August 31, 1985: If you looked at the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart that week, you would see the first appearance of the name 'Randy Travis' with "On The Other Hand." A traditional country ballad in the style of George Jones and Merle Haggard, the song went very much against what was in vogue on the airwaves at that point – a more polished, pop-focused sound. The odds were stacked against the single making it – and indeed, the song only hit No. 67.
Giving thanks for his blessings is nothing new for Luke Combs. But, the singer admits that 2017 has been quite the special one. The Columbia Nashville recording artist -- who already had developed quite a loyal following on his own with a pair of self-released EPs -- has enjoyed a banner year.
Country Music Hall of Fame member Reba McEntire can pretty much gain entrance anywhere she wants to nowadays, but in 1977, things were a lot different. She recalls to Billboard her first time on the Grand Ole Opry, where she was greeted like a newcomer.“I remember it like it was yesterday,” says McEntire. “I had just come to town and signed with Mercury, and everything was going fine.
It goes without saying, but not every song on an album can be a single. Here are a few that myself, and a couple of other Billboard writers selected as some of the best Country "Deep Cuts" from this century!
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".