2013 in country music
This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 2013.
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- 1 Events
- 2 Top hits of the year
- 3 Top new album releases
- 4 Deaths
- 5 Hall of Fame Inductees
- 6 Major awards
- 7 Further reading
- 8 References
- 9 Other links
- 10 External links
- January – A brief feud erupts between Blake Shelton and country legend Ray Price when Shelton criticized veteran country performers who don't agree with the direction in which the genre is going, claiming "(n)obody wants to listen to their grandpa's music." Price was offended and publicly expressed his disapproval in a Facebook post, prompting Shelton to issue an apology on Twitter. Several days later, Price accepted the apology. "I agree that he should be given a chance to restore his credibility with the millions of fans who were deeply offended by those hurtful words," Price wrote as part of his Facebook post responding to Shelton's apology.
- February 17 – Mindy McCready, whose personal and legal problems overshadowed her promising future as a rising female vocalist of the late 1990s, is found dead of an apparent suicide at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas. Her death came a month after the death of her boyfriend, songwriter David Wilson.
- March 2 – The Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones," a radio show hosted by Austin, Texas, radio personality Bobby Estell (aka Bobby Bones), debuts in syndication.
- April 8 — Brad Paisley receives media attention over his song "Accidental Racist", a cut featuring LL Cool J from Paisley's album Wheelhouse. The song becomes a source of controversy due to its lyrics addressing racism and slavery.
- April 24 — The Chatham County, Georgia Grand Jury indicted Billy Currington on felony criminal charges of "abuse of an elder person by inflicting mental anguish" and "making terroristic threats". Both criminal charges stem from an April 15 incident involving Charles Harvey Ferrelle, with the indictment alleging that Currington made terrorist threats and drove too close to Ferrelle's boat in a manner that he nearly knocked the elderly man into the water. Currington – released after posting $27,000 bond – faces a prison term of 1 to 5 years if convicted.
- July 7 — Randy Travis is hospitalized in critical condition with viral cardiomyopathy. Four days later, he suffers a stroke and undergoes surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.
- August 10 — With 22 weeks at No. 1, "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line sets a new record for most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, breaking a three-way tie of 21 weeks at No. 1 jointly held by Eddy Arnold ("I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)," 1947), Hank Snow ("I'm Movin' On," 1950) and Webb Pierce ("In the Jailhouse Now," 1955). "Cruise" benefited from changes in Billboard's methodology, made in 2012, from a country airplay-only chart to one that reflects all-genre airplay, music downloads and streaming, similarly to the Hot 100. The song had earlier spent five weeks at No. 1 in late December into January, began falling but never dropping out of the top 40, before rebounding in April following the release of a remix with Nelly and eventually reclaiming the chart's No. 1 position.
- August 23 — In an interview with AARP, Linda Ronstadt reveals she has Parkinson's Disease and can no longer sing.
- October 16 — Record producer Tony Brown, best known for producing George Strait, is arrested for domestic assault against his wife.
- December 15 – Numerous media outlets, from Rolling Stone to the USA Today, prematurely reported that Ray Price had died from pancreatic cancer. The information came from Price's son, Cliff, who posted via Facebook his father's apparent passing, but it was later retracted, according to The Tennessean (which also published a news story on Price's death that was later removed). Price died the next day, with family spokesman Bill Mack confirming the death.
