TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Wednesday, Dec. 4)
Eddy Arnold conducts his first recording session, one of Nashville's earliest, 1944.
Gene Autry records No. 1 single, "At Mail Call Today," 1944.
Brian Prout, drummer for Diamond Rio, born, 1955.
Lila McCann born, 1981.
The Judds give the final concert of their Farewell Tour, 1991.
MUSIC AND MORE
Kenny Chesney launches his 2003 tour Jan. 16, 2003, in Tupelo, Miss., with plans to perform more songs from his current album, "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems."
Playing with Chesney on the Margaritas'n'Senoritas tour will be Montgomery Gentry and newcomer Kellie Coffey, Chesney's Web site says.
Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," which debuted at No. 1 on the multi-genre Billboard 200, is on the verge of reaching double-platinum level with sales at more than 1.8 million copies.
CHICKS UP FOR AMA FANS' CHOICE AWARD
Fans can vote for their favorite artist from among six superstar acts vying for the honor as part of next month's American Music Awards.
The Dixie Chicks are up against Ashanti, Creed, Eminem, Enrique Iglesias, and Nelly in online balloting for the AMA Fans' Choice Award (americanmusicawards.com and abc.com). The show is to be carried by ABC on Jan. 13, 2003, at 8 p.m. EST.
MCGRAW, JOHN TO DUET 'TINY DANCER' ON AMA SHOW
McGraw recorded the song for his new album, "Tim McGraw And The Dancehall Doctors," after getting such a positive response using it to open his most recent tour.
When McGraw learned last week he had been nominated for an AMA award and was asked to kick off the Jan. 13 show, his people contacted John about performing the duet, and John agreed.