2017 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in 2017.

List of years in country music (table)

Events[edit]

  • April 3 – Luke Bryan's "Fast" reaches No. 1 on Country Airplay, making Bryan the first artist ever to achieve six No. 1 singles from the same album.[1]
  • April 11 – Jeff Cook of Alabama announces he will stop touring with the band, after revealing he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease four years earlier.[2]
  • April 23 – The Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Hank Williams stayed December 31, 1952, hours before his death, makes headlines after mayor Tim Burchett announces that Knox County would seek proposals to redevelop the building, sparking re-interest in the circumstances and events surrounding Williams' final hours.[3]
  • May 4 – Loretta Lynn suffers a stroke at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee ranch weeks after celebrating her 85th birthday at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Lynn is said to make a full recovery but postpones numerous shows.
  • August – Taylor Swift sues and prevails in a civil trial against David Mueller, a former morning show personality for Denver's KYGO-FM, in connection with an incident in 2013 – when Swift was still touring and being billed as primarily a country music performer – where Swift accused Mueller of sexually assaulting her by groping her at an event. Mueller later sued Swift, accusing her of lying and causing him to be fired from his job at KYGO, but Swift countersued for sexual assault. During the trial, a jury rejects Mueller's claims and rules in favor of Swift.[4] In December, Swift, as a result of the 2013 incident and subsequent civil trial, is one of the "Silence Breakers" named Time's 2017 Person of the Year[5]
  • August 12 – "Body Like a Back Road" by Sam Hunt breaks two Billboard Hot Country Songs chart records for No. 1 longevity within a month of each other. On July 22, upon spending its 22nd week at No. 1, "... Back Road" becomes the longest-running No. 1 song by a male solo artist since the start of the charts in 1944, bumping three songs that had been tied for first with 21 weeks: "I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)" by Eddy Arnold (1947), "I'm Movin' On" by Hank Snow with the Rainbow Ranch Boys (1950), and "In the Jailhouse Now" by Webb Pierce (1955). On August 12, the song's 25th week at No. 1, Hunt bumps Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" for lengthiest No. 1 run (previously 24 weeks) in chart history; the song eventually logs 34 weeks at No. 1, finally dropping from the top spot (to No. 2) on the chart dated October 21. The song's long-running popularity is attributed in part due to downloads and live streaming, and its No. 6 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, all without a music video for the track.
  • September 8 – Troy Gentry, half of the duo Montgomery Gentry, is killed in a helicopter crash in New Jersey.
  • September 9 – The radio countdown program American Country Countdown returns to using the Billboard chart as its source after eight years of using the Mediabase chart. The Country Airplay chart is used.[6]
  • October 1 – A mass shooting occurs at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Paradise, Nevada during a closing performance by Jason Aldean. A shooter fired into the crowd from a 32nd-floor balcony of the Mandalay Bay hotel, located to the southeast of the Las Vegas Village outdoor concert venue. Initial reports indicated that more than 50 people had died and more than 400 were wounded, with those numbers expected to rise, and that the gunman was also dead. Aldean was able to escape uninjured and later posts social media messages confirming his safety.[7] Less than a week later, Aldean pays tribute to the victims and others impacted by the events in Las Vegas by appearing on Saturday Night Live, giving words of support before performing Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down"; the tribute also honors Petty, who died the day after the shooting.[8]
  • October 1 – Loretta Lynn returns to the stage after a near 5 month absence from the spotlight after suffering a stroke on May 4, at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee Ranch. Lynn sung three of her hit songs at a concert at her ranch which include "Coal Miner’s Daughter," "You Ain’t Woman Enough" and "Dear Uncle Sam."

