2008 in country music

2008 in country music

This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 2008.

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  • April 27 — A story in the New York Daily News reported a possible long-term relationship between Mindy McCready and baseball star Roger Clemens that began when she was 15 years old.[1] Though Clemens' attorney, Rusty Hardin, acknowledged that McCready was a "close family friend," Hardin denied the affair and threatened to bring a defamation suit against him.[1] However, McCready would state that the relationship was sexual,[2] and spoke about her affair with Clemens in more detail on the November 17 broadcast of Inside Edition.[3]
  • May 15 — People Magazine reported Canadian singer Shania Twain and her husband, music producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange, had separated after 14 years of marriage. The couple were married on December 28, 1993, after Twain met Lange at Nashville's Fan Fair earlier in the year.[4]
  • June 14 — Sara Evans and radio show host/former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker are married in Franklin, Tennessee, with their children as their attendants.[5][6]
  • November 11 — Country music superstar Reba McEntire departs her longtime record label MCA Nashville, after 24 years and signed to The Valory Music Co., sister label to Big Machine Records. McEntire and Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta had previously worked together in the 1990s when Borchetta was senior president of promotion for MCA Nashville.[7]
  • November 20 — Julianne Hough announces that she would not be returning for the foreseeable future to Dancing with the Stars in order to further her country music career.[8]
  • December 7 — The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honors George Jones for his lifetime contributions to the arts.

Top hits of the year

The following songs placed within the Top 20 on the Hot Country Songs charts in 2008:

US Single Artist Reference
1 All-American Girl Carrie Underwood
14 All I Ever Wanted Chuck Wicks
1 All I Want to Do Sugarland
4 All Summer Long Kid Rock
15 Another Try Josh Turner with
Trisha Yearwood
16 Anything Goes Randy Houser
1 Back When I Knew It All Montgomery Gentry
1 Better as a Memory Kenny Chesney
15 Bob That Head Rascal Flatts
1 Chicken Fried Zac Brown Band
1 Cleaning This Gun (Come On in Boy) Rodney Atkins
18 Come On Over Jessica Simpson
10 Country Man Luke Bryan
1 Do You Believe Me Now Jimmy Wayne
1 Don't Think I Don't Think About It Darius Rucker
5 Everybody Keith Urban
1 Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven Kenny Chesney
with The Wailers
2 Every Day Rascal Flatts
15 Every Other Weekend Reba McEntire
11 Get My Drink On Toby Keith
11 God Must Be Busy Brooks & Dunn
1 Good Time Alan Jackson
7 Gunpowder & Lead Miranda Lambert
9 Holler Back The Lost Trailers
1 Home Blake Shelton
1 I Saw God Today George Strait
2 I Still Miss You Keith Anderson
10 I'll Walk Bucky Covington
1 I'm Still a Guy Brad Paisley
10 International Harvester Craig Morgan
16 It Ain't No Crime Joe Nichols
11 It's Good to Be Us Bucky Covington
11 Johnny & June Heidi Newfield
1 Just a Dream Carrie Underwood
1 Just Got Started Lovin' You James Otto
16 Kristofferson Tim McGraw
1 Last Name Carrie Underwood
6 Laughed Until We Cried Jason Aldean
13 Learning How to Bend Gary Allan
2 Let It Go Tim McGraw
1 Letter to Me Brad Paisley
11 Lookin' for a Good Time Lady Antebellum
3 Love Don't Live Here Lady Antebellum
2 Love Is a Beautiful Thing Phil Vassar
9 Love Remembers Craig Morgan
1 Love Story Taylor Swift
3 Picture to Burn Taylor Swift
3 Put a Girl in It Brooks & Dunn
4 Ready, Set, Don't Go Billy Ray Cyrus
with Miley Cyrus
15 Relentless Jason Aldean
1 She Never Cried in Front of Me Toby Keith
13 She's a Hottie Toby Keith
2 Shiftwork Kenny Chesney
with George Strait
1 Should've Said No Taylor Swift
1 Small Town Southern Man Alan Jackson
15 Something About a Woman Jake Owen
2 Stay Sugarland
5 Stealing Cinderella Chuck Wicks
13 Stronger Woman Jewel
12 Suspicions Tim McGraw
20 Takin' Off This Pain Ashton Shepherd
18 That Song in My Head Julianne Hough
16 Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind Kellie Pickler
7 Troubadour George Strait
5 Trying to Stop Your Leaving Dierks Bentley
1 Waitin' on a Woman Brad Paisley
2 Watching Airplanes Gary Allan
10 We Weren't Crazy Josh Gracin
3 What Do Ya Think About That Montgomery Gentry
3 What Kinda Gone Chris Cagle
2 Winner at a Losing Game Rascal Flatts
19 Workin' for a Livin' Garth Brooks
with Huey Lewis
1 You Look Good in My Shirt Keith Urban
1 You're Gonna Miss This Trace Adkins

