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Scotty McCreery has a surprise visitor, Randy Travis, when he performs at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth. McCreery sings "Forever And Ever, Amen" during the show
Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan shoot the video for "This Is How We Roll" in the desert near San Diego, California
Rodney Atkins' "Watching You" commands the top position on the Billboard country singles chart for the first of four straight weeks
Monument releases The Dixie Chicks' first major label album, "Wide Open Spaces." It marks the reactivation of the label, dormant since 1983
Garth Brooks outpaces his country compadres at the American Music Awards, winning three trophies, including Favorite Country Album, for "No Fences." Wynonna makes her debut as a solo artist, singing "She Is His Only Need"
"(Old Dogs-Children And) Watermelon Wine" takes Tom T. Hall to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
Tracy Lawrence is born in Atlanta, Texas. The deep-voiced singer notches a string of 1990s hits that features "Sticks And Stones," "Time Marches On" and "Alibis." He earns additional hits, including "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," the next decade
Johnny Horton records "The Battle Of New Orleans" during an evening session at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio on Nashville's Music Row
RCA releases Elvis Presley's first single with the label, "Heartbreak Hotel"
Rhythm guitarist Richard Young, of The Kentucky HeadHunters, is born in Glasgow, Kentucky. The rock-influenced band wins the Country Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year honor in 1990 and '91