2005 in country music

2005 in country music

"See also:"
2004 in country music,
2005 in music,
other events of 2005,
2006 in country music and the List of years in Country Music


*April 30 - "Billboard magazine" renames the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart "Hot Country Songs." The chart's renaming is part of a major redesign of the 110-year-old magazine.
*May 25 - Oklahoma-born Carrie Underwood becomes the fourth-season winner of "American Idol." Although her first single, "Inside Your Heaven," tops the "Billboard" Hot 100 chart, the 22-year-old Underwood's influences and music are predominantly country. Late in the year, she entered the top 10 of the "Billboard" Hot Country Songs chart for the first time with "Jesus Take the Wheel." Her debut album, "Some Hearts", rockets to No. 1 on the album charts.
*May 25 - Garth Brooks proposes to longtime girlfriend and fellow country music star Trisha Yearwood in Bakersfield, California, ending long-standing speculation about their relationship.
*September – Country music acts participate in benefit concerts to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. On September 9, Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are among the artists participating in "," which airs live on cable and broadcast television stations in the United States and worldwide.:"" is held September 10. Country performers at the 4 1/2-hour concert — which airs live on CMT — include Alan Jackson and Gretchen Wilson.
*October - Koch Records Nashville folds when its parent company goes out of business.
*November 9 – After 27 years as host of "American Country Countdown," radio personality Bob Kingsley steps down, after his production company and ABC Radio Networks (which distributes the show) fail to come to terms in renegotiating a distribution agreement. Kix Brooks, one half of the superstar duo Brooks & Dunn, is named the new host and was slated to take over January 21, 2006. Kingsley's last shows with "ACC" are the December 24 countdown program and "Christmas in America."
*November 18 – The Johnny Cash biopic, "Walk the Line", opens nationwide. The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as "The Man in Black" and Reese Witherspoon as his girlfriend (and wife-to-be) June Carter. The movie is widely praised by critics and a major box office hit.
*November 25 - Garth Brooks releases The Limited Series, his second box set to be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores. The set contains his previous two studio albums, "Sevens" and "Scarecrow"; plus his "Double Live" album; "The Lost Sessions", a new album of previously unreleased material; and an "All Access" DVD containing behind-the-scenes footage of his concerts. "The Limited Series" is Brooks' first box set to be released under his new label, Pearl Records; he had left his longtime label, Capitol Records, earlier in the year.
*December 5 - Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood marry at their home in Oklahoma. It is Brooks' second marriage, Yearwood's third.
*December 31 – Bob Kingsley's new countdown program, "Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40," premieres with the annual year-end countdown. The new four-hour show, which aired on many of the same stations that aired "ACC," is distributed by the Jones Radio Network.

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*Mindy McCready endures a rough year, with stories about her personal and legal problems making headlines. They include violent run-ins with her ex-boyfriend, Billy McKnight; various crimes she had been charged with (including fraud, prescription drug crimes, driving under the influence and probation violation) and at least two suicide attempts. Late in the year, Mindy spoke about her problems on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Larry King Live".
*Toby Keith, the flagship artist for DreamWorks Nashville, departs to form his own label, Show Dog Nashville. DreamWorks – which had never really lived up to its expectations – is shut down shortly thereafter by its parent company, Universal Music Group.
*The Country Music Association announces a new TV deal to move the CMA Awards to ABC, after years of being broadcast on CBS.
*Tammy Genovese becomes the head of the Country Music Association, succeeding Ed Benson.
* Country music icon George Jones marks his 50th year in country music.

Top hits of the year

Number one hits

"(As certified by Billboard magazine)"

*1 – No. 1 song of the year, as determined by "Billboard magazine".
*2 – Song dropped from No. 1 and later returned to top spot.
*A - First Billboard No. 1 hit for that artist to date.
*B - Last Billboard No. 1 hit for that artist to date.
*C - Only Billboard No. 1 hit for that artist to date.

Other major hits

*A Reached #1 on U.S. "Radio & Records" (now "Mediabase 24/7") country singles charts.

