March 30 – This Day in Country Music


George Jones was arrested and charged with drunken driving after he wrecked his 1981 Lincoln while driving home in Mississippi. The accident happened on a country road about 10 miles from the Alabama – Mississippi state line. Just 24 hours earlier Jones and his fiancee Nancy Ford Sepulvada were stopped near Jackson and state narcotics officers said they found a ‘small amount’ of white substance in his car.

Born on this day, was Thomas Rhett, American country music singer, the son of singer-songwriter Rhett Akins. His third single, “It Goes Like This”, topped the Country Airplay chart and also peaked at #2 on the Hot Country Songs. His 2015 single “Die a Happy Man” topped the country charts for 16 weeks.

Garth Brooks was featured on the cover of Time magazine billing him inside as a “jumping-jack-flash performer who can bring 40-year-olds to tears with existential hymns about accepting life’s compromises.”

Clint Black was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Nothin’ but The Taillights” the third single and title track from his album of the same name. This single became Black’s eleventh #1 single, twenty-sixth Top Ten single, and twenty-seventh Top Twenty single.

Carrie Underwood was at #1 on the US country charts with her debut album Some Hearts. It is the best selling debut album by a solo female country music artist in history. The album contains the #1 singles “Jesus, Take the Wheel”, “Don’t Forget to Remember Me”, “Wasted”, and “Before He Cheats”.