2005 – Kid Rock is arrested in Nashville on charges that he punched a DJ at a nightclub. Rock was in town to attend the funeral of country songwriter Merle Kilgore (“Ring of Fire”).
2003 – A week after his Deaths at the age of 71, country legend Johnny Cash is bestowed with artist, song and album of the year awards at the Americana Music Awards ceremony in Nashville. Cash wins song of the year for his cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” and album of the Year for […]
2003 – June Carter Cash dies at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital of complications following heart surgery she underwent the previous week. She is 73.
2001 – 69-year-old country legend Johnny Cash is released from Nashville’s Baptist Hospital after a two-week stay, during which time he was treated for bronchitis.
2001 – Guitarist William Lewis (Billy) Byrd dies in Nashville of natural causes. He is 81. Byrd is known as one of the first to introduce electric guitar to country music.
2001 – Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell dies of complications relating to diabetes in a hospital outside Nashville. He is 61.
2001 – Country legend Chet Atkins, one of the most influential and widely recorded instrumentalists ever, dies of cancer at his home in Nashville. He is 77. Even Rock guitarists respect this guy!
2001 – Vince Gill and Amy Grant welcome the arrival of a baby girl, Corrina Grant Gill, at a Nashville area hospital. Corrina weighs 7 lbs. 9 1/4 oz. and is 19 1/2 inches long.
2000 – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band reunites at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for a performance of their signature song, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Longtime member John McEuen joins Jimmie Fadden, Jeff Hanna, Jimmy Ibbotson and Bob Carpenter for the filming of an IMAX movie, that traces the roots and branches of country music.
2000 – The Dixie Chicks sweep the 34th Annual Country Music Assn. Awards, held at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. The genre-defying girl group takes home four awards, including entertainer of the year, album of the year for “Fly,” vocal group, and video of the year for “Good Bye Earl.”
1999 – An early collection of Shania Twain’s work – recorded when she was still billing herself Eilleen Shania Twain – is released by Jomato Records. The set, “Beginnings (1989-90),” predates the artist’s earliest Nashville Demos.
1999 – Bryan White sings the National Anthem at the Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville prior to the match-up between the Tennessee Titans and the St. Louis Rams. Following the game, White gives his second annual Howl-O-Ween concert at the north end of the coliseum.