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Oct 30

GAC Trivia Time: Halloween

The last day of October is more than just an excuse to put on a funny costume. As it turns out, the date has been quite an important one for country music. Here’s a list of some notable events that happened on Halloween, courtesy of, the ultimate country music database! For more country music and Halloween, check out our Halloween section with pumpkin carving templates, fright night memories from the stars and more!

Oct 31, 1912 – Dale Evans born in Uvalde, Texas. In December 1947, she marries Roy Rogers, with whom she stars on radio and TV. She also writes their classic closing theme “Happy Trails”

Oct 31, 1921—Malissa Monroe dies at the family home near Rosine, Kentucky. No one bothers to tell her son, 10-year-old Bill Monroe, that she’s dead until after she’s already been buried

Oct 31, 1931 – Lester Flatt marries Gladys Stacy at the courthouse in Cookeville, Tennessee

Oct 31, 1934 – At a Halloween party in Halifax, Hank Snow meets his future wife, Minnie Aalders

Oct 31, 1947 — Promoter Connie B. Gay books Eddy Arnold for the first-ever country show at Washington, D.C.’s Constitution Hall. Also on the bill are comedians Minnie Pearl and Rod Brasfield

Oct 31, 1952 – Hank Williams checks into a Shreveport hospital with acute intoxication

Oct 31, 1954 – When Eddy Arnold plays Memphis’ Ellis Auditorium, a young Elvis Presley finds his way backstage. Presley meets Arnold and The Jordanaires, and spots–though he does not talk to–Colonel Tom Parker

Oct 31, 1960 – Elvis Presley records “Crying In The Chapel” at Nashville’s RCA Studio B. The single goes unreleased, however, for more than four years

Oct 31, 1964 – Darryl Worley born in Savannah, Tennessee. Noted for the strong traditional influence on his music, the lanky singer builds a solid career after his 2000 debut, striking a major chord for patriotism with his 2003 release “Have You Forgotten?”

Oct 31, 1966 – Decca releases Loretta Lynn‘s “Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)”

Oct 31, 1974 – Emmylou Harris records “If I Could Only Win Your Love” and her first single, “Too Far Gone”

Oct 31, 1983 – Lee Greenwood tapes the syndicated “Solid Gold” in Los Angeles, then visits the home of MCA chairman Irving Azoff to present him a tape of “God Bless The U.S.A.”

Oct 31, 1987 – Dolly Parton opens a restaurant in Honolulu, the Dockside Plantation

Oct 31, 1991 – Randy Travis accepts a unique Halloween treat: a gold album for “High Lonesome”

Oct 31, 1993 – Actor River Phoenix dies of a drug overdose outside the Viper Room in Los Angeles. His final picture was “The Thing Called Love,” based on Nashville’s famed listening room, The Bluebird Café

Oct 31, 1995 – Bryan White, Derek George and John Tirro write “So Much For Pretending” on Halloween, distracted periodically by trick-or-treaters

Oct 31, 1998 – Lari White blows out the speakers when she sings the national anthem before the Miami Hurricanes’ football game against Boston College

Oct 31, 2000 – “I Hope You Dance” becomes Lee Ann Womack‘s second platinum album

Oct 31, 2005 – “Inside TV” lists the Top 10 TV witches of all-time, ranking Lisa Hartman Black at #9 for her portrayal of Samantha Stevens’ grown-up daughter in the late-’70s series “Tabitha”

Oct 31, 2006 – During a Tuesday edition of the Grand Ole Opry, Jeff Bates gets down on one knee at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to propose to Kelly Vaughn. She nods yes

Oct 31, 2007 – Taylor Swift goes trick-or-treating in Hendersonville, Tennessee, disguised as the hairy “Star Wars” character Chewbacca

Oct 31, 2010 – Trace Adkins performs for U.S. soldiers in Basra, Iraq, near the outset of a USO tour


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Jun 3

The Meaning Behind Aaron Tippin’s Tattoo

Aaron Tippin photo courtesy of Tip Top Entertainment.

