January 27 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Mishawaka, Indiana was pedal steel guitarist, Buddy Emmons. He was widely regarded as the world’s foremost pedal steel guitarist of his day and was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1980. He recorded with artists including Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers, Ernest Tubb, John Hartford, Ray Price, Judy Collins, and Ray Charles. Emmons died of a heart attack in Nashville, Tennessee on July 21, 2015.

Johnny Horton recorded “The Battle Of New Orleans” during an evening session at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio on Nashville’s Music Row. The song describes the 1815 Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American soldier; the lyrics are evidently intended to be comical. The song, which was written by Jimmy Driftwood, has been recorded by many artists but the singer most often associated with this song is Johnny Horton.

Born on this day in Atlanta, Texas, was Tracy Lawrence, country music singer whose debut album Sticks and Stones was released in 1991, which produced his first chart single and first #1 hit in its title track.

Loretta Lynn released the single “Woman of the World” which became the singers third #1 on the country charts. The track was taken from her LP Woman of the World / To Make a Man.

Monument released The Dixie Chicks’ first major label album, Wide Open Spaces, their first record with new lead vocalist Natalie Maines. At the 41st Grammy Awards, the album was awarded 2 Grammy Awards out of 3 nominations, winning Best Country Album and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song “There’s Your Trouble.”

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the Country charts with his eleventh studio album Man Against Machine. The album also debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart making it Brooks’s lowest selling studio effort until the following album Gunslinger.

At the age of 84, singer-songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson officially announced his retirement from performing after more than five active decades in the entertainment industry. Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.