Top new album releases

*"All Jacked Up" — Gretchen Wilson (Epic)
*"Anywhere But Here" — Chris Cagle (Capitol)
*"Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair)" — Kenny Chesney (BNA)
*"Blame the Vain" — Dwight Yoakam (New West)
*"Brave" — Jamie O'Neal (Capitol)
*"Coming Home" — Lonestar (BNA)
*"Comin' to Your City" — Big & Rich (Warner)
*"Countryman" — Willie Nelson (Lost Highway)
*"Delicious Surprise" — Jo Dee Messina (Curb)
*"Doin' Somethin' Right" — Billy Currington (Mercury)
*"Erika Jo" — Erika Jo (Universal South)
*"Fireflies" — Faith Hill (Warner Bros.)
*"Get Right with the Man" — Van Zant (Columbia)
*"" — Wynonna Judd (Asylum-Curb)
*"Hillbilly Deluxe" — Brooks & Dunn (Arista Nashville)
*"Honkytonk University" — Toby Keith (DreamWorks)
*"Hot Apple Pie" — Hot Apple Pie (DreamWorks)
*"III" — Joe Nichols (Universal South)
*"Jason Aldean" — Jason Aldean (Broken Bow)
*"Jasper County" — Trisha Yearwood (MCA)
*"Kerosene" — Miranda Lambert (Epic)
*"The Legend of Johnny Cash" — Johnny Cash (Legacy)
*"Life Goes On" — Terri Clark (Mercury)
*"Loco Motive" — Cowboy Troy (RAYBAW)
*"The Lost Sessions" — Garth Brooks (Pearl)
*"Modern Day Drifter" — Dierks Bentley (Capitol)
*"My Kind of Livin'" — Craig Morgan (Broken Bow)
*"Real Fine Place" — Sara Evans (RCA)
*"Reba #1's" — Reba McEntire (MCA)
*"R.I.D.E." — Trick Pony (Asylum-Curb)
*"The Right to Bare Arms" — Larry the Cable Guy (Warner)
*"The Road and the Radio" — Kenny Chesney (BNA)
*"The Road to Here" — Little Big Town (Equity)
*"Some Hearts" — Carrie Underwood (Arista)
*"" — Montgomery Gentry (Columbia)
*"Somewhere Down in Texas" — George Strait (MCA)
*"Songs About Me" — Trace Adkins (Capitol)
*"That's Life" — Neal McCoy (903 Music)
*"" — Tracy Lawrence (Mercury)
*"There's More Where That Came From" — Lee Ann Womack (MCA)
*"Those Were the Days" — Dolly Parton (Blue Eye/Sugar Hill)
*"Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll" — Keith Anderson (Arista Nashville)
*"This Woman" — LeAnn Rimes (Asylum-Curb)
*"Time Well Wasted" — Brad Paisley (Arista Nashville)
*"Timeless" — Martina McBride (RCA)
*"Times Like These" — Buddy Jewell (Columbia)
*"Totally Country Vol. 4" — Various Artists (Sony/BMG/WEA/Universal)
*"Tough All Over" — Gary Allan (MCA)
*"Walk the Line" — Soundtrack (Wind-Up)

Other top albums

*"All of Me" — Anne Murray (StraightWay)
*"Anthology, Volume 1" — Chris LeDoux (Capitol)
*"Barely Famous Hits" — The Warren Brothers (BNA)
*"Chicago Wind" — Merle Haggard (Capitol)
*"Cost of Living" — Delbert McClinton (New West)
*"Down This Road" — The Wrights (ACR/RCA)
*"Dream Big" — Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand (Capitol)
*"Dreamin' My Dreams" — Patty Loveless (Epic)
*"Drinkin' Songs and Other Logic" — Clint Black (Equity)
*"Everything and More" — Billy Gilman (Image)
*"Garage" — Cross Canadian Ragweed (Universal South)
*"Glory Train: Songs of Faith, Worship and Praise" — Randy Travis (Word/Curb)
*"Greatest Hits" — Tracy Byrd (BNA)
*"Hanna-McEuen" — Hanna-McEuen (DreamWorks)
*"Hits I Missed...And One I Didn't" — George Jones (Bandit)
*"The Legend" — Johnny Cash (Legacy)
*"Let Them Be Little" — Billy Dean (Curb)
*"Man Like Me" — Bobby Pinson (RCA)
*"The Metropolitan Hotel" — Chely Wright (DualTone)
*"Mission Temple Fireworks Stand" — Sawyer Brown (Curb)
*"My Kind of Music" — Ray Scott (Warner)
*"Off to Join the World" — Blaine Larsen (BNA)
*"The Outsider" — Rodney Crowell (Columbia)
*"Patriotic Country 2" — Various Artists (BMG Heritage)
*"Put the "O" Back in Country" — Shooter Jennings (Universal South)
*"Ride" — Shelly Fairchild (Columbia)
*"Right Out of Nowhere" — Kathy Mattea (Narada)
*"Songs" — Willie Nelson (Lost Highway)
*"Souls' Chapel" — Marty Stuart (Superlatone)
*"The Story of My Life" — Deana Carter (Vanguard)
*"The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches & Highways" — Emmylou Harris (Rhino)
*"Twenty Years and Change" — Collin Raye (Aspirion)
*"Unforgettable" — Merle Haggard (Capitol)
*"What I Really Mean " — Robert Earl Keen (Koch)