At first glance, the tattoo on Aaron Tippin’s right arm looks like a crescent and a palmetto tree – the symbol of his home state, South Carolina. According to research, the tree is a tribute to the palmetto logs used to build Ft. Moultrie during the Revolutionary War. The crescent has been a topic of debate, however. Some say it’s a moon, but researchers say it’s an adaption of the gorget, a piece of armor used to protect the neck.

A tattoo is, of course, permanent, so when Aaron made the decision to made the decision to get inked, he was careful to make sure it was meaningful. “I wouldn’t be scared to go to church with my sleeves rolled up,” Aaron said. “I know Continue Reading


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May 13

GAC Trivia Time: Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Blake Shelton has always been on the shy side, not one to speak his mind or crack a joke. Okay, okay…I’m kidding! That may be BS, but it ain’t Blake.

You can guarantee that who he is when we aren’t looking, is the same person we see in the spotlight! Just ask soon-to-be Mrs. Shelton, Miranda Lambert. While the dust is settling from their country wedding in Texas, you can get your dose of BS on a special Backstory: Blake Shelton, Sunday night at 10/9c!

This week’s GAC Trivia Time* is all about Blake! Check out these fun facts.

Jun 18, 1976 – Blake Shelton born in Ada, Oklahoma. Beginning with his 2001 debut, “Austin,” he mixes ballads with biting humor on his way to a 2010 Country Music Association award as Male Vocalist of the Year

Dec 25, 1992 – Blake Shelton’s parents give him a Remington 243 rifle as a Christmas present

May 5, 2001 – Blake Shelton sings “Austin” during his debut on the Grand Ole Opry

Jul 31, 2002 – On the one-year anniversary of the album’s release, Blake Shelton’s self-titled debut goes gold

Jun 24, 2003 – Blake Shelton’s pet turkey, named Turkey, dies of heat stroke on his farm in Centerville, Tennessee

Jun 6, 2006 – Reba McEntire‘s husband, Narvel Blackstock, has re-opened Starstruck Entertainment’s management division. Their first client: Blake Shelton

Apr 12, 2007 – Blake Shelton shows up on FOX-TV’s American Idol

Jul 9, 2007 – Blake Shelton helps apprehend a thief at his uncle’s house in Ada, Oklahoma. Shelton keeps the intruder on the porch until the arrival of the police, who book him for burglary and public intoxication

Dec 24, 2007 – Blake Shelton gives his girlfriend, Miranda Lambert, a 31-inch mini-horse for Christmas at her home in Oklahoma. Lambert names the pony Annie   

Dec 1, 2008 – Blake Shelton is hailed as the “sexiest country singer” in People magazine’s annual “Sexiest Men” issue.

Feb 12, 2009 – Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton raise $70,000 to build an animal shelter in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, with a concert at Murray State College

May 9, 2010 – Blake Shelton proposes to Miranda Lambert in the woods near her home in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. She says yes

* Blake Shelton trivia courtesy of, the ultimate country music database!


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May 6

GAC Trivia Time: Martina McBride

Martina Mcbride photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of RCA Nashville.

This one’s for the girls! Just in time for Mother’s Day, this week’s trivia is all about Martina McBride! With three daughters, she’s learned a few things over the years and shares her wisdom in songs like “In My Daughter’s Eyes” and her current hit, “Teenage Daughters.”

You can catch Martina and all three of her girls on this week’s episode of Top 20 Country Countdown, premiering tonight at 8/7c!

Think you know everything about Mrs. McBride? Check out these fun facts and you might just learn something new!

May 15, 1988 – With her marriage to John McBride in Wichita, Kansas, Martina Schiff becomes Martina McBride

Jun 2, 1992 – Martina McBride begins her first major concert tour, opening for Garth Brooks in Denver, Colorado

Dec 22, 1994 – Martina McBride delivers her first baby, a 6-pound, 4-ounce girl, Delaney Katharine Continue Reading


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Apr 22

GAC Trivia Time: LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes photo courtesy of Curb Records.

