Garth Brooks ends his retirement from the road as he and Trisha Yearwood launch an 11-show run at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. His set includes "Rodeo," "Papa Loved Mama," "Ain't Going Down (Til The Sun Comes Up)" and "Friends In Low Places"
MCA releases Gary Allan's "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" to radio
Trace Adkins performs the national anthem at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, where John McCain accepts the presidential nomination during the Republican National Convention
Jo Dee Messina is certified for the first time, gaining a gold album for "I'm Alright" and a gold single for the double-sided hit "I'm Alright" and "Bye Bye"
Kenny Rogers ascends to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Love Will Turn You Around"
MCA releases George Strait's debut album, "Strait Country"
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Gossin is born in Utica, New York. He helps form the harmony-based Gloriana in 2007. The act earns million-selling singles with its 2009 debut, "Wild At Heart," and the 2011 hit "(Kissed You) Good Night"
Singer/songwriter Granger Smith is born in Dallas, Texas. Building his career as an independent artist, he releases seven albums before he earns his first hit, "Backroad Song," in 2015
Charlie Rich grabs his first gold single, "Behind Closed Doors"
Guitarist Don Potter is born in Glens Falls, New York. After arranging Dan Hill's 1978 pop hit "Sometimes When We Touch," he becomes a significant contributor to The Judds, playing the guitar hook on "Why Not Me" and writing "One Hundred And Two"
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