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Here’s what happened in the country music world in 2016:

  • January 5: Preston Brust of LoCash and his wife Kristen welcome Love Lilly into the world.
  • January 14: Jason Aldean hits the road with his Six String Circus tour.
  • January 15: Brothers Osborne release Pawn Shop.
  • January 24: Shawna and Keifer Thompson of Thompson Square have a baby boy, Rigney Cooper.
  • January 30: Carrie Underwood kicks off her Storyteller tour in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • January 31: Jana Kramer gives birth to Jolie Rae Caussin. She and her husband Mike split later that year.
  • February 5: Charles Kelley releases The Driver.
  • February 11: After years of trying, Charles and Cassie Kelley have a son they name Ward Charles.
  • February 17: Rascal Flatts start their second residency at The Joint in Las Vegas.
  • February 18: Luke Bryan launches his Kill the Lights tour at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.
  • February 22: Country Music Hall of Famer Sonny James dies at the age of 87.
  • February 27: RaeLynn marries Joshua Davis in a ceremony in Nashville.
  • March 4: Granger Smith releases Remington.
  • March 4: Joey Feek passes away at the age of 40, losing a long battle with cancer.
  • March 21: Chris Lucas of LoCash and his wife welcome their second child, daughter Remi McKenna.
  • March 23: Newcomer William Michael Morgan becomes a dad to a baby girl named Presley.
  • April 3: Jason Aldean wins Entertainer of the Year at the ACM Awards. Chris Stapleton gets six awards..
  • April 12: Kelly Clarkson gives birth to a son, Remington Alexander.
  • April 16: The legendary Merle Haggard passes away on his 79th birthday.
  • April 21: Dierks Bentley‘s Somewhere on a Beach tour stars in Dublin, Ireland.
  • April 22: George Strait plays the first of his sold-out shows at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
  • April 23: Kenny Chesney kicks off his Spread the Love tour at Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama.
  • May 3: Reba McEntire and Brooks and Dunn began another run at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
  • May 4: Randy Houser weds longtime girlfriend Tatiana Starzynski in Franklin, TN. Tyler Hubbard stands by his side as a groomsman.
  • May 6: Keith Urban releases Ripcord.
  • May 12: Florida Georgia Line begin the Dig Your Roots tour in Tupelo, Mississippi.
  • May 16: Tejano superstar Emilio Navaira passes away at the age of 53. He was often compared to Garth Brooks.
  • May 16: Granger Smith and his wife Amber have their third child, River Kelley Smith.
  • May 17: Guy Clark dies at 74.
  • May 20: Blake Shelton releases If I’m Honest.
  • May 25: Miranda Lambert announces the closing of the Pink Pistol boutique in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
  • May 27: Dierks Bentley releases Black.
  • May 31: Dustin Lynch announces his Stay Country Clothing line.
  • June 1: Dixie Chicks launch their first U.S. tour in many years in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • June 2: Keith Urban‘s RipCord tour begins in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • June 3: Maren Morris releases Hero.
  • June 10: Little Big Town releases Wanderlust.
  • June 13: Songwriter, producer and engineer Chips Moman passes away at the age of 79.
  • June 17: Jon Pardi releases California Sunrise.
  • June 23: Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley passes away at the age of 89.
  • July 5: Miranda Lambert‘s B&B, The Ladysmith, closes its doors after Blake Shelton purchases the property.
  • July 10: Dierks Bentley takes to social media to announce the passing of his dog Jake.
  • July 10: Craig Morgan‘s 19-year-old son Jerry Greer is killed in a tubing accident.
  • July 26: Forbes announces the World’s Highest Paid Country Music Acts of 2016. Garth Brooks takes the cake, earning a whopping $70 million.
  • July 29: Jake Owen releases American Love.
  • August 1: Florida Georgia Line launch their Old Camp whiskey brand.
  • August 12: Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay proposes to longtime girlfriend Hannah Billingsley.
  • August 24: News breaks that Jana Kramer and her husband Mike Caussin have separated.
  • August 26: Florida Georgia Line release Dig Your Roots.
  • September 9: Jason Aldean releases They Don’t Know.
  • September 24: Cam weds Adam Weaver in a colorful desert ceremony in Joshua Tree, CA.
  • September 25: Country Music Hall of Famer Jean Shepard dies at 82.
  • September 30: William Michael Morgan releases Vinyl.
  • October 3: The governor of Tennessee holds a press conference to acknowledge Garth Brooks‘ achievement of selling more than 10-million copies each of seven different albums.
  • October 4: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announce a joint tour during a show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
  • October 10: Tyler Farr marries longtime love Hannah Freeman in a ceremony in Nolensville, TN. Jason Aldean serves as his best man, and Lee Brice is among the groomsmen. Brad Paisley performs “Today” during the couple’s first dance.
  • October 16: Randy Travis, Fred Foster and Charlie Daniels are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The highlight of the night is Randy singing “Amazing Grace.”
  • October 22: Miranda Lambert re-opens the Pink Pistol in Lindale, Texas.
  • October 24: Garth Brooks hosts a free concert for fans in Nashville.
  • October 28: Kenny Chesney releases Cosmic Hallelujah.
  • October 31: Coy Bowles and his wife Kylie have their first child, Hattie.
  • November 1: Little Big Town announce that they’ll be the first artists-in-residence at the Ryman Auditiorium.
  • November 2: Garth Brooks wins Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards in Nashville. Beyoncé and Dixie Chicks perform together.
  • November 4: Clay Cook and his wife Brooke have a son they name Charles Robert.
  • November 11: Ronnie Dunn releases Tattooed Heart.
  • November 12: Leon Russell passes away at the age of 74.
  • November 15: Holly Dunn dies of ovarian cancer at the age of 59.
  • November 18: Miranda Lambert releases The Weight of These Wings.
  • November 18: Dan Smyers of Dan + Shay pops the question to girlfriend Abby Law while on vacation in Hawaii.
  • November 25: Garth Brooks releases Gunslinger.
  • November 30: Charlie Daniels celebrates his 80th birthday. Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton perform at his Volunteer Jam.

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