Top hits of the year
Singles released by American artists
Singles released by Canadian artists
|—||—||12||Anything At All||Autumn Hill|
|—||—||19||Beer Necessities||Jake Mathews|||
|—||—||18||Blame It on Your Truck||Kira Isabella|||
|—||—||8||Buzz Buzz Buzzing||Tim Hicks|||
|—||—||19||Can't Keep Waiting||Autumn Hill|
|—||—||11||Farm Girl Strong||Gord Bamford|||
|—||—||9||Get By||Tim Hicks|
|—||—||20||Half Broke Horses||Jaida Dreyer|||
|—||—||9||Hell Raisin' Good Time||Tim Hicks|
|—||—||16||Hope and Gasoline||Beverley Mahood|||
|—||—||10||Let It Roll||Emerson Drive
with Doc Walker
|—||—||10||Living on the Outside||Small Town Pistols|||
|—||56||13||Love You for a Long Time||High Valley|||
|—||—||19||Must Be a Woman||Gord Bamford|||
|—||—||17||Never Done It Like This||Steven Lee Olsen|||
|—||—||11||Never Gonna Let You||MacKenzie Porter|||
|—||—||6||Nothing but Summer||Dallas Smith|
|—||—||12||Put It Into Drive||Doc Walker|||
|—||—||13||Rock It Country Girl||Jason Blaine|||
|—||—||17||She Always Gets What She Wants||Emerson Drive|||
|—||—||14||Slow Dance||George Canyon|||
|—||—||9||Somebody Will||Bobby Wills|||
|—||—||11||Somewhere in the Country||Tebey|||
|—||—||13||Songs About You||Kira Isabella|||
|—||—||3||Started with a Song||Brett Kissel|
|—||—||18||Suntan City||Aaron Pritchett|||
|—||—||10||Take the Week Off||Deric Ruttan|
|—||—||8||Till It's Gone||Tebey|||
|—||—||12||Underneath the Apple Trees||Dean Brody|||
|—||—||7||What Kinda Love||Dallas Smith|
|—||—||1||When Your Lips Are So Close||Gord Bamford|
|—||—||13||Where the Party At?||Chad Brownlee|||
|—||—||11||Where the Train Don't Stop||Deric Ruttan|||
|—||—||12||With You||Emerson Drive|||
- "—" denotes releases that did not chart
Top new album releases
The following albums placed within the Top 50 on the Top Country Albums charts in 2013:
|US||Album||Artist||Record Label||Release Date||Reference|
|2||A.M.||Chris Young||RCA Nashville||September 17|
|2||Alabama & Friends||Various Artists||Show Dog-Universal Music||August 27|
|2||Annie Up||Pistol Annies||RCA Nashville||May 7|
|4||Bakersfield||Vince Gill and Paul Franklin||MCA Nashville||July 30|
|1||Based on a True Story…||Blake Shelton||Warner Bros. Nashville||March 26|
|1||Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences||Garth Brooks||Pearl||November 28|
|3||The Bluegrass Album||Alan Jackson||ACR/EMI Records Nashville||September 24|
|2||Bring You Back||Brett Eldredge||Atlantic Nashville||August 6|
|10||Brothers of the 4x4||Hank 3||Megaforce/Hank 3||October 1|
|3||Caught in the Act: Live||Eric Church||EMI Nashville||April 9|
|1||Crash My Party||Luke Bryan||Capitol Nashville||August 13|
|3||Crickets||Joe Nichols||Red Bow||October 8|
|5||Danielle Bradbery||Danielle Bradbery||Big Machine||November 25|
|4||Days of Gold||Jake Owen||RCA Nashville||December 3|
|3||Drinks After Work||Toby Keith||Show Dog-Universal Music||October 29|
|1||Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas||The Robertsons||UMG Nashville||October 29|
|7||Fall Into Me||Katie Armiger||Cold River||January 15|||
|10||Feels Like Carolina||Parmalee||Stoney Creek||December 10|
|3||Feels Like Home||Sheryl Crow||Warner Bros. Nashville||September 10|
|1||Frame by Frame||Cassadee Pope||Republic Nashville||October 8|
|1||Fuse||Keith Urban||Capitol Nashville||September 10|
|1||Golden||Lady Antebellum||Capitol Nashville||May 7|
