May is a big month for birthdays in the music world! It’s time to wish some of our favorite country artists a very happy birthday! Let’s celebrate with some throwback performances, fun facts and recent news from these country singers with May birthdays.
Tim McGraw (49) — May 1
Tim McGraw has had one of the biggest careers in country music. With 14 studio records under his belt, McGraw is a force to be reckoned with, and he’s not stopping any time soon. His latest single, “Humble and Kind” is one of his most meaningful and empowering songs to date. Celebrate McGraw’s birthday by watching him rock out with his band in an impromptu jam session singing Merle Haggard’s “Workin’ Man Blues.”
Eric Church (39) — May 3
Eric Church has made a name for himself for being a Nashville “outsider,” a bit of a rebel and a hell of a songwriter. Church has put out six studio albums, most recently, Mr. Misunderstood, from which he just released his second single, titled “Record Year.” To celebrate Church’s birthday, watch his Haggard tribute performance live at the Opry.
Randy Travis (57) — May 4
Randy Travis’ career is an impressive one. He’s had over 50 different singles make it onto the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and this year, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2013, Travis had a near-death experience when he suffered a massive stroke. According to his wife, he’s making progress and healing every single day. You can celebrate Travis’ birthday by checking out the heartwarming and inspiring video of him stepping out on stage with Blake Shelton at one of his recent concerts.
George Strait (64) — May 18
Another legend with a May birthday! This Texas native’s career is an illustrious one, with 60 No. 1 songs on the country charts. Fun fact: Following Elvis and The Beatles, Strait has the most gold and platinum albums in music history. To celebrate, take this George Strait quiz and see how many of his songs you can identify!
Hank Williams Jr. (67) — May 26
Hank Williams Jr. is known for his blues and rock-infused style of country music and being able to play a wealth of instruments (piano, guitar, banjo, drums and fiddle, just to name a few). Son of the legendary Hank Williams, he will be touring with Chris Stapleton for eight shows in August. If you want to celebrate his birthday, enjoy this throwback video of a young Hank Williams Jr. jamming out on the banjo.
Don Williams (77) — May 27
Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, Don Williams announced his retirement from country music earlier this year. The award-winning musician, who’s career took flight in the early ’70s, certainly deserves a little R&R. Fun fact about Williams: His first live performance was at the age of three and he won an alarm clock for coming in first place! Celebrate the Gentle Giant with this throwback performance of him singing “You’re My Best Friend.”