Top new album releases

The following albums placed within the Top 50 on the Top Country Albums charts in 2008:

US Album Artist Record Label Release Date Reference
1 35 Biggest Hits Toby Keith Show Dog May 6
4 All I Intended to Be Emmylou Harris Nonesuch June 10
8 Anne Murray Duets: Friends and Legends Anne Murray Manhattan/EMI January 15
3 Around the Bend Randy Travis Warner Bros. Nashville July 15
3 Back When I Knew It All Montgomery Gentry Columbia Nashville June 10
2 Backwoods Barbie Dolly Parton Dolly February 26
1 Beautiful Eyes Taylor Swift Big Machine July 15
4 Call Me Crazy Lee Ann Womack MCA Nashville October 21
3 Christmas Duets Elvis Presley RCA October 14
3 C'mon! Keith Anderson Columbia Nashville August 5
2 Damn Right, Rebel Proud Hank Williams III Bruc October 21
4 Do You Believe Me Now Jimmy Wayne Valory Music Group August 26
1 Do You Know Jessica Simpson Epic/Columbia Nashville September 9
1 Fearless Taylor Swift Big Machine November 11
2 The Foundation Zac Brown Band Atlantic/Home Grown/Big Picture November 18
7 Going All Out Dan Evans Edje-Executive October 7
1 Good Time Alan Jackson Arista Nashville March 4
1 Greatest Hits 3 Tim McGraw Curb October 7
2 Greatest Hits/
Every Mile a Memory 2003-2008
Dierks Bentley Capitol Nashville May 6
1 Greatest Hits: Limited Edition Tim McGraw Curb April 29
2 Greatest Hits Volume 1 Rascal Flatts Lyric Street October 28
5 Holler Back The Lost Trailers BNA August 26
5 Jet Black & Jealous Eli Young Band Universal South September 16
1 Julianne Hough Julianne Hough Mercury Nashville May 20
2 Joy to the World Faith Hill Warner Bros. Nashville September 30
1 Kellie Pickler Kellie Pickler BNA September 30
1 Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum Capitol Nashville April 15
1 Learn to Live Darius Rucker Capitol Nashville September 16
10 The Life of a Song Joey & Rory Vanguard/Sugar Hill October 28
2 Little Bit of Everything Billy Currington Mercury Nashville October 14
1 Love on the Inside Sugarland Mercury Nashville July 22
1 Lucky Old Sun Kenny Chesney Blue Chair/BNA October 14
8 Moment of Forever Willie Nelson Lost Highway January 29
1 My Life's Been a Country Song Chris Cagle Capitol Nashville February 19
1 Now That's What I Call Country Various Artists UMG/Sony BMG/Capitol August 26
1 Perfectly Clear Jewel Valory Music Group June 3
8 Phil Stacey Phil Stacey Lyric Street April 29
1 Play Brad Paisley Arista Nashville November 4
3 Prayer of a Common Man Phil Vassar Universal South April 22
3 Randy Rogers Band Randy Rogers Band Mercury Nashville September 23
2 Sounds of the Season:
The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection
Julianne Hough Mercury Nashville October 12
7 Startin' Fires Blake Shelton Warner Bros. Nashville November 18
7 Starting Now Chuck Wicks RCA Nashville January 22
2 Sunset Man James Otto Raybaw/Warner Bros. April 8
7 Tennessee Pusher Old Crow Medicine Show Nettwerk September 23
1 That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy Toby Keith Show Dog October 28
6 That Lonesome Song Jamey Johnson Mercury Nashville August 5
8 That's Why Craig Morgan BNA October 21
1 Troubadour George Strait MCA Nashville April 1
4 We Weren't Crazy Josh Gracin Lyric Street April 1
2 What Am I Waiting For Heidi Newfield Curb August 5
8 Why Wait Kristy Lee Cook Arista Nashville September 16
7 X Trace Adkins Capitol Nashville November 25

