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        COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS - Thursday, July 17, 2008


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*----------- TEST YOUR COUNTRY MUSIC KNOWLEDGE -----------*

Q. What is Dolly Parton's middle name?

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       +----- TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY -----+

2006 BNA announces the signing of "American Idol" con-
testant Kellie Pickler to a recording contract  

2004 The Grand Ole Opry celebrates "The Dukes Of 
Hazzard" with appearances by former cast members Sonny 
Shroyer, Catherine Bach, Rick Hurst and Ben Jones. Andy 
Griggs, a friend of Waylon Jennings, leads them in the 
theme song, "Good Ol' Boys"  

2004 Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" spends the 
first of seven weeks at the top of the Billboard country 
chart  

2000 Pre-teen Billy Gilman earns a gold album for his 
debut, "One Voice"  

1999 Lonestar's "Amazed" begins an eight-week stay at 
#1 in Billboard  

1993 Alan Jackson's "Chattahoochee" begins a four-week 
run at #1 on the Billboard country singles list  

1985 Warner Bros. releases Randy Travis' label debut, 
"On The Other Hand." The single fails, but is re-re-
leased the following year and becomes a classic  

1976 Singer-songwriter Luke Bryan born in Georgia. He's 
introduced to the country audience in 2007 as an artist 
with "All My Friends Say," and as a writer on Billy 
Currington's "Good Directions"  

1974 Guitarist-harmony vocalist Don Rich dies in a motor-
cycle accident near Morro Beach, California. A member of 
Buck Owens' Buckaroos, he provided some of the inspira-
tion in the group's sound, and co-wrote "Before You Go" 
and "Waitin' In Your Welfare Line"  

1969 Merle Haggard records the studio version of "Okie 
From Muskogee" at the Capitol Recording Studios in 
Hollywood  

1954 Elvis Presley makes his first live appearance since 
recording at Sun Studios, singing "That's All Right" and 
"Blue Moon Of Kentucky" at Memphis' Bon Air Club  

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* NOW A LOOK AT COUNTRY MUSIC & THE PEOPLE MAKING IT TODAY *

    The Grascals Release Third Album, Keep On Walking

The Grascals released their third album, Keep On Walking, 
on Tuesday (July 15) on Rounder Records. Vince Gill sings 
harmony on one track, "Sad Wind Sighs." They also cover 
numerous country songs, including Merle Haggard's "Today 
I Started Loving You Again," Waylon Jennings' "Only Daddy 
That'll Walk the Line" and George Jones' "Choices." Other 
new releases include Drew Emmitt's Long Road (Compass 
Records) and Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad's 
Pickin', Praisin' & Singin': Hymns from the Mountain 
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          +--- COUNTRY STARS ON TELEVISION ---+

    Latest Music City Madness Competition Underway

Randy Travis will mentor the winner of CMT.com's third 
annual Music City Madness talent competition which 
launched Tuesday (July 15). The user-generated talent 
search allows unsigned singer-songwriters to showcase 
their talent and compete in the fan-voted contest. 
Warner Bros. Records has joined as the contest's 
official record label, while Chevrolet returns for a 
second year as the official online and on-air sponsor. 
CMT will accept video submissions for Music City 
Madness through Oct. 6. The top 64 finalists will be 
chosen by CMT and announced on Oct. 21 when they will 
compete in single-elimination, tournament-style fan 
voting over a period of eight weeks. CMT.com visitors 
will narrow the field during weekly voting, and the 
winner will be announced on Dec. 16. The grand prize 
winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to 
Nashville to tape an episode of Unplugged at Studio 
330 for CMT.com. The winner will also have a private 
audition with executives from Warner Bros. Records 
A&R department and a mentoring session with Travis. 
The top two finalists will be revealed in a half-hour 
special, Music City Madness -- The Road to CMT.

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TODAY'S QUIZ ANSWER:

A. Rebecca

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