|5||The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 (EP)||Zac Brown Band||Southern Ground||December 10|
|3||How Country Feels||Randy Houser||Stoney Creek||January 22|
|8||In Time||The Mavericks||Valory Music Group||February 26|
|2||It Goes Like This||Thomas Rhett||Valory Music Group||October 29|
|4||Just Feels Good||Thompson Square||Stoney Creek||March 26|
|3||Keep It Redneck||The Lacs||Backroad||August 20|
|1||Life on a Rock||Kenny Chesney||Blue Chair/Columbia||April 30|
|10||Like a Rose||Ashley Monroe||Warner Bros. Nashville||March 5|||
|1||Love Is Everything||George Strait||MCA Nashville||May 14|
|6||Love Will...||Trace Adkins||Show Dog-Universal Music||May 14|
|8||Mud Digger 4||Various Artists||Average Joes||July 2|
|5||The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 2||Various Artists||Big Machine||May 7|
|7||The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 1||Various Artists||Big Machine||December 10|
|10||Now That's What I Call a Country Party||Various Artists||Universal||May 7|
|4||Now That's What I Call Country Volume 6||Various Artists||Universal||June 11|
|1||Off the Beaten Path||Justin Moore||Valory Music Group||September 17|
|4||Old Yellow Moon||Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell||Nonesuch||February 26|
|1||Pioneer||The Band Perry||Republic Nashville||April 2|
|2||Precious Memories Volume II||Alan Jackson||EMI Nashville||March 26|
|4||Ready Set Roll (EP)||Chase Rice||Dack Janiels||October 15|
|2||Redneck Crazy||Tyler Farr||Columbia Nashville||September 30|
|1||Same Trailer Different Park||Kacey Musgraves||Mercury Nashville||March 19|
|1||See You Tonight||Scotty McCreery||19/Interscope/Mercury Nashville||October 15|
|1||Set You Free||Gary Allan||MCA Nashville||January 22|
|9||Spitfire||LeAnn Rimes||Curb||June 4|
|1||Spring Break…Here to Party||Luke Bryan||Capitol Nashville||March 5|||
|7||StandOff||Casey Donahew Band||Almost Country||April 16|
|4||Tate Stevens||Tate Stevens||RCA Nashville/Syco||April 23|
|2||To All the Girls...||Willie Nelson||Legacy||October 15|
|3||Trouble||Randy Rogers Band||MCA Nashville||April 30|
|1||True Believers||Darius Rucker||Capitol Nashville||May 21|
|1||Two Lanes of Freedom||Tim McGraw||Big Machine||February 5|
|6||The Voice: The Complete Season 4 Collection||Danielle Bradbery||Republic Nashville||June 19|
|5||We Are Tonight||Billy Currington||Mercury Nashville||September 17|
|1||Wheelhouse||Brad Paisley||Arista Nashville||April 9|
|4||The Woman I Am||Kellie Pickler||Black River Entertainment||November 11|
|9||You Can't Make Old Friends||Kenny Rogers||Warner Bros. Nashville||October 8|
Other top albums
|US||Album||Artist||Record Label||Release Date||Reference|
|33||4 Album Collection||Luke Bryan||Capitol Nashville||November 19|
|23||12 Stories||Brandy Clark||Slate Creek Records||October 22|
|38||40th Anniversary: 1973–2013||The Oak Ridge Boys||Gaither Music Group||July 30|
|34||Amazing Grace||George Jones||Bandit||September 10|
|24||Beggin' for More||Kyle Park||Kyle Park Music||March 19|
|28||Best from the Farewell Concert||The Statler Brothers||Gaither Music Group||April 23|
|40||Brothers of the Highway||Dailey & Vincent||Rounder||May 7|
|31||The Calm After...||Travis Tritt||Post Oak||July 9|
|29||Cheater's Game||Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison||Spunk||February 12|
