This date is a very important day in Country music. June 30th marks the making of the first Country music record and the passing of a legend.
2009 - Arista releases Brad Paisley's album "American Saturday Night".

 

2005 - Josh Gracin's "Stay With Me (Brass Bed)" video and Craig Morgan's "Redneck Yacht Club" debut on CMT.

 

2005 - Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney gets engaged to Tiffany Fallon while aboard a cruise ship in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

 

2004 - Brad Paisley's Rick Schroder-directed video for "Whiskey Lullaby," his duet with Alison Krauss, debuts on CMT

 

2001 - Chet Atkins dies at home after a long bout with cancer. An influential guitarist and producer who helped create "The Nashville Sound," he entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973 and earned a Lifetime Achievement award from the Grammys.

 

1995 - Garth Brooks receives a star in front of Capitol Records on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He buries the masters to "The Hits" underneath the star.

 

1993 - Kenny Chesney signs his first recording contract, with Capricorn Records.

 

1987 - RCA releases K.T. Oslin's "80's Ladies" album.

 

1963 - Guitarist Dwayne O'Brien born in Ada, Oklahoma. He joins the harmony-rich Little Texas, performing on the pop-influenced singles "What Might Have Been," "You And Forever And Me" and "God Blessed Texas".

 

1922 - The first Country record is made in New York, by Eck Robertson and Henry Gilliland. The two collaborate on "Arkansas Traveller".  Today's video features Chet Atkins (who passed on this day) performing the song that was recorded as the first Country music record.