Other top albums

US Album Artist Record Label Release Date Reference
41 50 Greatest Hits Reba McEntire MCA Nashville October 28
50 America Johnny Cash Legacy October 28
28 Angels & Outlaws Aaron Watson Thirty Tigers April 1
35 Anne Murray's Christmas Album Anne Murray Manhattan/EMI October 7
21 Anything Goes Randy Houser Universal South November 18
17 Beer for My Horses (soundtrack) Various Artists Show Dog August 12
47 The Best of The Johnny Cash TV Show Johnny Cash Sony BMG January 8
27 Blake Shelton: Collector's Edition Blake Shelton Warner Bros. Nashville February 26
50 Blood, Sweat, and Steel The Road Hammers Montage June 24
33 Broken In Trent Willmon Compadre February 26
22 Bulletproof Reckless Kelly Yep Roc June 24
15 Burn Your Playhouse Down George Jones Bandit August 19
48 Cherryholmes III: Don't Believe The Cherryholmes Skaggs Family September 30
16 Classic Christmas George Strait MCA Nashville October 7
26 Classic Chris LeDoux Chris LeDoux Capitol Nashville April 29
30 Comal County Blue Jason Boland & the Stragglers Thirty Tigers August 26
30 Come Darkness, Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas Mary Chapin Carpenter Zoe September 30
26 Country Bluegrass Homecoming Volume One Bill Gaither Gaither August 19
32 Country Bluegrass Homecoming Volume Two Bill Gaither Gaither August 19
44 Country Love Songs Various Artists Compass/BMG November 11
15 Country Sings Disney Various Artists Walt Disney July 8
16 Dawn of a New Day Crystal Shawanda RCA Nashville August 19
42 God Bless the USA Various Artists Word April 29
35 Good Thing Going Rhonda Vincent Rounder January 8
16 Greatest Hits Craig Morgan Broken Bow September 30
37 Heart of Stone Chris Knight Drifter's Church September 2
39 Here It Is Roger Creager Thirty Tigers August 26
18 How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites
from the Grand Ole Opry
Various Artists RCA Nashville February 5
29 Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass:
Tribute to 1946 and 1947
Ricky Skaggs Skaggs Family March 25
11 The Imus Ranch Record Various Artists New West September 16
19 I Turn to You Richie McDonald Lucid June 3
44 I Will Always Love You: 17 Inspirational Songs Various Artists Word January 15
29 If We Ever Make It Home Wade Bowen Sustain September 30
32 Jeff Bates Jeff Bates Black River April 8
43 Keep on Walkin' The Grascals Rounder July 15
38 Limited Edition: Greatest Hits Volumes 1, 2 & 3 Tim McGraw Curb October 7
35 Love Songs Trisha Yearwood MCA Nashville January 15
19 Martina McBride: Live In Concert Martina McBride RCA Nashville April 29
27 Meet Glen Campbell Glen Campbell Capitol Nashville August 19
41 More Greatest Fits Roy D. Mercer Capitol Nashville June 10
43 Naïve Micky & the Motorcars Smith July 29
46 One Hell of a Ride Willie Nelson Lost Highway April 1
14 One on One Randy Owen Broken Bow November 4
27 Patriotic Country 3 Various Artists Razor & Tie June 24
48 Playlist: The Very Best of Brooks & Dunn Brooks & Dunn Sony BMG December 2
39 Playlist: The Very Best of John Denver John Denver Sony BMG April 29
37 Playlist: The Very Best of Johnny Cash Johnny Cash Sony BMG April 29
50 Playlist: The Very Best of Roy Orbison Roy Orbison Sony BMG April 29
24 Ride Through the Country Colt Ford Average Joe's December 2
35 Rollin' with the Flow Mark Chesnutt Lofton Creek June 24
38 Sex and Gasoline Rodney Crowell Yep Roc September 2
13 Sleepless Nights Patty Loveless Saguaro Road September 9
16 Sounds So Good Ashton Shepherd MCA Nashville March 4
35 Time Flies John Michael Montgomery Stringtown October 14
42 The Unreleased Recordings Hank Williams Time Life October 28
49 The Unreleased Recordings Hank Williams Time Life October 28
45 Vagrants & Kings Cory Morrow Sustain May 20
11 Vintage Country:
The Golden Age of Country Music
Various Artists Sony BMG March 25
28 Waylon Forever Waylon Jennings Vagrant October 21
32 Wheels Dan Tyminski Rounder June 17


