2010 - Trace Adkins signs a recording deal with Toby Keith's Show Dog-Universal Music during a press conference at BMI in Nashville.

 

2006 - Big & Rich's "Comin' To Your City" album is certified gold and platinum.

 

2005 - Columbia announces the signing of Van Zant, featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd vocalist Johnny Van Zant and his 38 Special brother, Donnie.

 

2002 - The first episode of "CMT Crossroads" airs, pairing a country act with a non-country performer. The inaugural show matches "Passionate Kisses" songwriter Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello.

 

1996 - Faith Hill resides at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "It Matters To Me".

 

1996 - Martina McBride makes her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry since becoming a member in November. Terri Clark makes her Opry debut the same evening.

 

1990 - Keith Whitley hits #1 on the Billboard country chart with "It Ain't Nothin'".

 

1981 - Country movie music scores big at the Grammys, as "Urban Cowboy" tracks net four nominations, "Roadie" songs get three, and "Honeysuckle Rose" picks up two. Sissy Spacek gets a nomination for her performance of "Coal Miner's Daughter".

 

1968 - Johnny Cash records the live album "Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison," including his remake of "Folsom Prison Blues," in California with his usual entourage, including June Carter, The Carter Family, Carl Perkins and The Statler Brothers.

 

1962 - Trace Adkins born in Springhill, Louisiana. The deep-voiced, 6'-6" singer earns the Academy of Country Music's Top New Male award, joins the Grand Ole Opry and broadens his audience with a stint on "The Celebrity Apprentice"