The Boot Staff
30 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Signs His First Recording Contract
On June 26, 1989, the struggling young country singer signed his first recording contract.
30 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On June 24, 1989, Brooks made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
Top 10 Country Songs About Summertime
"Summertime, and the livin' is easy" -- so goes the old American standard.
15 Years Ago: Gretchen Wilson’s ‘Here for the Party’ Goes Gold, Platinum
On June 21, 2004, Wilson struck gold -- and platinum.
POLL: What’s Your Favorite Chris Young Song?
Can you pick just one?!
30 Years Ago: Keith Whitley Dies
Whitley died at the age of 33 from alcohol poisoning.
30 Years Ago: Clint Black Releases His Debut Album, ‘Killin’ Time’
On May 2, 1989, Black released his debut album, 'Killin' Time,' which sold more than 3 million copies and spawned five No. 1 hits.
11 Years Ago: ‘Can You Duet’ Premieres on CMT
On April 14, 2008, the TV show 'Can You Duet' premiered on CMT, introducing the newly formed duo Joey + Rory.
Top 10 Country Stars Who Have Acted in Movies
In 1963, Buck Owens topped the country charts with "Act Naturally," which opened with the prophetic line "They're gonna put me in the movies." But decades before that tune was a hit, country stars were already trading the concert stage for the sound stage.
30 Years Ago: Keith Whitley Hits No. 1 With ‘I’m No Stranger to the Rain’
On April 8, 1989, "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" became Whitley's last No. 1 hit before his death from alcoholism.