TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Monday, March 24)
Peggy Sue born in Paintsville, Ky., 1947.
Elvis Presley sworn into the U.S. Army, 1958.
Roy Orbison's "Greatest Hits" album goes gold, 1966.
Tanya Tucker's first No. 1 single, "What's Your Mama's Name," is charted, 1973.
Diamond Rio's self-titled debut album is certified platinum, 1993.
Trisha Yearwood's "Thinkin' About You" tops the charts, 1995.
MUSIC AND MORE
SKAGGS' 'LIVE' ALBUM IN STORES THIS WEEK
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder's "Live At The Charleston Music Hall" is to be released Tuesday on his own label, Skaggs Family Records.
Unlike most concert albums, fewer than half of the tracks on Skaggs' latest are among his past recorded selections -- including bluegrass versions of Bill Monroe's "Uncle Pen" and Harry Chapin's "Cat's In The Cradle."
Skaggs will kick off his U.S. tour to promote the album with appearances on network TV, National Public Radio and the Grand Ole Opry.
TWO MORE CUT FROM 'NASHVILLE STAR'
Ten country music hopefuls remain in "Nashville Star," USA Network's talent search series after weekend vote-offs by the judges and fans in the show's third of nine weekly episodes.
Two more contestants are gone from the show -- Natasha Valentine was voted off by judges and Kristen Kissling was dismissed by viewers.
After getting the bad news from judges Charlie Robison, Tracy Gershon and Robert Oermann, Valentine was hugged by the other performers vying for the grand prize of a recording contract with Sony Nashville.
SARA EVANS WEIGHS IN ON WAR DEBATE
Country artist Sara Evans is disappointed in Dixie Chick Natalie Maines' decision to speak out against President Bush.
"It's disheartening to me to hear negativity about our president during this highly critical time, and it is especially disheartening to hear comments made outside the United States," Evans tells Glamour magazine.
Maines came under fire after she said during a concert in London that she's "ashamed" that Bush is from the trio's home state of Texas. Maines has since apologized.
"Republican or Democrat, we have an immediate duty as Americans to rally around our president and troops," Evans said in an upcoming Glamour article about the war in Iraq.