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OCTOBER 8, 2021

• 1984: ALABAMA won the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award for the third consecutive year.

• 1990: TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

• 2004: Friday Night Lights, starring TIM MCGRAW and Billy Bob Thornton, hit theaters.

• 2009: LADY ANTEBELLUM’s self-titled debut album was certified platinum in the U.S. and gold in Canada.

• 2011: RASCAL FLATTS joined the Grand Ole Opry.

• 2017: One week after the Las Vegas massacre that occurred while he was on stage, JASON ALDEAN returned to meet with survivors.

• 2019: MIDLAND’s Mark Wystrach marries Ty Haney in Austin, Texas.

SUSAN RAYE (L.A. International Airport) is 77.

Ricky Lee Phelps (KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS, BROTHER PHELPS) is 68.

OCTOBER 9, 2021

• 1970: CONWAY TWITTY and LORETTA LYNN recorded their first duet, After The Fire is Gone.

• 1978: DOLLY PARTON was named CMA Entertainer of the Year.

• 2000: GARTH BROOKS told Billboard Magazine he and then wife Sandy were planning to divorce.

• 2008: WYNONNA made a surprise appearance when the rock band Foreigner played Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon.

• 2016 Former STEEL MAGNOLIA singer Meghan Linsey wrote on Facebook that a music industry figure groped her sexually and threatened to ruin her career if she shared that info. She compared the incident to presidential candidate Donald Trump’s insistence that a tape in which he bragged about grabbing women was just “locker room talk”.

• 2016: LUKE BRYAN had a metal plate installed during surgery on his collarbone three days after breaking it in a bicycle accident.

• 2017: DIERKS BENTLEY visited survivors from the Route 91 Harvest music festival at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas.

• 2020: Elle King got engaged to boyfriend Dan Tooker while the couple was panning for gold on a mountain in New Mexico. The moment came weeks after Elle won an ACM award for participating in MIRANDA LAMBERT’s cover of Fooled Around And Fell In Love.

Gary Bennett (BR549) is 57.

BRANDY CLARK is 46.

SCOTTY McCREERY is 28.

OCTOBER 10, 2021

• 1983: LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

• 1988: HANK WILLIAMS JR. won the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year awards.

• 1992: GARTH BROOKS’ album The Chase debuted at the top of both the Billboard Country Albums chart and the Billboard Top 200 all formats chart, knocking off BILLY RAY CYRUS’ Some Gave All.

• 1992: TIM MCGRAW’s first single, Welcome To the Club, made its chart debut.

• 2011: MARTINA McBRIDE began an Amtrak train ride across America in Los Angeles to promote her album Eleven.

• 2016: TYLER FARR married Hannah Freeman.

• 2020: CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s Christmas package My Gift reached the top of the Billboard country albums chart.

TANYA TUCKER is 63.


CHRIS STAPLETON will play prestigious Madison Square Garden in New York tonight (Friday).

TRAVIS DENNING says he’s the kind of person who zigs while others are zagging, so he was very reluctant to do a certain thing that a lot of others are doing. But he finally broke down… and bought a pair of Crocs.

ZACH BRYAN first came onto the scene when he posted tunes to the internet a couple of years ago. Back then he was balancing what appeared to be a budding music career with his full-time job in the Navy. Now his Navy gig has ended and Zach is ready to go full-time in the touring business. Zach will kick thing off in St. Louis on October 20. • TOUR

TIM McGRAW says he popped the question to FAITH HILL a number of times, but it was backstage at a musical festival where she finally said yes. Tim was about to go on stage when he asked Faith, again, to be his wife. She said, “You’re asking me to marry you at a country music festival in a trailer house?” Tim said, “Well, it’s pretty apropos if you think about it.” Then they called him and he had to go on stage.

… When he got off the stage he went back to his trailer and saw on the mirror, written in lipstick: “Yes. I’m gonna be your wife.”

REBA McENTIRE won’t be back hosting the CMA Awards next month but does offer some advice: “You’ve got to be direct-able … if you’re running over, or running short … you’ve got to adapt to that. You can’t be locked into, ‘This is the way it’s going to be and there’s not going to be any changes.'”

REBA MCENTIRE releases a three-part, multi-themed box set today (Friday). Revived Remixed Revisited is the title: Revived will have updated classics that have evolved in Reba’s live show with new studio versions recorded with her touring band. Remixed will be a collection of remixed Reba standards. Revisited teamed Reba with Grammy award-winning producer Dave Cobb for fresh takes on familiar songs, including the anticipated DOLLY PARTON duet version of Does He Love You.

JOSH TURNER’s first Christmas album is out today (Friday). Josh says of the album, titled King Size Manger: “You may be surprised to hear my arrangement on some of these songs that you know so well. We had a lot of fun throwing out all the preconceived notions of what a Christmas record should sound like. In my opinion, it’s about the words and the heart and soul of how a song sounds. You don’t need jingle bells on a song to make it a Christmas song.”

… The holiday project features fresh interpretations of the classics and introduces four originals.

WALKER HAYES updated version of Fancy Like with pop singer Kesha now has a music video. The clip was released Thursday.


TOP SONGS – RADIO AIRPLAY

  1. Jameson Rodgers Feat. Luke Combs – Cold Beer Calling My Name
  2. Lee Brice – Memory I Don’t Mess With
  3. Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood – If I Didn’t Love You
  4. Walker Hayes – Fancy Like
  5. Chris Young & Kane Brown – Famous Friends
  6. Elvie Shane – My Boy
  7. Scotty McCreery – You Time
  8. Luke Bryan – Waves
  9. Ryan Hurd w/Maren Morris – Chasing After You
  10. Luke Combs – Cold as You