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Oct. 19, 2001 at 8:21 AM
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(Fri., Oct. 19)

Jeannie C. Riley was born in Anson, Texas, in 1944

Hank and Billie Jean Williams repeated their vows on stage in New Orleans in 1952

Grant Turner died six hours after announcing the Grand Ole Opry in 1991

(Sat., Oct. 20)

Grandpa Jones was born Louis Marshall Jones in Niagra, Ky., in 1913

Jim Reeves was born in Panola County, Texas, in 1923

Wanda Jackson was born in Maud, Okla., in 1937

Hank Williams signed a movie contract with MGM in 1951

The first CMA Awards were presented, hosted by Sonny James and Bobbie Gentry, in 1967

Clint Black married actress Lisa Hartman in Houston in 1991

Travis Tritt's "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" LP earned a gold album in 1992

Patsy Cline's "Heartaches" went gold in 1994

(Sun.,Oct. 21)

Owen Bradley was born in Westmoreland, Tenn., in 1915

Mel Street committed suicide on his 45th birthday in 1978


George Jones will appear in concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. on Sunday, Oct. 21. Though the concert is sold out, fans can experience the concert online at or for a fee of $5. Jones will also take part in the Country Freedom Concert the same evening from the Gaylord Entertainment Center.


Vince Gill will receive the Wall of Fame Award from the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation on Oct. 25.

Oct. 30 finds Vince taping an episode of "Live from the Bluebird" for Turner South TV. The event is sold out and will feature fellow songwriters Bob DiPiero and Al Anderson.

Vince will grace the cover of Vintage Guitar's 15th Anniversary issue in Nov.

Vince teams up with Trisha Yearwood, Earl Scruggs and his band and Nickel Creek in a concert to air live on BBC Radio 2 on Nov. 3. Fans can tune in at at 3 p.m. CST.

Vince hosts the T.J. Martell Golf Tournament at Governors Club in Nashville, Tenn, on Nov. 5.

On Nov. 7, Vince will host the 35th annual CMA Awards live from the Grand Ole Opry House. The show will broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m.


Opry members Travis Tritt and Diamond Rio are up for Song of the Year at the 2001 Radio Music Awards to be held on Oct. 26 from the Aladdin in Las Vegas. Tritt's "It's A Great Day To Be Alive" and Diamond Rio's "One More Day" join other nominees in the category, including Brooks & Dunn's "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You," Jessica Andrews' "Who I Am" and Tim McGraw's "My Next Thirty Years." McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Opry member Alan Jackson, the Dixie Chicks and George Strait are nominated for Country Artist of the Year. Opry member Martina McBride will perform on the show and Rascal Flatts will present an award. The show will be telecast on ABC at 8 p.m.


The Dixie Chicks will open the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo from the Astrodome on Feb. 12, 2002. Bandmember Emily Robison said, "As Texas gals, you hear about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo all your life. It's the pinnacle of all rodeos and one of the greatest audiences a Texas musician will ever have. To have a chance to perform the opening concert at the rodeo's last year in the Houston Astrodome is a historical and meaningful event for the Dixie Chicks."

The Chicks and George Strait will perform during the rodeo and concert series Feb. 12 -- March 3, run. Strait's closing concert is sold out and tickets for the Dixie Chicks go on sale at 2 p.m. on Oct. 21.


Deana Carter will release her first CD in three years titled "Father Christmas" on Nov. 20. The CD, on Deana's own Deanatone Records and in partnership with Rounder Records, will be Carter's third album. Deana's first two albums on Capitol Nashville produced the hit single "Strawberry Wine."


Q. What Opry member was part of a famous trio including sisters Maxine and Bonnie and recorded the hit "The Three Bells" which went to No. 1 on both the country and pop charts?

A. Jim Ed Brown, who's back on the Opry stage this weekend.


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, Marty Stuart

Oct. 27: Charley Pride, Gail Davies w/the Jordanaires, Craig Morgan, Marty Stuart, Randy Travis

Nov. 2: Lorrie Morgan, Sherrie Austin

Nov. 3: Lorrie Morgan, Sherrie Austin

Nov. 9: Brad Paisley

Nov. 10: Trace Adkins, Clint Black

Nov. 30: Joe Diffie

Dec. 1: Joe Diffie, Asleep at the Wheel

Dec. 8: 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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