Country Music Takes An Alternate Route To Guitar Town This Day In Country Music – January 17th (Video)
2010 – Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett win Best Original Song, for “The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart),” during the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
2006 – Sugarland posts a message on its website announcing Kristen Hall is leaving the trio to concentrate on songwriting.
2000 – Garth Brooks is named artist of the decade for the ’90s during the American Music Awards at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. He also wins trophies for favorite male country artist and favorite country album, for “Sevens.” Shania Twain nets two.
1998 – Tim McGraw begins a six-week residency at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Just To See You Smile”.
1995 – BNA releases Alison Krauss + Union Station’s “When You Say Nothing At All”.
1982 – Amanda Wilkinson born in Belleville, Ontario. The Canadian singer joins with father Steve and brother Tyler to yield tight harmonies with the release of The Wilkinsons’ sentimental 1998 single “26 Cents”.
1981 – Eddie Rabbitt’s “I Love A Rainy Night” hits #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
1973 – Epic releases Charlie Rich’s “Behind Closed Doors”.
1971 – Bob Ritchie, better-known as rap-rocker Kid Rock, born in Dearborn, Michigan. He befriends the likes of Hank Williams Jr., Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, and earns country awards nominations for his duet with Sheryl Crow, “Picture”.
1955 – Steve Earle is born at the Army hospital in Fort Monroe, Virginia. His gritty 1986 album “Guitar Town” album becomes an influential signpost for the alt-country movement.
Music video by Steve Earle performing Guitar Town. (C) 1985 MCA Nashville, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.