Thursday, May 11, 2017

Today in Country Music History...May 11, 2017

Dierks Bentley's "Drunk On A Plane" video premieres

Willie Nelson receives an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, along with Carole King and Annie Lennox

Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Carrie Underwood earn three nominations apiece in the CMT Music Awards

Ronnie Milsap and Los Lonely Boys combine talents in Franklin, Tennessee, during a taping of "CMT Crossroads." The set list includes "Stranger In My House," "It Was Almost Like A Song," "All Is Fair In Love And War" and "Smoky Mountain Rain"

Epic releases Gretchen Wilson's debut album, "Here For The Party"

Steve Wariner joins the Grand Ole Opry

Brooks & Dunn claim three honors during the NBC telecast of the 28th annual Academy Of Country Music awards from Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre: Top Vocal Duet; Single Record of the Year, for "Boot Scootin' Boogie"; and Album of the Year, for "Brand New Man"

George Strait's "If I Know Me" stops at #1 on the Billboard country chart

Bass player Keith West is born in Huntsville, Alabama. He joins Heartland, providing background vocals on the band's 2006 single "I Loved Her First"

Alabama drummer Mark Herndon is born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He joins the Hall of Fame band in 1979, just prior to its launch into country's mainstream. Herndon is a live fixture with the group, though he rarely plays on its recordings

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