Here’s a handy list of the year’s biggest music stories, in date order:
January 24th: Shay Mooney of Dan and Shay and his now-wife Hannah Billingsley become the proud parents of their first son, Asher James.
January 27th: Brantley Gilbert releases The Devil Don’t Sleep.
January 27th: Lauren Alaina drops Road Less Traveled.
February 10th: Brett Young releases his self-titled album.
February 22nd: Reba McEntire and Brooks and Dunn begin their 2017 residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
February 24th: Little Big Town release The Breaker.
February 25th: Colton Swon of The Swon Brothers proposes to his girlfriend Caroline Glaser.
March 12th: Frankie Ballard marries Christina Murphy in Texas.
March 30th: Cadillac Three frontman Jaren Johnston’s first child, Jude Daniel Johnston, is born.
April 2nd: Jason Aldean wins his second consecutive ACM Entertainer of the Year Award.
April 4th: Zac Brown Band fiddle player and vocalist Jimmy De Martini and his wife, Stacey, welcome their fourth child, Jonelle, into the world.
April 7th: George Strait kicks off his 2 Nights of Number 1’s residency at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
April 15th: Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler get married in Georgia.
April 16th: Kane Brown gets engaged to Katelyn Jae.
April 20th: Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum debuts her LaBellum clothing line on HSN.
April 21st: Brad Paisley releases Love and War.
May 4th: Country legend Loretta Lynn suffers a stroke.
May 5th: Chris Stapleton releases From A Room: Volume 1.
May 11th: Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren, finally bring their 18-month-old daughter Willa Gray home to the U.S. from Uganda.
May 12th: Zac Brown Band releases Welcome Home.
May 13th: Dan Smyers of Dan and Shay marries Abby Law.
May 14th: Midland guitarist Jess Carson and his wife Camille welcome their second child, Parker.
May 19th: Rascal Flatts releases Back to Us.
June 2nd: Lee Brice’s wife Sara delivers their third child, Trulee Nanette.
June 2nd: Luke Combs releases his debut album, This One’s for You.
June 5th: Florida Georgia Line open the doors to FGL House, their new entertainment venue on Lower Broadway in Nashville.
June 9th: Lady Antebellum release Heart Break.
June 11th: Justin Moore and his wife Kate welcome their first son, Thomas South Moore, into the world.
June 26th: Mickey Guyton and Grant Savoy tie the knot in Hawaii.
July 9th: Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd announce their engagement.
July 11th: Forbes announces its list of the World’s Highest-Paid Country Music Acts of 2017. For the third year in a row, Garth Brooks tops the list.
August 4th: Brett Eldredge releases his self-titled album.
August 8th: Glen Campbell dies at age 80, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
August 12th: Thomas Rhett‘s wife Lauren gives birth to their second daughter, Ada James.
August 25th: Old Dominion release Happy Endings.
September 3rd: Chris Lucas of LoCash and his wife Kaitlyn bring their third child, Violet Reid Lucas, into the world.
September 8th: Troy Gentry dies in a helicopter crash. He was 50.
September 8th: Don Williams dies after a short illness. He was 78.
September 8th: Dustin Lynch releases Current Mood.
September 8th: Kip Moore releases Slowheart.
September 8th: Thomas Rhett releases Life Changes.
September 11th: Chase Bryant asks Kortney Kellar to marry him.
September 22nd: Chris Janson releases Everybody.
September 22nd: Midland release their debut album, On the Rocks.
September 29th: Shania Twain releases Now, her first album in 15 years.
September 29th: Luke Bryan is announced as a judge on the reboot of American Idol.
September 30th: Blake Shelton opens a new entertainment venue called Ole Red in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
October 1st: 58 people die and 546 injured during the Route 91 Harvest Festival. It is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
October 6th: Rascal Flatts kick off their eight-night Las Vegas residency at the Venetian, dubbed Rascal Flatts: A Night to Shine.
October 13th: Carly Pearce releases her debut album, Every Little Thing.
October 14th: Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelley marry in Tennessee.
October 17th: Chris Young is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
October 20th: Shay Mooney and Hannah Billingsley tie the knot in Arkansas.
October 20th: Chris Young releases Losing Sleep.
October 20th: Darius Rucker releases When Was the Last Time.
October 22nd: Alan Jackson, songwriter Don Schlitz and the late Jerry Reed were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
October 25th: Kenny Rogers drops the mic and walks off stage for the final time, after performing “Islands in the Stream” with Dolly Parton.
October 27th: Granger Smith releases When the Good Guys Win.
October 27th: Kenny Chesney releases Live In No Shoes Nation.
November 2nd: Blake Shelton premieres his clothing line BS By Blake Shelton at the Herald Square Macy’s in New York City.
November 3rd: Kelsea Ballerini releases her sophomore album, Unapologetically.
November 3rd: Blake Shelton releases Texoma Shore.
November 8th: Garth Brooks wins the Entertainer of the Year Award at the 51st annual CMA Awards. He faces controversy when he lip-syncs his performance.
November 11th: Brantley Gilbert’s wife Amber gives birth to their first child, Barrett Hardy-Clay Gilbert.
November 17th: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill drop their first duets album, The Rest of Our Life.
November 17th: Chase Rice releases Lambs & Lions.
November 19th: Mel Tillis dies in Ocala, Florida at the age of 85.
December 1st: Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany welcome their first son, Memphis.
December 1st: Chris Stapleton releases his second album of 2017, From A Room: Volume 2.
December 2nd: Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans marry in Mexico.
December 8th: Luke Bryan releases What Makes You Country.