Sunday, July 30, 2017

Today in Country Music History...July 30, 2017

Eli Young Band vocalist Mike Eli and his wife, Kacey, welcome their first daughter, Kline Olivia Diaz, in Dallas
Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem" hits #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
Alan Jackson nabs a gold album for "Good Time"
Kenny Chesney plays Pittsburgh's Heinz Field with opening acts Gretchen Wilson, Pat Green, Keith Urban and Uncle Kracker. The concert--including performances of "Young," "Anything But Mine" and "I Go Back"--is shot for inclusion in an ABC Thanksgiving special, "Kenny Chesney: Somewhere In The Sun"
The Julia Roberts/Richard Gere movie, "Runaway Bride," opens in theaters, featuring music from The Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride, U2, Shawn Colvin, Billy Joel and Eric Clapton, among others
Alabama becomes the first country act to go quadruple-platinum, as the albums "Mountain Music" and "Feels So Right" are certified for shipments of 4 million copies. "The Closer You Get" goes triple-platinum
Johnny Cash records the Carl Perkins-penned "Daddy Sang Bass" at the Columbia Recording Studios on Music Row in Nashville, with The Statler Brothers and Jan Howard providing additional voices
Banjo player Ron Block is born in California. He joins Alison Krauss + Union Station in 1991, performing on "When You Say Nothing At All," plus The Soggy Bottom Boys' "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" and Vince Gill's "High Lonesome Sound"
Neal McCoy is born in Jacksonville, Texas. Known for such mid-1990s recordings as "No Doubt About It" and "Wink," he garners more acclaim for his energetic stage show, earning Entertainer of the Year twice in the TNN/Music City News awards
Johnny Cash records the first version of "Folsom Prison Blues," plus "Luther Played The Boogie" and "So Doggone Lonesome" at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis

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