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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MAY 3

• 1993: BILLY RAY CYRUS’ album Some Gave All was certified multi-platinum for sales of 7 million copies. Hits included Achy Breaky Heart, Could’ve Been Me and She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore.

• 1994: GARTH BROOKS and ALAN JACKSON were the big winners at the 30th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Garth wasn’t at the show because he was home with then wife Sandy, who was expecting their second daughter.

• 1997: TRAVIS TRITT, BILL ANDERSON and STONEWALL JACKSON were among the stars who attended the 50th Anniversary party for Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop in Nashville.

• 2003: BUDDY JEWELL was named the first Nashville Star.

• 2010: TAYLOR SWIFT announced a partnership with Cover Girl.

• 2015: TOBY KEITH’s I Love This Bar & Grill closed in Oxnard, California, less than a year after it opened.

• 2019: The Country Music Hall of Fame opened a KEITH WHITLEY exhibit.

• 2019: The movie Ugly Dolls debuted in theaters. BLAKE SHELTON’s Wallflowers & Weeds was on the soundtrack.

ERIC CHURCH is 47 (in 2024).

COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MAY 4

• 1975: MARTY ROBBINS wrecked his car racing in the Winston 500 at the Talladega Motor Speedway.

• 1992: Fans calling for GARTH BROOKS’ tickets in Waterloo, Iowa, overloaded phone lines and blocked out 911 service in three areas.

• 1993: GARTH BROOKS’ album No Fences was certified multi-platinum for sales of 10 million copies. Hits included Friends In Low Places, The Thunder Rolls and Unanswered Prayers.

• 1996: SHANIA TWAIN scored her third number one with You Win My Love.

• 2006: Nashville Star winner CHRIS YOUNG signed with Warner Bros. Records.

• 2010: CHELY WRIGHT revealed to People magazine she is a lesbian.

• 2017: LORETTA LYNN suffered a stroke at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

• 2018: LADY ANTEBELLUM’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood returned to their alma mater, the University of Georgia in Athens, to deliver the commencement speech.

• 2020: DWIGHT YOAKAM announced he married Emily Joyce in March.

STELLA PARTON is 75 (in 2024). Stella’s biggest hit is I Want to Hold You in My Dreams Tonight from 1975. She is the younger sister of DOLLY PARTON.

RANDY TRAVIS is 65 (in 2024). Randy released 20 studio albums and charted over 50 singles, with 16 reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. He gained prominence in the mid-1980s with his album Storms of Life, which sold over four million copies.

RAELYNN is 30 (in 2024). RAELYNN was a contestant on the second season of The Voice. She has released two albums, WildHorse and Baytown, and has had singles such as God Made Girls and Love Triangle.

COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MAY 5

• 1984: KENNY ROGERS’ album Duets (with Kim Carnes, DOTTIE WEST and Sheena Easton) was released.

• 1996: LeAnn Rimes’ first single, Blue, entered the Billboard music charts.

• 1998: GARTH BROOKS’ The Limited Series was released. The 6-album set included never-before-heard songs and a 60 page booklet. Only 2 million copies were distributed and it became the first boxed set to debut at the top of both the Billboard Country Albums Chart and the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart.

• 1999: GARTH BROOKS was named artist of the decade at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

• 2000: VINCE GILL and Amy Grant made their first television appearance as a married couple on CBS This Morning.

• 2008: Doctors discovered a spot on MERLE HAGGARD’s lung. Merle initially decided to ignore it, but his family convinced him to have surgery six months later.

• 2018: LADY ANTEBELLUM flubbed a line in the national anthem for an NHL playoff game at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

• 2020: THOMAS RHETT’s wife’s book was published. Live In Love: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes was written by Lauren Akins. The book was an “intimate glimpse into her relationship, her work in Uganda, and balancing motherhood and adoption.”

COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

MORGAN WALLEN has waived his right to appear at today’s (Friday) hearing where he faces felony endangerment charges stemming from an April 7 arrest at ERIC CHURCH’s Chiefs bar in Nashville after allegedly throwing a chair off the roof of the building. A plea deal is possible, according to speculation from many in the legal field. Should Morgan go to trial and be convicted, he would face a minimum of one year and maximum of six years in prison.

BROOKS & DUNN kick off the 2024 installment of their Reboot Tour tonight (Friday) in West Palm Beach, Florida. DAVID LEE MURPHY and ERNEST will serve as direct support for the shows.

REBA MCENTIRE shares that her new single will be called I Can’t and will come from a new album dropping sometime this year. Reba will debut the new song at the Academy of Country Music Awards on May 16.

REBA MCENTIRE has revealed the title of her new sitcom is Happy’s Place. Reba says the pilot is completed and has been sent to NBC and she’s just waiting to hear back from the network.

CHRIS JANSON begins his Whacha See Is Whacha Get Tour tonight (Friday) in California. Dates are scattered through August 31 in New Hampshire. In between shows on his headlining tour, Chris will also join CODY JOHNSON for dates on the Leather Tour.

MEGAN MORONEY’s sophomore album, Am I Okay?, is set for a July 12 release.

GEORGE STRAIT plays the first of nine stadium shows tomorrow (Saturday) in Indianapolis. CHRIS STAPLETON and LITTLE BIG TOWN be support on all nine stops.

TRACY LAWRENCE headlines Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for the first time with a concert tomorrow night (Saturday).

Tickets go on sale today (Friday) for VINCE GILL’s four-night residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium from August 1-4.

Tickets for TYLER HUBBARD’s Strong Tour go on sale today (Friday). The tour begins September 6 in Indianapolis

NEW SONGS OUT TODAY

RANDY TRAVIS releases his first new music in over a decade with Where That Came From. Randy’s wife, Mary, has previously said there is a lot of music in his vault that was recorded before the stroke in 2013 that took his voice.

KEITH URBAN and LAINEY WILSON’s collaboration called Go Home W U. The tune has been teased on social media.

MEGAN MORONEY’s Indifferent. She’s excited about the tune and already performing it as part of her live shows.

KANE BROWN and Marshmello team for a new track, Miles On It. You may remember the two teamed for a song in 2019 called One Thing Right.

TOP SONGS: RADIO AIRPLAY

  1. SCOTTY MCCREERY – Cab In A Solo
  2. SAM HUNT – Outskirts
  3. TYLER HUBBARD – Back Then Right Now
  4. JORDAN DAVIS – Tucson Too Late
  5. BAILEY ZIMMERMAN – Where It Ends
  6. LAINEY WILSON – Wild Flowers And Wild Horses
  7. KENNY CHESNEY – Take Her Home
  8. JELLY ROLL – Halfway To Hell
  9. ASHLEY COOK – Your Place
  10. JACKSON DEAN – Fearless