Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Today in Country Music History...March 28, 2017



Blake Shelton sings The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" dressed like a chicken with three cast members from NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." Shelton also performs "Sure Be Cool If You Did"

Banjo player Earl Scruggs dies in Nashville. A bluegrass pillar, he helped establish the genre as a Bill Monroe sideman, a member of Flatt & Scruggs and a solo artist, earning a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame

Love And Theft performs "Runaway" in its Grand Ole Opry debut

CMT places Johnny Cash at #1 when it lists "The 40 Greatest Men Of Country Music." Rounding out the Top Five: Hank Williams, #2; George Jones, #3; Willie Nelson, #4; and Waylon Jennings, #5

The "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack goes platinum. Produced by T Bone Burnett, it features Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, The Soggy Bottom Boys, Alison Krauss, Harry McClintock, Gillian Welch, John Hartford and The Cox Family

Reba McEntire goes to the head of the class in Billboard, reaching #1 with "Is There Life Out There"

Hank Williams Jr.'s "Texas Women" hits #1 on the Billboard country chart

Rodney Atkins is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He hits his stride with the 2006 album "If You're Going Through Hell," which notches four hits, including the title track and "Watching You." His later successes include "It's America" and "Take A Back Road"

Reba McEntire is born in McAlester, Oklahoma. The winner of multiple Entertainer of the Year awards, she becomes a country icon while expanding into movies, Broadway and even a TV sitcom, entering the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011

Gerry House is born in Covington, Kentucky. The morning show host for WSIX-FM in Nashville, House doubles as a songwriter, writing Reba McEntire's "Little Rock," George Strait's "The Big One" and Pam Tillis' "The River And The Highway"

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