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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 22, 2021

• 1993: CHRIS LEDOUX roped in his first gold album, for Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy.

• 2007: BRAD PAISLEY and Kimberly Williams-Paisley become parents when she delivered the couple’s son, William Huckleberry Paisley.

• 2008: LITTLE BIG TOWN flew with the Blue Angels in El Centro, California.

• 2011: GARTH BROOKS was announced as a 2011 inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame along with Leon Russell, Allen Toussaint and John Bettis.

• 2015: TIM McGRAW performed I’m Not Gonna Miss You from the documentary Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me during the Oscar Awards.

• 2017: KENNY ROGERS received a Texas Medal of Arts Award at the Texas Performing Arts Center in Austin.

• 2020: GARTH BROOKS played for more than 70,000 fans in his first stadium show of the year at Detroit’s Ford Field. He wore a jersey honoring former NFL player Barry Sanders and was blasted by numerous fans online who believed he was campaigning for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

CARLY PEARCE dropped into a fan’s Zoom to raise her up after a devastating car accident. Danielle Sparkman shared a clip of the Zoom conversation on social media, explaining how the moment was “one of the coolest experiences to come out of one of the worst situations.” Sparkman says that a car accident happened as she was heading home to Memphis after Carly’s February 13 show at the Listening Room in Nashville. She swerved to avoid a car that stopped suddenly in front of her and crashed into a tree along the side of the highway. A broken shoulder and lacerations on her arms and face are the worst of her injuries. None should leave permanent damage. At at GoFundMe page for Sparkman the student says she waits tables and was not prepared to absorb the costs of medical bills, which included two ambulance rides and CT scans. Carly donated $1,000 to her goal of $10,000. • IMAGE

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE postponed their global album release livestream event until this Thursday (February 25). The change was due to the ice and snow storms affecting Nashville, as well as much of the rest of the country, last week. The party will start Thursday night at 7 Central on the Amazon Music Twitch channel and within the Amazon Music mobile app.

Netflix has unveiled a trailer for its new Nashville-based sitcom, Country Comfort. The show stars Katherine McPhee as Bailey, an aspiring country singer who basically gets tricked into becoming a nanny for a “rugged cowboy” named Beau, played by Eddie Cibrian (husband of LEANN RIMES) and his five children. • VIDEO

LUKE BRYAN was on hand at the 2021 Super Bowl to watch fellow country superstar ERIC CHURCH deliver the national anthem, and they exchanged texts after Eric’s performance. Right after the performance ended Luke says he texted Eric: “Dude, I know you’re glad it’s over. Congrats.” Eric replied, “Stressful.”

… Luke can relate to the stress of performing at the Super Bowl. He gave an a cappella rendition of the national anthem in Houston to help kick off a Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, and he was especially nervous because he had earned widespread criticism after a poorly received performance of the anthem at the MLB All-Star Game in 2012. That performance caused a giant controversy online when fans criticized the singer for reading the lyrics to the anthem off his hand while he sang.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 23, 2021

• 1957: PATSY CLINE made her chart debut with Walkin’ After Midnight.

• 1978: KENNY ROGERS won a Grammy for his song Lucille.

• 1999: GARTH BROOKS attended spring training camp with the San Diego Padres as a non-roster player. In lieu of salary, the Padres’ foundation contributed to Garth’s youth-oriented charity, The Touch ‘Em All Foundation.

• 2006: BRAD PAISLEY’s duet with DOLLY PARTON, When I Get Where I’m Going, topped the country charts. It was Dolly’s first number one hit in 15 years.

• 2015: A 1954 Chevy pickup with a “POSSUM” license plate was hoisted by crane into the George Jones Museum on 2nd Avenue in Nashville.

• 2019: RONNIE MILSAP’s 49-year-old son, Todd, was found dead on his houseboat in a marina in Nashville.

STEVE HOLY (Brand New Girlfriend) is 49.