2009 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 2009.

Events[edit]

  • August — After 36 years of using the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart as the basis of its program, American Country Countdown begins using the Mediabase chart.
  • August 10 — Brooks & Dunn announced that they are breaking up in 2010 after 20 years as a duo.
  • August 25 — Jack Ingram sets Guinness Book of World Records mark for most consecutive radio interviews in 24 hours, having done 215 consecutive interviews for 5 minutes each.
  • September 13 — Taylor Swift becomes the first country music artist to win an MTV Music Video award at the 2009 event, winning a Best Female Video for "You Belong with Me." Hip-hop artist and producer Kanye West interrupts Swift's acceptance speech, saying that another video should have won. This results in a media stir for several days; eventually, West apologizes — first on his blog, and then by personally contacting Swift.[1][2][3]
  • October 15 -- Garth Brooks announces that he is coming out of retirement to play concerts in Las Vegas. The concerts will be held approximately fifteen weekends per year until the year 2014. His first set of concerts has already sold out.[4]

Top hits of the year[edit]

The following songs placed within the Top 20 on the Hot Country Songs charts in 2009:

US Single Artist Reference
20 15 Minutes Rodney Atkins
14 All I Ask For Anymore Trace Adkins
1 Already Gone Sugarland
1 Alright Darius Rucker
11 Always the Love Songs Eli Young Band
1 American Ride Toby Keith
10 Barefoot and Crazy Jack Ingram
9 Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler
1 Big Green Tractor Jason Aldean
4 Bonfire Craig Morgan
2 Boots On Randy Houser
1 Country Boy Alan Jackson
1 Cowboy Casanova Carrie Underwood
2 Cowgirls Don't Cry Brooks & Dunn
with Reba
2 Do I Luke Bryan
2 Don't Billy Currington
2 Don't Think I Can't Love You Jake Owen
1 Down the Road Kenny Chesney
with Mac McAnally
11 Eight Second Ride Jake Owen
20 Everything Is Fine Josh Turner
1 Feel That Fire Dierks Bentley
7 Fifteen Taylor Swift
1 Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song) Chris Young
1 God Love Her Toby Keith
1 Here Rascal Flatts
1 Here Comes Goodbye Rascal Flatts
16 Honky Tonk Stomp Brooks & Dunn
with Billy Gibbons
17 How 'bout You Don't The Lost Trailers
18 I Just Call You Mine Martina McBride
1 I Run to You Lady Antebellum
2 I Told You So Carrie Underwood
with Randy Travis
18 I Will Jimmy Wayne
8 I'll Just Hold On Blake Shelton
6 I'm Alive Kenny Chesney
with Dave Matthews
9 In Color Jamey Johnson
16 Indian Summer Brooks & Dunn
1 It Happens Sugarland
1 It Won't Be Like This for Long Darius Rucker
13 It's a Business Doing Pleasure with You Tim McGraw
1 It's America Rodney Atkins
17 Joey Sugarland
3 Kiss a Girl Keith Urban
14 Last Call Lee Ann Womack
12 Let Me Pat Green
2 Living for the Night George Strait
10 Lost You Anyway Toby Keith
10 Love Your Love the Most Eric Church
14 Marry for Money Trace Adkins
17 More Like Her Miranda Lambert
1 Need You Now Lady Antebellum
5 Nothin' to Die For Tim McGraw
5 One in Every Crowd Montgomery Gentry
1 Only You Can Love Me This Way Keith Urban
1 Out Last Night Kenny Chesney
1 People Are Crazy Billy Currington
7 Red Light David Nail
11 Ride Martina McBride
1 River of Love George Strait
10 Runaway Love and Theft
1 She Wouldn't Be Gone Blake Shelton
1 She's Country Jason Aldean
12 Shuttin' Detroit Down John Rich
1 Sideways Dierks Bentley
9 Sissy's Song Alan Jackson
1 Small Town USA Justin Moore
11 Sounds Like Life to Me Darryl Worley
1 Start a Band Brad Paisley
with Keith Urban
11 Strange Reba
2 Summer Nights Rascal Flatts
1 Sweet Thing Keith Urban
18 That's a Man Jack Ingram
1 Then Brad Paisley
1 Toes Zac Brown Band
2 Welcome to the Future Brad Paisley
2 Whatever It Is Zac Brown Band
11 Where I'm From Jason Michael Carroll
2 White Horse Taylor Swift
18 Why Rascal Flatts
15 Wild at Heart Gloriana
1 You Belong with Me Taylor Swift

