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Alan Jackson Becomes The Road, Ricky Skaggs Sings The Highway Blues – Today In Country Music History [VIDEO]

Alan Jackson and Hank Williams Jr. attend Music Builds: the CMT Disaster Relief Concert on May 12, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)

Alan Jackson didn’t take to the road on this date in 2004, he BECAME the road, Ricky Skaggs was singin the “Highway Blues” in 1983 and Johnny Cash signed a Twenty-Eight year contract in 1958.

Here’s the rundown for Today In Country Music History for 09 July, 2011.

  • A portion of Interstate 85 near Newnan, Georgia was dedicated as the Alan Jackson Highway in 2004.
  • Roy Acuff was one of 12 recipients of the National Medal of Arts at a White House ceremony hosted by President George Bush in 1991.
  • Ricky Skaggs rode to Number One in Billboard with “Highway 40 Blues” in 1983.
  • Merle Haggard recorded the Top 10 single “I Can’t Be Myself” in 1970.
  • Johnny Cash signed with Columbia Records, his label for the next twenty-eight years, in 1958.
  • Carl Smith and June Carter married in Maryville, Tennessee in 1952.

This sounds like a great time for an OLD Ricky Skaggs video, here he is from 1985.

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