2017 in country music
This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in 2017.
- 1 Events
- 2 Top hits of the year
- 3 Top new album releases
- 4 Deaths
- 5 Hall of Fame inductees
- 6 Major awards
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 Other links
- April 3 – Luke Bryan's "Fast" reaches No. 1 on Country Airplay, making Bryan the first artist ever to achieve six No. 1 singles from the same album.
- April 11 – Jeff Cook of Alabama announces he will stop touring with the band, after revealing he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease four years earlier.
- April 23 – The Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Hank Williams stayed December 31, 1952, hours before his death, makes headlines after mayor Tim Burchett announces that Knox County would seek proposals to redevelop the building, sparking re-interest in the circumstances and events surrounding Williams' final hours.
- May 4 – Loretta Lynn suffers a stroke at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee ranch weeks after celebrating her 85th birthday at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Lynn is said to make a full recovery but postpones numerous shows.
- August – Taylor Swift sues and prevails in a civil trial against David Mueller, a former morning show personality for Denver's KYGO-FM, in connection with an incident in 2013 – when Swift was still touring and being billed as primarily a country music performer – where Swift accused Mueller of sexually assaulting her by groping her at an event. Mueller later sued Swift, accusing her of lying and causing him to be fired from his job at KYGO, but Swift countersued for sexual assault. During the trial, a jury rejects Mueller's claims and rules in favor of Swift. In December, Swift, as a result of the 2013 incident and subsequent civil trial, is one of the "Silence Breakers" named Time's 2017 Person of the Year
- August 12 – "Body Like a Back Road" by Sam Hunt breaks two Billboard Hot Country Songs chart records for No. 1 longevity within a month of each other. On July 22, upon spending its 22nd week at No. 1, "... Back Road" becomes the longest-running No. 1 song by a male solo artist since the start of the charts in 1944, bumping three songs that had been tied for first with 21 weeks: "I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)" by Eddy Arnold (1947), "I'm Movin' On" by Hank Snow with the Rainbow Ranch Boys (1950), and "In the Jailhouse Now" by Webb Pierce (1955). On August 12, the song's 25th week at No. 1, Hunt bumps Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" for lengthiest No. 1 run (previously 24 weeks) in chart history; the song eventually logs 34 weeks at No. 1, finally dropping from the top spot (to No. 2) on the chart dated October 21. The song's long-running popularity is attributed in part due to downloads and live streaming, and its No. 6 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, all without a music video for the track.
- September 8 – Troy Gentry, half of the duo Montgomery Gentry, is killed in a helicopter crash in New Jersey.
- September 9 – The radio countdown program American Country Countdown returns to using the Billboard chart as its source after eight years of using the Mediabase chart. The Country Airplay chart is used.
- October 1 – A mass shooting occurs at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Paradise, Nevada during a closing performance by Jason Aldean. A shooter fired into the crowd from a 32nd-floor balcony of the Mandalay Bay hotel, located to the southeast of the Las Vegas Village outdoor concert venue. Initial reports indicated that more than 50 people had died and more than 400 were wounded, with those numbers expected to rise, and that the gunman was also dead. Aldean was able to escape uninjured and later posts social media messages confirming his safety. Less than a week later, Aldean pays tribute to the victims and others impacted by the events in Las Vegas by appearing on Saturday Night Live, giving words of support before performing Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down"; the tribute also honors Petty, who died that week.
- October 1 – Loretta Lynn returns to the stage after a near 5 month absence from the spotlight after suffering a stroke on May 4, at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee Ranch. Lynn sung three of her hit songs at a concert at her ranch which include "Coal Miner’s Daughter," "You Ain’t Woman Enough" and "Dear Uncle Sam."
