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By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International   |   March 20, 2002 at 4:45 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Wed., March 20)

Dewey Balfa was born in 1927.

Singer/actor Jerry Reed was born in 1937.

Tommy Hunter was born in 1937.

Sam Wellington, bass singer with the Four Guys, was born in 1939.

Riders in the Sky's Ranger Doug Green was born in 1946.

The Eddy Arnold's single "Anytime" made its chart debut on its way to No.1 in 1948.

Jim Seales, lead guitarist for Shenandoah, was born in 1960.

Faron Young's single, "Hello Walls," first appeared on the charts en route to the top in 1961.

Kenneth Threadgill -- patriarch of the Austin, Texas, music scene who gave Janis Joplin her start -- died at age 78 in 1987.

K.T. Oslin's long-form video "Love In A Small Town" was certified gold in 1991.


MUSIC AND MORE


CHRIS SMITHER

Chris Smither is taking to the road in support of his 10th recording, the live concert CD "Live As I'll Ever Be" (on HighTone Records) Friday in Calgary, Canada:

Tour dates:

3/22 -- Engineered Air Theatre, Calgary, Canada

3/23 -- Bonny Doon Hall, Edmonton, Canada

3/27 -- Barns at Wolf Trap, Vienna VA

4/5 -- Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Port Dover, Canada

4/6 -- Peterborough Players Theatre, Peterborough NH

4/13 -- Stone Soup, Pawtucket RI

4/20 -- New Moon Coffeehouse, Haverhill MA (w/ Peter Mulvey)

4/25 -- Bamboo Room, Lake Worth FL

4/26-28 -- Merle Watson Memorial Festival, Wilkesboro NC

5/3 -- Whitaker Center, Stage 2, Harrisburg PA

5/4 -- Historic Avalon Theatre, Easton MD

5/11 -- Rosendale Café, Rosendale NY

5/12 -- Acoustic Café, Bridgeport CT

5/24-27 -- Fur Peace Ranch, Darwin OH

5/31 -- Club Helsinki, Great Barrington MA

6/8 -- Riverbend Festival, Chattanooga TN

6/11-12 -- Café Carpe (w/ Peter Case), Ft. Atkinson WI

6/30 -- Concerts Under the Stars, King of Prussia PA

7/26-27 -- Falcon Ridge Festival, Sharon CT

8/8 -- Ice House, Bethlehem PA

9/21 -- The Point. Bryn Mawr PA

9/22 -- Festival of the Arts, Fall River MA

10/5 -- Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield MA

12/6 -- Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse, Dallas TX

12/7 -- Lion's Field Adult Center, San Antonio TX


PAT GREEN SINGS FOR HIS BEER

Texas singer/songwriter Pat Green stars in a national TV ad campaign for Miller Lite beer. Country.com reports the commercials -- featuring Green and his current single "Three Days" -- were launched during last weekend's NCAA basketball tournament on CBS. Green shot the spots in New York. They'll run throughout the spring, according to a statement from his publicist.

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