Thursday, April 13, 2017

Today in Country Music History...April 13, 2017



Jason Aldean plays the first of a handful of stadium dates on his 2013 itinerary, at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, with Luke Bryan, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett. Ludacris makes a surprise appearance, joining Aldean on "Dirt Road Anthem"

Jana Kramer performs "Why Ya Wanna" as she makes her Grand Ole Opry debut

Big Machine releases Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" to radio

Willie Nelson's attorney sends a Texas senator a letter declining to have a toll road named for the singer. Nelson later tells The Austin American-Statesman, "I'd put my name on an electric chair, too, but I don't think that'd be too great a thing"

Prisoner of war Patrick Miller is rescued in Iraq after several weeks in captivity, during which he annoyed the enemy by loudly singing Toby Keith's "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)"

Lonestar hits the top in Billboard for the first time with "No News"

Bettie Azevedo picks up five trophies on behalf of Merle Haggard in the fifth annual Academy Of Country & Western Music awards at the Hollywood Palladium: Single Record, Song and Album of the Year, for "Okie From Muskogee"; Top Male Vocalist and Top Touring Band

Roger Miller wins five trophies in the seventh annual Grammy Awards: Best New Country & Western Artist; Country & Western Album, for "Dang Me/Chug-A-Lug"; and Country & Western Single, Song and Male Vocal, for "Dang Me"

George Jones picks up his first #1 country single in Billboard magazine as a recording artist with "White Lightning"

Mandolin player Sam Bush is born in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He gains acclaim with the progressive acoustic group New Grass Revival, but also plays on hits by Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea and Garth Brooks, among others

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