Top hits of the year[edit]

The following songs placed within the Top 20 on the Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, and/or Canada Country charts in 2017:

Singles released by American artists[edit]

Songs Airplay Canada Single Artist References
11 12 17 "80s Mercedes" Maren Morris
7 1 2 "All the Pretty Girls" Kenny Chesney
5 1 1 "Any Ol' Barstool" Jason Aldean
13 1 30 "Ask Me How I Know" Garth Brooks
29 15 24 "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance" Garth Brooks
17 10 2 "Bar at the End of the World" Kenny Chesney
1 1 1 "Better Man" Little Big Town
4 2 8 "Black" Dierks Bentley
1 1 1 "Blue Ain't Your Color" Keith Urban
1 1 1 "Body Like a Back Road" Sam Hunt
32 20 50 "California" Big & Rich
3 1 1 "Craving You" Thomas Rhett
featuring Maren Morris
18 "The Dance" Lauren Duski
18 29 39 "Dear Hate" Maren Morris
featuring Vince Gill
4 "Deja Vu" Lauren Duski
2 1 1 "Dirt on My Boots" Jon Pardi
3 2 1 "Dirty Laundry" Carrie Underwood
5 1 3 "Do I Make You Wanna" Billy Currington
4 3 1 "Drinkin' Problem" Midland
16 "Drinkin' Too Much" Sam Hunt
17 26 "Either Way" Chris Stapleton
5 1 1 "Every Little Thing" Carly Pearce
8 1 2 "Every Time I Hear That Song" Blake Shelton
5 1 1 "Fast" Luke Bryan
2 2 2 "The Fighter" Keith Urban
featuring Carrie Underwood
10 2 4 "Fix a Drink" Chris Janson
10 2 4 "Flatliner" Cole Swindell
featuring Dierks Bentley
17 10 1 "For Her" Chris Lane
13 "Found You" Kane Brown
19 "Ghost in This House" Lauren Duski
4 1 3 "God, Your Mama, and Me" Florida Georgia Line
featuring Backstreet Boys
1 1 2 "Greatest Love Story" LANco
3 1 1 "A Guy with a Girl" Blake Shelton
5 3 1 "Heartache on the Dance Floor" Jon Pardi
25 20 "Holdin' Her" Chris Janson
5 2 7 "Hometown Girl" Josh Turner
9 3 7 "How I'll Always Be" Tim McGraw
7 1 25 "How Not To" Dan + Shay
3 1 2 "Hurricane" Luke Combs
16 "I Pray" Red Marlow
6 1 1 "I'll Name the Dogs" Blake Shelton
4 1 23 "If I Told You" Darius Rucker
14 6 9 "If the Boot Fits" Granger Smith
2 1 1 "In Case You Didn't Know" Brett Young
14 12 10 "It Ain't My Fault" Brothers Osborne
9 6 2 "Kill a Word" Eric Church
featuring Rhiannon Giddens
26 19 34 "Last Time for Everything" Brad Paisley
4 1 3 "Light It Up" Luke Bryan
8 4 3 "More Girls Like You" Kip Moore
3 1 13 "My Girl" Dylan Scott
10 14 22 "My Old Man" Zac Brown Band
4 1 2 "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart" Old Dominion
24 10 17 "Outta Style" Aaron Watson
12 17 46 "Parachute" Chris Stapleton
22 16 35 "Ring on Every Finger" LoCash
8 1 3 "Road Less Traveled" Lauren Alaina
5 1 4 "Seein' Red" Dustin Lynch
2 1 1 "Small Town Boy" Dustin Lynch
16 14 11 "Smooth" Florida Georgia Line
4 1 3 "Sober Saturday Night" Chris Young
featuring Vince Gill
9 1 6 "Somebody Else Will" Justin Moore
6 19 27 "Speak to a Girl" Tim McGraw
and Faith Hill
4 1 1 "Star of the Show" Thomas Rhett
27 18 44 "There's a Girl" Trent Harmon
8 3 2 "They Don't Know" Jason Aldean
3 2 23 "Think a Little Less" Michael Ray
15 22 50 "Tin Man" Miranda Lambert
7 3 5 "Today" Brad Paisley
4 1 1 "Unforgettable" Thomas Rhett
25 26 20 "We Should Be Friends" Miranda Lambert
9 7 18 "The Weekend" Brantley Gilbert
1 1 3 "What Ifs" Kane Brown
featuring Lauren Alaina
1 1 1 "When It Rains It Pours" Luke Combs
9 3 2 "Yeah Boy" Kelsea Ballerini
8 4 8 "You Look Good" Lady Antebellum
13 1 7 "Yours If You Want It" Rascal Flatts