  • January 6 — Ken Nelson, 96, record producer for artists including Hank Thompson, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and many others.
  • April 22 — Paul Davis, 60, crossover artist whose collaborations with Marie Osmond and Tanya Tucker reached No. 1 in the 1980s. (heart attack)
  • May 1 — Jim Hager, 61, country singer and actor who along with his twin brother Jon were regulars on Hee Haw from 1969 to 1986. (heart attack)
  • May 5 — Jerry Wallace, 79, crossover artist who scored several country hits during the 1970s including the No. 1 "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry" in 1972. (congestive heart failure)
  • May 8 — Eddy Arnold, 89, country and pop singer whose career spanned seven decades. (natural causes)
  • May 11 — Dottie Rambo, 74, southern gospel singer-songwriter. (bus accident)
  • July 16 — Jo Stafford, 90, crossover artist from the 1940s with hits "Feudin’ and Fightin" and "Temptation". (congestive heart failure)
  • August 11 — Don Helms, 81, steel guitarist and member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys. (heart attack) [9]
  • August 31 — Jerry Reed, 71, country singer and actor best known for his 1971 crossover hit "When You're Hot, You're Hot" (emphysema)
  • September 12 — Charlie Walker, 81, honky tonk singer best known for "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down" (colon cancer)

Hall of Fame inductees

Country Music Hall of Fame inductees

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees

Major awards

Grammy Awards

(presented February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles)

Juno Awards

(presented March 29, 2009 in Vancouver)

CMT Music Awards

(presented April 14 in Nashville)

  • Video of the Year — "Our Song", Taylor Swift
  • Male Video of the Year — "I Got My Game On", Trace Adkins
  • Female Video of the Year — "Our Song", Taylor Swift
  • Group Video of the Year — "Take Me There", Rascal Flatts
  • Duo Video of the Year — "Stay", Sugarland
  • USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year — "I Wonder", Kellie Pickler
  • Collaborative Video of the Year — "Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore", Bon Jovi & LeAnn Rimes
  • Performance of the Year — "I Wonder", Kellie Pickler
  • Supporting Character of the YearRodney Carrington in "I Got My Game On"
  • Wide Open Country Video of the Year — "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)", Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
  • Tearjerker Video of the Year — "I Wonder", Kellie Pickler
  • Comedy Video of the Year — "Online", Brad Paisley
  • Video Director of the Year — Michael Salomon

Academy of Country Music

(presented April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas)

Canadian Country Music Association

(presented September 8 in Winnipeg)

  • Fans' Choice AwardDoc Walker
  • Male Artist of the YearJohnny Reid
  • Female Artist of the YearJessie Farrell
  • Group or Duo of the Year — Doc Walker
  • Songwriter(s) of the Year — "Beautiful Life", written by Murray Pulver, Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw
  • Single of the Year — "Beautiful Life", performed by Doc Walker
  • Album of the YearBeautiful Life, Doc Walker
  • Top Selling AlbumThe Ultimate Hits, Garth Brooks
  • Top Selling Canadian AlbumKicking Stones, Johnny Reid
  • CMT Video of the Year — "Beautiful Life", Doc Walker
  • Rising Star Award — Jessie Farrell
  • Roots Artist or Group of the Year — Corb Lund

Country Music Association

(presented November 12 in Nashville)

Further reading

  • 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
  • Paul Kingsbury (2003-02-01). Vinyl hayride. Chronicle Books Llc. ISBN 978-0-8118-3572-5. )
  • Bob Millard (1993-11). Country music. Harpercollins. ISBN 978-0-06-273244-6. )
  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs 1944-2005 - 6th Edition." 2005.


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