LeAnn Rimes scored her first hit at the young age of 13 and hasn’t left the spotlight since, keeping our attention with a steady stream of hits and headlines.

The singer, songwriter, actress and author opens up about the tumultuous early years, the truth behind the tabloid headlines and how she’s found peace in our 90-minute biodoc, Backstory: LeAnn Rimes,  airing Sunday, April 24 at 8/7c on GAC.

For this week’s GAC Trivia Time*, take a walk down memory lane for the highs and lows of a celebrated career.

Aug 28, 1982 – LeAnn Rimes born in Jackson, Mississippi

Jul 5, 1995 – A Davidson County judge signs an order setting aside 12-year-old LeAnn Rimes’ minority status, allowing her to sign with Curb Records

Jun 4, 1996 – LeAnn Rimes’ debut single, “Blue,” appears in record stores, selling 100,000 copies its first day

Aug 13, 1996 – LeAnn Rimes, at 13, becomes the youngest nominee in CMA history

Feb 26, 1997 – LeAnn Rimes wins two trophies–Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for “Blue”–during the 39th annual Grammy Awards at New York’s Madison Square Garden

Aug 6, 1997 – LeAnn Rimes visits a seven-year-old girl who has been in a Reno, Nevada, hospital with a coma since she was injured in a car accident. Rimes sings “Blue” to the girl, who shows eye movement during the visit and soon returns to health Continue Reading


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Apr 1

GAC Trivia Time: The ACM Awards

Reba McEntire & Blake Shelton, co-hosts of the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

This week country music takes over Las Vegas for the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, but it hasn’t always been that way. From Tinsel Town to Sin City, the ‘Academy of Country & Western Music awards,’ as it was called back then, has seen its fair share of superstars through the decades.

In this week’s GAC Trivia Time, we travel back in time to  Hollywood for the first ACM Awards show in 1966, then follow the history all the way to this year!

Mar 28, 1966 - Roger Miller, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens are double-winners at the inaugural Academy of Country & Western Music Awards, held at the Palladium in Hollywood. Miller is named Man of the Year and Top Songwriter

Mar 22, 1971 – Merle Haggard wins a trio of honors in the sixth Academy Of Country & Western Music Awards at the Hollywood Palladium, giving him a lucky 13 total in his career.

Mar 27, 1975 - Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard win two honors apiece during the 10th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Roger Miller at Los Angeles’ Aquarius Theater. Lynn claims Top Female Vocalist and shares Top Vocal Group with Conway Twitty

Apr 27, 1978 - Kenny Rogers dominates the 13th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, winning four honors: Top Male Vocalist; Album of the Year, for Kenny Rogers; and Single Record and Song of the Year, for “Lucille”

May 9, 1983 - Willie Nelson is a double-winner, claiming Single Record of the Year, for “Always On My Mind,” and Album of the Year for an LP of the same name during the 18th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards, aired on NBC from Knott’s Berry Farm in California Continue Reading


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Mar 26

Say Cheese! Play Our New Celebrity Smile Challenge!

Try our new Celebrity Smile Challenge!

Recognize any of these smiles? Well if you think you do, try your hand at our new game, Celebrity Smile Challenge! Country guys and gals alike flash their megawatt grins on the red carpet, on stage, and out and about on a rare day off – but can you tell who’s who just from a smile – and maybe a little facial hair? Using our hints to help you if you get stuck, see if you can pick out smiles from Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and more! PLAY NOW >>

Now that you’ve played the game, how did you do? Continue Reading


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Mar 23

GAC Trivia Time: Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Trace Adkins has never been afraid to try new things…in life or in music. Sometimes his music makes you think, while other times you might want to “shut your mouth and slap your grandma,” all while shaking your “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.” (Sorry Grandma!)