Singles released by Canadian artists[edit]

Songs Airplay Canada Single Artist References
9 "All Alright" Lindsay Ell
19 "Barn Burner" Dan Davidson
11 "Be Country with Me" Meghan Patrick
9 "Bonfire" River Town Saints
1 "Chills" James Barker Band
7 "Crazy About You" The Road Hammers
5 "Dear Life" High Valley
3 "Drive Me Away" Jess Moskaluke
13 "Fall in Love If You Want To" Gord Bamford
19 "Get While the Gettin's Good" Bobby Wills
19 "Head Over Heels" The Washboard Union
11 "Homemade" Cold Creek Country
16 "Hometown Kids" Recklaws
1 "I Be You Be" High Valley
3 "It's Working" James Barker Band
16 "The Journey" Paul Brandt
10 "Just Got Paid" Emerson Drive
7 "Just Sayin'" James Barker Band
16 "Kill Your Love" Jess Moskaluke
5 "Livin' on Summertime" Gord Bamford
8 "Lonely Drum" Aaron Goodvin
20 "Made for You" Jojo Mason
21 17 "Make You Mine" (U.S. release) High Valley [9]
14 "Might As Well Be Me" Chad Brownlee
8 "Motel Flamingo" Madeline Merlo
11 "On Me" Andrew Hyatt
17 "Out of the Blue" Chad Brownlee
13 "Over and Over" Madeline Merlo
8 "Paradise Found" Shawn Austin
9 "Shine" Washboard Union
1 "Side Effects" Dallas Smith
1 "Sky Stays This Blue" Dallas Smith
1 "Slide Over" Tim Hicks
9 "Slow Burn" Tim Hicks
18 "Soggy Bottom Summer" Dean Brody
featuring Alan Doyle
8 "Something to Wrap My Heart Around" Jojo Mason
7 "Something We Shouldn't Do" Chad Brownlee
10 "Still Loving You" Meghan Patrick
19 "That's When You Know" Chris Buck Band
featuring Kira Isabella
2 "Time" Dean Brody
42 4 "Waiting on You" Lindsay Ell
4 "We Were That Song" Brett Kissel
5 "When a Momma's Boy Meets a Daddy's Girl" Aaron Pritchett

Notes[edit]

  • "—" denotes releases that did not chart

Top new album releases[edit]

The following albums placed on the Top Country Albums charts in 2017:

US Album Artist Record label Release date
7 Adiós Glen Campbell Universal Music June 9
10 American Rebelution The Lacs Backroad-Average Joe's April 7
1 The Anthology: Part 1, The First Five Years Garth Brooks Pearl November 17
2 Back to Us Rascal Flatts Big Machine May 19
6 Boom Walker Hayes Monument December 8
1 The Breaker Little Big Town Capitol Nashville February 24
1 Brett Eldredge Brett Eldredge Atlantic Nashville August 4
2 Brett Young Brett Young BMLG February 10
6 The Bus Songs Toby Keith Show Dog-Universal September 8
2 Current Mood Dustin Lynch Broken Bow September 8
1 Deep South Josh Turner MCA Nashville March 10
1 The Devil Don't Sleep Brantley Gilbert Valory Music Group January 27
2 Did It for the Party Big & Rich Big & Rich/Thirty Tigers September 15
5 Dirty South Lucas Hoge Rebel Engine Entertainment July 21
7 Everybody Chris Janson Warner Bros. Nashville September 22
4 Every Little Thing Carly Pearce Big Machine October 13
1 From A Room: Volume 1 Chris Stapleton Mercury Nashville May 5
1 From A Room: Volume 2 Chris Stapleton Mercury Nashville December 1
1 God's Problem Child Willie Nelson Legacy April 28
5 Gold Jessie James Decker Epic Records February 17
1 Happy Endings Old Dominion RCA Nashville August 25
1 Heart Break Lady Antebellum Capitol Nashville June 9
6 I Don't Believe We've Met Danielle Bradbery BMLG December 1
6 If Not for You Joey Feek Farmhouse Recordings/Capitol Christian April 7
10 King of Dixie Upchurch Redneck Nation November 10
6 Lambs & Lions Chase Rice Broken Bow November 17
7 Lee Brice Lee Brice Curb November 3
1 Life Changes Thomas Rhett Valory Music Group September 8
1 Live in No Shoes Nation Kenny Chesney Blue Chair/Columbia October 27
3 A Long Way from Your Heart Turnpike Troubadours Bossier City October 20
1 Losing Sleep Chris Young RCA Nashville October 20
1 Love and War Brad Paisley Arista Nashville April 21
7 Love Hope Faith Colt Ford Average Joe's May 5
1 The Nashville Sound Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Southeastern June 16
1 Now Shania Twain Mercury Nashville September 29
3 Now That's What I Call Country Volume 10 Various Artists Sony Music/Universal June 9
10 Ol' Wheeler Wheeler Walker Jr. Pepper Hill Records June 2
2 On the Rocks Midland Big Machine September 22
4 The Project Lindsay Ell Stoney Creek August 11
1 The Rest of Our Life Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Arista Nashville November 17
3 Road Less Traveled Lauren Alaina Mercury Nashville/Interscope/19 January 27
1 Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope Reba McEntire Nash Icon/Capitol Christian February 3
3 Slowheart Kip Moore MCA Nashville September 8
5 Something's Going On Trace Adkins Wheelhouse March 31
1 Southern Girl City Lights Jessie James Decker Epic Records October 13
4 Sweet Southern Sugar Kid Rock Top Dog/BMG November 3
1 Texoma Shore Blake Shelton Warner Bros. Nashville November 3
1 This One's for You Luke Combs Columbia Nashville June 2
3 Timeless Home Free Columbia September 22
3 Unapologetically Kelsea Ballerini Black River November 3
2 Vaquero Aaron Watson BIG Label February 24
4 The Voice: The Complete Season 12 Collection Lauren Duski Republic May 19
1 Welcome Home Zac Brown Band Elektra May 12
1 What Makes You Country Luke Bryan Capitol Nashville December 8
2 When the Good Guys Win Granger Smith Wheelhouse October 27
2 When Was the Last Time Darius Rucker Capitol Nashville October 20
1 WildHorse RaeLynn Warner Bros. Nashville March 24
1 Windy City Alison Krauss Capitol February 17
4 Words Sara Evans Concord Music/Born to Fly July 21
5 Yours Russell Dickerson Triple Tigers October 13

Other top albums[edit]

US Album Artist Record Label Release Date
24 15 Years: The Wild Ride Casey Donahew Almost Country October 6
14 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde Old Crow Medicine Show Columbia Nashville April 28
22 27861 Parmalee Stoney Creek July 21
12 All American Made Margo Price Third Man October 20
45 American Grandstand Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary Upper Management July 7
42 The Blame (EP) Sam Grow Ole May 19
13 Backroads (EP) Taylor Ray Holbrook TaylorRayMade April 21
19 Baptized in Bourbon Moonshine Bandits Backroad-Average Joe's March 3
37 Bidin' My Time Chris Hillman Rounder September 22
43 Black & White Night 30 Roy Orbison Legacy February 24
31 Brand New Day The Mavericks Mono Mundo March 31
28 Close Ties Rodney Crowell New West March 31
50 Colter Wall Colter Wall Young Mary's Record Co. May 12
43 DCX MMXVI Live Dixie Chicks Columbia September 1
17 Fingerprints Eli Young Band Valory Music Co. June 16
16 Good Ole Days Tracy Lawrence Lawrence Music Group November 10
46 Greatest Hits Jake Owen RCA Nashville November 24
41 Highway Queen Nikki Lane New West February 17
20 I Believe in You Dolly Parton Dolly Records October 13
26 Laws of Gravity Infamous Stringdusters Compass January 13
14 Legacy The Cadillac Three Big Machine August 25
37 The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone Lee Ann Womack Sugar Hill October 27
26 A Love So Beautiful Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Legacy November 3
35 Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Fantasy Records August 25
12 The Music of Nashville: Season 5, Volume 1 Nashville Cast Big Machine March 10
15 Never Gets Old Joe Nichols Red Bow Records July 28
39 Not Dark Yet Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer Thirty Tigers/Silver Cross August 18
37 Paving My Way Hosier Redneckin Records April 14
17 Purgatory Tyler Childers Hickman Holler August 4
31 Puxico Natalie Hemby GetWrucke January 13
38 Sagebrush Ned LeDoux Powder River November 3
15 So You Wanna Be an Outlaw Steve Earle Warner Bros. Nashville June 16
29 Son of the South Upchurch RHEC Entertainment May 5
33 Summer Love (EP) Ryan Upchurch Redneck Nation May 5
43 Tell the Devil... ...I'm Gettin' There as Fast as I Can Ray Wylie Hubbard Bordello August 18
17 The Texas Tenors The Texas Tenors The Texas Tenors September 8
18 A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg Various Artists Full Moon November 17
22 Until My Voice Goes Out Josh Abbott Band Pretty Damn Tough August 18
22 The Voice: The Complete Season 13 Collection Red Marlow Republic December 15
44 Way Out West Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives Superlatone March 10
19 Willie and the Boys: Willie's Stash Vol. 2 Willie Nelson Legacy October 20
28 Worth the Wait (EP) Lindsay Ell Stoney Creek March 24

