Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Billboard Country album chart with It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad). The title track was the lead off single which also reached #1 and gave Haggard his thirteenth #1 on the country chart.
Winners at this years American Music Awards included: Loretta Lynn, Glen Campbell, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John and The Eagles. Johnny Cash became the first country artist to win the Award of Merit.
Born on this day, was Tyler Hubbard, Country pop artist who is one half of the platinum-selling duo Florida Georgia Line who scored the 2012 Country #1 album Here’s to the Good Times. He shared the New Artist of the Year Award from the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2013.
Alabama released their twelfth studio album Southern Star. The album produced four singles, “Song of the South”, “High Cotton”, the title track and “If I Had You”, all of which reached #1 on the Hot Country Singles charts between 1989 and 1990.
The Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line received five Oscar nominations, with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon up for best actor and actress.
Taylor Swift became the youngest country music artist and also the youngest person to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for her album Fearless. Swift also won three more awards that night for Best Country Album (Fearless), Best Female Country Vocal Performance (“White Horse”), and Best Country Song (“White Horse”).
Randy Travis pleaded guilty to his August 7 incident (when he was found lying in the road, unclothed and smelling of alcohol). He received two years probation, a $2,000 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence.
Dolly Parton released het forty-fourth solo studio album Blue Smoke. The album logged her best debut rank on Top Country Albums in 23 years, entering at #2. The album also includes a new recording of “From Here to the Moon and Back” with Willie Nelson, which was also on Nelson’s 2013 album, To All the Girls…
Harold Bradley the American country and pop guitarist died age 93. As a session musician into the 1970s, he performed on hundreds of albums by country stars such as Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and Slim Whitman. Bradley was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. A Country Music Hall of Fame member, he is believed to be the most recorded instrumentalist in history.