Music Birthday: Melissa Etheridge

🔊🥳 Today, May 29, 1961, Melissa Lou Etheridge was born in Leavenworth, Kansas. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, Etheridge underwent chemotherapy, and yet still performed an amazing tribute to Janis Joplin at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. This performance inevitably inspired india.arie’s ‘I Am Not My Hair’ — a…

Music Birthday: Jace Everett

🔊🥳 Today, May 27, 1972, Jace Everett was born in Evansville, North Carolina. Everett has an eponymous album with Epic Records, and it’s sleeper-hit song ‘Bad Things’ was selected as the theme for True Blood on HBO. The song was originally released with the album in November 2005, and in October 2009—a little more than…

Billy Ray Cyrus: “Some Gave All”

🔊💜Today, May 19, 1992, Billy Ray Cyrus released his debut studio album “Some Gave All.” This signature debut album peaked at no. 1 on the US Billboard 200, and spawned these Hot 100 songs: ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ (no. 4), ‘Could’ve Been Me’ (no. 72), and ‘She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore’ (no. 70). In July 1992, ’Achy…

Toby Keith: “Honkytonk University”

🔊💜Today, May 17, 2005, Toby Keith released his ninth studio album “Honkytonk University.” This album peaked at no. 2 on the US Billboard 200, and spawned these Hot 100 singles: ‘As Good As I Once Was’ (no. 28), ‘Honkytonk U’ (no. 61), and ‘Big Blue Note’ (no. 55). Keith’s ‘As Good As I Once Was’…

Music Birthday: Darius Rucker

🔊🥳 Today, May 13, 1966, Darius Carlos Rucker was born in Charleston, North Carolina. On January 13, 2020, Rucker’s version of the David Rawlings classic production ‘Wagon Wheel’ was certified 8x platinum by the RIAA. Darius Rucker’s version comes after another remarkable cover by Nathan Carter. Rucker’s version peaked at no. 15 on the Hot…

Music Birthday: Mary Lambert

🔊🎉 Today, May 3, 1989, Mary Danielle Lambert was born in Seattle, Washington. Lambert is featured on the 2012 Macklemore & Ryan song ‘Same Love.’ The song comes from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s debut studio album, “The Heist,” and it peaked at no. 11 on the US Hot 100. “The Heist,” on the Billboard 200,…

Music Birthday: Eric Church

🔊🎉 Today, May 3, 1977, Eric Church was born Kenneth Eric Church in Granite Falls, North Carolina. Church is an 8x Grammy-nominated country superstar. His latest nominations, at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, was for Best Country Album (“Desperate Man”), and Best Country Song (‘Some of It’). “Desperate Man,” Church’s sixth studio album, spawned ‘Some…

Music Birthday: Tim McGraw

🔊🎉 Today, May 1, 1967, Tim McGraw was born Samuel Timothy McGraw in Dehli, Louisiana. McGraw’s third studio album “All I Want” has the double platinum lead single ‘I Like It, I Love It.’ The song, released in 1995, was certified 2x platinum in September 2019. The song is a production by James Stroud, and…