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Big & Rich, Faith Hill, Merle Haggard – Today In Country Music History

Big Kenny (L) and John Rich of Big & Rich performs onstage during day 3 of the 2008 Stagecoach Country Music Festival held at the Empire Polo Field on May 4, 2008 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Big & Rich play at a human rights rally in 2006, Faith Hill scores her second number one Country hit with a remake of Piece Of My Heart in 1994 and Merle Haggard comes down from the mountain in 1975.

Here’s the rundown for Today In Country Music History for Saturday, 30 April, 2011.

  • Big & Rich performed at a rally sponsored by human rights agencies in Washington, D.C. in 2006 to call attention on genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.
  • The third George Strait stadium festival tour became the first concert held at Nashville’s Adelphia Coliseum in 2000. Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, Lee Ann Womack, Mark Chesnutt, Asleep At The Wheel and Billy Gilman were all on the bill.
  • Dwight Yoakam played a grocery store employee in the “coming out” episode of ABC-TV’s Ellen in 1997.
  • Faith Hill‘s “Piece Of My Heart,” a cover of the Janis Joplin hit, became her second country Number One in 1994.
  • Rosanne Cash & Rodney Crowell scored a Number One single with “It’s Such A Small World” in 1988.
  • Merle Haggard recorded the Number One single “Old Man From The Mountain” in 1974.

Dave D.

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