2007 in country music

2007 in country music

"See also:"
2006 in country music,
2007 in music,
other events of 2007,
2008 in country music and the List of years in Country Music


* February 11 - It was a big night for country music artists at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, as they swept the awards in four top categories. The Dixie Chicks won three of those awards: Record of the Year and Song of the Year (both for "Not Ready to Make Nice," the latter shared with songwriter Dan Wilson) and Album of the Year ("Taking the Long Way"). Carrie Underwood took the Best New Artist Award.: Both Underwood and the Dixie Chicks were winners in country-specific categories. The Dixie Chicks won for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (for "Not Ready to Make Nice") and Best Country Album ("Taking the Long Way"). Underwood won for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Jesus, Take the Wheel"; the song also earned a Best Country Song award for songwriters Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson.: Also, country music pioneer Bob Wills - the longtime leader of the Texas Playboys - was a posthumous recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Wills was recognized 32 years after his death.
* Week of February 12 — Country music stars team with celebrities during a special celebrity week of "Wheel of Fortune", which was taped in Charleston, South Carolina. During the game aired February 13, Julie Roberts and contestant partner Peter Buccellato won $124,250 after Buccallato solved the bonus round puzzle for the show's grand prize of $100,000. Roberts donated a matching amount to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
* February 17 - Hank Williams, Jr. filed for divorce from his fourth wife, Mary Jane, whom he married in 1990.
* March 19 – Days after an announcement that Lonestar had parted ways with longtime record label BNA Records, lead singer Richie McDonald announces plans to depart the group at the end of the year, in search of a solo career. [http://www.cmt.com/sitewide/utils/redirects/ns_redirect.jhtml?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cmt.com%2Fnews%2Farticles%2F1555044%2F20070319%2Flonestar.jhtml%3Fheadlines%3Dtrue&pid=73&mjid=143023]
* April 10 – The house where the music video for Johnny Cash's "Hurt" was shot is destroyed by fire. [cite web|url=http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/10/cash.home.ap/index.html|title=Fire destroys Johnny Cash home|accessdate=2007-04-10]
* May 10 - Country music superstar Trisha Yearwood announces she is leaving MCA Records where she had been for 16 years with over 12 million albums sold and 5 number 1 singles. She announced she was signing with Big Machine Records. Yearwood and Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta met in her intern days at MTM records. Trisha's last top 5 with MCA was "I Would've Loved You Anyway" in 2001.
* September 4Sammy Kershaw enters the Louisiana lieutenant governor's race, running as a Republican. [ [http://www.wmctv.com/global/story.asp?s=7032567 Associated Press, "Country singer Sammy Kershaw enters Louisiana lieutenant governor race," September 5, 2007] ]
* September 15Garth Brooks' song, "More Than a Memory" becomes the first song to debut at No. 1 on the "Billboard magazine" Hot Country Songs chart, since the start of the magazine's all-encompassing country chart in 1958.
* October 21 - Country music legend Porter Wagoner's publicist Darlene Bieber confirms that Wagoner had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Wagoner dies seven days later.
* October 30 - The Eagles release their studio album "Long Road Out of Eden", their first compilation of all-new material in 28 years. The album sells over a million copies in its first two weeks.

Top hits of the year

Number one hits

"(As certified by Billboard magazine)"

Other top albums


* January 1 – Del Reeves, 74, best known for his "girl-watching" novelty-type songs (e.g., "Girl on the Billboard"). (emphysema)
* January 6 – Sneaky Pete Kleinow, 72, pedal steel guitarist for the Flying Burrito Brothers. (complications from Alzheimer's disease)
* January 13 – Doyle Holly, 70, member of Buck Owens' Buckaroos; he also had a string of minor hits in the early- to mid-1970s. (prostate cancer)
* February 2 – Terry McMillan, 53, veteran Nashville session harmonica player and percussionist. (natural causes)
* March 24 – Henson Cargill, 66, country performer best known for 1968 smash "Skip A Rope." (surgical complications)
* April 17 – Glenn Sutton, 69, songwriter and producer best known for the hit "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden"; a chief architect of the countrypolitan sound of the late 1960s/early 1970s. (heart attack)
* July 3 – Boots Randolph, 80, member of Nashville's famed "A-Team" of musicians; he was the saxophonist (subdural hematoma) [http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070704/ENTERTAINMENT01/707040441]
* September 25 – Patrick Bourque, 29, bass guitarist for Emerson Drive. (suicide)
* October 28 – Porter Wagoner, 80, rhinestone-suited country music icon, television program host of the 1960s and 1970s, duet partner of Dolly Parton. (lung cancer) [ [http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071029/ap_on_en_mu/obit_wagoner;_ylt=AnVxfhDW1jEAmcahVI9DboUDW7oF] Gerome, John, "Country star Porter Wagoner dies at 80", via Associated Press]
* November 6 – Hank Thompson, 82, Western-swing styled artist best known for "The Wild Side of Life," 1960's "A Six Pack to Go," and others. (lung cancer) [ [http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071107/ap_en_mu/obit_hank_thompson] Curry, Matt, "Hank Thompson dies of lung cancer at 82," via Associated Press]
* November 29 – Jim Nesbitt, 75, best known for the hits "Please Mr. Kennedy," "A Tiger in My Tank" and "Runnin' Bare." (Extended battle with a heart condition)
* November 30 – Ralph Ezell, 54, bass guitarist for Shenandoah. (heart attack)
* December 16 – Dan Fogelberg, 56, Many pop hits with a few minor country hits, including "Same Old Lang Syne" (Prostate Cancer)

Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

* Ralph Emery (born 1933), disc jockey and television host from the 1960s onward.
* Vince Gill (born 1957), singer-songwriter and musician who rose to prominence in the 1980s.
* Mel Tillis (born 1932), singer and songwriter who rose to fame in the 1950s.

