Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Today in Country Music History...June 21, 2017

Luke Bryan headlines a stadium for the first time at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Support acts include Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Cole Swindell, who reappears during Bryan's set to duet on "This Is How We Roll"

Blake Shelton sings "Honey Bee" on NBC-TV's "The Voice." Contestant Casey Weston serves up a version of "I Will Always Love You"

Carrie Underwood's "Last Name" hits #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

Johnny Cash makes his first public appearance since the funeral for his wife, June Carter. It's also his last public performance. Along with son John Carter Cash, the Man In Black plays for 30 minutes, singing "Folsom Prison Blues," "Ring Of Fire" and his final song on any stage, "Understand Your Man," in Hiltons, Virginia

Jo Dee Messina's "That's The Way" video debuts on CMT

Mercury Records signs Kathy Mattea to her first recording contract

Reba McEntire marries Charlie Battles at the First Baptist Church in Stringtown, Oklahoma. They honeymoon in Texas, where they make time to promote her latest single to radio stations

Allison Moorer is born in Frankville, Alabama. The younger sister of Shelby Lynne, she earns an Oscar nomination for her song "A Soft Place To Fall," included in the movie "The Horse Whisperer"

Guitarist Porter Howell is born in Longview, Texas. He helps found Little Texas, a thick-harmonied vocal group that becomes a major act during the mid-1990s behind the hits "God Blessed Texas," "What Might Have Been" and "Kick A Little"

Kathy Mattea is born in Cross Lanes, West Virginia. Deftly balancing art and commercialism, she nabs a pair of Grammy awards and is twice named the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year

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