TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
Texas Jim Robertson was born in 1909.
Hardrock Gunter was born in 1925.
Chuck Glaser was born in 1936.
Yodeling singer Slim Whitman kicked off his first British tour in 1956.
Marty Robbins began a 10-week run at No,1 with "Don't Worry" in 1961.
Alan Jackson's "Here In The Real World" was released in 1990.
Emmylou Harris was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards luncheon in 1996.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHNNY CASH
Johnny Cash celebrated his 70th birthday Tuesday and the Man in Black says he isn't bowing out just yet.
Despite a string of recent ailments (he's been diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy), a near-death bout with pneumonia and more than half-a-dozen trips to the hospital since 1998, E! Online quotes the music legend saying he's feeling better, he's finishing work on another new album and he may even perform again.
"I've felt really good these last few months, better than I've felt in the last three years," he said, adding that he may want to perform again "on some limited basis" after he recently sang "The Ballad of Annie Palmer" at a banquet in Jamaica for the Horatio Alger Awards Committee.
"I think -- I hope and pray -- that all the pneumonia is behind me," Cash said. "It almost devastated me. Now I'm mending and gaining strength every day and feeling good."
Sony is planning a yearlong celebration of the legendary singer's 70th birthday, releasing a two-disc, 36-song compilation titled "The Essential Johnny Cash" and reissuing five albums not previously available on CD in the United States -- "The Fabulous Johnny Cash" (1959), "Hymns by Johnny Cash" (1959), "Ride This Train" (1960), "Orange Blossom Special" (1965) and "Carryin' On with Johnny Cash and June Carter a.k.a. Jackson" (1967).
Alison Krauss has five nominations and Lucinda Williams, four, going into Wednesday night's 44th annual Grammy Awards. The bluegrass soundtrack album from the movie "O, Brother, Where Art Thou?" is up for album of the year at the ceremonies that'll air live on CBS-TV from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The nominees for best country album are Diamond Rio's "One More Day," Tim McGraw's "Set This Circus Down," Willie Nelson's "Rainbow Connection," Tricia Yearwood's "Inside Out" and "Timeless -- Hank Williams Tribute," a collection of covers of Hank Williams tunes by various artists.
Singer Jamie O'Neal had two songwriting nominations in the country categories, for "There Is No Arizona" and "When I Think About Angels." The other nominees in the category are "One More Day" (Diamond Rio), "The Lucky One" (Alison Krauss and Union Station) and "I'm Already There" (Lonestar).
The broadcast has been expanded to 3 1/2 hours to accommodate all of the performers, which will include Alan Jackson and a tribute to the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack. The ranks of presenters include Yearwood, the Dixie Chicks and Michael W. Smith.
The country nominees:
Female Country Vocal Performance: "Long Gone Lonesome Blues," Sheryl Crow; "There Is No Arizona," Jamie O'Neal; "Shine," Dolly Parton; "Cold, Cold Heart," Lucinda Williams; "I Would've Loved You Anyway," Trisha Yearwood.
Male Country Vocal Performance: "Lovesick Blues," Ryan Adams; "I Dreamed About Mama Last Night," Johnny Cash; "San Antonio Girl," Lyle Lovett; "Grown Men Don't Cry," Tim McGraw; "Marie," Willie Nelson; "O Death," Ralph Stanley.
Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens," Asleep at the Wheel; "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You," Brooks & Dunn; "One More Day," Diamond Rio; "The Lucky One," Alison Krauss & Union Station; "I'm Already There," Lonestar.
Country Collaboration with Vocals: "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby," Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch; "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)," George Jones & Garth Brooks; "Bring on the Rain," Jo Dee Messina & Tim McGraw; "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow," Dan Tyminski, Harley Allen & Pat Enright (The Soggy Bottom Boys); "Inside Out," Trisha Yearwood & Don Henley.
Country Instrumental Performance: "Sugarfoot Rag," Asleep at the Wheel & Brad Paisley; "Poultry in Motion," Bill Kirchen; "Choctaw Hayride," Alison Krauss & Union Station; "Munster Rag," Brad Paisley; "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," Earl Scruggs, Glen Duncan, Randy Scruggs, Steve Martin, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Gary Scruggs, Albert Lee, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Douglas & Leon Russell.
Country Song: "I'm Already There," Gary Baker, Richie McDonald & Frank Myers, songwriters (Lonestar); "The Lucky One," Robert Lee Castleman, songwriter (Alison Krauss & Union Station); "One More Day," Steven Dale Jones & Bobby Tomberlin, songwriters (Diamond Rio); "There Is No Arizona," Lisa Drew, Jamie O'Neal & Shaye Smith, songwriters (Jamie O'Neal); "When I Think About Angels," Roxie Dean, Jamie O'Neal & Sonny Tillis, songwriters (Jamie O'Neal).
Country Album: "One More Day," Diamond Rio; "Set This Circus Down," Tim McGraw; "Rainbow Connection," Willie Nelson; "Timeless -- Hank Williams Tribute," various artists; "Inside Out," Trisha Yearwood.
Bluegrass Album: "New Favorite," Alison Krauss & Union Station; "Mountain Soul," Patty Loveless; "Little Sparrow," Dolly Parton; "History of the Future," Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder; "Clinch Mountain Sweethearts," Ralph Stanley & Friends.
Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album: "God Is Love: the Gospel Sessions," Ann-Margret & The Jordanaires, The Light Crust Doughboys with James Blackwood; "Bill & Gloria Gaither Present a Billy Graham Music Homecoming," Bill & Gloria Gaither and the Homecoming Friends; "Two Old Friends, Merle Haggard & Albert E. Brumley Jr.; "From the Heart," Oak Ridge Boys; "Inspirational Journey," Randy Travis.