Today in country music history:
2003 - The Dixie Chicks launched a publicity campaign to explain themselves after suffering a backlash stemming from their criticism of George W. Bush. During a primetime interview with Diane Sawyer, singer Natalie Maines said she remained proud of her original statement, which was quote, Were ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas. Her comments said at a concert overseas, led to a boycott on this side of The Pond.
2003 - The White Stripes performed a cover of the Dolly Parton song Jolene on Late Night with Conan OBrien. The band played four straight nights on the show.
2002 - Jewel was thrown from a horse and suffered a broken collarbone and a rib. She postponed her tour because she couldn't play guitar with her arm in a sling.
2001 - Tim McGraw celebrated the release of his new CD Set This Circus Down by performing at New York City's South Street Seaport and then boarding a private plane to Nashville, where he played in a circus tent.
Richard Sterban - bass singer for The Oak Ridge Boys, "Elvira," "Bobbie Sue"
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