Out Of Small Town USA And Into National Radio This Day In Country Music – January 9th
2009 – Valory releases Justin Moore’s “Small Town USA” to radio. The song references Hank Williams Jr., David Allan Coe and “Sweet Home Alabama”.
2007 – Rascal Flatts’ “Life Is A Highway” earns two People’s Choice awards in California, while Carrie Underwood also comes up a double-winner on the CBS telecast. Also taking trophies: Kenny Chesney and Bon Jovi’s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”.
2004 – Emmylou Harris and Dave Matthews are paired when the latest installment of the Radney Foster-hosted “CMT Crossroads” airs.
2001 – “Just The Same” becomes Terri Clark’s second platinum album.
2000 – Shania Twain takes the People’s Choice award for Favorite Female Musical Performer in a CBS-broadcast ceremony from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California.
1990 – Willie Nelson’s “Stardust” album is certified quadruple-platinum.
1982 – A five-mile stretch of Gallatin Road in Hendersonville, Tennessee, is renamed the Johnny Cash Parkway on a Saturday in sub-zero temperatures.
1961 – The Johnny Horton classic “North To Alaska” goes to #1 in Billboard.
1960 – Without fanfare, Patsy Cline becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
1951 – Brenda Gayle Webb, Loretta Lynn’s youngest sister, born in Paintsville, Kentucky. She adopts the stage name Crystal Gayle, and her pop-influenced country earns a string of hits, including the million-selling “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”.