life-changing moments as they share words of wisdom, memories, and tokens of gratitude.
… Dolly’s episode has her reflecting on her illustrious career, her family, and her life growing up in the Smoky Mountains in rural East Tennessee. In the episode she says, “I’ve loved walking ever since I was a little girl in the Smoky Mountains. I think it’s so important to be able to get out and walk if we can during this time. I do my best thinking when I walk.”
… Time to Walk episodes are available now.
RORY FEEK, one-half of country duo JOEY + RORY, is preparing to release new music this spring. The Gentle Man album will feature a collaboration with VINCE GILL and a cover of a Bob Dylan classic; it will also be his first album since his wife Joey died five years ago.
COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 28, 2021
• 1984: CRYSTAL GAYLE topped the country charts with The Sound of Goodbye.
• 1985: ALABAMA’s album 40 Hour Week was released.
• 1991: REBA MCENTIRE took home two trophies at the American Music Awards.
• 2005: The movie Friday Night Lights, with TIM MCGRAW and Billy Bob Thornton, was the top selling DVD in its first week of release.
• 2005: SHANIA TWAIN’s Greatest Hits spent its 11th straight week at the top of the country albums chart.
• 2018: KFC introduced a new commercial to promote its smoky mountain BBQ flavor, with REBA McENTIRE portraying Colonel Sanders.
RICOCHET bassist Greg Cook is 56.