Friday, May 5, 2017

Today in Country Music History...May 5, 2017

Mercury releases Chris Stapleton's debut solo album, "Traveller"

Miranda Lambert receives six nominations to top the list as the CMT Music Awards finalists are announced

Dolly Parton receives a Tony nomination in New York City for Best Original Score for "9 To 5: The Musical"

Jason Aldean and Bryan Adams shoot a "CMT Crossroads" installment at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. Included on the set list: "Johnny Cash," "Amarillo Sky," "Summer Of '69" and "Cuts Like A Knife"

More than 25,000 gather in Indio, California, for the first day of the Stagecoach Music Festival. George Strait and Alan Jackson top a 25-act bill with Willie Nelson, Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen, Earl Scruggs, Jason Michael Carroll and Sara Evans

Blake Shelton sings "Austin" during his debut on the Grand Ole Opry

Faith Hill takes four trophies in the 34th annual Academy of Country Music awards on CBS from Los Angeles. She wins Single Record and Video of the Year, for "This Kiss"; claims Top Female Vocalist; and shares Vocal Event with Tim McGraw, for "Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me"

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have their first baby, Gracie Katherine McGraw. At age nine, she becomes part of the children's chorus at the close of Dad's hit single "Last Dollar (Fly Away)"

Vince and Janis Gill have a daughter, Jenny Gill, in Los Angeles

Virginia Wynette Pugh--alias Tammy Wynette--is born in Itawamba County, Mississippi. The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, nicknamed the First Lady of Country Music, succeeds with a pain-soaked vocal style, exemplified in "Another Lonely Song," "'Til I Get It Right" and "Stand By Your Man"

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