April: Toby Keith won three trophies to lead the field of winners at the CMT 2004 Flame Worthy Video Music Awards in Nashville. won a Juno Award — the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy — for country recording of the year during ceremonies in Edmonton, Alberta. May: Toby Keith picked up four trophies, including the entertainer of the year honor, at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas. George Strait, Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett performed their first concert together on May 29 at Texas Stadium near Dallas. Mark Chesnutt signed to the new independent Vivaton label. Dream Works Nashville, label home to Toby Keith, merged with Mercury and MCA Nashville as part of downsizing within the Universal Music Group. The multi-day festival was previously known as Fan Fair. The Del Mc Coury Band, the Sam Bush Band and Gillian Welch were among the roots-oriented acts performing at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Terri Clark was inducted as a Grand Ole Opry member.Dolly Parton hosted the event that included the presentation of CMT’s Johnny Cash Visionary Award to Reba Mc Entire. Parton received the Living Legend award from the Library of Congress in Washington. Anita Cochran released the single, “(I Wanna Hear) A Cheatin’ Song,” a track featuring Conway Twitty “singing” a song written 10 years after he died.
Then bra-country found a champion in crossover star Sheryl Crow, who’s been publicly criticizing the lack of female representation on country radio, causing quite a stir on March 28th when she took to Twitter to vent, “I take my kids to school every morning.
The concert special also featured Tanya Tucker, Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings and members of Metallica and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Earl Scruggs performed four sold-out shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as part of his work as the Hall of Fame’s artist in residency. Lyric Street recording artist Josh Gracin completed his military service with the U. Alan Jackson, Martina Mc Bride, Kenny Chesney, Aaron Neville and Harry Connick Jr.
were among those featured during the shows taped for the PBS special, George Jones: 50 Years of Hits. Farm Aid 2004 near Seattle featured performances by Dave Matthews, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Trick Pony, Marc Broussard, Blue Merle and Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Ray Price underwent heart surgery in Houston to remove a blockage in his main artery. Big & Rich’s “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” became the first country single to be certified gold by counting digital downloads.
The couple named them Justin Charles and Jordan Edward. A portion of I-85 near Alan Jackson’s hometown of Newnan, Ga., was renamed in the singer’s honor.
To mark the 30th anniversary of Gram Parsons’ death, daughter Polly Parsons staged two concerts in California featuring performances by Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle, Norah Jones, Jim Lauderdale, Raul Malo, Lucinda Williams and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines and husband Adrian Pasdar welcomed their second child, Beckett Finn, on July 14.