A Day in Music - April 23rd

Today in country music history:

2009 - Evansville, Indiana declared it Taylor Swift Day as she kicked off her first headlining tour there. Taylor also got the key to the city.

2009 - The iTunes Music Store reached one billion applications downloaded.

2006 - Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney married Tiffany Fallon in Mexico.

2003 – Bruce Springsteen defended country group The Dixie Chicks, who were suffering a backlash for their criticism of George W. Bush.  In a statement, Springsteen said, quote, “To me, they’re terrific American artists expressing American values by using their American right to free speech.  For them to be banished wholesale from radio stations and even entire radio networks for speaking out is un-American.”

2002 - Kenny Chesney's album, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, was released.

1999 - Charlie Daniels was surprised, and so was the audience, when Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Rhett Akins, Lee Roy Parnell and blues singer Johnny Neel all performed with him at Volunteer Jam '99 at Nashville's First American Music Center.

1996 - Bryan White met actress Erika Page for the first time at a benefit concert in Los Angeles. They began dating in 1997 and married in 2000.

1994 - Lari White married Chuck Cannon, a co-writer of John Michael Montgomery's hit "I Love the Way You Love Me."

1992 - A 13-mile stretch of Mississippi Highway 23 was renamed in honor Tammy Wynette.

1981 - Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins gave a live performance in West Germany that was later released as an album called The Survivors.

1956 - Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas debut at the New Frontier Hotel. He opened for the Freddie Martin Orchestra and comedian Shecky Greene. The two-week gig was canceled after one week due to poor audience response.



Tom Womack - guitarist, Sons of the Desert


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