Country Icon Tragically Killed in Tennessee Plane Crash

March 5th in Country Music History

1963: Music icons Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copus and Hawkshaw Hawkins are tragically killed near Camden, Tennessee when their plane flies into severe weather. 90 miles from their destination, the trio were headed for Nashville in a Piper Comanche piloted by Copas’ son-in-law (and Cline’s manager), Randy Hughes.

1980: The film Coal Miner’s Daughter debutes in Nashville, soon becaming the #1 box office hit in America. The film starred Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn and Tommy Lee Jones as her husband Mooney Lynn.

1983: CMT is launched at 6:19 PM CST

2009: T-Swift makes her primetime television TV acting debut in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Haley Jones. Unfortunately, the singer was stabbed in the heart with a pair of scissors.

2013: Connie Sanders King is charged with both felony and premeditated first-degree murder in the death of country music manager Thomas Colucci at their Coffee County, Tennessee, home.

January 24 in Country Music History

This Day in Country Music History: January 24

2015: Blake Shelton sings “Neon Light” and “Boys ‘Round Here” as the host and musical guest on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”

2010: Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett and George W. Bush are all spotted at the Superdome in New Orleans for the NFC Championship Game, a 31-28 overtime win for the Saints against the Minnesota Vikings

2006: MCA releases Josh Turner’s album “Your Man”

2003: Joe Nichols sets a Grand Ole Opry precedent while performing “Brokenheartsville” at the Ryman Auditorium. A green bra is tossed from the seats as he sings, supposedly the first time an undergarment has ever been thrown on stage in show history

1995: Tucker Beathard is born in Nashville, the son of “Don’t Blink” songwriter Casey Beathard. Tucker earns a hit with his 2016 debut, “Rock On”

1984: Stephen Barker Liles is born in Palm Harbor, Florida. The inspiration for “Hey Stephen” on Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” album, he’s a founding member of Love And Theft, known for its 2009 debut, “Runaway,” and for its 2012 hit “Angel Eyes”

1981: The theme to “9 To 5” takes Dolly Parton to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

1963: Drummer Keech Rainwater is born in Plano, Texas. He joins Lonestar, the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Vocal Group in 1996. The band scores such hits as “No News,” “Amazed” and “I’m Already There”

1954: Musician Glenn Worf is born in Dayton, Ohio. A multiple winner of the Academy of Country Music’s Top Bass award, he plays on several hundred hits by Alan Jackson, George Strait, Faith Hill, Toby Keith and Martina McBride, among others. In addition, he co-produces hits by Miranda Lambert and David Nail

1941: Ray Stevens is born in Clarksdale, Georgia. Though capable of serious recordings such as “Everything Is Beautiful” and “Misty,” he earns a reputation for his comedy efforts, including “The Streak,” “Ahab, The Arab” and “Shriner’s Convention”


Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, Johnny Cash & More

This Day in Country Music History, January 11

RCA releases “Think Of You,” a Chris Young duet with Cassadee Pope, to radio

Taylor Swift is named Favorite Country Artist during the People’s Choice Awards, aired from Los Angeles on CBS

Capitol releases Luke Bryan’s “Rain Is A Good Thing” to radio

Mark Wills begins a six-week stay at the Billboard summit with “19 Somethin'”

Shania Twain’s “Up!” video and Montgomery Gentry’s “Speed” debut on the CMT show “Most Wanted Live”

Kevin Sharp’s remake of The Tony Rich Project’s “Nobody Knows” hits #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s album “Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume 2” receives five Grammy nominations

Johnny Cash & June Carter record the classic “Jackson” at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville

Roger Miller records “Dang Me” and “Chug-A-Lug” at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio on 16th Avenue South in Nashville

Naomi Judd is born in Ashland, Kentucky. Along with daughter Wynonna, The Judds become the pre-eminent duo of the ’80s with harmonies that reflect mountain music and the blues. Chronic hepatitis forces her to halt regular performing in 1991

Newcomers Reinvent ‘Look What You Made Me Do’

Kalie Shorr, Lindsay Ell and Kelleigh Bannen’s reinterpretation of Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” is necessary right now. The trio performed the song as part of CMT’s Next Women of Country event in Nashville on Nov. 7, and you get to enjoy the finished product forever.

Their stripped-down version of the song starts with Shorr on acoustic guitar and a slowed rhythmic singing style that puts the focus on Swift’s powerful lyrics. In comes Bannen on vocals and Ell on guitar. It’s magic.

“Lindsay Ell and Kelleigh Bannen are two of my favorite artists and they both bring something amazingly unique to the table,” Shorr says. “Lindsay is one of the best guitarists in country music and Kelleigh’s lower range is so unmistakably her. I’ve always loved the music they put out and bonding over the arrangement and performance of this was so fun!”

Clips of the women performing at CMT Women of Country event is interspersed with footage of them backstage getting ready. This performance kicked off the show. Afterward, nine new members were inducted into CMT Women of Country 2017 class, including Shorr.

See the video below!

Taylor Swift is Born

On This Day:

Born on December 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania, was Taylor Alison Swift, singer, songwriter, musicican, named by Billboard as most financially successful music artist of 2011, with net earnings of more than $35 million. Her debut single ‘Tim McGraw’ was released in June 2006 and peaked at #6 on the US Country chart. Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of fourteen to pursue a career in country music and became the youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house.

Happy birthday from all of us at KBOE 104.9, T-Swift!  🐍


June 19th: On This Day

On this day in 2006, Taylor Swift released her debut single, “Tim McGraw”, to country radio. The song was the debut single and first published song recorded by Swift and was the lead single from her self-titled debut album.

The single received critical acclaim and helped begin Swift’s rise to fame. It peaked at number six on the US Hot Country Songs chart and number 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The track was Certified Platinum by the RIAA and has sold more than one million copies since its release.


June 7th: On This Day

On this day in 2007, Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut album was Certified Platinum by the RIAA. Taylor Swift was the debut album for the singer, who was just 16 years old at the time.

The album hit #1 on the US Top Country Albums chart and peaked at #5 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The record produced five singles, that all have been Certified Platinum.

Since it’s release, Taylor Swift has been Certified 5x Platinum in the US.


Miranda Lambert is Working on A New Feature Film

Miranda Lambert is teaming up with one of her longtime music video collaborators, Trey Fanjoy, to work on a new feature film titled Something in the Water. According to Deadline, Miranda will take on the role of the executive music producer to oversee the film’s music curation and will also write an original song for its soundtrack. YouTube sensation Grace Helbig has signed on to star in the new comedy, which follows five Southern women who challenge their men to a bass fishing competition. Production for the film will take place in Nashville later this year.


  • The project will mark the feature debut from director Fanjoy, who has worked with everyone from Taylor Swift to Keith Urban.
  • Some of Lambert’s Fanjoy-directed videos include “Kerosene,” “The House That Built Me,” “Vice” and “Somethin” Bad” with Carrie Underwood.


Lady A Wants To Record A Taylor Swift Song

Given the success Little Big Town’s single, “Better Man,” has had so far, there’s little doubt that other artists are also interested in releasing a Taylor Swift-penned song to radio. One of those interested groups is Lady Antebellum, who recently talked to Billboard about the prospect of recording a song written by Swift. Hillary Scott said, “I mean honestly Taylor, call us. Like, we’re up for whatever. Let’s go.”


Charles Kelley said they’d probably want Taylor to pen “a nostalgic song” for them, but there’s something else they want, too. Kelley jokes, “I hope it would be No.1. That’s all I want. It better go No. 1 though. If we cut a song and it goes like No. 2, I’m going to be so disappointed.”



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