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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.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

BRETT YOUNG and his wife Taylor are expecting their second child this summer. The new baby will join the couple’s one-year-old daughter, Presley Elizabeth, born in October 2019. Brett reveals that Taylor is experiencing morning sickness, which she didn’t while pregnant with Presley, and hopes it will pass after the first trimester.  

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, LINDSAY ELL will be performing songs from her sophomore album Heart Theory for the first time ever in a live streamed concert experience. The February 12 show will be a charity event.

Pickup trucks in country music lyrics are expected. A car insurance company (money.co.uk) recently teamed up with a data scientist and music lover (John Miller) to analyze lyrics from over 16,000 country songs and explore the relationship between the genre and pickup trucks and found that Chevy trucks were most frequently featured in modern country music.

… In the 2010s, Chevy trucks were the most frequently mentioned in country music, while Ford was close behind and Dodge was a distant third.

… The study found that 2019 was the biggest single-year for pickup truck country music, with more than one in 10 (11 percent) of all country sounds released that year featuring a reference to a pickup of some sort. As for the artist who loves trucks the most, that would be JUSTIN MOORE, with nearly a third (29.6%) of all his songs containing references to trucks.

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON is hanging it up. The country music legend retired last year according to a new press release. At 84, Kristofferson’s estate will be managed by his management company, along with Kris’ son, John Kristofferson, who will now oversee the family’s businesses.

Some huge country hits are turning 30 in 2021:

• Brand New Man – Brooks & Dunn

• Meet in the Middle – Diamond Rio

• Don’t Rock the Jukebox – Alan Jackson

• Keep It Between the Lines – Ricky Van Shelton

• She’s in Love With the Boy – Trisha Yearwood


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 29, 2021

• 1983: KENNY ROGERS’ duet with Sheena Easton, We’ve Got Tonight, entered the Top 40 chart. It topped the country chart on February 5 of that same year.

• 1988: RANDY TRAVIS’ album Always & Forever was certified double platinum. Hits included I Told You So and Forever And Ever, Amen.

• 2008: GARTH BROOKS’ The Ultimate Hits collection was certified multi-platinum for sales of 5 million copies.

• 2013: TAYLOR SWIFT announced a sponsorship deal with Diet Coke.

• 2015: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Cruise was certified nine-times platinum by the RIAA.

• 2018: CARRIE UNDERWOOD was pulled over for speeding for the first time in her life. The officer let her go without issuing a ticket.

• 2019: SCOTTY MCCREERY shared images online showing his pickup truck had been broken into in Nashville.

ERIC PASLAY is 38.