|47||Chris Janson (EP)||Chris Janson||Bigger Picture Music Group||September 3|
|46||The Classic Christmas Album||Alabama||Legacy||October 8|
|48||The Classic Christmas Album||Johnny Cash||Legacy||October 8|
|27||The Classic Christmas Album||Martina McBride||Legacy||October 8|
|38||Cluck Ol' Hen||Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby||Skaggs Family||August 20|
|36||Country: Charlie Daniels||Charlie Daniels||Sony Music||February 26|
|49||Country: Keith Whitley||Keith Whitley||Sony Music||March 5|
|36||Cut to Impress||Maggie Rose||RPM Entertainment||March 26|
|25||Dark & Dirty Mile||Jason Boland & the Stragglers||Proud Souls||May 14|
|15||Dirt Road Driveway||Granger Smith||Pioneer||April 16|
|32||Divided & United||Various Artists||ATO||November 5|
|33||Door Without a Screen||Sundy Best||E1 Entertainment||August 27|
|28||Feeling Mortal||Kris Kristofferson||KK||January 29|
|30||Finally Home||Blue Sky Riders||101 Distribution||January 29|
|36||Good Wine and Bad Decisions||Julie Roberts||Sun||October 29|
|46||Greatest Hits Vol. 1: Tribute to Garth Brooks||Country Hits Makers||Country Hits Makers||May 3|
|26||Headlights, Taillights and Radios||Tracy Lawrence||Lawrence Music Group||August 20|
|39||High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama||Various Artists||Lightning Rod||September 17|
|48||High Life||Charlie Robison||Jetwell||October 1|
|47||High Top Mountain||Sturgill Simpson||High Top Mountain||June 11|
|18||The Highway||Holly Williams||Georgiana||February 5|
|43||Honky Tonk Woman||Georgia Holt||Georgia Holt||April 30|
|32||I Can't Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson||Mandy Barnett||Cracker Barrel||November 11|
|48||Icon||Chris Cagle||Capitol Nashville||March 19|
|19||Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am||Randy Travis||Warner Bros. Nashville||October 1|
|27||Inspired: Songs of Faith & Family||Joey + Rory||Gaither Music Group||July 16|
|12||The Journey (Livin' Hits)||Craig Morgan||Black River||September 3|
|49||Justified: Music from the Original Television Series||Various Artists||Madison Gate||January 8|
|41||Keep It Country||Jason Cassidy||A-Blake||July 16|
|45||Kicker Town||Rusty Truck||Crosseyed Music||August 6|
|12||The King's Gift||Trace Adkins||Caliburn||October 29|
|16||Let's Face the Music and Dance||Willie Nelson||Legacy||April 16|
|33||Life as We Know It||Lonestar||4 Star||June 4|
|32||LIFE Unheard||Johnny Cash||Sony Music||August 13|
|44||A Little Unprofessional||Ron White||Image||June 4|
|39||The Living Room Sessions||B. J. Thomas||Wrinkled||April 2|
|25||LoCash Cowboys||LoCash Cowboys||Average Joes||June 18|
|22||Long Night Moon||Reckless Kelly||No Big Deal||September 3|
|12||The Low Highway||Steve Earle||New West||April 16|
|44||Made to Last||Joey + Rory||Farmhouse Recordings||October 8|
|36||Memories and Moments||Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott||Full Light||September 17|
|13||Merry Christmas… Love, Elvis||Elvis Presley||Sony Music||August 27|
|38||Move Like That (EP)||Due West||Sovereign 3||August 27|
|34||Mud Dynasty||Lenny Cooper||Average Joes||May 7|
|22||The Muse||The Wood Brothers||Southern Ground||October 1|
|12||The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver||Various Artists||ATO||April 2|
|12||My Favourite Picture of You||Guy Clark||Dualtone||July 23|