Deaths[edit]

Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Bluegrass Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Country Music Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

  • Alan Jackson, singer-songwriter and leading figure in the neotraditionalist movement of the 1990s, songwriter (born 1958).
  • Jerry Reed, singer-songwriter-guitarist best known for swamp rock style of music (1937–2008).
  • Don Schlitz, songwriter (born 1952)

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Major awards[edit]

Academy of Country Music[edit]

(presented in Las Vegas on April 15, 2018)

ACM Honors[20]
(presented August 23 in Nashville)

Americana Music Honors & Awards[edit]

American Music Awards[edit]

(presented in Los Angeles on November 19, 2017)

ARIA Awards[edit]

(presented in Sydney on November 17, 2017)

Canadian Country Music Association[edit]

  • Apple Music Fans' Choice AwardsDean Brody
  • Album of the YearSide Effects by Dallas Smith
  • Female Artist of the YearMeghan Patrick
  • Male Artist of the YearBrett Kissel
  • Group or Duo of the YearThe Road Hammers
  • Single of the Year – "Autograph" by Dallas Smith
  • Video of the Year – "I Didn't Fall in Love with Your Hair" by Brett Kissel
  • Songwriter of the Year – "Time" by Dean Brody
  • Roots Artist of the YearThe Washboard Union
  • Interactive Artist of the Year – Brett Kissel
  • SirusXM Rising Star – Meghan Patrick
  • CCMA Discovery Award – Kalsey Kulyk
  • Top Selling AlbumRipcord by Keith Urban

Country Music Association[edit]

(presented on November 8, 2017 in Nashville)

CMT Music Awards[edit]

(presented in Nashville on June 7, 2017)

Grammy Awards[edit]

(presented in New York on January 28, 2018)

International Bluegrass Music Association Awards[edit]

(presented on September 27, 2017)

Juno Awards[edit]

(presented in Vancouver on March 24-25, 2018)

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ "'Hee Haw' co-creator and producer Sam Lovullo passes away". Economictimes.indiatimes.com. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017 – via The Economic Times. 
  11. ^ "Allman Brothers Band Founding Member Butch Trucks Dead at 69". Taste of Country. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  12. ^ "'Bluer Than Blue' Singer Michael Johnson Dies at 72". Billboard. July 26, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Cajun Music Legend D.L. Menard Dead at 85". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 December 2017. 
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  16. ^ "Troy Gentry Of Montgomery Gentry Killed In Helicopter Crash". LEX18.com. September 8, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
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  18. ^ Revered Songwriter and ‘Heartworn Highways’ Performer Richard Dobson Has Died
  19. ^ Bluegrass great Curly Seckler dead
  20. ^ "George Strait, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson & More to Be Feted at ACM Honors". billboard.com. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 

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