October means that fall is in full swing! It’s also the month that several country stars, like Brad Paisley and Scotty McCreery, celebrate their birthdays. Let’s honor these nine incredible country singers with October birthdays by reliving a few throwback performances and learning some lesser-known facts.
Scotty McCreery — Oct. 9
The American Idol winner from Garner, N.C. turns 23 this year! Scotty McCreery is known for his deep, classic country tone. Celebrate his birthday by watching him sing a medley of country hits by Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson and Johnny Cash.
Tanya Tucker — Oct. 10
Tanya Tucker has been in the spotlight since 1972! That year (at age 13), she released her first massive hit “Delta Dawn” which earned her a Grammy nomination. Tucker, who turns 58 this year, is still performing and recently spoke out about which country singer she thinks should be the next Super Bowl halftime show.
Natalie Maines — Oct. 14
The always talented, sometimes controversial, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks turns 42 on Oct. 14. The Texas native joined the group in 1995 to replace their previous lead singer, Laura Lynch. The Dixie Chicks have released tons of award-winning hits over the last two decades, but Maines’ controversial political statements have attracted just as much attention as the band’s music.
Kimberly Schlapman — Oct. 15
One quarter of country quartet Little Big Town, Schlapman turns 47 this year. Fun fact: Before LBT, Schlapman sang with a Christian group called Truth. Celebrate her birthday with Little Big Town’s gorgeous and haunting cover of “Jolene” live from the Grand Ole Opry.
Alan Jackson — Oct. 17
Honky tonk icon Alan Jackson will be 58 on Oct. 17! He’s one of the most successful country singers ever with a total of 22 Billboard number 1 hits and over 80 million records sold. For his birthday, give his moving Opry performance of “Remember When” a watch.
Dwight Yoakam — Oct. 23
While Dwight Yoakam has released more than 20 country albums and has also become an accomplished actor. He’s appeared in films like Panic Room and Sling Blade. Celebrate his 60th birthday by picking up his brand new album, Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars, which features bluegrass recordings of his biggest hits.
Keith Urban — Oct. 26
Born in New Zealand, Keith Urban started his career in Australia before moving to Nashville in 1992. On top of creating new music, Urban was a judge on the last few seasons of Fox’s American Idol. If you haven’t done so yet, celebrate his 49th birthday by checking out his new music video for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”
Charlie Daniels — Oct. 28
Born in Wilmington, NC, the bluegrass and country star turns 80 this year! Best known for his iconic song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” Charlie Daniels is an avid outdoorsman and talented musician. He can play the guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin. For his birthday, pick up a copy of his cowboy tribute album, Night Hawk.
Brad Paisley — Oct. 28
Brad Paisley turns 44-years-old on the 28th! It was recently announced that the Grammy winner has earned his own exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame which will open Nov. 8. Celebrate his big day with his music video for “Without a Fight” featuring Demi Lovato.