Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Today in Country Music History...August 2, 2017

Dierks Bentley plays the Lollapalooza rock festival at Grant Park in Chicago, where fans wear T-shirts asking "Who the hell is Dierks Bentley?" He bookends his set with covers: "Lonesome On'ry And Mean" and "Folsom Prison Blues"
The "Cars" soundtrack is certified gold. Among its tracks: Brad Paisley's "Behind The Clouds" and "Find Yourself," Rascal Flatts' "Life Is A Highway," and music by Hank Williams, James Taylor, Joey Miskulin, Sheryl Crow and Chuck Berry
ABC airs "CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party," with Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban, Jo Dee Messina, Ricky Skaggs, Dierks Bentley, Sugarland, Earl Scruggs, Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn's "Red Dirt Road" beats a path to #1 on the Billboard country chart
Montgomery Gentry's "Hell Yeah" video debuts on CMT's "Most Wanted Live," with cameo appearances by Troy Gentry's wife, Angie, and songwriter Jeffrey Steele
Jerrod Niemann visits Nashville for the first time, one month before he moves permanently from Texas
Reprise releases Dwight Yoakam's album "Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room"
George Strait makes a stop at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her"
"One For The Road," a duet album featuring Willie Nelson & Leon Russell, goes gold
Songwriter Hank Cochran is born in Isola, Mississippi. His credits include Vern Gosdin's "Set 'Em Up Joe," Patsy Cline's "I Fall To Pieces," George Strait's "Ocean Front Property" and Eddy Arnold's "Make The World Go Away," among others. Cochran joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014

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