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Oct. 12, 2001 at 4:15 AM
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Music City Report

News for Oct. 12-14, 2001

(Fri., Oct. 12)

Roy Acuff joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1937

Merle Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee" entered the charts in 1969

Anne Murray's "Let's Keep It That Way" was awarded a gold album in 1978

John Denver was killed when the plane he was piloting crashed off the Monterey, Calif., coast in 1997

(Sat., Oct. 13)

Roy Acuff and Fred Rose launched Acuff-Rose Publishing in 1942

Lacy J. Dalton was born Jill Byrem in Bloomsburg, Pa., in 1948

Marie Osmond was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1959

Rhett Akins was born in 1969

Minnie Pearl was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1975

Johnny Cash was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980

BR549 signed with Arista-Nashville in 1995

(Sun., Oct. 14)

Melba Montgomery was born in Iron City, Tenn., in 1938

The original Carter Family and Bill Monroe were elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970

Flatt & Scruggs were elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985


Tim McGraw, Lonestar, Sara Evans and Keith Urban are among the artists added to the roster for the 35th Annual CMA Awards. The show will be broadcast live on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. on CBS from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Other artists scheduled to appear include George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Diamond Rio and Lee Ann Womack. All-time leading CMA Award winner Vince Gill will host the gala event for the 10th consecutive year.

McGraw picked up his first CMA Award in 1997 for his duet with wife Faith Hill, "It's Your Love." Tim is up for three awards this year including the Entertainer of the Year award. Lonestar, Vocal Group of the Year three times over, will perform "I'm Already There" which is nominated in the Single of the Year category. Sara Evans leads the pack with five nominations including Female Vocalist and will perform "Born To Fly." Keith Urban is nominated for the 2001 CMA Horizon award and his self-titled album has been certified gold.


Country artists continue to show their support at the Country Freedom Concert to benefit the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Tim McGraw, Vince Gill, George Jones, Clint Black, Lonestar, Lee Ann Womack, Charlie Daniels and Sara Evans have been added to the already impressive list of artists scheduled to perform. George Strait, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn and Martina McBride are among artists previously announced for the event.

The concert, from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in downtown Nashville, will be telecast live on CMT on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the Country Freedom Concert go on sale Friday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. Prices are $25, $50, $100, $150 and $1000. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Fund. Additional information on the show can be found at


Terry McBride, Ray Herndon and Billy Thomas, the original members of McBride & The Ride, have reunited and are heading to the Grand Ole Opry. The group takes the Opry stage on Oct. 19-20 and fans can see them on the televised portion on CMT on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The group's top 10 singles include "Just One Night," "Going Out of My Mind," "Can I Count On You," "Love on the Loose," and "Heart on the Run." "Sacred Ground," from the gold album of the same name, went to number one in 1992. The group parted ways and Terry McBride turned to songwriting, penning such hits as "I Am That Man," "He's Got You" and "If You See Him/If You See Her" for Brooks & Dunn as well as hits by George Strait, Reba McEntire and others.

Ray Herndon became a highly sought after session musician and toured with Lyle Lovett's band and Billy Thomas has been touring with artists such as Vince Gill and Patty Loveless.

The trio is back together and back in the studio and is looking forward to making the Opry their first stop in their reunion.


Q. What Opry member was inducted as a member by musical friends Patty Loveless and Porter Wagoner on Jan. 15, 2000?

A. Ralph Stanley, who steps up to the Opry microphone on Saturday, Oct. 13 and joins Ricky Skaggs and others at the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Celebration that afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Opry House. during the Opry's 76th Birthday Bash


Oct. 12: Grand Ole Opry 76th Birthday - Steve Wariner, Brad Paisley, Travis Tritt

Oct. 13: Grand Ole Opry 76th Birthday - Steve Wariner, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, George Jones (6:30 only)

Oct. 19: Marty Stuart, McBride & The Ride

Oct. 20: Allison Moorer, Darryl Worley, McBride & The Ride

Oct. 26: Confederate Railroad (debut), Charley Pride, Gail Davies w/the Jordanaires, Pam Tillis

Oct. 27: Charley Pride, Gail Davies w/the Jordanaires

Nov. 10: Trace Adkins, Clint Black

Nov. 30: Joe Diffie

Dec. 1: Joe Diffie, Travis Tritt

Dec. 14: Jeff Carson

Dec. 15: Tracy Lawrence, Jeff Carson

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(Written by Dan Rogers in Nashville and edited by UPI. If you have questions about the Music City Report, contact Dan at

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