Major Awards

United States

Grammy awards

"(Presented February 11 in Los Angeles)" [http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/Winners/Results.aspx?title=&winner=&year=2007&genreID=0&hp=1]

*Best Female Country Vocal Performance -- "Jesus, Take the Wheel," Carrie Underwood
*Best Male Country Vocal Performance -- "The Reason Why," Vince Gill
*Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal -- "Not Ready to Make Nice," Dixie Chicks
*Best Country Collaboration with Vocals -- "Who Says You Can't Go Home," Bon Jovi with Jennifer Nettles
*Best Country Instrumental Performance -- "Whiskey Before Breakfast," Bryan Sutton and Doc Watson
*Best Country Song -- "Jesus, Take the Wheel," Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson
*Best Country Album -- "Taking the Long Way", Dixie Chicks
*Best Bluegrass Album -- "Instrumentals", Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

CMT Music Awards

"(Presented April 16 in Nashville)" [http://www.cmt.com/shows/events/cmt_music_awards/2007/winners/]
*Video of the Year -- "Before He Cheats," Carrie Underwood
*Group Video of the Year -- "What Hurts the Most," Rascal Flatts
*Male Video of the Year -- "You Save Me," Kenny Chesney
*Wide Open Country Video of the Year -- "Love You," Jack Ingram
*Johnny Cash Visionary Award -- Kris Kristofferson
*Female Video of the Year -- "Before He Cheats," Carrie Underwood
*Video Director of the Year -- "Before He Cheats," Carrie Underwood (Director: Roman White)
*Duo Video of the Year -- "Want To," Sugarland
*Breakthrough Video of the Year -- "Tim McGraw," Taylor Swift

Academy of Country Music

"(Presented May 15 in Las Vegas)" [http://www.acmcountry.com/content/index.php]
*Entertainer of the Year -- Kenny Chesney
*Song of the Year -- "Give It Away," Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson
*Single of the Year -- "Give It Away," George Strait
*Album of the Year -- "Some Hearts", Carrie Underwood
*Top Male Vocalist -- Brad Paisley
*Top Female Vocalist -- Carrie Underwood
*Top Vocal Duo -- Brooks & Dunn
*Top Vocal Group -- Rascal Flatts
*Top New Male Vocalist -- Rodney Atkins
*Top New Female Vocalist -- Miranda Lambert
*Top New Duo or Group -- Little Big Town
*Video of the Year -- "Before He Cheats," Carrie Underwood (Director: Roman White)
*Vocal Event of the Year -- "Building Bridges," Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow
*ACM/Home Depot Humanitarian of the Year -- Brooks & Dunn
*Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award -- Dolly Parton, Don Williams and the late Harlan Howard and Waylon Jennings
*Jim Reeves International Award -- Buck Owens
*Mae Boren Axton Award -- Jack Lameier

Country Music Association

"(Presented November 7 in Nashville)"
*Entertainer of the Year -- Kenny Chesney
*Song of the Year -- "Give It Away", written by Bill Anderson, Jamey Johnson and Buddy Cannon
*Single of the Year -- "Before He Cheats", performed by Carrie Underwood
*Album of the Year -- "It Just Comes Natural", George Strait
*Male Vocalist of the Year -- Brad Paisley
*Female Vocalist of the Year -- Carrie Underwood
*Vocal Duo of the Year -- Sugarland
*Vocal Group of the Year -- Rascal Flatts
*Horizon Award -- Taylor Swift
*Video of the Year -- "Online", Brad Paisley (Director: Jason Alexander)
*Vocal Event of the Year -- "Find Out Who Your Friends Are", Tracy Lawrence with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney
*Musician of the Year -- Jerry Douglas


Canadian Country Music Association

"(Presented September 10 in Regina)"
*Kraft Cheez Whiz Fans' Choice Award -- Terri Clark
*Male Artist of the Year -- Brad Johner
*Female Vocalist of the Year -- Carolyn Dawn Johnson
*Group or Duo of the Year -- Emerson Drive
*SOCAN Song of The Year -- "Hold My Beer", written by Mitch Merrett, Aaron Pritchett, and Deric Ruttan
*Single of The Year -- "Moments", performed by Emerson Drive
*Album of the Year -- "Doc Walker", Doc Walker
*Top Selling Album -- "Taking the Long Way", Dixie Chicks
*CMT Video of the Year -- "Moments", Emerson Drive
*Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award -- Shane Yellowbird
*Roots Artist or Group of the Year -- Corb Lund

Further reading

*Kingsbury, Paul, "The Grand Ole Opry: History of Country Music. 70 Years of the Songs, the Stars and the Stories," Villard Books, Random House; Opryland USA, 1995
*Kingsbury, Paul, "Vinyl Hayride: Country Music Album Covers 1947-1989," Country Music Foundation, 2003 (ISBN 0-8118-3572-3)
*Millard, Bob, "Country Music: 70 Years of America's Favorite Music," HarperCollins, New York, 1993 (ISBN 0-06-273244-7)
*Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs 1944-2005 - 6th Edition." 2005.


Other links

* Country Music Association
* Inductees of the Country Music Hall of Fame

External links

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