Top new album releases[edit]

The following albums placed within the Top 50 on the Top Country Albums charts in 2009:

US Album Artist Record Label Release Date Reference
1 #1s... and Then Some Brooks & Dunn Arista Nashville September 8
7 127 Rose Avenue Hank Williams, Jr. Curb June 16
1 American Ride Toby Keith Show Dog October 6
1 American Saturday Night Brad Paisley Arista Nashville June 30
4 Carolina Eric Church Capitol Nashville March 24
1 Defying Gravity Keith Urban Capitol Nashville March 31
2 Doin' My Thing Luke Bryan Capitol Nashville October 6
2 Easy Does It Jake Owen RCA Nashville February 24
1 Feel That Fire Dierks Bentley Capitol Nashville February 3
5 For Our Heroes Montgomery Gentry Columbia Nashville May 26
2 Gloriana Gloriana Emblem/Reprise/Warner Bros. August 4
3 Gold and Green Sugarland Mercury Nashville October 13
1 Greatest Hits II Kenny Chesney BNA May 19
7 Growing Up Is Getting Old Jason Michael Carroll Arista Nashville April 28
1 Hannah Montana: The Movie Various Artists Walt Disney March 24
10 Happiness and All the Other Things Cross Canadian Ragweed Universal South September 1
3 I Told You So: The Ultimate
Hits of Randy Travis
Randy Travis Warner Bros. Nashville March 17
3 It's America Rodney Atkins Curb March 31
3 Justin Moore Justin Moore Valory Music Group August 11
1 Keep On Loving You Reba McEntire Valory Music Group/Starstruck August 18
5 The List Rosanne Cash Manhattan/EMI October 6
1 Live on the Inside Sugarland Mercury Nashville August 4
6 The Man I Want to Be Chris Young RCA Nashville September 1
8 Natural Forces Lyle Lovett Curb/Lost Highway October 20
4 Now That's What I Call Country Volume 2 Various Artists Sony August 25
1 Play On Carrie Underwood Arista Nashville November 3
1 Revolution Miranda Lambert Columbia Nashville September 29
1 Shine Martina McBride RCA Nashville March 24
5 Sing: Chapter 1 Wynonna Asylum-Curb February 3
3 Son of a Preacher Man John Rich Warner Bros. Nashville March 24
10 Songs of Love and Heartache Alan Jackson Cracker Barrel November 2
1 Southern Voice Tim McGraw Curb October 20
6 Townes Steve Earle New West May 12
1 Twang George Strait MCA Nashville August 11
1 Unstoppable Rascal Flatts Lyric Street April 7
2 What I'm For Pat Green BNA January 27
2 Wide Open Jason Aldean Broken Bow April 7
10 World Wide Open Love and Theft Carolwood August 25

Other top albums[edit]

