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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.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

MORGAN WALLEN is apologizing after a video surfaced in which he reportedly used a racial slur and profanities. The country singer, who in October was rescheduled from appearing on Saturday Night Live after breaking COVID-19 protocols, is seen on a video first posted by TMZ with a group outside of his Nashville home. In the video you can clearly hear Morgan using the N-word. TMZ reported that one of Wallen’s neighbors recorded the exchange.

… On Thursday he said in a statement: “I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.”

MORGAN WALLEN’s music career is over — for now. After being caught on camera using the N-word on Sunday evening outside of his house in Nashville in an exchange with a friend, the country music community quickly distanced from the troubled performer. However, current sales for his albums and songs are skyrocketing. Stimulated by fans both looking to support the performer, and from fears his music may be pulled off of streaming services entirely, sales of his songs and albums are dominating music.

… Right now, four of the five top titles in all of music on the iTunes charts are Morgan’s. His recent release Dangerous: The Double Album, which was already the No. 1 album in all of music over the last three weeks, remains in the top spot. But more surprising, his 2018 album If I Know Me is now in the second spot.

As has been previously announced, the Grand Ole Opry’s 95th birthday celebration will be televised on NBC on February 14. And it’s been announced that KANE BROWN will be making his debut at the venue. Alongside Kane’s performance, the event will feature a series of one-of-a-kind Opry member collaborations and covers. KELSEA BALLERINI will sing KEITH WHITLEY’s 1988 hit When You Say Nothing At All. DIERKS BENTLEY and MARTY STUART’s duet of Pancho & Lefty will update MERLE HAGGARD and WILLIE NELSON’s take on the classic. LADY A will perform a rendition of RANDY TRAVIS’ Forever and Ever, Amen.

Now and then, while he’s out cruising the highways, KENNY CHESNEY will stop next to another car at a stoplight and hear his own song playing. Believe it or not, it happened just recently, when Kenny caught his latest single, Happy Does, emerging from a fellow driver’s vehicle. Kenny says the people in the car next to him had no idea it was him pulled up beside them.

CARLY PEARCE has a new seven-song project coming on February 19. The project is titled 29.

TOP SONGS – RADIO AIRPLAY

  1. Luke Combs – Better Together
  2. Kenny Chesney – Happy Does
  3. Darius Rucker – Beers and Sunshine
  4. Kelsea Ballerini – Hole in the Bottle
  5. Luke Bryan – Down to One
  6. Parmalee and Blanco Brown – Just the Way
  7. Niko Moon – Good Time
  8. Russell Dickerson – Love You Like I Used To
  9. Thomas Rhett – What’s Your Country Song
  10. Chris Stapleton – Starting Over

COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 8, 2021

• 1959: JOHNNY CASH made a guest appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

• 1998: GARTH BROOKS appeared on Oprah and pledged to donate his portion of the proceeds from sales of his album Sevens to Oprah’s Angel Network.

• 2012: MIRANDA LAMBERT played the role of an actress in danger on an episode of NBC’s Law And Order: SVU.

• 2014: KACEY MUSGRAVES performed Merry Go ‘Round and Follow Your Arrow on an episode of PBS’ Austin City Limits.

• 2017: RANDY TRAVIS was the subject of a tribute concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Guests included GARTH BROOKS, ALABAMA, CHRIS JANSON, JOSH TURNER, KENNY ROGERS, MONTGOMERY GENTRY and JAMEY JOHNSON.

• 2019: SHANIA TWAIN made a surprise on-stage appearance during a Backstreet Boys concert in Las Vegas.

• 2020: NEAL McCOY’s bus was destroyed by fire in Mansfield, Louisiana, as he traveled to a show. No one was hurt, though the band lost clothing, instruments and equipment in the blaze.