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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.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS


THOMAS RHETT calls ERIC CHURCH his “favorite country artist of all time.” Thomas says, “As far as just me growing up and really falling in love with the craft of songwriting and a guy that can just perform the crap out of a show, it would be Eric, for sure.”

… Thomas says when he was first launching his career, he wanted to be Eric Church: “I wanted to dress like Eric Church, I wanted to wear Ray-Bans like Eric Church on stage, I wanted to write songs like Eric Church, and I tried it. My whole first record was a straight-up country rock and roll record produced by Jay Joyce, who produces all of Eric’s albums. And as I got into it, I was like ‘Dang, that didn’t work for me’ and it’s because I was trying to be him, I wasn’t trying to be Thomas Rhett.”

DARIUS RUCKER’s Beers and Sunshine is now his tenth number one country song.

CARLY PEARCE isn’t Carly Pearce. She was born Carly Cristyne Slusser in Taylor Mill, Kentucky in 1990. She chose the stage name of Pearce because it is the last name of her grandfather, who taught her about music when she was young. Carly now has a tattoo that is dedicated to the man with whom she shares a name.

CARLY PEARCE says one of her least glamorous pre-fame jobs was cleaning Airbnb’s in Nashville.

MADDIE & TAE are now on TikTok. • LINK

TAYLOR SWIFT’s latest accolade is one that only DOLLY PARTON has managed to do before her. This week, Taylor’s re-recording of Love Story debuted atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, joining Dolly’s iconic I Will Always Love You as the only songs to have hit No. 1 on the chart as originals and then as revisions by the same artist. Taylor’s original rendering of Love Story topped the Hot Country Songs chart on November 22 and November 29, 2008. The re-recording marks her first time debuting at the top of the Hot Country Songs chart and marks her eighth No. 1 hit on that chart overall.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 25, 2021

• 1932: Faron Young was born. He died in 1996.

• 2003: JOHNNY PAYCHECK was laid to rest in Nashville after a long battle with emphysema. The 64-year-old singer was buried in a plot donated by, and near in proximity to, his friend GEORGE JONES.

• 2010: Apple announced JOHNNY CASH’s Guess Things Happen That Way was the 10 billionth song downloaded on iTunes.

• 2012: Suffering with a vocal problem, GEORGE STRAIT left the stage at Kansas City’s Sprint Center after performing just two songs. He made up the show one week later.

• 2015: DIERKS BENTLEY leads a 1990s cover band, Hot Country Knights, at The Stage in Nashville. The night includes RANDY HOUSER doing Watermelon Crawl, CHARLES KELLEY singing My Maria and MIRANDA LAMBERT covering Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?

• 2017: REBA McENTIRE’s two-disc gospel project Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope reach No. 1 on the Billboard country albums chart.

• 2019: GARTH BROOKS sat in a private box with hockey legend Wayne Gretzky at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, where the NHL’s Predators beat the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2.

Shawna Thompson of THOMPSON SQUARE is 43.