Sunday, February 18, 2018

Today in Country Music History...February 18, 2018 (Chris Stapleton debut at Ryman Auditorium)

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Chris Stapleton headlines for the first time at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, launching a three-night stand at the venue. The set includes versions of "Nobody To Blame," "I Ain't Living Long Like This" and "Tennessee Whiskey," plus a surprise appearance by The SteelDrivers

Toby Keith and Bobby Braddock are announced as 2015 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees. Also in the class are Cyndi Lauper, Willie Dixon, Linda Perry, Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter

Warner Bros. releases Cole Swindell's self-titled debut album

Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson take part in the Krewe of Endymion Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans

Lady Antebellum collects a double-platinum single for "Need You Now"

Six years after production began on the sitcom, "Reba" airs for the last time on the CW. Originally running on the WB, the series uses Reba McEntire's "I'm A Survivor" as its theme song

Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner perform together for the first time since their 1974 breakup, while taping an episode of "Dolly!" at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House

Sean Watkins is born in Vista, California. He joins Nickel Creek, a youthful bluegrass group that incorporates a wide range of influences, earning numerous Grammy nominations and a pair of gold albums

Songwriter/guitarist Trevor Rosen is born in Woodhaven, Michigan. In addition to songs by his band, Old Dominion, he also pens Blake Shelton's "Sangria," William Michael Morgan's "I Met A Girl," The Band Perry's "Better Dig Two" and Dierks Bentley's "Say You Do"

Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan record "Girl From The North Country" at the Columbia Studio in Nashville for Dylan's album "Nashville Skyline." Among the unreleased performances are "T For Texas," "That's All Right" and "You Are My Sunshine"

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