His journey to the top has been anything but ordinary.  In fact, he’s lucky to even be alive. He’s gone from operating rooms to Donald Trump’s boardroom and from the Grand Ole Opry stage to the silver screen. It’s not hard to understand why “Ladies Love Country Boys,” and this one in particular.

Here at GAC, we love him too! Don’t miss Part 2 of The Collection: Trace Adkins airing TONIGHT on GAC at 8/7c! What’s your favorite Trace Adkins video? Leave a comment below and let us know!

In honor of The Collection: Trace Adkins, this week’s GAC Trivia Time* is all about Trace:

Sep 11, 1983 – Trace Adkins rides out Hurricane Chantal on an oil rig in the Caribbean

Feb 21, 1994 – Trace Adkins’ first wife shoots him with a .38-caliber revolver, the bullet penetrating both lungs and both chambers of his heart

Jun 25, 1996 – Capitol releases Trace Adkins’ debut album, Dreamin’ Out Loud

Nov 23, 1996 -Trace Adkins makes his debut on the Grand Ole Opry. After singing “Every Light In The House,” he drops to one knee, calls out girlfriend Rhonda Forlaw and asks her to marry him. She says yes Continue Reading


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Mar 14

GAC Trivia Time: Sugarland

Sugarland photo by Jennifer Tzar, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Sugarland hit the scene with “Baby Girl” and have been making their own rules ever since.  Their shows are electric and their tunes have a way of getting stuck in your head … “whoa-oh, whoa-oh, stuck like glue…” Whether they bring you to your feet or your knees, Sugarland knows how to make fans feel something different.

Have you seen this dynamic duo live? If you haven’t, you don’t want to miss the premiere of Sugarland: The Incredible Machine TONIGHT – Monday, March 14 at 10/9c! Get your sneak peek HERE!

In this week’s GAC Trivia Time*, we thought we’d give you some fun facts about Jennifer Nettles & Kristian Bush:

Jul 26, 2002 – Singer-songwriter Kristian Bush asks his wife for one more year to pursue music as a career. Some 362 days later, his band Sugarland does a showcase that nets a recording deal, preventing him from settling for life as a website designer

Aug 8, 2002 – Sugarland makes its first public appearance onstage, singing the only four numbers that the band knows

Sep 16, 2003 – Sugarland signs a recording deal with Mercury Records

Nov 12, 2004 – Sugarland performs “Baby Girl” during its Grand Ole Opry debut Continue Reading


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Mar 11

GAC Trivia Time: Kenny Rogers

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers perform at Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years at The MGM Grand at Foxwoods on April 10, 2010. Photo credit: Rahav Segev/ Retna Ltd.

Only one man can say he’s had Oprah Winfrey and Dolly Parton sing background vocals for him…and even at the same time. Kenny Rogers has lived an extraordinary life and if you missed the premiere of Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years, we’ve got you covered. You can catch it this Sunday, March 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern. See other air times here!

Think you know everything about The Gambler? We bet you just might learn something new in this week’s GAC Trivia Time.*

Aug 21, 1938 – Kenny Rogers was born in St. Joseph’s Infirmary in Houston

Jul 11, 1967 – One day after leaving The New Christy Minstrels, Kenny Rogers forms The First Edition with Thelma Camacho, Mike Settle and Terry Williams

Mar 27, 1973 – Kenny Rogers & The First Edition’s “Greatest Hits” album goes gold

Aug 5, 1976 – Kenny records “Lucille” during an afternoon session at the American Studio in Nashville

Jun 3, 1977 – A 10-piece string section is overdubbed onto Kenny Rogers’ recording of “Sweet Music Man” during a 6 p.m. session at the Jack Clement Studios in Nashville

Jun 16, 1978 – Kenny records “The Gambler” in a morning session at Nashville’s Jack Clement Studio, returning in the late-afternoon to cut “All I Ever Need Is You” with Dottie West Continue Reading


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