*February 6Merle Kilgore, 70, prolific songwriter ("Wolverton Mountain," "Ring of Fire") and manager of Hank Williams Jr. (cancer)
*February 12Sammi Smith, 61, best known for "Help Me Make it Through the Night."
*March 2 — Joe Carter, 78, son of A.P. and Sara Carter.
*March 9Chris LeDoux, 56, world champion bareback rider who sang about the rodeo circuit and cowboy life.
*May 14Jimmy Martin, 77, the "King of Bluegrass."
*August 16Vassar Clements, 77, legendary fiddle player. (cancer)

Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

*Alabama (Randy Owen (born 1949); Teddy Gentry (born 1952); Jeff Cook (born 1949); and Mark Herndon (born 1955).
*DeFord Bailey (1899-1982)
*Glen Campbell (born 1936)

Major Awards

Grammy awards

"(presented February 8, 2006 in Los Angeles)"
*Best Female Country Vocal Performance -- "The Connection," Emmylou Harris
*Best Male Country Vocal Performance -- "You'll Think of Me," Keith Urban
*Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal -- "Restless," Alison Krauss & Union Station
*Best Country Collaboration with Vocals -- "Like We Never Loved At All," Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
*Best Country Instrumental Performance -- "Unionhouse Branch," Alison Krauss & Union Station
*Best Country Song -- "Bless the Broken Road", Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna & Marcus Hummon
*Best Country Album -- "Lonely Runs Both Ways", Alison Krauss & Union Station
*Best Bluegrass Album -- "The Company We Keep", Del McCoury Band

Academy of Country Music

"(presented May 23, 2006 in Las Vegas)"
*Entertainer of the Year -- Kenny Chesney
*Song of the Year -- "Believe," Ronnie Dunn and Craig Wiseman
*Single of the Year -- "Jesus, Take the Wheel," Carrie Underwood
*Album of the Year -- "Time Well Wasted", Brad Paisley
*Top Male Vocalist -- Keith Urban
*Top Female Vocalist -- Sara Evans
*Top Vocal Duo -- Brooks & Dunn
*Top Vocal Group -- Rascal Flatts
*Top New Male Vocalist -- Jason Aldean
*Top New Female Vocalist -- Carrie Underwood
*Top New Duo or Group -- Sugarland
*Video of the Year -- "When I Get Where I'm Going," Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton (Director: Jim Shea)
*Vocal Event of the Year -- "When I Get Where I'm Going," Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton
*ACM/Home Depot Humanitarian of the Year -- Vince Gill
*Pioneer Awards -- Little Jimmy Dickens, Kris Kristofferson, Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs

Country Music Association

"(presented November 15 in New York City)"
*Entertainer of the Year -- Keith Urban
*Song of the Year -- "Whiskey Lullaby," Bill Anderson and Jon Randall
*Single of the Year -- "I May Hate Myself in the Morning," Lee Ann Womack
*Album of the Year -- "There's More Where That Came From", Lee Ann Womack
*Male Vocalist of the Year -- Keith Urban
*Female Vocalist of the Year -- Gretchen Wilson
*Vocal Duo of the Year -- Brooks & Dunn
*Vocal Group of the Year -- Rascal Flatts
*Horizon Award -- Dierks Bentley
*Video of the Year -- "As Good As I Once Was," Toby Keith (Director: Michael Salomon)
*Vocal Event of the Year -- "Good News, Bad News," George Strait and Lee Ann Womack
*Musician of the Year -- Jerry Douglas


*Stark, Phyllis, "Toby Keith topped country charts, shook up Music Row," "Billboard magazine", December 24, 2005, p. YE-18.

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
*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.

Other links

*Country Music Association
*Inductees of the Country Music Hall of Fame

External links

* [http://www.cmaawards.com/2004/hof/default.asp Country Music Hall of Fame]
* [http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050829/NEWS01/508290354 Announcement of 2005 Country Music Association Hall of Fame inductees]

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