Top hits of the year
Singles released by American artists
Singles released by Canadian artists
|—||—||9||"All Alright"||Lindsay Ell|
|—||—||19||"Barn Burner"||Dan Davidson|
|—||—||11||"Be Country with Me"||Meghan Patrick|
|—||—||9||"Bonfire"||River Town Saints|
|—||—||1||"Chills"||James Barker Band|
|—||—||7||"Crazy About You"||The Road Hammers|
|—||—||5||"Dear Life"||High Valley|
|—||—||3||"Drive Me Away"||Jess Moskaluke|
|—||—||13||"Fall in Love If You Want To"||Gord Bamford|
|—||—||19||"Get While the Gettin's Good"||Bobby Wills|
|—||—||19||"Head Over Heels"||The Washboard Union|
|—||—||11||"Homemade"||Cold Creek Country|
|—||—||1||"I Be You Be"||High Valley|
|—||—||3||"It's Working"||James Barker Band|
|—||—||16||"The Journey"||Paul Brandt|
|—||—||10||"Just Got Paid"||Emerson Drive|
|—||—||7||"Just Sayin'"||James Barker Band|
|—||—||16||"Kill Your Love"||Jess Moskaluke|
|—||—||5||"Livin' on Summertime"||Gord Bamford|
|—||—||8||"Lonely Drum"||Aaron Goodvin|
|—||—||20||"Made for You"||Jojo Mason|
|21||17||—||"Make You Mine" (U.S. release)||High Valley|||
|—||—||14||"Might As Well Be Me"||Chad Brownlee|
|—||—||8||"Motel Flamingo"||Madeline Merlo|
|—||—||11||"On Me"||Andrew Hyatt|
|—||—||17||"Out of the Blue"||Chad Brownlee|
|—||—||13||"Over and Over"||Madeline Merlo|
|—||—||8||"Paradise Found"||Shawn Austin|
|—||—||1||"Side Effects"||Dallas Smith|
|—||—||1||"Sky Stays This Blue"||Dallas Smith|
|—||—||1||"Slide Over"||Tim Hicks|
|—||—||9||"Slow Burn"||Tim Hicks|
|—||—||18||"Soggy Bottom Summer"||Dean Brody
featuring Alan Doyle
|—||—||8||"Something to Wrap My Heart Around"||Jojo Mason|
|—||—||7||"Something We Shouldn't Do"||Chad Brownlee|
|—||—||10||"Still Loving You"||Meghan Patrick|
|—||—||19||"That's When You Know"||Chris Buck Band
featuring Kira Isabella
|—||42||4||"Waiting on You"||Lindsay Ell|
|—||—||4||"We Were That Song"||Brett Kissel|
|—||—||5||"When a Momma's Boy Meets a Daddy's Girl"||Aaron Pritchett|
- "—" denotes releases that did not chart
Top new album releases
The following albums placed on the Top Country Albums charts in 2017:
|US||Album||Artist||Record label||Release date|
|7||Adiós||Glen Campbell||Universal Music||June 9|
|10||American Rebelution||The Lacs||Backroad-Average Joe's||April 7|
|1||The Anthology: Part 1, The First Five Years||Garth Brooks||Pearl||November 17|
|2||Back to Us||Rascal Flatts||Big Machine||May 19|
|6||Boom||Walker Hayes||Monument||December 8|
|1||The Breaker||Little Big Town||Capitol Nashville||February 24|
|1||Brett Eldredge||Brett Eldredge||Atlantic Nashville||August 4|
|2||Brett Young||Brett Young||BMLG||February 10|
|6||The Bus Songs||Toby Keith||Show Dog-Universal||September 8|
|2||Current Mood||Dustin Lynch||Broken Bow||September 8|
|1||Deep South||Josh Turner||MCA Nashville||March 10|
|1||The Devil Don't Sleep||Brantley Gilbert||Valory Music Group||January 27|
|2||Did It for the Party||Big & Rich||Big & Rich/Thirty Tigers||September 15|
|5||Dirty South||Lucas Hoge||Rebel Engine Entertainment||July 21|
|7||Everybody||Chris Janson||Warner Bros. Nashville||September 22|
|4||Every Little Thing||Carly Pearce||Big Machine||October 13|
|1||From A Room: Volume 1||Chris Stapleton||Mercury Nashville||May 5|
|1||From A Room: Volume 2||Chris Stapleton||Mercury Nashville||December 1|
|1||God's Problem Child||Willie Nelson||Legacy||April 28|
|5||Gold||Jessie James Decker||Epic Records||February 17|
|1||Happy Endings||Old Dominion||RCA Nashville||August 25|