|23||Never Give In||Will Hoge||Cumberland||October 15|
|27||Never Regret||Craig Campbell||Bigger Picture Music Group||May 7|
|17||New Hometown||Connor Christian & Southern Gothic||Rocket Science||February 12|
|11||Official 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards 'ZinePak||Various Artists||ZinePak LLC/Walmart||March 26|
|20||Original Good Ol' Boy||JJ Lawhorn||Average Joes||July 16|
|19||The Other Life||Shooter Jennings||Entertainment One Music||March 12|
|40||Pain Management||Bubba Sparxxx||Average Joes||October 15|
|28||Point at You & Four Moore Hits (EP)||Justin Moore||Valory Music Group||April 2|
|45||Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride||Neal McCoy||Slate Creek||September 24|
|48||Red River Drifter||Michael Martin Murphey||Red River||July 9|
|24||Right On Time||Gretchen Wilson||Redneck||April 2|
|34||Rose Queen||William Clark Green||Bill Grease||April 30|
|21||Rough (EP)||Chuck Wicks||Liz Rose Music||April 9|
|12||Rubberband||Charlie Worsham||Warner Bros. Nashville||August 20|
|43||Runaway Freeway Blues||The Black Lillies||North Knox||March 26|
|22||See You There||Glen Campbell||Surfdog||August 13|
|39||Slower Than Christmas||Mountain Man||IMI||November 11|
|35||Some Old, Some New, Maybe a Cover or Two||Cody Canada||Underground Sound||November 19|
|11||Southern Soul||Frank Foster||Frank Foster||September 3|
|42||The Stand-In||Caitlin Rose||ATO||March 5|
|18||Tim McGraw & Friends||Tim McGraw||Curb||January 22|
|40||Under the Covers||Gretchen Wilson||Redneck||June 4|
|18||The Voice: The Complete Season 4 Collection||The Swon Brothers||Republic Nashville||June 19|
|30||When I Said I Do||Clint Black||Cracker Barrel||August 5|
|41||You Should Dream||The Texas Tenors||Select-O-Hits||December 10|
- January 1 — Patti Page, 85, traditional pop singer who was one of the most successful music artists of the 1950s and best known for her classic country-pop hit, "Tennessee Waltz."
- January 30 — Patty Andrews, 94, last surviving member of vocal pop group The Andrews Sisters who had three top ten country hits in the 1940s.
- February 17 — Mindy McCready, 37, country vocalist from the mid-to-late 1990s, best known for "Guys Do It All the Time" (suicide)
- March 6 — Stompin' Tom Connors, 77, Canadian country singer from the 1970s, best known for "The Hockey Song" (natural causes)
- March 6 — Claude King, 90, singer/songwriter known for his million selling 1962 hit "Wolverton Mountain" (natural causes)
- March 14 — Jack Greene, 83, American country musician nicknamed the "Jolly Green Giant" and well known for his 1966 hit "There Goes My Everything" also for his 1969 hit "Statue of a Fool" (complications from Alzheimer's disease)
- April 16 — Rita MacNeil, 68, Canadian country singer from the 1980s and 1990s (complications from surgery)
- April 26 — George Jones, 81, country music icon from the 1950s onward, best known for hits such as "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and dozens of others. (acute hypoxia, from complications of fever and irregular blood pressure)
- May 24 — Lorene Mann, 76, singer-songwriter best known for her duets with Justin Tubb and Archie Campbell
- June 5 — Don Bowman, 75, original host of radio's American Country Countdown and writer of Waylon Jennings-Willie Nelson duet "Just to Satisfy You."
