TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
Wynonna Judd born (1964) in Ashland, Ky.
Dolly Parton marries Carl Dean in Catoosa County, Ga. (1966)
Bob Wills' "Sugar Moon" goes to No. 1 (1947)
Marty Robbins drove the pace car for the (1976) Indianapolis 500
OF MUSIC AND MORE
URBAN RECORDS ODE TO DAD
Keith Urban has come out with a new tune, "Song for Dad," dedicated to his father and their relationship. He first sang the song at the Sizzlin' Country Benefit in Los Angeles last week.
Later he said, "You tend to just punch your dad in the shoulder to tell him you love him, and it's the same for dads sometimes. They're not sure how to tell their sons that they love them."
"The older I get, the more I realize I'm so much like my dad. I mean, I say the same things and I do the same things. So it just became something I thought a lot of people would get."
The song will be included in Urban's new album, his second as a solo act which he hopes to have in stores by the fall.
Urban is up for breakthrough video of the year and fashion plate video at the CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards, June 12 in Nashville.
PAM TILLIS FINISHES TRIBUTE ALBUM
Pam Tillis covers 13 of her famous father's songs for her upcoming album, "It's All Relative." The Mel Tillis classics include "I Ain't Never," "So Wrong," "Heart Over Mind" and "Detroit City." Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Marty Stuart, Delbert McClinton, the Jordanaires and Rhonda Vincent all appear on the album, as does Mel Tillis himself. "A lot of people don't realize what an incredible career my dad has had and how many No. 1 hit songs he wrote, recorded and won awards for," said Pam Tillis. "These were the songs that rocked my cradle -- especially because my mom couldn't carry a tune!" The album is her first for Sony Nashville and will be released in late August.
REBA SELLS THE FARM
Reba McEntire has put up for sale her Starstruck Farm in rural Wilson County, Tenn. The 48-acre spread, which includes a 15-stall horse barn complete with an office and laundry room, is going for $1.8 million. McEntire and her husband, Narvel Blackstock, got out of the horse business four years ago, according to CMT News. Although the farm is up for grabs, the couple will hold on to the house they own in the same area. McEntire also has a home in Los Angeles where she tapes her TV sit-com, "Reba." The show is on summer break, and McEntire plans to go on a family vacation and spend some time in Nashville before filming resumes in early August.