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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 2, 2021

• 1980: ALABAMA’s first Top 20 song, My Home’s In Alabama, charted.

• 1993: WILLIE NELSON and the IRS agreed to a settlement after a long standing dispute. The agency kept $3.4 million in assets it had already seized, while Willie agreed to pay $5.1 million of the $13.1 million he owed.

• 1995: PATSY CLINE’s Greatest Hits was certified multi-platinum for sales of 6 million copies.

• 2006: RASCAL FLATTS kicked off their Me & My Gang Tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It would become one of the top grossing country tours of the year.

• 2009: TAYLOR SWIFT announced plans to launch her Fearless tour in April of that same year with KELLIE PICKLER serving as opening act. Taylor would go on to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year later that year.

• 2016: DON WILLIAMS canceled 22 concerts as he recovered from hip replacement surgery.

• 2020: BILLY RAY CYRUS made a cameo as Old Town Road was featured in a Doritos ad making its TV debut during the Super Bowl.

Howard Bellamy of THE BELLAMY BROTHERS is 75. Howard was born in Darby, Florida, and is the elder of the two.

BLAINE LARSEN is 35. Born in Tacoma, Washington, he’s best-known for the tune How Do You Get That Lonely.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

LUKE COMBS has a new song called The Great Divide. Luke says he “wrote it with my buddies Billy and Wyatt Durrette in June of last year. It was originally intended to be on a bluegrass album that I was working on, but that has been put on pause for now and album 3 is up next. However, I thought now was a good time to put this song out with everything that has been and is going on in the world. It isn’t meant to be political or try and tell you what to think or believe; that’s not my job. It’s just me saying how I felt when I wrote it and I wanted y’all to hear it. Since it was meant to be on my bluegrass album, it will sound a little different than what y’all are used to hearing from me…” • VIDEO

CARLY PEARCE will perform Next Girl on today’s (Tuesday) episode of Ellen.

LUKE BRYAN, ERIC CHURCH and BRANDI CARLILE are among the performers who will take the stage during The Big Concert for Small Business, a Verizon-sponsored livestream event taking place as part of the Super Bowl 55 after-party. The show will help support small businesses impacted by the continuing effects of the pandemic.

… The all-genre event will also feature appearances from Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, H.E.R. and Brittany Howard. Jazmine Sullivan, who is teaming up with Eric to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl itself, will perform during The Big Concert for Small Business, too, and actor Tiffany Haddish will host the show.

MIRANDA LAMBERT and her husband Brendan McLoughlin are back out on the road in The Sheriff, their 2020 Airstream Globetrotter, and they’ve just crossed Asheville, North Carolina off their list. The singer posted photos from their trip, sharing details of the moments they experienced. The couple also visited the historic Biltmore Estate just outside town, where Miranda took in the architecture and enjoyed feeling “fancy” on the mansion’s terrace.

This past August, GARTH BROOKS was set to perform at Allegiant Stadium, the brand new home of the Las Vegas Raiders. However, thanks to COVID, the show (like every other show) was canceled. It was rescheduled to this month (February) and then once again canceled. But Garth has officially rescheduled the show for this summer. On July 10, providing that life gets back to normal and large crowds become a thing again, Garth is set to make his Allegiant Stadium debut. No word on an opener yet, and since it’s a rescheduled date, the show is already sold out, but either way, it just might be one of the first signs that concert life might be getting back to normal this year.

MORGAN WALLEN has the No. 1 album across all genres for a third straight week. Dangerous: The Double Album has been atop of the Billboard 200 for each of the three weeks since its release.

When BLAKE SHELTON returns to his coaching role on Season 20 of NBC’s The Voice, he’ll have some serious star power in his corner: Superstar duo DAN + SHAY will be Battle Advisors for Team Blake this season. On Monday Blake remarked during an interview with Access that bandmates Shay Mooney and Dan Smyers will provide invaluable pointers for his team members, especially when it comes to the finer points of vocal harmony.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 3, 2021

• 1959: Known as the day the music died, a plane crash killed J.P. Richardson (the Big Bopper), Richie Valence and Buddy Holly. The late WAYLON JENNINGS, who was a member of Buddy’s band, The Crickets, was supposed to be on that flight, but gave up his seat to Holly.

• 1971: LYNN ANDERSON earned a gold record for her song Rose Garden.

• 1999: TRACE ADKINS fractured and dislocated his ankle after stepping in a sinkhole while attempting to get his truck out of the mud on his Nashville area property. Trace had been doing renovations on the ground when the incident occurred.

• 2008: WILLIE NELSON and SARA EVANS sang Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys from University Of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, before the Super Bowl. Tom Petty played.

• 2013: BRAD PAISLEY went to the movie theater alone to see The Hobbit.

• 2019: FAITH HILL was a judge, along with RuPaul and Drew Barrymore, when CBS premiered The World’s Best.

Songwriter/singer MATRACA BERG is 57. She wrote the songs XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl), Strawberry Wine, Wild Angels and KENNY CHESNEY’s You and Tequila.

Jessica Harp of THE WRECKERS is 39.