Friday, August 18, 2017

Today in Country Music History...August 18, 2017

Sara Evans shoots a "CMT Crossroads" episode with REO Speedwagon at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. The set includes her country hits" A Real Fine Place To Start" and "Born To Fly" and the rock band's signature songs "Take It On The Run" and "Keep On Loving You"
Warner Bros. releases Blake Shelton's "Neon Light" to radio
Highway 101 drummer Cactus Moser is injured when his motorcycle collides with an oncoming car near Hill City, South Dakota. His left leg is amputated as a result of the collision. Wife Wynonna Judd cancels a Canadian tour
Valory releases Reba McEntire's first album for the label, "Keep On Loving You"
Kenny Chesney performs at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Randy Owen, lead singer of the band Alabama, attends the show--the first time he's ever seen a concert as a ticket-holder
DreamWorks releases Toby Keith's "I Love This Bar"
Songwriter/guitarist Brad Tursi is born. In addition to songs for his band Old Dominion, he also pens Tyler Farr's "A Guy Walks Into A Bar" and Kenny Chesney's "Save It For A Rainy Day"
Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn share the top spot on the Billboard country chart with "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man"
Jimmy Dean records the recitation "Big Bad John" at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville
Record producer Allen Reynolds is born in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He produces Crystal Gayle's "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," Kathy Mattea's "Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses" and Garth Brooks' "Friends In Low Places"

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