US Album Artist Record Label Release Date Reference
29 Aged and Confused Bill Engvall Warner Bros. Nashville October 6
14 American Classic Willie Nelson Blue Note August 25
13 Back to Tennessee Billy Ray Cyrus Lyric Street April 7
45 Bad Magick: The Best of
Shooter Jennings and the .357's
Shooter Jennings Universal South March 24
33 Beautiful Day Charlie Robison Dualtone June 23
13 Behavioral Problems Ron White Capitol Nashville April 21
21 Big Dreams & High Hopes Jack Ingram Big Machine August 25
16 The Boys Are Back The Oak Ridge Boys Quarterback May 19
44 Brothers from Different Mothers Dailey & Vincent Rounder March 31
29 Closer to the Bone Kris Kristofferson New West September 29
22 A Collection of My Best Recollection George Jones Cracker Barrel September 1
32 Country Club John Doe and The Sadies Yep Roc April 14
41 Country Is as Country Does Colt Ford Average Joe's October 6
40 Davisson Brothers Band Davisson Brothers Band Yell March 10
32 Dean Brody Dean Brody Broken Bow April 28
47 Deep in the Heart of Texas:
Aaron Watson Live
Aaron Watson Thirty Tigers September 15
36 Dolly: Live from London Dolly Parton Dolly Records November 10
19 El Niño Loco Rodney Carrington Capitol Nashville June 16
24 Fight Like a Girl Bomshel Curb October 20
25 The Foundation (bonus tracks) Zac Brown Band Cracker Barrel September 8
28 A Gospel Journey The Oak Ridge Boys Gaither April 21
27 Greatest Hits Big & Rich Warner Bros. Nashville September 29
37 Here with Me Holly Williams Mercury Nashville June 16
38 Hills and Valleys The Flatlanders New West March 31
19 I'm About to Come Alive David Nail MCA Nashville August 18
23 iTunes Originals Keith Urban Capitol Nashville July 21
44 A Little More Country Than That (EP) Easton Corbin Mercury Nashville August 18
20 Live from Bonnaroo Zac Brown Band Atlantic/Home Grown/Big Picture August 4
45 Live from the Suwannee River Jam Colt Ford Average Joe's December 8
43 Live Sessions Jason Aldean Broken Bow November 23
44 The Long Way Home Terri Clark EMI Canada/Capitol/BareTrack September 1
29 Lost Highway Willie Nelson Lost Highway August 11
40 A Moment in Time Lorrie Morgan Country Crossing October 27
19 Mountain Soul II Patty Loveless Saguaro Road September 29
28 Moving On Casey Donahew Band Almost Country September 1
27 My Turn Tanya Tucker Saguaro Road June 30
29 Naked Willie Willie Nelson Legacy March 17
40 Never Going Back Collin Raye Saguaro Road April 28
11 Now That's What I Call a Country Christmas Various Artists Sony October 6
30 Off the Hillbilly Hook Trailer Choir Show Dog Nashville June 9
15 Old Things New Joe Nichols Universal South October 27
50 On the Can Larry the Cable Guy Warner Bros. Nashville July 21
37 The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy Big Kenny Love Everybody/Bigger Picture November 10
41 The Reason Diamond Rio Word September 22
17 Roadhouse Sun Ryan Bingham and
The Dead Horses
Lost Highway June 2
20 The Rock Tracy Lawrence Rocky Comfort/CO5 June 9
17 The Rose Hotel Robert Earl Keen Lost Highway September 29
32 Sara Smile Jimmy Wayne Valory Music Group November 23
39 Solo (Songs My Dad Loved) Ricky Skaggs Skaggs Family September 15
26 Sounds Like Life Darryl Worley Stroudavarious June 9
19 Tailgate Party Larry the Cable Guy Warner Bros. Nashville September 22
19 Then Sings My Soul Ronnie Milsap Star Song March 10
31 Three Wooden Crosses: The
Inspirational Hits of Randy Travis
Randy Travis Word March 17
29 Traveling Circus Phil Vassar Universal South December 15
44 Unwrapped Rascal Flatts Lyric Street November 23
13 Willie and the Wheel Willie Nelson and
Asleep at the Wheel
Lost Highway February 3

Deaths[edit]

  • January 9 — Jon Hager, 67, one half of the Hager Twins, gained fame on Hee Haw.
  • February 7 — Molly Bee, 69, gained fame through appearances on Hometown Jamboree. (complications from a stroke)
  • March 2 — Ernest Ashworth, 80, Grand Ole Opry star, best known for his 1963 Number One hit, "Talk Back Tremblin' Lips".
  • March 8 — Hank Locklin, 91, Grand Ole Opry star, best known for his 1960 crossover hit, "Please Help Me, I'm Falling".
  • March 25 — Dan Seals, 61, singer-songwriter of the 1980s, best known for his 1985 crossover hit, "Bop". (mantle cell lymphoma)
  • April 28 — Vern Gosdin, 74, singer-songwriter known as "the Voice." (complications from a stroke)
  • June 10 — Barry Beckett, 66, record producer and session musician (natural causes)
  • June 24 — Tim Krekel, 58, country music songwriter (cancer)
  • July 28 — Reverend Ike, 74, Ike made a guest appearance on Hank Williams Jr.'s single “Mind Your Own Business”, a Number One country hit in 1986. (complications from a stroke)
  • August 13 — Les Paul, 94, recording innovator and electric guitar inventor, both which have seen significant use in country music (complications from pneumonia)
  • August 14 — Warren "Gates" Nichols, 65, steel guitarist and co-founding member of the 1990s group Confederate Railroad (pancreatic cancer).
  • September 27 — Ruby Wright, 69, daughter of country music legends Kitty Wells and Johnnie Wright and prominent member of her parents' touring act (heart-related illness)

Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

Major awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

(presented January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles)

Juno Awards[edit]

(presented April 18, 2010 in St. John's)

CMT Music Awards[edit]

(presented June 16 in Nashville)

Academy of Country Music[edit]

(presented April 18, 2010 in Las Vegas)

Canadian Country Music Association[edit]

(presented September 13 in Vancouver)

Country Music Association[edit]

(presented November 11 in Nashville)

Further reading[edit]

  • 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.

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