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A Big Day For Brad And A Great Loss For Country This Day In Country Music – June 30th

2009  – Arista releases Brad Paisley’s album “American Saturday Night”.

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2005 – Josh Gracin’s “Stay With Me (Brass Bed)” video and Craig Morgan’s “Redneck Yacht Club” debut on CMT.


2005  – Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney gets engaged to Tiffany Fallon while aboard a cruise ship in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.


2004 – Brad Paisley’s Rick Schroder-directed video for “Whiskey Lullaby,” his duet with Alison Krauss, debuts on CMT.


2001 – Chet Atkins dies at home after a long bout with cancer. An influential guitarist and producer who helped create “The Nashville Sound,” he entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973 and earned a Lifetime Achievement award from the Grammys.


1995 – Garth Brooks receives a star in front of Capitol Records on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He buries the masters to “The Hits” underneath the star.


1993 – Kenny Chesney signs his first recording contract, with Capricorn Records.


1987 – RCA releases K.T. Oslin’s “80’s Ladies” album.


1963 – Guitarist Dwayne O’Brien born in Ada, Oklahoma. He joins the harmony-rich Little Texas, performing on the pop-influenced singles “What Might Have Been,” “You And Forever And Me” and “God Blessed Texas”.


1922 – The first country record is made in New York, by Eck Robertson and Henry Gilliland. The two collaborate on “Arkansas Traveller”.

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