Monday, October 23, 2017

Today in Country Music History...October 23, 2017

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2015
Arista releases the Carrie Underwood album "Storyteller"
2010
Blake Shelton becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry. For his big night, he performs "All About Tonight," "She Wouldn't Be Gone" and "Home" and duets with Trace Adkins on "Hillbilly Bone"
2007
Rounder releases "Raising Sand," an album matching Alison Krauss with Led Zeppelin founder Robert Plant
2004
George Strait's "I Hate Everything" takes a seat at #1 in Billboard
2001
Big Kenny and John Rich join two other solo artists to initiate the MuzikMafia shows at Nashville's Pub Of Love. The MuzikMafia grows on the Music City club scene, leading to recording contracts for both Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson
1996
Buck Owens opens his Crystal Palace, a club in Bakersfield, California
1992
Roy Acuff performs on both shows at the Grand Ole Opry. It proves to be his final appearance on the program
1972
Jimmy Wayne is born in Cleveland County, North Carolina. Following his 2003 debut, he nets his first #1 in 2008 with "Do You Believe Me Now" and calls attention to teen homelessness with a 2010 walk from Nashville to Phoenix
1956
Dwight Yoakam is born in Pikeville, Kentucky. With an edgy vocal style and a proclivity for roots music, he becomes one of country's most creative forces, augmenting such iconic hits as "Honky Tonk Man," "Ain't That Lonely Yet" and "Fast As You" with a side career as an actor
1939
Bill Monroe auditions for the Grand Ole Opry at the WSM Radio studios in downtown Nashville, performing "Foggy Mountain Top," "Mule Skinner Blues" and "Fire On The Mountain." He passes the audition and debuts five days later 
 

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