July 23 – This Day in Country Music

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1971
Born on this day in Decatur, Illinois, was Alison Maria Krauss, bluegrass-country singer, songwriter and fiddler. She released her first solo album in 1987 and then was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station. Krauss recorded Raising Sand with Robert Plant in 2007 which was nominated for and won 5 Grammys at the 51st Grammy Awards.

1982
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas the American musical comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Colin Higgins was released. An adaptation of the 1978 Broadway musical of the same name, the film starred Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds. The film version presented some difficulties for Universal, particularly with advertising. In 1982, the word “whorehouse” was considered obscene in parts of the US, resulting in the film being renamed The Best Little Cathouse in Texas in some print ads.

1990
Born on this day in Jackson Mississippi, was Neil Perry, singer, mandolin, accordion, drums, and Piano in The Band Perry who scored the 2013 #1 Country album If I Die Young.

1996
Born on this day in League City, Texas, was Danielle Bradbery, American country singer. Her debut studio album, Danielle Bradbery, released in 2013, featuring the top 20 country hit “The Heart of Dixie”. She won season four of NBC’s The Voice in 2013, becoming the youngest contestant to come in first place.

1997
Deana Carter won Song of the Year at the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s 30th Songwriter Achievement Awards for “Strawberry Wine.” Vince Gill won Songwriter – Artist of the Year for the third time and Mark D. Sanders won the award for best Songwriter.