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A Visit To Iraq, A Train That’s Black And Ronnie Milsap This Day In Country Music History June 1st

2009 – Joe Nichols begins his first tour of U.S. military bases in Iraq.

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2006 – Josh Turner claims the first two gold singles of his career, for “Long Black Train” and “Your Man”.

2002 – Mary Chapin Carpenter marries contractor Timmy Smith in Batesville, Virginia. In attendance: Terri Clark, actor Sissy Spacek, rocker Dave Matthews, and songwriters Beth Nielsen Chapman and Annie Roboff.

1999 – Arista releases Brad Paisley’s debut album, “Who Needs Pictures”.

1994 – Restless Heart performs at the opening of The Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Marty Stuart and Tanya Tucker. Among the acts that become the house band at the venue: Lonestar, Ricochet and Sons of the Desert.

1993 – Sawyer Brown receives its first gold album, for “The Dirt Road”.

1991 – Diamond Rio scores its first #1 single on the Billboard country chart with “Meet In The Middle”.

1974 – Ronnie Milsap earns the first #1 single of his career with “Pure Love,” written by Eddie Rabbitt.

1964 – Dolly Parton moves to Nashville a day after her high school graduation, and meets her future husband, Carl Dean, at a Laundromat.

1953 – Ronnie Dunn born in Coleman, Oklahoma. The lanky singer teams with Kix Brooks to form the harmony-laden Brooks & Dunn, whose mix of honky-tonk with rock influences makes them the dominant duo in country from 1991 until their split in 2010.

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