Anniversaries

LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes had tried her hand at songwriting prior to recording 'Family,' but her influence was never as strong as it is on this album, which was released five years ago today (Oct. 9, 2012). Rimes is listed as the first writer of all 12 of the songs released on the standard edition of her ninth re…
Keith Urban’s ‘Golden Road’ Turns 10
One could make a convincing argument that Keith Urban's 'Golden Road' is the most important record of his career... And one of the most important records of the decade. Urban's sophomore album has sold over three million copies, while landing four songs on top of Billboard's country charts (includin…
Eddie Rabbitt’s ‘Radio Romance’ Turns 30
The late Eddie Rabbitt released his eighth album 'Radio Romance' on Oct. 1, 1982 via Elektra Records, so it's celebrating its 30th birthday today. It yielded two more No. 1 country singles for the singer, 'You and I,' -- a duet with Crystal Gayle and a crossover pop smash that was used as the theme …
Kenny Chesney’s ‘Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates’ Turns 5
Looking back, 'Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates' finds Kenny Chesney beginning a difficult transition from idolized arena country-rock superstar to the more introspective singer-songwriter he is today. The album includes three No. 1 singles and the cheeky 'Shiftwork' with George Strait, which peak…
Reba McEntire’s ‘The Last One to Know’ Turns 25
Reba McEntire calls this album -- released on Sept. 7, 1987 -- her divorce album, and the heavy content is indicative of what she was going through at the time. Her separation from husband Charlie Battles after 11 years isn't something she dishes on with any frequency, so one is forced to read …
Dixie Chicks’ ‘Home’ Album Turns 10
The Dixie Chicks were already flying high following the massive commercial success of their first two major label albums, when the Texas-based trio released their highly-anticipated third record. 'Home,' which hit store shelves on August 27, 2002, fell under the Chicks' label imprint,…
Martina McBride’s ‘Evolution’ Turns 15
By 1997, Martina McBride was beginning to assert herself as the premiere female vocalist in country music, but she wouldn't begin to take home awards until after she released 'Evolution' on August 26 of that year. Songs from her fourth studio album won her the Female Vocalist of the Year CMA in 1999…

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