Saturday, March 11, 2017

Today in Country Music History...March 11, 2017



Maren Morris writes "My Church" and records the final vocals the same day in Los Angeles with songwriter/producer busbee

Big Machine releases "Highway Don't Care," by Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift, to radio. Keith Urban plays guitar on the single

Don Williams performs what's expected to be his final Nashville concert, appearing at David Lipscomb University's Allen Arena. Keith Urban is a surprise opening act, and Williams is joined by Josh Turner on "Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good"

Josh Turner's "Your Man" hits #1 in Billboard

The movie "Black Cloud," written and directed by Rick Schroder, opens in seven cities. The picture features Tim McGraw in the role of a sheriff

Faith Hill, Toby Keith and Shania Twain take the post position with five nominations apiece for the second annual CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards. The Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban claim four nominations each

Joe Diffie marries Theresa Crump at Nashville's Opryland Hotel. Her pet chihuahua, Lobo, serves as the ring bearer

Songwriter Ben Hayslip is born in Evans, Georgia. Among the songs he authors: Blake Shelton's "Honey Bee," Luke Bryan's "I Don't Want This Night To End," Thomas Rhett's "It Goes Like This" and Jason Aldean's "When She Says Baby"

After 25 years as a bluegrass duo, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs split up

Jimmy Fortune is born in Nelson County, Virginia. He replaces Lew DeWitt in The Statler Brothers in 1982, writing their hits "Elizabeth" and "My Only Love." The Statlers enter the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008

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