July 21 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Copper Creek, Virginia, was Country music musician, singer and songwriter Sara Carter, lead singer on most of the recordings of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and 1930s. Carter was inducted as part of the Carter Family in the Country Music Hall of Famein 1970 along with Bill Monroe. In 1993, her image appeared on a US postage stamp honoring the Carter Family. Carter died on Jan 8th 1979 aged 80.

Born on this day in Calgary, Alberta, was Canadian country music artist Paul Brandt who made his mark on the country music charts with the single “My Heart Has a History,” propelling him to international success and making him the first male Canadian country singer to reach to the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the US since Hank Snow.

Jeanne Pruett was at #1 on the country album chart with Satin Sheets, the singer’s second studio album. The album contained Pruett’s first major hit and signature song of the same name as the album. The single reached #1 on the Billboard Country Chart.

The Rascal Flatts video, “I Melt,” came under fire by conservative groups because it contained brief scenes of nudity, (guitarist Joe Don Rooney’s bare buttocks, and model Christina Auria taking a shower in the nude). Groups called for the video to be banned from airplay on CMT and Great American Country. Eventually, Rascal Flatts released an edited version of the video, which aired during daytime hours on the two country music-oriented networks.

Carrie Underwood released “Just a Dream” the fourth single from her second studio album, Carnival Ride. The song became Underwood’s sixth straight #1 country single, as well as her seventh #1 single overall. The song was nominated for 2010 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Brad Paisley performed at the White House in celebration of country music. “Country Music at the White House ” was streamed live on the White House web-site as well as a special on Great American Country.

Pedal steel guitarist, Buddy Emmons died of a heart attack in Nashville, Tennessee. 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.