|1||Heart Break||Lady Antebellum||Capitol Nashville||June 9|
|6||I Don't Believe We've Met||Danielle Bradbery||BMLG||December 1|
|6||If Not for You||Joey Feek||Farmhouse Recordings/Capitol Christian||April 7|
|10||King of Dixie||Upchurch||Redneck Nation||November 10|
|6||Lambs & Lions||Chase Rice||Broken Bow||November 17|
|7||Lee Brice||Lee Brice||Curb||November 3|
|1||Life Changes||Thomas Rhett||Valory Music Group||September 8|
|1||Live in No Shoes Nation||Kenny Chesney||Blue Chair/Columbia||October 27|
|3||A Long Way from Your Heart||Turnpike Troubadours||Bossier City||October 20|
|1||Losing Sleep||Chris Young||RCA Nashville||October 20|
|1||Love and War||Brad Paisley||Arista Nashville||April 21|
|7||Love Hope Faith||Colt Ford||Average Joe's||May 5|
|1||The Nashville Sound||Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit||Southeastern||June 16|
|1||Now||Shania Twain||Mercury Nashville||September 29|
|3||Now That's What I Call Country Volume 10||Various Artists||Sony Music/Universal||June 9|
|10||Ol' Wheeler||Wheeler Walker Jr.||Pepper Hill Records||June 2|
|2||On the Rocks||Midland||Big Machine||September 22|
|4||The Project||Lindsay Ell||Stoney Creek||August 11|
|1||The Rest of Our Life||Tim McGraw and Faith Hill||Arista Nashville||November 17|
|3||Road Less Traveled||Lauren Alaina||Mercury Nashville/Interscope/19||January 27|
|1||Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope||Reba McEntire||Nash Icon/Capitol Christian||February 3|
|3||Slowheart||Kip Moore||MCA Nashville||September 8|
|5||Something's Going On||Trace Adkins||Wheelhouse||March 31|
|1||Southern Girl City Lights||Jessie James Decker||Epic Records||October 13|
|4||Sweet Southern Sugar||Kid Rock||Top Dog/BMG||November 3|
|1||Texoma Shore||Blake Shelton||Warner Bros. Nashville||November 3|
|1||This One's for You||Luke Combs||Columbia Nashville||June 2|
|3||Timeless||Home Free||Columbia||September 22|
|3||Unapologetically||Kelsea Ballerini||Black River||November 3|
|2||Vaquero||Aaron Watson||BIG Label||February 24|
|4||The Voice: The Complete Season 12 Collection||Lauren Duski||Republic||May 19|
|1||Welcome Home||Zac Brown Band||Elektra||May 12|
|1||What Makes You Country||Luke Bryan||Capitol Nashville||December 8|
|2||When the Good Guys Win||Granger Smith||Wheelhouse||October 27|
|2||When Was the Last Time||Darius Rucker||Capitol Nashville||October 20|
|1||WildHorse||RaeLynn||Warner Bros. Nashville||March 24|
|1||Windy City||Alison Krauss||Capitol||February 17|
|4||Words||Sara Evans||Concord Music/Born to Fly||July 21|
|5||Yours||Russell Dickerson||Triple Tigers||October 13|
Other top albums
|US||Album||Artist||Record Label||Release Date|
|24||15 Years: The Wild Ride||Casey Donahew||Almost Country||October 6|
|14||50 Years of Blonde on Blonde||Old Crow Medicine Show||Columbia Nashville||April 28|
|22||27861||Parmalee||Stoney Creek||July 21|
|12||All American Made||Margo Price||Third Man||October 20|
|45||American Grandstand||Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary||Upper Management||July 7|
|42||The Blame (EP)||Sam Grow||Ole||May 19|
|13||Backroads (EP)||Taylor Ray Holbrook||TaylorRayMade||April 21|
|19||Baptized in Bourbon||Moonshine Bandits||Backroad-Average Joe's||March 3|
|37||Bidin' My Time||Chris Hillman||Rounder||September 22|
|43||Black & White Night 30||Roy Orbison||Legacy||February 24|
|31||Brand New Day||The Mavericks||Mono Mundo||March 31|
