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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MAY 23, 2023

• 1981: ROSANNE CASH scored her first number one with Seven Year Ache.

• 1990: WILLIE NELSON’s golf course was auctioned off for the second time to raise $230,000 for the IRS for Willie’s delinquent tax debt. After the property was auctioned off the first time, the government bought it back.

• 2006: The DIXIE CHICKS’ album Taking The Long Way was released. It would go on to win the Grammy’s Album of the Year award.

• 2007: Nashville’s WSMV-TV revealed a list of the 10 Middle Tennessee parents who owed the most in back child support. Ranked at #3 was DAVID ALLAN COE, who owed his ex-wife $292,688.

• 2012: REBA MCENTIRE sang Turn On The Radio with contestant Skylar Laine on the season finale of American Idol.

• 2017: CHRIS STAPLETON welcomed a surprise guest during his show at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver: Retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning jumped on stage to duet on Tennessee Whiskey.

• 2020: MORGAN WALLEN was arrested at Kid Rock’s restaurant and bar in downtown Nashville and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

SHELLY WEST is 65. Shelly is the daughter of DOTTIE WEST and is best known for having hit duets with DAVID FRIZZELL. She also was a successful solo artist, having her own #1 hit, Jose Cuervo in 1983.

BRIAN McCOMAS (99.9% Sure I’ve Never Been Here Before) is 51.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

MORGAN WALLEN’s album One Thing At A Time spends its eleventh straight week at the top of the Billboard 200 all formats chart, tying Whitney Houston’s 1987 self-titled album as the only two albums to debut and spend their first eleven weeks at number one. Next up for Morgan would be Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key of Life, which debuted and spent 13 consecutive weeks in the top spot back in 1977.

… The most consecutive weeks at the top of the Top 200 all formats chart came in 1998 with the Titanic Soundtrack, which spent 16 straight weeks at the top, though it did not debut at number one.

… While TAYLOR SWIFT’s 2009 album, Fearless, spent eleven weeks in the top spot of the Country Albums Chart, those weeks were not consecutive nor on the Top 200 all formats chart.

… Morgan is currently on six weeks of vocal rest. His tour is expected to resume June 22 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

BLAKE SHELTON will say goodbye to The Voice tonight. Blake has been a coach since the show’s debut on April 26, 2011. Next season, which will be season 24, REBA McENTIRE will take over for Blake. Her fellow coaches will be Niall Horan, John Legend, and Gwen Stefani.

TYLER HUBBARD is celebrating the number one success of Dancin’ In The Country just one year after the release of his debut single, 5 Foot 9. Tyler has now scored two solo number ones, and if you count his work with FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE he has 21 chart-toppers.

TRAVIS DENNING has tied the knot with fiancée Madison Montgomery, daughter of JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY. The two have been engaged since 2021 and will be honeymooning in Switzerland after exchanging vows on May 20.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s fourth studio album, Blown Away, was at the top of the Billboard 200 all formats chart 12 years ago today, making her the third female country artist to chart three albums in that position, following LINDA RONSTADT and FAITH HILL.

The Grand Ole Opry will salute the U.S. Military during Opry Salutes The Troops tonight (Tuesday). CRAIG CAMPBELL, THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, LOCASH, RHONDA VINCENT and JOHN CONLEE will be among those taking the stage.

CAYLEE HAMMACK will kick off the 27 Music Series at the Westin in Nashville on May 25. Admission is free for the shows at the 27th floor rooftop lounge.