May 23 – This Day in Country Music


Born on this day in Cleveland, Ohio, was Shelly West, country music singer. Her mother was the country music star Dottie West, whose career spanned three decades. Shelly is best known for having hit duets with David Frizzell, and for their #1 hit “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma”. She also was a successful solo artist, having her own #1 hit, “Jose Cuervo” in 1983.

Personal File was released, the 92nd album by the late American music icon Johnny Cash. The two CD set contained 49 unreleased tracks recorded between 1973 and 1982, which had been recovered from a vault of material housed at the House of Cash studios.

Dixie Chicks released their seventh studio album Taking the Long Way which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. The album won 5 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year in February 2007.

Brad Paisley released his eighth studio album This Is Country Music. Paisley wrote the album to pay tribute to various artists that have shaped his career. The album contains numerous collaborations with other artists, including Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, Blake Shelton, Marty Stuart and Carrie Underwood. It debuted at #2 on the US Billboard 200.

Blown Away the fourth studio album by Carrie Underwood was at #1 on the Billboard 200. With Blown Away reaching #1, Underwood became the third female to chart at #1 with three country albums, tying her with Linda Ronstadt and Faith Hill.