|28||Close Ties||Rodney Crowell||New West||March 31|
|50||Colter Wall||Colter Wall||Young Mary's Record Co.||May 12|
|43||DCX MMXVI Live||Dixie Chicks||Columbia||September 1|
|17||Fingerprints||Eli Young Band||Valory Music Co.||June 16|
|16||Good Ole Days||Tracy Lawrence||Lawrence Music Group||November 10|
|46||Greatest Hits||Jake Owen||RCA Nashville||November 24|
|41||Highway Queen||Nikki Lane||New West||February 17|
|20||I Believe in You||Dolly Parton||Dolly Records||October 13|
|26||Laws of Gravity||Infamous Stringdusters||Compass||January 13|
|14||Legacy||The Cadillac Three||Big Machine||August 25|
|37||The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone||Lee Ann Womack||Sugar Hill||October 27|
|26||A Love So Beautiful||Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra||Legacy||November 3|
|35||Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real||Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real||Fantasy Records||August 25|
|12||The Music of Nashville: Season 5, Volume 1||Nashville Cast||Big Machine||March 10|
|15||Never Gets Old||Joe Nichols||Red Bow Records||July 28|
|39||Not Dark Yet||Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer||Thirty Tigers/Silver Cross||August 18|
|37||Paving My Way||Hosier||Redneckin Records||April 14|
|17||Purgatory||Tyler Childers||Hickman Holler||August 4|
|31||Puxico||Natalie Hemby||GetWrucke||January 13|
|38||Sagebrush||Ned LeDoux||Powder River||November 3|
|15||So You Wanna Be an Outlaw||Steve Earle||Warner Bros. Nashville||June 16|
|29||Son of the South||Upchurch||RHEC Entertainment||May 5|
|33||Summer Love (EP)||Ryan Upchurch||Redneck Nation||May 5|
|43||Tell the Devil... ...I'm Gettin' There as Fast as I Can||Ray Wylie Hubbard||Bordello||August 18|
|17||The Texas Tenors||The Texas Tenors||The Texas Tenors||September 8|
|18||A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg||Various Artists||Full Moon||November 17|
|22||Until My Voice Goes Out||Josh Abbott Band||Pretty Damn Tough||August 18|
|22||The Voice: The Complete Season 13 Collection||Red Marlow||Republic||December 15|
|44||Way Out West||Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives||Superlatone||March 10|
|19||Willie and the Boys: Willie's Stash Vol. 2||Willie Nelson||Legacy||October 20|
|28||Worth the Wait (EP)||Lindsay Ell||Stoney Creek||March 24|
- January 5 – Sam Lovullo, 88, co-creator and producer of Hee Haw.
- January 25 – Butch Trucks, 69, founder and drummer of The Allman Brothers Band
- March 11 – Don Warden, 87, best known for his years on The Porter Wagoner Show and as the manager of Wagoner and Dolly Parton.
- April 20 – Tammy Sullivan, 53, bluegrass singer known as half of the Grammy nominated father-daughter duo Tammy and Jerry Sullivan.
- May 21 – Wendell Goodman, 81, manager and husband of Wanda Jackson who penned her 1961 hit "Right or Wrong".
- May 27 – Gregg Allman, 69, singer-songwriter and musician, founder of The Allman Brothers Band.
- June 8 – Norro Wilson, 79, singer-songwriter and producer (heart failure).
- July 13 – Kayton Roberts, 83, steel guitar player who has performed with Dolly Parton, Hank Snow, Marty Stuart and Alison Krauss among others (stroke).
- July 21 – Geoff Mack, 94, Australian singer-songwriter best known for writing "I've Been Everywhere", famously covered by Hank Snow and Johnny Cash among others
- July 25 – Billy Joe Walker Jr., 64, American musician, record producer, and songwriter.
