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This Day in Country Music History – July 13

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Here are some of the big things that went down on this day in country music history.

2010 – Arista releases Jerrod Niemann’s debut album, “Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury”

2009 – Mercury releases Easton Corbin’s debut single, “A Little More Country Than That,” to radio

2002 – Brad Paisley hooks the #1 slot on the Billboard country chart with “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)”

2001 – Reba McEntire and Martina McBride top the biggest all-female lineup in country music history as the Girls Night Out Tour debuts at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay. Also on the bill: Sara Evans, Jamie O’Neal and Carolyn Dawn Johnson

1994 – Garth Brooks performs “Hard Luck Woman” with Kiss on “The Tonight Show”

1965 – Songwriter Neil Thrasher born in Birmingham. After a short career in the duo Thrasher Shiver, he writes Kenny Chesney’s “There Goes My Life,” Rascal Flatts’ “Fast Cars And Freedom” and Montgomery Gentry’s “Some People Change”

1962 – Bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent born in Kirksville, Missouri. She emerges as a major talent in the genre during the 1990s and 2000s, and contributes to the Grammy-winning country album “Lovin’, Livin’, Losin': Songs Of The Louvin Brothers”

1959 – Guitarist Brent Mason born in Vanwert, Ohio. His credits include Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee,” plus recordings by Brooks & Dunn, Shania Twain and George Strait, leading him to win the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year twice

1954 – Louise Mandrell is born in Corpus Christi, Texas. Barbara Mandrell’s sister collects five solo hits in the 1980s, including “Save Me” and “I’m Not Through Loving You Yet.” She also adds backing vocals on Merle Haggard’s “Always Wanting You”

1908 – Tim Spencer, of the original Sons Of The Pioneers, born in Webb City, Missouri. Behind “Cool Water” and “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” The Sons Of The Pioneers become a major western group, joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980

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