Monday, April 17, 2017

Today in Country Music History...April 17, 2017



A "colossal collapse of time management": John Rich evaluates project leader Gary Busey's leadership on the night's episode of "The Celebrity Apprentice," hosted by Donald Trump on NBC

Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins' "Hillbilly Bone," produced by Scott Hendricks, receives the Vocal Event of the Year award from the Academy of Country Music at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley welcome their second son, Jasper Warren Paisley, at a Nashville hospital

Jo Dee Messina runs the 26.2-mile course in the 110th Boston Marathon. She injures her knee halfway through, but still finishes in five hours and 47 minutes, ranking #19,681 among participants

The Judds make their Grand Ole Opry debut, performing "Flies On The Butter (You Can't Go Home Again)" and "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout The Good Old Days)"

Arista releases Brooks & Dunn's album "Steers & Stripes"

Diamond Rio's video for "It's All In Your Head," featuring actor Martin Sheen, premieres on CMT

"Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind)" brings Eddie Rabbitt his first #1 country single as an artist in Billboard magazine

Rhythm guitarist Craig Anderson is born in Huntsville, Alabama. He becomes a member of Heartland, which picks up a hit in 2006 with the ballad "I Loved Her First"

Johnny Cash plays the White House with June Carter and The Statler Brothers. Cash declines president Nixon's request to do Merle Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee" but does perform "Folsom Prison Blues," "Peace In The Valley" and "What Is Truth"

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