Friday, February 2, 2018

Today in Country Music History...February 2, 2018 (Luke Bryan authors "Fast" + more)

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Luke Bryan authors "Fast" with songwriters Luke Laird and Rodney Clawson at Creative Nation, a publishing company owned by Laird on Nashville's Music Row

On the eve of the Super Bowl, Rascal Flatts and Journey team up for a live installment of "CMT Crossroads" from the Sugar Mill in New Orleans. The hour includes "Life Is A Highway," "Fast Cars And Freedom" and "Don't Stop Believin'"

Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow shoot concert footage for the movie "Country Strong" at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. The Lost Trailers perform for extras during the day

Brad Paisley's "Letter To Me" occupies the #1 position on the Billboard country chart, where it remains the rest of the month

Willie Nelson agrees to pay $9 million of the $16.7 million he owes the Internal Revenue Service in a meeting at the IRS office in Austin, Texas. More than $3 million of that figure has already been paid

Blaine Larsen is born in Tacoma, Washington. He releases his debut album shortly before his 19th birthday, landing his first hit with a song about suicide, "How Do You Get That Lonely." He also co-writes George Strait's "I Gotta Get To You"

Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam XI at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium, joined by Kris Kristofferson, Tom Wopat, Little Richard, Nicolette Larson, Alabama, Ted Nugent, Bill Medley, Lacy J. Dalton, Gail Davies, Eddy Raven, Emmylou Harris and Amy Grant, among others

George Strait records his first hit, "Unwound," at Music City Music Hall in Nashville

Dolly Parton's "Jolene" goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart

Howard Bellamy is born in Darby, Florida. Along with sibling David, The Bellamy Brothers net over 25 hits from 1979-1990, employing baby-boomer themes and double entendres. They earn 17 CMA nominations as a duo or group, but never win

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