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Nov. 9, 2001 at 4:45 AM
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(Fri., Nov. 9)

George D. Hay was born in Attica, Ind., in 1895.

George Jones made his first chart appearance with "Why Baby Why" in 1955.

Roy Acuff became the first living member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1962.

Garth Brooks taped an appearance on Sesame Street in 1993.

"Country Boy" and "Live In London" by Ricky Skaggs were certified gold in 1994.


(Sat., Nov. 10)

Donna Fargo was born in Mount Airy, N.C., in 1949.

David "Stringbean" Akeman and his wife, Estelle, were murdered in their home in 1973.

"Dukes of Hazzard" actor-turned-singer John Schenider had his first country music No. 1 single with "I've Been Around Enough to Know" in 1984.

"I See It Now" by Tracy Lawrence was certified gold in 1994.

Curly Fox died in 1995.

(Sun., Nov. 11)

Paul Cohen was born in 1908.

Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland was born in 1930.

Narvel Felts was born in Bernie, Mo., in 1938.

Dolly Parton launched her new line of cosmetics at her Dollywood theme park in Tennessee's Smoky Mountains in 1993.


Q: Who won the CMA 2000 Horizon Award and the CMA 2001 Vocal Event of the Year award?

A: Brad Paisley, who returns to the Opry during Opry at the Ryman on Friday and on Sunday for the American Pride Benefit at the Ryman.



Red, white and blue guitars dotted the stage at the 35th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville Wednesday in a display of patriotism that dominated one of country music's biggest nights.

The three-hour show -- televised live on CBS from the Grand Ole Opry -- opened with veteran duo Brooks & Dunn performing their single, "Only In America," with a huge American flag as a backdrop.

The pair later took home the award for top duo, their ninth win in that category in the past 10 years.

Tim McGraw was one of several upset winners, taking home the prize for entertainer of the year. McGraw beat out industry superstars Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson, George Strait and Brooks & Dunn.

Toby Keith and Lee Ann Womack were surprise winners for male and female vocalists.

Keith won out over Jackson, Strait, McGraw and Brad Paisley. Womack won over fellow nominees Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and Sara Evans.

Womack performed her current single, "Does My Ring Burn Your Finger," the Buddy and Julie Miller bluegrass standard, with the Millers accompanying Womack.

The tune was one of several bluegrass songs performed throughout the evening, with the bluegrass motif present in award winners as well.

"O Brother, Where Art Thou?" -- the soundtrack for the film of the same name starring George Clooney -- won the coveted album of the year honors. A song from the album, "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow," performed by the Soggy Bottom Boys, won for single of the year.

Sara Evans, who led the field with eight nominations, won for best video for "Born To Fly."

Australian keith urban took home the Horizon Award, given to the country artist most likely to succeed.

The show, which was performance heavy, included a segment with Garth Brooks and George Jones -- both in rare CMA Awards Show appearances. Brooks and Jones sang "Beer Run," a duet that both have included on their respective albums.

Perhaps the most memorable part of the show occurred when Jackson performed for the first time a song that he wrote last week. "Where Were You That September Day?" recounted the many thoughts and emotions likely felt throughout the world in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C.

The show ended with an all-star line-up singing "America The Beautiful."

The winners:

Album of the year: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," various artists, T. Bone Burnett, producer

Entertainer of the year: Tim McGraw

Male vocalist of the year: Toby Keith

Female vocalist of the year: Lee Ann Womack

Horizon award: keith urban

Vocal group of the year: Lonestar

Vocal duo of the year: Brooks & Dunn

Single of the year: "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow," The Soggy Bottom Boys (featuring soloist Dan Tyminski)

Song of the year: "Murder On Music Row," songwriters Larry Cordle, Larry Shell

Vocal event of the year: Brad Paisley with George Jones, Bill Anderson and Buck Owens, "Too Country"

Music video of the year: "Born To Fly," Sara Evans, director, Pete Zavadil

Musician of the year: Dann Huff


Opry member Garth Brooks will appear at the Forum in Los Angeles Nov. 14. The 18,000 tickets, available only by phone and the Internet, sold out in 20 minutes. The concert is the first of three CBS specials that will air at 10 p.m. The remaining concerts will be held Nov. 21 aboard the aircraft carrier the USS Enterprise in Norfolk, Va., and on Nov. 28 at a yet-to-be-named location.


Opry member Alan Jackson performed at a benefit concert for "Angel's House," the Newnan-Coweta Children's Shelter, on Oct. 27 and raised more than $200,000. Jackson is now donating his loaded 2002 silver Corvette to help the shelter raise the remaining $61,000 needed to begin construction. The corvette is titled in Jackson's name and with less than 500 miles on the odometer is valued at $42,500. Raffle tickets will be sold beginning this week and the drawing will be during the Nenan Christmas festival on Dec. 15 on the town square.


Gene Wooten -- dobro ace and frequent player on the Grand Ole Opry with Wilma Lee Cooper and the Osborne Brothers -- passed away Wednesday at his home in Nashville. The 49 year old Wooten had been battling lung cancer. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Wooten was part of the Grammy-winning The Great Dobro Sessions with Jerry Douglas, John Graves, Rob Ickes and others and most recently appeared on Patty Loveless' Mountain Soul CD.

Coming Soon To The Opry Stage:

Nov. 9: Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins (6:30), T Bubba Bechtol, Rhonda Vincent, Porter Wagoner, The Whites

Nov. 10: Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, T Bubba Bechtol, Porter Wagoner, The Whites

Nov. 11: Opry at the Ryman American Pride Concert: Bill Anderson, Jimmy Dickens, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Marty Stuart, Porter Wagoner, Steve Wariner

Nov. 16: Hal Ketchum, Riders in the Sky, IIIrd Tyme Out

Nov. 17: Eddy Raven, David Ball, Riders in the Sky

Nov. 23: David Ball, Jimmy Dickens

Nov. 24: Del McCoury Band, David Ball, Jimmy Dickens, Ralph Stanley

Nov. 30: Joe Diffie, Steve Wariner, Del McCoury Band, Diamond Rio, John Conlee, Jean Shepard

Dec. 1: Joe Diffie, Asleep at the Wheel, Del McCoury Band, John Conlee, Jean Shepard

Dec. 7: Gillian Welch

Dec. 8: Travis Tritt, Diamond Rio, Gillian Welch

Dec. 14: Jeff Carson, Marty Stuart

Dec. 15: Tracy Lawrence, Jeff Carson, John Prine

Dec. 28-29: Marty Stuart

(For Opry tickets, log on to or call 615-889-3060 or TicketMaster at 615-255-9600. Artists and schedule subject to change.)

By Opryland USA in Nashville and UPI

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