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"Like the great George freakin' Strait/I'm the king of gettin' unwound": Arista releases Brad Paisley's "Crushin' It" to radio
Jake Owen breaks his collarbone skiing in Crested Butte, Colorado, forcing the cancellation of several concerts
Big & Rich's album "Comin' To Your City" is certified gold and platinum
The first episode of "CMT Crossroads" airs, pairing a country act with a non-country performer. The inaugural show matches "Passionate Kisses" songwriter Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello
Faith Hill resides at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "It Matters To Me"
Martina McBride makes her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry since becoming a member in November. Terri Clark makes her Opry debut the same evening
Keith Whitley hits #1 on the Billboard country chart with "It Ain't Nothin'"
Country movie music scores big at the Grammys, as "Urban Cowboy" tracks net four nominations, "Roadie" songs get three, and "Honeysuckle Rose" picks up two. Sissy Spacek gets a nomination for her performance of "Coal Miner's Daughter"
Johnny Cash records the live album "Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison" in California, remaking "Folsom Prison Blues" in the process. Cash employs his usual entourage, including June Carter, The Carter Family, Carl Perkins and The Statler Brothers
Trace Adkins is born in Springhill, Louisiana. The deep-voiced, 6'-6" singer earns the Academy of Country Music's Top New Male award, joins the Grand Ole Opry and broadens his audience with a stint on "The Celebrity Apprentice"