It may seem like it's always glitz and glam for country music's biggest stars, but they didn't all come by their storytelling ability naturally. Sadly, many singers have encountered great tragedies in their lives, or have overcome sharp odds to get where they are today.
1986 - Singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe born in Knoxville. She writes Jason Aldean's 2009 single "The Truth" and Miranda Lambert's "Heart Like Mine." She also joins Lambert and Angaleena Presley in the band Pistol Annies.
2010 - Lady Antebellum nabs six nominations for "Need You Now" in the 53rd annual Grammy awards, including Record, Song and Album of the Year, plus Best Country Song, Country Album and Country Performance by a Duo or Group.
2008 - Garth Brooks, clad in a Mets jersey, is a surprise guest at the final concert at New York's Shea Stadium, singing "Shameless" with the night's attraction, Billy Joel. Also making appearances: Steven Tyler, Roger Daltrey and Paul McCartney...