TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Thurs., March 7)
Townes Van Zandt was born in 1944.
Jack Anglin of Johnnie & Jack was killed in an auto accident en route to Patsy Cline's memorial service in 1963.
Gilley's club opened in Pasadena, Texas, in 1971.
The made-for-TV movie about Hank Williams, Jr.'s life, "Living Proof," aired in 1983.
TNN: The Nashville Network (now known as The National Network) premiered in 1983.
Randy Travis made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 1985.
Hall of Fame member Pee Wee King died at age 86 in 2000.
MUSIC AND MORE
BROOKS & DUNN AND ZZ TOP
Brooks & Dunn teamed up with ZZ Top to perform several of the rock band's classics during a television taping for the musical genre-bending series "CMT Crossroads" Sunday night in Nashville, CMT.com reports.
Taped before a small audience in an auxiliary studio at the Grand Ole Opry House, the concert opened with a rousing version of ZZ Top's "Tush" and ended about an 1 1/2 hours later with "Gimme All Your Lovin'." The two acts played together throughout the taping -- deviating from the pattern set in two previous "CMT Crossroads" shows that paired Hank Williams Jr. with Kid Rock and Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello, in which each performer also did solo sets.
About half of the performance is expected to make the edited, hour-long episode of "CMT Crossroads," set to air April 21 (at 8 p.m. ET/PT) on CMT.
Brooks & Dunn have recorded "Rough Boy" for an all-male country tribute album to ZZ Top, "Sharp Dressed Men," due in stores May 7. Other artists on the album include Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr. and Andy Griggs.
Brooks & Dunn are longtime fans of ZZ Top. The duo met the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers -- Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and the beardless Frank Beard -- a few years ago at the Houston Rodeo in the Astrodome.