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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.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

JOHNNY CASH appeared on The Muppets in 1980 in an episode that now has a disclaimer. Disney+ is carrying the classic Jim Henson series that aired from 1976 to 1981 and before 18 of the episodes the streamer has at the beginning: “This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together…”

… In the episode with Johnny, viewers can see him singing in front of a Confederate Flag.

KELSEA BALLERINI is singing the praises of her friend CARLY PEARCE’s new collection of music. On Friday, Carly released her very personal project, 29, and it turns out that Kelsea is quite “obsessed” with the title track as she took to social media to share with fans her love of the song.

MORGAN WALLEN has become the first artist since Drake to top the Billboard 200 albums chart for six weeks. Drake’s Views album topped the charts for 13 nonconsecutive weeks in May of 2016 and Taylor Swift’s Folklore led the pack for eight nonconsecutive weeks last year. Morgan’s six straight weeks at No. 1 ties him with GARTH BROOKS, making Dangerous the first album to do that since Garth’s The Chase in 1992.

KENNY CHESNEY’s new tune Knowing You is a reflection on those he’s met along the way. Kenny says, “We all have those people in our lives, who set you on fire with possibilities, make everything mean more in the moment and forever after that. It’s so technicolor and alive, you may not even realize when you’re in it. But when it’s done, you have to smile because you’re so much more for knowing them, so much more because of every second you shared.” • LISTEN

CHASE BRYANT is opening up about his experience with attempted suicide. In a video titled This Is Me, Chase shares how he took a three-year hiatus from the music business after scoring two top ten singles, Take it On Back and Little Bit of You in 2015, referring to himself as “very confused” and “very sick” as he battled depression and anxiety during his rise to fame.

… One night in 2018, Chase got in his truck with a long hand-written note and a .357 revolver with six bullets in it and drove to a gas station. He placed the gun to his head and screamed “sorry” at the top of his lungs before pulling the trigger. But when he looked down, he found that the gun only had five bullets in it. As he got out the truck Chase says he “realized that life is too short, don’t make it any shorter.” Soon after, Chase returned to his roots in his home state of Texas, which inspired his new collection of music, including the single Upbringing that will be released on Friday.

CARLY PEARCE celebrated her 30th birthday with her just-released EP, 29. Of the hard lessons learned at the end of her 20s, she noted, “29 was just like a year of a lot of those moments of twists and turns, but ultimately got me to a really happy place.” Of the lessons Carly learned, one is that she would “never again” date someone in the music industry.

… She also learned: “I don’t know how to date. I tried one of those artist dating apps, like where it’s for people that are in the public eye, and I hated it. I just don’t think I’m a dating app girl. So, I’m just kinda under the assumption that when I’m supposed to meet somebody, I’ll meet them in a way that makes sense, I guess.”

TRACE ADKINS will celebrate 25 years in music with his first livestream, Trace 25: Still Dreamin’ Out Loud, this Saturday (February 27). You can buy a ticket at LiveXLive.com.

LUKE BRYAN’s Jockey underwear ads may have looked different if not for a suggestion from the singer. Luke share it was his idea to have wife Caroline star in the ads with him. He asked his representatives to pitch that plan to Jockey’s team, “and they were like, ‘Heck yes!'”

MATT STELL has a little money in his pocket with the success of his music career over the past couple of years, and he used some of his first big earnings to do something very special for his mother for Christmas: he paid off her horse trailer.

MIRANDA LAMBERT and Elle King hit social media Monday to tease what appears to be a new collaboration titled Drunk. Elle’s post included the caption: “The whiskey goes down better when they don’t know who you are…”

CLINT BLACK and ROSANNE CASH will guest on tonight’s Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr. (8p ET, PBS)


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 24, 2021

• 1969: JOHNNY CASH completed the recording of his second live prison album, Live At San Quentin, with a performance of A Boy Named Sue, taped during a British TV show appearance. He’d previously recorded Live At Folsom Prison.

• 1980: NBC debuted the series Harper Valley P.T.A., based on the JEANNIE C. REILY tune of the same name.

• 2009: In Us Weekly magazine, JENNIFER NETTLES revealed a deep, dark secret: She has a phobia of drains and hair anywhere in the shower.

• 2014: DIERKS BENTLEY accidentally revealed his personal email address on Twitter.

• 2016: THE BAND PERRY performed Bye Bye Love for President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., as PBS filmed Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance At The White House.

• 2017: DARIUS RUCKER played a bomb maker in a guest role on the CBS drama Hawaii Five-0.

• 2020: LAUREN ALAINA took part in the Mardi Gras Krewe of Orpheus parade in New Orleans.

SAMMY KERSHAW, of Kaplan, Louisiana, is 63.