- July 25 – Michael Johnson, 72, country and pop singer from the 1970s and 1980s.
- July 27 – D. L. Menard, 85, Louisiana musician commonly known as the "Cajun Hank Williams".
- August 8 – Glen Campbell, 81, country and pop singer and musician from the 1960s onwards, best known for songs such as "Gentle on My Mind", "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights" (Alzheimer's Disease).
- August 16 – Jo Walker-Meador, 93, first ever full-time employee of the Country Music Association who later became its longest-serving director and was instrumental in making the genre what it is today, overseeing the creation of the CMA Awards, CMA Festival and Hall of Fame (stroke).
- September 8 – Don Williams, 78, country singer known as the "Gentle Giant": known for songs such as "Tulsa Time", "It Must Be Love" and "Good Ole Boys Like Me".
- September 8 – Troy Gentry, 50, half of Montgomery Gentry (helicopter crash)
- November 19 – Mel Tillis, 85, legendary Opry star and Hall of Fame member known for hits such as "Coca-Cola Cowboy", "Good Woman Blues" and "I Ain't Never" (respiratory failure).
- December 16 – Richard Dobson, 75, singer-songwriter.
- December 27 – Curly Seckler, 98, American bluegrass musician (Foggy Mountain Boys, Nashville Grass).
Hall of Fame inductees
Country Music Hall of Fame inductees
- Alan Jackson, singer-songwriter and leading figure in the neotraditionalist movement of the 1990s, songwriter (born 1958).
- Jerry Reed, singer-songwriter-guitarist best known for swamp rock style of music (1937–2008).
- Don Schlitz, songwriter (born 1952)
Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees
- Paul Brandt (born 1972)
- Harvey Gold
Academy of Country Music
(presented in Las Vegas on April 15, 2018)
- Entertainer of the Year - Jason Aldean
- Male Vocalist of the Year - Chris Stapleton
- Female Vocalist of the Year - Miranda Lambert
- Vocal Duo of the Year - Brothers Osborne
- Vocal Group of the Year - Old Dominion
- New Male Vocalist of the Year - Brett Young
- New Female Vocalist of the Year - Lauren Alaina
- New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year - Midland
- Songwriter of the Year - Rhett Akins
- Album of the Year - From A Room: Volume 1 (Chris Stapleton)
- Single of the Year - "Body Like a Back Road" (Sam Hunt)
- Song of the Year - "Tin Man" (Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall)
- Vocal Event of the Year - "The Fighter" (Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood)
(presented August 23 in Nashville)
- Cliffie Stone Icon Award – George Strait
- Merle Haggard Spirit Award – Eric Church
- Mae Boren Axton Award – Reba McEntire and Bob Kingsley
- Poet's Award – Willie Nelson, Toby Keith and Shel Silverstein
- Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award – Dolly Parton
- Gene Weed Milestone Award – Kelsea Ballerini
- Songwriter of the Year – Lori McKenna
- Tex Ritter Film Award – Nashville
Americana Music Honors & Awards
- Album of the Year – A Sailor's Guide to Earth (Sturgill Simpson)
- Artist of the Year – John Prine
- Duo/Group of the Year – Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives
- Song of the Year – "It Ain't Over Yet" (Rodney Crowell)
- Emerging Artist of the Year – Amanda Shires
- Instrumentalist of the Year – Charlie Sexton
- Spirit of Americana/Free Speech Award – Graham Nash
- Lifetime Achievement: Trailblazer – Iris DeMent
- Lifetime Achievement: Songwriting – Van Morrison
- Lifetime Achievement: Performance – Robert Cray
- Lifetime Achievement: Instrumentalist – Hi Rhythm Section
- Lifetime Achievement: Executive – Larry Sloven and Bruce Bromberg
- Wagonmaster Award – Jim Lauderdale
American Music Awards
(presented in Los Angeles on November 19, 2017)
- Favorite Male Artist – Keith Urban
- Favorite Female Artist – Carrie Underwood
- Favorite Group or Duo – Little Big Town
- Favorite Album – Ripcord by Keith Urban
