This Day in Country Music History: Brad Paisley Releases His First No. 1 Single

On this day in 1999, Brad Paisley released his first No.1 single with “He Didn’t Have To Be.” The single was off his album, Who Needs Pictures and was the story of Paisley‘s frequent co-writer Kelley Lovelace and Lovelace’s stepson, McCain Merren. The debut album also produced a Top 20 hit with “Me Neither” and … Read more

This Day in Country Music History: Blake Shelton Joins The Opry

On this day in 2010, Blake Shelton celebrated his induction as the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. Blake was formally inducted by Trace Adkins into the Opry and for his big night, he performed “All About Tonight,” “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” and “Home” and a duet with Adkins on “Hillbilly Bone.” He said … Read more

This Day in Country Music History: Kenny Chesney Gets First No. 1

Every country music star has to start somewhere, and Kenny Chesney got his first big start after releasing “She’s Got it All.” This song marked Chesney’s first time achieving the top spot on Billboard’s Top Country chart. Since his first hit, he’s added an addition 22 No. 1 hits. The 1997 hit comes from his … Read more

This Day in Country Music: The Perfect Country and Western Song

On this day in 1974, some 40 years ago, David Allan Coe recorded what has been called the perfect country song, “You Never Even Called Me By Name.” Written by John Prine and Steve Goodman, the song was Coe’s first Top 10 hit and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard charts. Legend has it … Read more

This Day in Country Music History: George Strait Knows Us Better Than That

George Strait is one of the most well known figures in country music. Actually, he is country music. He truly emanates the lifestyle in everything that he does, whether it be his music, his participation in rodeo, or his attire, he is authentic country. This day, 23 years ago, his hit song “You Know Me … Read more

This Day in Country Music History: Reba McEntire and Patsy Cline Reach the Top Spot

August 7th was an iconic day in the careers of two of the leading ladies of country music. In 2004, Reba’s single, “Somebody,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Music Charts. Reba has done movies and TV shows, but her heart lies where she started– country music. She is definitely one of the most … Read more

This Day in Country Music: Blake Shelton Releases Debut Album

Country music superstar Blake Shelton is celebrating the 13th anniversary of his debut album, Blake Shelton. Released on July 31, 2001, through Giant Records, the album was certified gold and produced various Billboard hits, including some old favorites like “Austin” and “Ol’ Red.” His first single, “Austin,” spent five weeks at No. 1 and is … Read more

This Day in Country Music History: Kenny Chesney Spends 7 Weeks at the Top

Kenny Chesney’s fifth No.1 single, “The Good Stuff,” hit number one on the Billboard country charts on this day in 2002. “The Good Stuff,” proved to be great and managed to maintain its position in the top spot for the next 7 weeks! Wow! Not surprisingly, Billboard named “The Good Stuff” as the top country … Read more

This Day in Country Music History: Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Top the Charts

On July 23, 1983, some of our favorite outlaws reached the top spot on the Billboard country music chart with their collaboration, “Pancho and Lefty.” Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard chose this song to be the title track on their duet album. Originally written by Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard brought the … Read more