July 11 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Detroit, Michigan was singer-songwriter Jeff Hanna best known for his association with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In 2006, his composition “Bless the Broken Road”, co-written with Marcus Hummon and Bobby Boyd in 1994, won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song. It has been recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Marcus Hummon, and, in the Grammy year, Rascal Flatts.

Following his departure from the New Christy Minstrels the day before, Kenny Rogers formed The First Edition with his friends Thelma Camacho, Mike Settle and Terry Williams – also from The New Christy Minstrels.

Born on this day in Hollywood, Florida, was Scotty Emerick, country music artist, known primarily for his work with Toby Keith. Amongst his co-writing credits are the #1’s “I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight,” the Willie Nelson duet “Beer for My Horses,” “I Love This Bar,” “Whiskey Girl,” and “As Good as I Once Was”, as well as the Top Five hits “Get Drunk and Be Somebody” and “A Little Too Late.”

George Strait was at #1 on the US singles chart with “All My Ex’s Live In Texas.” Written by Sanger D. Shafer and Linda J. Shafer, the narrator declares that all four of his ex-girlfriends live in the state of Texas, in various towns, and that is why he lives in Tennessee.

Lee Ann Womack with Sons of the Desert was at #1 on the US Country chart with “I Hope You Dance” which won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song and was nominated for Song of the Year.

Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride and Jim Lauderdale were all decorated by The National Music Council. The trio were honoured at the 32nd Annual American Eagle Awards during a Nashville trade show gathering of the National Association of Music Merchants. Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash’s eldest daughter, delivered a tribute to Kristofferson with a rendition of “Loving Her Was Easier.”