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Little Big Town Gets A Little Bigger And Rodney Atkins Goes Through Hell This Day In Country Music – November 18th

2006 – Little Big Town’s Kimberly Roads marries Stephen Schlapman on a Caribbean island. Witnessing the moment are her bandmates: Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook–who married each other six months earlier–and Phillip Sweet.

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2006 – Rodney Atkins scores his first gold album, for “If You’re Going Through Hell”.


2005 – Lee Ann Womack collects a gold album for “There’s More Where That Came From”.


2003 – The latest episode of “CMT Crossroads” debuts, pairing Dolly Parton with Melissa Etheridge. Radney Foster hosts.


1992 – Marty Stuart joins the Grand Ole Opry, the first new member added after the death of Roy Acuff.


1972 – Charlie Rich records “Behind Closed Doors” in Nashville.


1964 – Connie Smith’s debut single, “Once A Day,” goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.


1964 – Willie Nelson makes his Grand Ole Opry debut.


1955 – Kristine Oliver born in Manhattan Beach, California. Along with older sister Janis Gill, Oliver–later Arnold–forms Sweethearts Of The Rodeo, who hit in the 1980s with a rockabilly-tinged sound, although they opt for a bluegrass stance in later years.


1925 – “The WSM Barn Dance” begins broadcasting in Nashville, with a one-hour performance by Uncle Jimmy Thompson. It’s later renamed the Grand Ole Opry. Thompson’s first-night songs include “When You And I Were Young Maggie”.


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