Country News – February 16, 2021

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 16, 2021

• 1969: Six months after announcing they were married, GEORGE JONES and TAMMY WYNETTE actually tied the knot. They split in 1975.

• 1975: MARTY ROBBINS was in a car crash at the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

• 2001: ANDY GRIGGS was arrested in Florida for grand theft auto after he and bandmate Kevin Weaver borrowed a parked ambulance from the parking lot of the Days Inn where they were staying and took it for a joy ride.

• 2010: TIM MCGRAW’s second children’s book, Love Your Heart, was released.

• 2014: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Tyler Hubbard injured his back in a dirt bike accident.

• 2017: JOHN RICH held the grand opening for his bar, Redneck Riviera, in Las Vegas.

• 2020: DARIUS RUCKER played the pre-race show for NASCAR’s Daytona 500.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

TIM MCGRAW and FAITH HILL obviously have a lot of money. How much money you ask? Enough to buy a whole island in The Bahamas. And according to a new listing, their private island just hit the market for $35 million dollars. Tim and Faith bought the 20 acre island in 2003, but reportedly didn’t move in until 2012. There property has 5,000 square feet of covered verandas and passageways that connect eight individual ‘pods”’ that make up the 6,517 square feet residence. The property also features a private dock, two beach yurts, and a swimming pool. • VIDEO

… A few years ago Tim and Faith told Architectural Digest: “We set out to build a house. We had no idea we had to build everything else. We basically had to build a little town. You’ve got to have staff houses, you’ve got to have infrastructure. You’ve got to have water, electricity. You don’t quite put all that together at first.”

Gwen Stefani was so thankful to BLAKE SHELTON when she received a massive gift from him over the weekend. The singer took to her Instagram Stories to share the sweet surprise. Blake sent her a gorgeous, massive bouquet of flowers. She captioned the snap: “Happy Valentine’s! Thank you Blake Shelton for loving me.”


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 17, 2021

• 1995: TANYA TUCKER celebrated five gold albums with What’s Your Mama’s Name, Would You Lay With Me, Strong Enough To Bend, Greatest Hits and Tennessee Woman.

• 1995: WADE HAYES scored his first number one hit with Old Enough To Know Better.

• 2001: BRAD PAISLEY became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

• 2006: CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s Jesus Take The Wheel spent its sixth week at the top of the country singles chart. The stint was the longest consecutive for a female this decade.

• 2015: LADY ANTEBELLUM donated three dozen instruments to the Fitch Street Elementary School music program in Welland, Ontario, Canada.

• 2017: Mayor Don Iveson declared Garth Brooks Day in Edmonton, Alberta, as Garth launched a nine-concert engagement.

• 2019: BLAKE SHELTON sang Suspicious Minds as host of NBC’s Elvis All-Star Tribute Special, celebrating 50 years since the King’s 1968 comeback special.

BRYAN WHITE is 47.