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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   March 20, 2003 at 5:00 AM
TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Thursday, March 20)

Jerry Reed born in Atlanta, 1937.

Riders in the Sky's Ranger Doug Green born in Waukegan, Ill., 1946.

Jim Seales, lead guitarist for Shenandoah, born in Hamilton, Ala., 1960.

Eddy Arnold's No. 1 single "Anytime" is charted, 1948.

Faron Young's No. 1 single, "Hello Walls," is charted, 1961.

K.T. Oslin's long-form video, "Love In A Small Town" goes gold, 1991.


MUSIC AND MORE


MAVERICKS TO REUNITE

The Mavericks are getting back together again, CMT.com reports.

Lead vocalist Raul Malo, bassist Robert Reynolds and drummer Paul Deakin will make up the new version of the band in its first time together in three years.

They're planning a May 2 show at the Nashville River Stages festival and will play other engagements before launching a world tour in the fall. Look for their first studio album in six years to hit stores this fall.


CHESNEY HEADLINES BIG SHOW IN HIS HOMETOWN

Kenny Chesney is the headliner in a June 7 show in Knoxville, Tenn., his first concert in two years in his hometown, Billboard Bulletin reports.

Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Deana Carter also are in the lineup for the concert, the first at the 100,000-plus seat Neyland Stadium since 1986.

Chesney's North American tour stops Thursday in Roanoke, Va. He's also slated to play a June 28 tribute concert to late racing legend Dale Earnhardt at the Daytona International Speedway, joining Sheryl Crow, the Goo Goo Dolls, Hootie and the Blowfish, Alabama, and Brooks & Dunn.


DIXIE CHICKS ALBUM RISES ON BILLBOARD 200

As the backlash from Natalie Maines' comment about President Bush seems to be winding down, the trio's album "Home" rose back onto the Top 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

While sales of the album dropped 15 percent to 124,000 units, it rose from No. 6 to No. 4, and is topping the Billboard country album chart for the 16th week.

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