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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.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

ERIC CHURCH had heard Jazmine Sullivan’s name, but until he was paired with her for a performance of the national anthem at Sunday’s Super Bowl, he hadn’t heard her sing. In the days before the Super Bowl Eric said: “She may be the best singer … I was floored. … I’m a fan.”

CHRIS JANSON’s youngest son, Jesse Bo, was featured in a Super Bowl commercial from Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. Janson shared the exciting news on Instagram, calling it a “proud dad moment.” The young boy’s picture appears at about 30 seconds into the one-minute ad: He’s the redheaded cutie in the red hat, smiling has he holds a fishing rod in one hand and his catch in the other. Chris has a line of hats available at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s locations in Tennessee, the proceeds from which support conservation efforts in the state. • VIDEO

MATT STELL says that his new song, That Ain’t Me No More, hit him immediately because it’s a new take on an the typical country music breakup song. • LISTEN

JASON ALDEAN’s latest song, Blame It On You, is turning out to be another big hit for him, and he can thank his band for it. Jason explains: So Blame It On You was a song that I got, it was actually written by a couple of guys in my band, Kurt Alison and Tully Kennedy, my guitar player and bass player. … It kind of reminded me a lot of a song Girl Like You that we had where it kind of starts off down and you almost wonder is it going to be a ballad and then the chorus kicks in and it turns into rock and roll. … That kind of grabbed me right off the bat and I’m really glad we cut it…” • VIDEO

Before she became a country music icon, a Hollywood star, and an entrepreneur, DOLLY PARTON was a teenage dreamer in East Tennessee. Thanks to Knoxville-area film archivist Matthew Reeves, we can now see 14-year-old Dolly perform at an outdoor event. The silent 8mm home movie footage was shot by Haroldine Worthington in Fountain City, Tennessee, at the gas station parking lot. The film’s discovery predates most things associated with Dolly’s early career. • VIDEO


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 9, 2021

• 1914: ERNEST TUBB was born. He went on to become the first country music artist to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall. He died September 6, 1984.

• 1975: WILLIE NELSON recorded his first number one hit, Blue Eyes Cryin’ In The Rain

• 2000: The DIXIE CHICKS’ album Fly was certified quadruple platinum. Hits included Cowboy, Take Me Away, Some Days You Gotta Dance and Without You

• 2010: American Greetings unveiled the first 12 cards in its TAYLOR SWIFT collection of greeting cards and gift packaging.

• 2015: BIG & RICH performed Save A Horse Ride A Cowboy on ABC’s The Bachelor.

• 2019: LUKE BRYAN’s family applied to adopt an 18-year-old dog named Poochie.

TRAVIS TRITT is 58.