TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Tuesday, Oct. 8)
Laura Rogers of Po' Folks Band born in Russellville, Ark., 1957.
Ernest Tubb's "Slipping Around" began 17 straight weeks at No. 1, 1949.
"The Gambler," written by Don Schlitz, wins CMA Song of the Year, 1979.
MUSIC AND MORE
GILL, PAISLEY, B&D PLAYING CMA AWARDS SHOW
Vince Gill, who is hosting the CMA Awards for the 11th consecutive year, has been added to the list of artists who will perform at next month's show.
Brooks & Dunn and Brad Paisley also have just been added to the list of those scheduled to perform at the 36th annual CMA Awards show, set for Nov. 6 in Nashville.
Gill's new album is due out early next year.
MARTINA PLANS CHRISTMAS TOUR
Martina McBride will play several cities in "The Joy of Christmas," a holiday road trip that kicks off in Philadelphia on Nov. 26.
It's a multi-media event, using a group of actors playing various roles to compliment carols and holiday music from McBride's 1998 Christmas album.
The two-hour show will play Chicago, Nashville and other towns through Dec. 22.
SUCCESS OF TRACY'S 'CUERVO' FUELS NEW ALBUM
Tracy Byrd's "Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo" hit No. 1 on Billboard's country singles chart, providing a shot of momentum for work on his next album.
Byrd tells LAUNCH he's heard some great songs as he works through the planning stages of his third album for RCA Records, which he expects to start recording soon.
After 28 weeks on the singles chart, "Cuervo," from Byrd's "Ten Rounds" album released in July 2001, currently is No. 4.