12/13/17 – Day in the Country

This Day in Country Music History, December 13
Dolly Parton’s “Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit For The My People Fund” raises $9 million for fire victims in East Tennessee. The lineup includes Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johson, Big & Rich, Reba McEntire, Chris Janson and Chris Young. LoCash sings “I Love This Life,” and Parton duets with Kenny Rogers on “Islands In The Stream”
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill receive the Nashville Symphony’s Harmony Award at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Song are announced for “For You,” written by Keith Urban and Monty Powell; and “Safe & Sound,” by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams and T Bone Burnett. Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere receive acting nominations for their roles on ABC’s “Nashville”
Josh and Jennifer Turner have their third son, Crawford Marion Turner, in Nashville
The Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line” earns multiple nominations in the Golden Globe awards. Dolly Parton gets a Best Song nod for “Travelin’ Thru,” from “Transamerica,” and Bernie Taupin scores for a “Brokeback Mountain” song performed by Emmylou Harris
Brenda Lee and Chet Atkins are announced as 2002 inductees in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Rockers with country ties also joining: Gene Pitney, Tom Petty, Isaac Hayes and Stax Records founder James Stewart
Taylor Swift is born in Reading, Pennsylvania. The multi-platinum singer/songwriter wins the Grammy for Album of the Year with “Fearless” and earns the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year twice before turning 22
John Anderson is born in Orlando, Florida. Borrowing vocally from Lefty Frizzell, he earns the Country Music Association’s Horizon award in 1983 and nets hits with “Swingin’,” “Money In The Bank” and “Straight Tequila Night”
Randy Owen is born in Fort Payne, Alabama. He becomes the lead singer for Alabama, whose blend of country and Southern rock yields numerous gold and platinum honors and a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame
Buck White, of The Whites, is born in Oklahoma City. Along with daughters Cheryl and Sharon, he earns bluegrass-inflected hits in the early-1980s with “Hangin’ Around,” “You Put The Blue In Me” and “Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling”