has been named The National Rifle Association's Country Artist of the Month for January!  Adkins is featured in a video on the NRA's website that was shot (no pun) on.... Trace's farm near Nashville.

Trace Adkins

-Faith Hill's goal for 2012 is to stay better connected to her fans.  On Twitter, Faith posted: "2012 goal- tweet more! Stay tuned!" Faith is preparing for an Australian tour with hubby Tim McGraw in March.

- Patty Loveless turns 55 today, Deana Carter turns 46....Happy B-day!!!!

-Today in 1923- The first "barn dance" was broadcast on a radio station in Ft. Worth, Texas.

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-Today in 1953- Hank Williams Sr.'s funeral took place in Montgomery, Alabama..attracting 3-thousand mourners.