TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Wednesday, Dec. 11)
Brenda Lee born in Atlanta, 1944.
Hank Williams' first recording session, 1946.
Fiddler Ron Stewart born, 1968.
Rex Allen Jr.'s first Top Ten single, "Two Less Lonely People," debuts on the charts, 1976.
Lee Ann Womack performs at Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway, 2000.
MUSIC AND MORE
TOBY TAKES BILLBOARD AWARD
Keith won the trophy at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards based on the success of "Pull My Chain" and "Unleashed."
He says it's nice to be recognized because he's not part of the Nashville crowd and less likely to win country music awards.
"I live in Oklahoma instead of Nashville so I'm not really in that loop, so I'm probably not as politically strong as others are," he tells LAUNCH.
COUNTRY ACTS LINED UP FOR PBS 'SOUNDSTAGE'
The PBS affiliate in Chicago has recruited country acts for the revival of the "Soundstage" music series, CMT.com reports.
WTTW-TV is planning a 13-part series consisting of hour-long shows featuring music of all types. Two acts will be shown per segment.
The station also is working on a two-hour country music special for stations to air during pledge drives.
Travis Tritt has agreed to perform in that show, his manager says.
MCGRAW'S UNCLE CONVICTED OF MURDER
Tim McGraw's uncle has been convicted of first-degree murder for killing a man in Vallejo, Calif., last summer.
Dennis McGraw, 56, is due in court Jan. 6, 2003, for a pre-sentencing report and possible sentencing in the slaying of a 31-year-old man outside the apartment house where both men lived. The shooting culminated a longtime dispute between them, prosecutors said.
McGraw is the brother of former baseball great Tug McGraw, Tim's father.