COUNTRY DATEBOOK: APRIL 13, 2022

• 1963: BUCK OWENS’ first number one, Act Naturally, entered the country charts.

• 1974: RAY STEVENS’ comedy classic The Streak charted.

• 1985: The Grand Ole Opry was broadcast on The Nashville Network for the first time.

• 2006: TIM McGRAW and FAITH HILL were forced to cancel an April 23 show at Knoxville’s Thompson-Poling Arena when venue managers discovered the production would suspend too much gear from the arena roof to guarantee patrons’ safety.

• 2008: THE DIXIE CHICKS contributed voices to the FOX animated series The Simpsons. They sang in front of an American flag: “We pledge allegiance to Fox News/Let’s take away our right to choose.”

• 2010: The Alabama legislature passed a resolution renaming a portion of State Highway 35 in DeKalb County as the Randy Owen Highway.

• 2014: TAYLOR SWIFT showed up at a bridal shower for fan Gena Gabrielle in Columbus, Ohio.

• 2017: TRISHA YEARWOOD helped reveal her wax figure as Madame Tussauds at its new Nashville location.

• 2020: MARGO PRICE revealed that her husband, guitarist Jeremy Ivey, was experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. She quarantined with her family while he recovered.

• 2021: MORGAN WALLEN wrote a letter to fans, announcing he was dropping out of the upcoming LUKE BRYAN tour as he continued to work out personal issues.


The CMT Music Awards aired for the first time on CBS and Paramount+ on Monday night, drawing 5.16 million viewers for the live telecast, which is up 521 percent (521% is correct) from last year’s show on CMT.

… While good news for CMT, that’s nowhere near the 8.9 million that CBS scored with this year’s Grammys on April 3.

LUKE COMBS says he and wife Nicole are “in talks” to choose their first child’s name. Fans know they couple are having a boy but won’t share many more details. Luke says he doesn’t really care what name they end up choosing. He says, “If a damn alligator can come out, it wouldn’t matter to me as long as it’s healthy. I would teach him to sing, teach him how to eat a cheeseburger.”

JASON ALDEAN and CARRIE UNDERWOOD had a hit on their hands with If I Didn’t Love You Anymore and Jason says he’s open to another duet with Carrie: “I mean, I’m always open to collaborating with anybody. I felt like, with this particular song, Carrie was the voice that I heard for this song.”

… “But I really enjoyed working with Carrie. And if something comes up and we have a chance to do it again, and the song’s right, I’m definitely in.”

… If I Didn’t Love You is a Jason song which lives on his Macon, Georgia double album, the second part of which arrives April 22.

The 2022 CMA Fest is a go. The music festival is back after a two-year pandemic break and will be held in Nashville June 9-12.

… On Tuesday the festival announced its initial headliners, who will perform in Nissan Stadium: JASON ALDEAN, KELSEA BALLERINI, GABBY BARRETT, DIERKS BENTLEY, KANE BROWN, LUKE BRYAN, LUKE COMBS, RUSSELL DICKERSON, ALAN JACKSON, LADY A, PARKER MCCOLLUM, CARLY PEARCE, THOMAS RHETT, DARIUS RUCKER, COLE SWINDELL, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, KEITH URBAN, LAINEY WILSON, and ZAC BROWN BAND.

… The festival also includes a ton of artists performing on a number of different outdoor stages and it’s totally free.

… The CMA Music Festival is a four-day festival that began in 1972 under the name Fan Fair.

BILLY RAY CYRUS and his wife of nearly thirty years, Tish Cyrus, have issued a statement after the news that she has filed for divorce — again. The couple said: “It is after 30 years, five amazing children and a lifetime of memories, we have decided to go our separate ways — not with sadness, but with love in our hearts. We have grown up together, raised a family we can be so proud of, and it is now time to create our own paths.”

… “We will always be family and look forward to a continued and loving shared experience as friends and parents. We have not come to this decision lightly or quickly but with so much going on in the world, we wanted to provide some clarity and closure, so we can remain focused on what is important.”

MAREN MORRIS was rejected by American Idol, The Voice, and America’s Got Talent.

THOMAS RHETT says with four daughters now, he never gets to pick the movie, it’s pretty much always Disney.