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• 1956: JOHNNY CASH was jailed for one night for possession of 1,163 pills at the Mexican border.

• 1975: WILLIE NELSON scored his first number one with Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.

• 1981: EDDIE RABBITT’s Drivin’ My Life Away peaked at #5 on the pop charts. It would also top the country charts.

• 2011: RANDY TRAVIS was honored at the Grand Ole Opry for 25 years in music and as an Opry member.

• 2016: VINCE GILL performed Go Rest High On That Mountain and You’ve Got A Friend during the funeral for professional golfer Arnold Palmer at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

• 2016: With Hurricane Matthew barreling toward the coast, LUKE BRYAN’s October 5 Farm Tour concert in Gaston, South Carolina, was cancelled.

• 2018: RUNAWAY JUNE’s Hannah Mulholland married drummer Ian Jay in California.

• 2020: THE MAVERICKS’ trumpet player, Lorenzo Molina Ruiz, and friend Orlando Morales were assaulted at a Franklin, Tennessee, sports bar when they were overheard speaking in Spanish.

LEROY VAN DYKE is 92. He’s best known for the hit Walk On By.

SAWYER BROWN member Greg “Hobie” Hubbard is 61.

CADILLAC THREE lead vocalist Jaren Johnston is 41.

TRICK PONY’s former lead singer, Heidi Newfield, is 51.


THOMAS RHETT and wife Lauren haven’t totally decided on the name for their fourth daughter, but there’s a leading candidate with six weeks remaining. The newborn will join older sisters Willa Gray, Ada James and Lennon Love when she arrives in November.

… Thomas says his first choice is Georgia. He adds that “we’ve gone back and forth and thinking about state names, thinking about flower names, thinking about places that we love… could that resonate into a name? So we’ve landed on a couple.”

RAY STEVENS is sharing his views on the debate over COVID-19 vaccines. The legendary singer tells People: “The vaccinations… do work. Ray says he’s had multiple friends die of the virus. Ray says he himself has gotten two doses of the vaccine, and he will be lining up for the booster shot when it’s available. Unlike many Americans, he doesn’t see vaccines as a political issue: “Why would anyone politicize getting the vaccine? There ain’t nothing political about vaccines. It’s not political to me. I got up this morning and ate breakfast. Is that political?”

JASON ALDEAN is using controversy to sell T-shirts. After his wife shared photos of their kids wearing anti-Biden T-shirts, Jason is now offering a T-shirt of his own, for sale on his official website. It reads Jason Aldean ’24 and has the slogan “Get the BS out of the US.” The shirts are $35.

MAREN MORRIS and her son took a little trip across the pond. The singer posted multiple photos on social media showing details from a getaway to England with her 1-year-old son, Hayes.

… Meanwhile, Maren’s husband and fellow singer RYAN HURD has been touring in the lead-up to his debut album, Pelago, on October 15.

SAM HUNT recently released his new song 23 — and now the music video is out. Featuring a virtual tour of their younger years, the characters in the video put on VR headsets to dial back time to 23. • VIDEO

THE PISTOL ANNIES on Friday released the first track from the trio’s first holiday album. The single is title Snow Globe and the album — Hell of a Holiday — is coming October 22. • VIDEO

ZAC BROWN BAND will be premiering a never-before-seen performance of Out In The Middle on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tomorrow night (Tuesday).

Country music was the focus of the halftime show at the Ohio State Buckeyes football game Saturday, with the Ohio State University Marching Band performing what it called a “Party Rock Country Extravaganza.” The 17-minute celebration incorporated songs by GARTH BROOKS, TIM McGRAW, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, DARIUS RUCKER, RASCAL FLATTS, and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE.

… Saturday’s halftime show marked “the first time since 2019 — and for the 52nd time in history — The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni performed in Ohio Stadium and at Skull Session with the current marching band.” More than 600 alumni band members registered to take part in the performance.