Thursday, April 20, 2017

Today in Country Music History...April 20, 2017



Willie Nelson uses 4/20--National Weed Day--to formally announce plans to launch Willie's Reserve, his own brand of cannabis. The product will initially be available in Colorado and Washington, the only U.S. states where pot is legal

Eric Church's "Springsteen" goes gold

Jo Dee Messina sings the national anthem before a Nashville Predators playoff game at Bridgestone Arena. Carrie Underwood performs "Cowboy Casanova" during intermission with Vince Gill on guitar. The visiting Anaheim Ducks win, 6-3

Hank Williams, Steve Wariner and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band are added to the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, along with jazz musician Kirk Whalum, Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman and "Ring Of Fire" songwriter Merle Kilgore

Mercury releases Toby Keith's self-titled debut album

The Kentucky HeadHunters go gold with the album "Pickin' On Nashville"

The appropriately named Eddie "Rabbitt" performs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on the White House lawn in Washington, D.C.

The Glen Campbell hit "Southern Nights" goes gold

Singer and guitarist Wade Hayes is born in Bethel Acres, Oklahoma. Traditionally influenced, he scores several hits in the mid-1990s, including "Old Enough To Know Better," "On A Good Night" and "What I Meant To Say"

Singing cowboy Roy Rogers makes his debut as a leading man with the release of "Under Western Stars." Accompanied by Smiley Burnette and his horse, Trigger, Rogers plays a congressman for a drought-stricken state

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