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Runaway Bride Brings Country to the Big Screen This Day in Country Music – July 30th (Video)

1999 – The Julia Roberts/Richard Gere movie, “Runaway Bride,” opens in theaters, featuring music from The Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride, U2, Shawn Colvin, Billy Joel and Eric Clapton, among others.


2012 – Eli Young Band vocalist Mike Eli and his wife, Kacey, welcome their first daughter, Kline Olivia Diaz, in Dallas.


2008 – Alan Jackson nabs a gold album for “Good Time”.


2007 – Rodney Atkins receives a diploma from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, 14 years after he stopped taking classes. School officials discovered he’d racked up enough hours of credit to qualify for a newly created degree.


2005 – Kenny Chesney performs at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. The concert is shot for inclusion in an ABC Thanksgiving special, “Kenny Chesney: Somewhere In The Sun”.


1985 – Alabama becomes the first country act to go quadruple-platinum, as the “Mountain Music” and “Feels So Right” albums are certified for shipments of 4 million copies. “The Closer You Get” goes triple-platinum.


1968 – Johnny Cash records the Carl Perkins-penned “Daddy Sang Bass” at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, with The Statler Brothers and Jan Howard providing additional voices.


1964 – Banjo player Ron Block born in California. He joins Alison Krauss + Union Station in 1991, performing on “When You Say Nothing At All,” plus The Soggy Bottom Boys’ “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow” and Vince Gill’s “High Lonesome Sound”.


1958 – Neal McCoy born in Jacksonville, Texas. Known for such mid-1990s recordings such as “No Doubt About It” and “Wink,” he garners more acclaim for his energetic stage show, earning Entertainer of the Year twice in the TNN/Music City News awards.


1955 – Johnny Cash records his first version of “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Luther Played The Boogie” and “So Doggone Lonesome” at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis.

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