Garth Brooks gives a full concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for the first time as Sirius XM launches the Garth Channel. With Chris Young and Charles Esten in the seats, Brooks' first song on the channel is a cover of "Don't Close Your Eyes." The first of his own hits: "Friends In Low Places"
Frankie Ballard's "Sunshine & Whiskey" video debuts on CMT
Carrie Underwood debuts as the voice of NBC's "Sunday Night Football" theme, "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night." The game has George Strait serving as honorary captain of the Dallas Cowboys, who beat the New York Giants, 36-31
Arista releases Brad Paisley's duet with Keith Urban, "Start A Band," to radio. It pays a lyrical nod to a pair of classic-rock songs: "Free Bird" and "Ramblin Man"
Rodney Atkins climbs to #1 on the Billboard chart with "These Are My People"
LeAnn Rimes' version of "How Do I Live" is certified platinum
He's been this far several times: Conway Twitty reaches #1 in Billboard with "You've Never Been This Far Before"
Songwriter Gary Baker is born in Niagara Falls, New York. His successes include John Michael Montgomery's "I Swear," Reba McEntire's "One Honest Heart," Lonestar's "I'm Already There" and Alabama's "Once Upon A Lifetime"
Virginia Hensley is born in Winchester, Virginia. As Patsy Cline, she becomes one of country's definitive female vocalists behind such pop-tinged hits such as "Crazy" and "I Fall To Pieces." She enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973
Songwriter Harlan Howard is born in Detroit. Added to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997, his long list of credits includes Patsy Cline's "I Fall To Pieces," The Judds' "Why Not Me" and Buck Owens' "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail"
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