- June 19 — Slim Whitman, 90, country artist best known for his high-octave falsetto and yodeling abilities, and songs such as "Indian Love Call" and "Rose Marie" (heart failure)
- June 19 — Chet Flippo, 69, journalist for Rolling Stone and Billboard, editorial director at Country Music Television
- July 8 — Johnny MacRae, 84, songwriter best known for "I'd Love to Lay You Down" (heart disease)
- August 8 — Jack Clement, 82, songwriter and record producer known for his work with Johnny Cash
- August 10 — Jody Payne, 77, Willie Nelson's longtime guitarist
- August 13 — Tompall Glaser, 79, one-third of Tompall & the Glaser Brothers; also known for the solo single "Put Another Log on the Fire"
- September 17 — Marvin Rainwater, 88, was an American country and rockabilly singer and songwriter who had several hits during the late 1950s, including "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird"
- September 28 — B. B. Watson, 60, best known for his 1991 hit "Light at the End of the Tunnel"
- October 10 — Cal Smith, 81, best known for his 1974 hit "Country Bumpkin"
- October 20 — Leon Ashley, 77, best known for his 1967 hit "Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)"
- October 29 — Sherman Halsey, 56, music video director best known for his work with Tim McGraw
- November 13 — Bob Beckham, 86, singer and music publisher
- November 21 — Nelson Larkin, 70, songwriter and producer
- December 16 — Ray Price, 87, country singer best known for his hits "For the Good Times", "Crazy Arms", "City Lights" and dozens more (pancreatic cancer)
Hall of Fame Inductees
Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees
Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees
American Country Awards
Academy of Country Music
American Music Awards
(presented November 24 in Los Angeles)
- Favorite Country Male Artist — Luke Bryan
- Favorite Country Female Artist — Taylor Swift
- Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group — Lady Antebellum
- Favorite Country Album — Red, Taylor Swift
Canadian Country Music Association
(presented September 8 in Edmonton)
- Fans' Choice Award — Terri Clark
- Male Artist of the Year — Dean Brody
- Female Artist of the Year — Kira Isabella
- Group or Duo of the Year — The Stellas
- Songwriter(s) of the Year — "Leaning on a Lonesome Song", written by Gord Bamford, Buddy Owens and Ray Stephenson
- Single of the Year — "Leaning on a Lonesome Song", Gord Bamford
- Album of the Year — Is It Friday Yet?, Gord Bamford
- Top Selling Album — Red, Taylor Swift
- Top Selling Canadian Album — Fire It Up, Johnny Reid
- CMT Video of the Year — "Leaning on a Lonesome Song", Gord Bamford
- Rising Star Award — Bobby Wills
- Roots Artist or Group of the Year — Corb Lund
- Interactive Artist of the Year — High Valley
Country Music Association
(presented November 6 in Nashville)
- Single of the Year — "Cruise", Florida Georgia Line
- Song of the Year — "I Drive Your Truck", Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary
- Vocal Group of the Year — Little Big Town
- New Artist of the Year — Kacey Musgraves
- Album of the Year — Based on a True Story..., Blake Shelton
- Musician of the Year — Mac McAnally
- Vocal Duo of the Year — Florida Georgia Line
- Music Video of the Year — "Highway Don't Care", Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
- Male Vocalist of the Year — Blake Shelton
- Female Vocalist of the Year — Miranda Lambert
- Musical Event of the Year — "Highway Don't Care", Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
- Entertainer of the Year — George Strait
CMT Music Awards
(presented June 5 in Nashville)
- Video of the Year — "Blown Away", Carrie Underwood
- Male Video of the Year — "Sure Be Cool If You Did", Blake Shelton
- Female Video of the Year — "Mama's Broken Heart", Miranda Lambert
- Group Video of the Year — "Downtown", Lady Antebellum
- Duo Video of the Year — "Cruise", Florida Georgia Line
- Breakthrough Video of the Year — "Cruise", Florida Georgia Line
- Collaborative Video of the Year — "The Only Way I Know", Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church
- Performance of the Year — "Over You", Miranda Lambert from CMT Artists of the Year
- Nationwide Insurance On Your Side Award — Hunter Hayes
(presented January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles)
- Best Country Solo Performance — "Wagon Wheel", Darius Rucker
- Best Country Duo/Group Performance — "From This Valley", The Civil Wars
- Best Country Song — "Merry Go 'Round", Kacey Musgraves
- Best Country Album — Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves
- Best Bluegrass Album — The Streets of Baltimore, Del McCoury Band
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