Sunday, April 16, 2017

Today in Country Music History...April 16, 2017



Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott barely escapes with three other riders when her tour bus catches fire on the way to Dallas for the Academy of Country Music Awards. No one is injured, though all of the band's stage outfits are destroyed

Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins and Eric Church join hosts Keith Urban and Vince Gill in We're All For The Hall, a benefit at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Also appearing are Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Brantley Gilbert and Tim McGraw

Capitol releases Little Big Town's "Pontoon" to radio

Alan Jackson is honored with a star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Jamey Johnson earns a gold album for "That Lonesome Song"

Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" video nets three trophies at the CMT Music Awards, held at Belmont University's Curb Events Center in Nashville. Among other victors are Jack Ingram, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Sugarland and Kenny Chesney

Emmylou Harris' Hot Band is ranked #1 when CMT presents "20 Greatest Bands." Among the musicians associated with the group: Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Brown, Hank DeVito and former Elvis Presley sideman Glen D. Hardin

Shania Twain becomes the first woman named Songwriter/Artist of the Year in the Nashville Songwriter Achievement Awards. Phil Vassar wins Songwriter, and Song of the Year is a tie: "Holes In The Floor Of Heaven" and "Don't Laugh At Me"

MCA releases Barbara Mandrell's "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool," featuring a guest appearance by George Jones. The lyrics reference Jones, Roy Rogers and the Grand Ole Opry

"Hello...I'm Johnny Cash." Cash tapes the first of his ABC-TV weekly shows at the Ryman Auditorium, kicking off with "Folsom Prison Blues." The show, which features guests Glen Campbell, Jeannie C. Riley and Joe Tex, becomes the fifth episode aired

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