COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 4, 2021
• 1994: JOHN BERRY entered the charts with Your Love Amazes Me.
• 2000: In Denver, THE JUDDS launched a full-fledged reunion tour, more than eight years after Naomi Judd retired from the road.
• 2003: The DIXIE CHICKS’ album Home was certified multi-platinum for sales of 5 million copies.
• 2010: PETA sent the ZAC BROWN BAND a basket of “delicious, protein-rich faux meats” in an effort to dissuade the band from the carnivorous habits espoused in its first hit, Chicken Fried.
• 2012: Work began to replace the 61-year-old wooden stage floor at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
• 2016: The scientific journal ZooKeys indicated a new strain of tarantulas named after JOHNNY CASH, aphonopelma johnnycashi, had been discovered near Folsom Prison in California.
• 2018: CARRIE UNDERWOOD and Ludacris opened NBC’s coverage of the Super Bowl.
• 2019: JASON ALDEAN and wife Brittany welcome daughter Navy Rome.
CLINT BLACK is 59.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
MORGAN WALLEN’s record label, Big Loud Records, has suspended him indefinitely after he was caught on video using the N-word. An announcement on the record label’s Instagram page represents a swift denouncement of Morgan’s actions and choice of words, and effectively means he’s been dropped, although there is room in their wording for him to rejoin at some point.
… Morgan’s latest album had just topped the Billboard 200 all-genre chart for the third straight week and broke numerous country music streaming records along the way. There may not be an artist hotter currently, but in a matter of hours, it was all wiped away.
MORGAN WALLEN’s racial slur provoked a statement from the Country Music Association, which is promising to remove all of his digital content from their platforms, and to examine additional measures as well. Whether that means revoked membership or not, is yet to be determined. Morgan is also the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year. The organization said Wednesday: “In light of Morgan Wallen’s recent use of a racial slur, CMA is removing his digital content from our platforms.
MORGAN WALLEN likely would have been among the top nominees at the 2021 ACM Awards, but not anymore. The Academy of Country Music has ruled the singer ineligible for this year’s awards show. The ACM announced its decision on Wednesday afternoon after TMZ shared video of the star using the racist slur on Tuesday night.
BROTHERS OSBORNE member T.J. Osborne came out as gay on Wednesday. Shortly after the announcement John Osborne said in a video message on Instagram: “He’s taken one of the most important steps of his entire life, and he’s doing it in front of the entire world. He’s always had my support; no matter what, he will continue to have my support. It’s an honor to call him my brother — he’s a beautiful, amazing human being: so talented, so caring, so giving.”
… T.J. spoke about being gay for the first time publicly in a feature for Time, though the 36-year-old’s family and close friends have known for years. T.J. first told John about his sexual orientation about a decade ago.
LOCASH is joining the Super Bowl pre-game festivities for the third year in a row. Today (Thursday) the pair will perform a socially distanced acoustic set in Tampa at Sparkman Wharf, exclusively for healthcare workers.
COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 5, 2021
• 1963: PATSY CLINE recorded Sweet Dreams (Of You) for Decca Records.
• 1994: JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY topped the country charts with I Swear.
• 1999: Former BLACKHAWK member Van Stephenson underwent successful surgery to remove a malignant melanoma from his torso. He would later die of skin cancer.
• 2012: BLAKE SHELTON and MIRANDA LAMBERT sang America, The Beautiful and KELLY CLARKSON sang the national anthem before the Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
• 2017: OLD DOMINION played the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl after-party in Houston.
• 2017: LUKE BRYAN sang the national anthem before Super Bowl 51 in Houston. The New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime.
SARA EVANS is 50.
TYLER FARR is 37.