TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Thursday, April 10)
Sheb Wooley born in Erick, Okla., 1921.
Eddy Arnold's Top 10 single, "My Everything," is charted, 1954.
Brenda Lee debuts on the Ozark Jubilee, 1956.
Merle Haggard records No. 1 single, "Branded Man," 1967.
MUSIC AND MORE
BOGGUSS TEAMS WITH BENSON ON NEW ALBUM
Suszy Bogguss's first new album in three years, "Swing," is set for release June 17 on Compadre Records.
Bogguss co-produced the album with Asleep At The Wheel frontman Ray Benson, whose guitar playing is complimented by current and past members of the band, according to a news release.
The album is a departure from Bugguss's usual style with its Western swing and jazz flavor.
DIXIE CHICKS OFFERED REFUGE IN MADISON
The Dixie Chicks have been offered refuge in Madison, Wis., by a city council measure that recognizes how much grief the trio has taken for Natalie Maines' remark about President Bush.
The resolution invites the Chicks to become the city's "adopted country music group" and encourages the trio to change its name to the Heartland Chicks or the Dairyland Chicks.
The measure -- posted on Madison's Web site -- ci.madison.wi.us/council -- extends the city's support for the Dixie Chicks "and their right to freely express dissent by criticizing" Bush.
The resolution also calls for selections from an unspecified Dixie Chicks CD to be played during breaks of city council meetings for the rest of 2003.
Madison, a liberal city and home to the University of Wisconsin, has a reputation for antics by both officials of the city government and the student body government.
CAGLE'S SECOND ALBUM DEBUTS AT NO. 1
Chris Cagle's self-titled sophomore album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's country albums chart this week, knocking the Dixie Chicks' "Home" out of the top spot after 18 weeks.
At a congratulatory luncheon thrown by Capitol Nashville, Cagle said "For the rest of my life I will be able to say, 'I had an album that debuted at No. 1.'"
"What A Beautiful Day," the first single from the album, is No. 9 on Billboard's and R&R's country singles charts.