This Week in Country Music History: Podcast Launch!

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I wanted to get Country California's After the Beep podcast launched. I also wanted to do another This Week in Country Music History. So, I decided to complete both tasks in one fell swoop. Listen to the podcast version for my impeccable delivery and some bits not included in the text below. If I can be so bold, I'd also recommend subscribing to After the Beep via your pod-listening program or app of choice. The feed can be found at afterthebeep.libsyn.com/rss. This thing's so new that it … [Read more...]

This Week in Country Music History: April 24

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1616 - William Shakespeare, a playwright, dies at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He languishes in obscurity for 378 years until being namechecked in Patty Loveless' "I Try To Think About Elvis." 1926 - Uncle Dave Macon officially joins the Grand Ole Opry. He is inducted by Little Jimmy Dickens. 1931 - Victor releases Jimmie Rodgers' "Mississippi River Blues" and "T.B. Blues." They go on to become important canonical recordings in country music despite not featuring guest vocals … [Read more...]

This Week in Country Music History

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2010 - Jaron And The Long Road To Love debuts on the Grand Ole Opry, which does its best to welcome the Jewish performer by renaming itself the Grand Ole Oy Vey for one night only. 2010 - Promoting her cookbook in an interview with Redbook, Trisha Yearwood remarks that she "loves cheese in everything." This leads to a tense bedroom encounter with Garth later that week. 2009 - RCA releases Martina McBride's alcohol-themed Shine album. 2007 - A Dancing With The Stars judge tells Billy Ray … [Read more...]

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2010 - Willie Nelson is arrested in Texas for possession of six ounces of marijuana. Claims he was only using it to cope with Brian Bandas' impending departure from Love & Theft. 2008 - Hobos don't wear glasses: Zac Brown undergoes Lasik eye surgery in Atlanta. 2006 - After getting married four times in four months, Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson both file for divorce in the span of an hour. Rock goes on to use the common experience of having been married to an international sex symbol to … [Read more...]

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2007 - When Troy Gentry signs autographs in downtown Nashville, he draws a crowd of 400, blocking traffic. Police ask him to move off the street; Gentry threatens to cage and shoot them. 2007 - Sony BMG sends a letter to country radio stations ordering them to stop playing the version of Tracy Lawrence's "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" that features Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, showing a clear prejudice against friendship. Or AutoTune. 2005 - Miranda Lambert collapses after singing … [Read more...]

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2006 – Carrie Underwood graduates magna cum laude from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. “Magna cum laude” is Latin for “better than Taylor Swift.” 2004 – Warner Bros. releases Big & Rich's debut album, Horse Of A Different Color, as part of its pro-leprechaun initiative. 2003 – The Dixie Chicks appear sans clothing on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, fulfilling nobody's lifelong dream of seeing Natalie Maines naked. 2003 – Josh Gracin sings a pair of Bee Gees … [Read more...]

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2010 - Arista Nashville drops Sarah Jessica Parker. 2008 - Rascal Flatts postpones a concert at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. Not very interesting, I'll admit, but I'll never pass up an opportunity to include 'Rascal Flatts' and 'nutter' in the same sentence. 2007 - Troy Gentry is sentenced to three months probation and a $15,000 fine for improperly tagging a captive bear he killed in October 2004. Also, he's not allowed to visit any zoos or marine parks. 2005 - Less than 12 hours … [Read more...]