TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Wednesday, Oct. 30)
T. Graham Brown born in Atlanta, 1954.
Kassidy Osborn of SHeDAISY born, 1976.
Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" certifies gold, 1964.
Johnny Cash's "Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison" certifies gold, 1968.
Ronnie Milsap marries Joyce Reeves, 1965.
MUSIC AND MORE
RASCAL FLATTS' SECOND ALBUM OUT
Rascal Flatts' second album, "Melt," hit stores Tuesday following a tough act: the group's debut CD, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard albums chart just six months ago.
Don't forget Rascal Flatts' self-titled debut album contains four songs that made the Top 10 and that the group is up for two CMA awards next month -- one for vocal group of the year.
Their first album went platinum, selling 1.5 million copies. Guitarist Joe Don Rooney tells Billboard they've become "road dogs" to boost their fan base.
There's little doubt Rascal Flatts picked up a lot of new fans as the opening act for Toby Keith. They're booked to open for Brooks & Dunn's tour next summer.
HARRIS, CARPENTER TOUR FOR ANTI-LANDMINE CAUSE
The 2002 installment of Concerts For A Landmine Free World feature Emmylou Harris and Mary Chapin Carpenter in a five-city tour that begins next week.
Bruce Cockburn and Patty Griffin join Harris and Carpenter in performing to raise money for and generate awareness of the world's landmine crisis through the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, the group's Web site says.
The shows will be staged in Raleigh and Asheville, N.C., Atlanta, Knoxville, Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 6-10.
Benefits go to the VVAF's decade-old campaign against landmines. Harris and other musicians became involved in 1998.
GEORGE JONES, BLACKS NAMED CMA PRESENTERS
Jones, first nominated for a CMA award in 1971, is nominated this year in the vocal event category for "Beer Run" with Garth Brooks.
Black, who has 18 career nominations, teams up with his wife to present an award this year, the CMA Awards Web site said.
The CMA also has named Jessica Andrews, Tracy Byrd, Deana Carter, Terri Clark, Tammy Cochran, Blake Shelton, Trick Pony and Mark Wills as presenters.
The awards will be broadcast live on CBS.