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SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

• 1999: LEE ANN WOMACK’s self-titled debut album was certified platinum. Hits included The Fool and Never Again, Again.

• 2001: CHELY WRIGHT donated nearly $900,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, set up to benefit victims of the September 11 tragedies. The money was raised from fan donations.

• 2007: TIM MCGRAW was named #7 on Forbes magazine’s list of the Top Ten earning celebs from June 2006-June 2007 with an estimated $37 million grossed.

• 2008: With Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It DARIUS RUCKER became the first African American artist to score a number one country hit since RAY CHARLES in 1985.

• 2011: CARRIE UNDERWOOD performed at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in the Drive To End Hunger, a benefit concert featuring Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Diana Krall and John Mayer.

• 2016: CAM married Adam Weaver in Joshua Tree, California.

• 2016: EDDIE MONTGOMERY collapsed on stage during a MONTGOMERY GENTRY performance in Garnett, Kansas. The cause was dehydration.

• 2019: BRETT YOUNG’s Here Tonight earned a platinum single.

• 2019: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s single Round Here was certified triple-platinum.

RICOCHET drummer Marty Mitchell is 52.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2021

• 1965: THE STATLER BROTHERS made their chart debut with Flowers On The Wall.

• 1982: Wild and Blue charted. It would go on to be JOHN ANDERSON’s first number one song.

• 2006: RASCAL FLATTS’ What Hurts The Most became the first country song to crack the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart since the DIXIE CHICKS’ Landslide in 2003.

• 2011: RANDY TRAVIS collapsed while singing Three Wooden Crosses at the Crystal Heart Gala, a benefit for a medical center, at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth.

• 2012: LORETTA LYNN celebrated her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry member. Special guests joining her for the show included CRYSTAL GAYLE, MIRANDA LAMBERT, LEE ANN WOMACK and Opry regulars LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS and BILL ANDERSON.

• 2017: DOLLY PARTON collected gold singles (from the RIAA) for I Will Always Love You and Jolene, plus a platinum award for 9 To 5.

• 2018: A BLAKE SHELTON slot machine debuted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Tampa.

• 2020: CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s Christmas album My Gift was released.

GREG BATES is 34. He released the song Did It for the Girl in 2012, which went to No. 5 on the country airplay chart.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2021

• 1925: MARTY ROBBINS was born in Glendale, Arizona. He died in 1982.

• 1953: JOHNNY HORTON married Billie Jean Jones, widow of HANK WILLIAMS.

• 2003: After being dethroned for a week, ALAN JACKSON’s duet with JIMMY BUFFETT, It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, re-claimed the top spot on the Radio & Records chart. It would spend eight collective weeks at the top and would be Alan’s longest charting single.

• 2011: KEITH URBAN was joined by actor Russell Crowe during his show at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. Keith backs Russell on a cover of Folsom Prison Blues.

• 2012: GEORGE STRAIT announced plans for his final major tour, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. The tour dates would keep him on the road through summer of 2014. He did stress it was not a retirement announcement, that he would perform select shows after the tour and would continue recording and writing new music.

• 2016: THE OAK RIDGE BOYS began selling their own brand of spicy peppers, Oak Ridge Boys Favorite Southern Style Bread N Butter Jalapenos, at Cracker Barrel stores.

• 2018: ALABAMA raised over $1 million with a tornado-relief benefit.

DAVID FRIZZELL is 80.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN is 73. She was the Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year in 1974.

CARLENE CARTER is 66.


KEITH URBAN has just shared the official audio for Crimson Blue, a track that appears in the finale of Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers, which stars his wife, Nicole Kidman. • LISTEN

… The limited series “takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living.” In addition to Kidman, who plays the leader of the retreat, the series also features Melissa McCarthy, Luke Evans and Michael Shannon.

ASHLEY MCBRYDE postponed a show after a horse riding accident sent her to the hospital. The singer was treated by EMTs and hospital staff in Missoula, Montanta, on Wednesday night. A note on social media said she got several stitches and is sore.

… She was scheduled to perform last night (Thursday) in Spokane and has a show in Seattle tomorrow night (Saturday).

Farm Aid is Saturday (September 25) in Hartford, Connecticut. Circle Network will broadcast the festival beginning at 8PM Eastern. Farm Aid 2021 will feature WILLIE NELSON, TYLER CHILDERS, JAMEY JOHNSON, and many others.

WILLIE NELSON has been pursuing his music career since 1956 and the man is showing no sign of slowing down. Willie just announced his 96th studio album, and this time he’s bringing his whole family along with him. The Willie Nelson Family album will come out November 19, with special features from his sister Bobbie Lee, and kids Lukas, Micah, Amy, and Paula. The album will deliver “12 favorite spirit-driven songs from the Nelson Family repertoire.”

KEITH URBAN will be honored by the Country Radio Broadcasters next month (October 13) with the CRB Artist Career Achievement Award for his decades-long history of not just personal success, but also giving back.

… Each year, the CRB Artist Career Achievement Award is given to an artist or act that “through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership, has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country music and country radio.”

MICKEY GUYTON will be honored as the 2021 CMT Breakout Artist of the Year at October 13’s CMT Artists of the Year event.

MICKEY GUYTON’s debut album, Remember Her Name, is out today (Friday). A 16-track album, Remember Her Name is nearly completely co-written by Mickey as she has a writing credit on 15 of its songs.

RANDY TRAVIS releases a 35th anniversary deluxe edition of his 1986 album Storms of Life today (Friday).

TOP SONGS – RADIO AIRPLAY

  1. Lainey Wilson – Things A Man Oughta Know
  2. Scotty McCreery – You Time
  3. Jameson Rodgers Feat. Luke Combs – Cold Beer Calling My Name
  4. Luke Bryan – Waves
  5. Lee Brice – Memory I Don’t Mess With
  6. Chris Young & Kane Brown – Famous Friends
  7. Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood – If I Didn’t Love You
  8. Thomas Rhett – Country Again
  9. Elvie Shane – My Boy
  10. Old Dominion – I Was on a Boat That Day