- Favorite Song – "Blue Ain't Your Color" by Keith Urban
(presented in Sydney on November 17, 2017)
Canadian Country Music Association
- Apple Music Fans' Choice Awards – Dean Brody
- Album of the Year – Side Effects by Dallas Smith
- Female Artist of the Year – Meghan Patrick
- Male Artist of the Year – Brett Kissel
- Group or Duo of the Year – The Road Hammers
- Single of the Year – "Autograph" by Dallas Smith
- Video of the Year – "I Didn't Fall in Love with Your Hair" by Brett Kissel
- Songwriter of the Year – "Time" by Dean Brody
- Roots Artist of the Year – The Washboard Union
- Interactive Artist of the Year – Brett Kissel
- SirusXM Rising Star – Meghan Patrick
- CCMA Discovery Award – Kalsey Kulyk
- Top Selling Album – Ripcord by Keith Urban
Country Music Association
(presented on November 8, 2017 in Nashville)
- Entertainer of the Year – Garth Brooks
- Single of the Year – "Blue Ain't Your Color" by Keith Urban
- Male Vocalist of the Year – Chris Stapleton
- Female Vocalist of the Year – Miranda Lambert
- New Artist of the Year – Jon Pardi
- Vocal Duo of the Year – Brothers Osborne
- Vocal Group of the Year – Little Big Town
- Musical Event of the Year – Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson
- Album of the Year – From A Room: Volume 1 by Chris Stapleton
- Music Video of the Year – "It Ain't My Fault" by Brothers Osborne
- Song of the Year – "Better Man" by Taylor Swift
- Musician of the Year – Mac McAnally
CMT Music Awards
(presented in Nashville on June 7, 2017)
- Video of the Year – "Blue Ain't Your Color" by Keith Urban
- Male Video of the Year – "Blue Ain't Your Color" by Keith Urban
- Female Video of the Year – "Church Bells" by Carrie Underwood
- Group/Duo Video of the Year – "H.O.L.Y." by Florida Georgia Line
- Breakthrough Video of the Year – "Road Less Traveled" by Lauren Alaina
- CMT Performance of the Year – "Want to Want Me" by Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan
(presented in New York on January 28, 2018)
- Best Country Solo Performance - Either Way (Chris Stapleton)
- Best Country Duo/Group Performance - Better Man (Little Big Town)
- Best Country Song - Broken Halos (Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton)
- Best Country Album - From A Room: Volume 1 (Chris Stapleton)
- Best Bluegrass Album - All The Rage Vol. 1 (Rhonda Vincent) and Defying Gravity (The Infamous Stringdusters)
- Best Americana Album - The Nashville Sound (Jason Isbell)
- Best American Roots Performance - Killer Diller Blues (Alabama Shakes)
- Best American Roots Song - If We Were Vampires (Jason Isbell)
- Best Roots Gospel Album - Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope (Reba McEntire)
International Bluegrass Music Association Awards
(presented on September 27, 2017)
- Entertainer of the Year - The Earls of Leicester
- Male Vocalist of the Year - Shawn Camp
- Female Vocalist of the Year - Brooke Aldridge
- Vocal Group of the Year - Flatt Lonesome
- Instrumental Group of the Year - Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
- Emerging Artist of the Year - Volume Five
- Guitar Player of the Year - Molly Tuttle
- Banjo Player of the Year - Noam Pikelny
- Mandolin Player of the Year - Sierra Hull
- Fiddle Player of the Year - Patrick McAvinue
- Bass Player of the Year - Alan Bartram
- Dobro Player of the Year - Josh Swift
- Album of the Year - Mountain Voodoo (Balsam Range)
- Song of the Year - "I Am A Drifer" (Volume Five)
- Recorded Event of the Year - "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" (Bobby Osborne and friends)
- Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year - "Fiddler's Dream" (Michael Cleveland)
- Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year - "I Found A Church Today" (The Gibson Brothers)
(presented in Vancouver on March 24-25, 2018)
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