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8/11/2013 A story in New York magazine introduces the phrase “bro country” to describe modern songs about testosterone-filled tailgate parties and alcohol-fueled hookups. None of the acts labelled bro country–including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line–takes a shine to the term
8/11/2010 Buck Owens has a star added to the Bakersfield Walk of Fame at the Fox Theater
8/11/2010 Strangely, oddly true: Taylor Swift is voted by fans as a new member of the International Bowling Hall of Fame
8/11/2008 Steel player Don Helms dies of an apparent heart attack at Nashville’s Skyline Medical Center. The last of the original Drifting Cowboys, he appeared on hits by Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Ray Price and Loretta Lynn
8/11/2001 Blake Shelton picks up his first #1 single in Billboard with “Austin,” which remains at the top for five weeks
8/11/1999 John Michael Montgomery picks up a platinum album, for his “Greatest Hits”
8/11/1998 The Dixie Chicks get the first of their chicken-feet tattoos, inked into their own feet each time they receive a #1 single or a gold album
8/11/1995 Reba McEntire’s “Greatest Hits II” becomes her first quadruple-platinum release, while “Read My Mind,” “For My Broken Heart” and “Reba McEntire’s Greatest Hits” all reach triple-platinum. “The Last One To Know” also earns a platinum album
8/11/1994 Neal McCoy earns his first gold album, for “No Doubt About It”
8/11/1994 John Michael Montgomery scores his first double-platinum album, with “Kickin’ It Up”
8/11/1993 Alan Jackson is awarded a double-platinum album by the RIAA for “A Lot About Livin’ (And A Little ‘Bout Love)”
8/11/1992 The Charlie Daniels Band earns a double-platinum album, with “A Decade Of Hits”
8/11/1988 Willie Nelson is honored with a black-tie event at Nashville’s Opryland Hotel, as the “Stardust” album marks 10 years on the Billboard country album chart
8/11/1988 Alabama racks up its 10th gold album with “Live”
8/11/1987 The “Hank Live” album brings a gold record to Hank Williams Jr.
8/11/1984 Gary Morris makes his Grand Ole Opry debut, singing “Velvet Chains,” “Wind Beneath My Wings” and–following an encore–“The Love She Found In Me”
8/11/1979 Eddie Rabbitt’s “Suspicions” reigns at #1 on the Billboard country chart
8/11/1952 Grand Ole Opry manager Jim Denny fires Hank Williams from the Opry after the troubled singer, already on thin ice, missed an August 9 Opry appearance
8/11/1951 Hank Williams hits #1 in Billboard’s country chart with “Hey, Good Lookin'”
8/11/1949 Bass player Dan “Bee” Spears is born in the San Antonio area. Beginning in 1968, he spends more than 40 years in Willie Nelson’s Family Band, appearing on such hits as “Whiskey River,” “Blue Skies” and “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain”
8/11/1946 John Conlee is born in Versailles, Kentucky. After careers as a mortician and a disc jockey, his 1978 single “Rose Colored Glasses” starts a 10-year string of blue-collar singles. He joins the Grand Ole Opry in 1981
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