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Today In Country Music History

Today in Country Music History is one of the most popular features on the programme and we’ve been delivering back into the history books and give you not only a day but a week of country music trivia. On this page, you can discover important events from country music history for each day of the year. Be sure to check back regularly to update your country trivia!

Each week on the show we feature the biggest events of that week in years gone by, so tune in live or catch up right here on our website to find out more about the history of country music and the biggest events that shaped the music you love!

Monday 04th July 2022

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Jul 4, 2021
Brad Paisley headlines the Fourth of July concert at Nashville's Riverfront Park, playing "Water," "Then," "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)" and "Ticks" for more than 350,00 people. Kelsea Ballerini is a surprise guest, singing "Hole In The Bottle." Nashville guitarist Joe Bonamassa joins Paisley on "Old Alabama" and "Alcohol"
Jul 4, 2021
Matt Stell delivers an Independence Day performance for U.S. soldiers at Al Dhafra Air Base in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Jul 4, 2021
Alan Jackson performs "Drive (For Daddy Gene)" and Jimmy Buffett covers "This Land Is Your Land" on the annual PBS special "A Capitol Fourth." Jimmie Allen, Jennifer Nettles and Mickey Guyton are also in the mix, along with Gladys Knight, Train and Pentatonix
Jul 4, 2021
Chris Lane and wife Lauren Bushnell take their son, Dutton, to the hospital with an ear infection. Doctors conduct a spinal tap to rule out meningitis and ultimately conclude the boy has a virus
Jul 4, 2019
Brett Eldredge headlines Nashville's Fourth of July holiday concert downtown, joined by Dylan Scott and Mac McAnally. Parts of Eldredge's set are broadcast on CMT, including "Love Someone," "Drunk On Your Love," "Lose My Mind," "Mean To Me" and "Beat Of The Music"
Jul 4, 2019
Lee Brice and Colbie Caillat's band, Gone West, perform for the PBS special "A Capitol Fourth" from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. MusiCorp, a band of wounded warriors, covers "Chicken Fried." Also appearing are Laine Hardy, Lindsey Stirling and Vanessa Williams
Jul 4, 2019
Luke Bryan performs "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" and "Knockin' Boots," and Brad Paisley sings "American Saturday Night" on the NBC holiday special "Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular." Maren Morris delivers "The Middle"
Jul 4, 2019
Jordan Davis headlines an Independence Day show for military personnel at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii
Jul 4, 2017
Lady Antebellum performs "You Look Good" and "Downtown," and Brad Paisley turns in "Today" and "Last Time For Everything" on the annual NBC special "Macy's Fourth Of July Fireworks Spectacular." Also featured are Jennifer Lopez and Sheryl Crow
Jul 4, 2017
Hunter Hayes joins pop band DNCE to play the annual Freedom Over Texas celebration in downtown Houston
Jul 4, 2017
Billy Ray Cyrus sings the national anthem at Dodger Stadium, where Los Angeles defeats baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3
Jul 4, 2017
Toby Keith's daughter, Krystal Keith, is hit by a drunk driver while riding with her husband and daughter on the way to watch fireworks. She indicates on social media that it will "take some time to heal" without detailing the extent of their injuries
Jul 4, 2014
Jennifer Nettles, Brandy Clark and "Nashville" actors Charles Esten and Clare Bowen perform for the Freedom Over Texas Fourth of July concert at Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston. Nettles' set includes "Baby Girl," "Something More" and "Stay"
Jul 4, 2014
Kix Brooks takes part in Horses For Heroes, an event for wounded veterans at Hillenglade Farm in Nashville
Jul 4, 2013
Scotty McCreery performs on the PBS special "A Capitol Fourth" from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Hosted by Tom Bergeron, it also features Barry Manilow, Candice Glover and the cast of "Motown: The Musical"
Jul 4, 2013
The Band Perry headlines the Nashville Fourth of July fireworks celebration at Riverfront Park with Keb' Mo' and the Nashville Symphony. "Better Dig Two" is the last song before the bombs burst in air
Jul 4, 2010
Chris Janson marries Kelly Lynn Roland at Panorama Farms in Franklin, Tennessee
Jul 4, 2009
Jewel performs "America, The Beautiful" on the NBC-TV special "Macy's Fourth Of July Fireworks Spectacular"
Jul 4, 2009
Rosanne Cash delivers the inaugural concert at the new bandshell in Central Park in Red Wing, Minnesota
Jul 4, 2009
Marty Stuart and Sawyer Brown perform after former president George W. Bush's Independence Day speech at Crystal Beach Park in Woodward, Oklahoma
Jul 4, 2006
American Recordings and Lost Highway release the Johnny Cash album "American V: A Hundred Highways," featuring the last song he wrote, "Like The 309"
Jul 4, 2005
Big Al Downing dies of complications from leukemia at a hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts. The singer/songwriter played piano on Wanda Jackson's "Let's Have A Party" and wrote Tom Jones' "Touch Me (I'll Be Your Fool Once More)"
Jul 4, 2005
Jamie O'Neal sings with a symphony for the first time, kicking off her set with "Somebody's Hero" at Nashville's Riverfront Park. The performance is part of GAC's "Music City Independence Day Concert Spectacular" with The Charlie Daniels Band and Diamond Rio
Jul 4, 2005
Willie Nelson holds his annual Fourth of July Picnic at the Fort Worth Stockyards, with guests Bob Dylan, Los Lonely Boys, David Allan Coe, Jessi Colter, The Doobie Brothers, Janie Fricke, Ray Price and Leon Russell

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