We are just about at the end of another year. I wanted to take a few minutes and remind some of you what we saw happening in the world of country music during 2012. If any of you want to re-read any of the articles mentioned below, all you have to do is go to the archives (on the right side of Country’s Chatter), click on 2012 – then pull down to the month where the article appeared and click on that month. It will bring up all the titles and you can find the article you want there. And of course, there are more articles in those archives than we have listed here.

But in brief – here is a look back at 2012:

Garth Brooks wins breach of contract lawsuit against Oklahoma Hospital
Jake Owen breaks his collarbone in Jan. 13 snowboarding accident
Hillary Scott and Chris Tyrrell announce engagement
Casey James sets debut album release date for March 20, 2012
Lee Brice announces engagement to long-time girlfriend, Sara Reeveley
Tim McGraw releases new album, “Emotional Traffic”

BMI hosts party to celebrate The Band Perry’s two-week No. 1 song, “All Your Life”
Toby Keith nominated for Kids’ Choice Award
Craig Morgan donates 15 Dean acoustic guitars to Dickson Middle School
Country’s Chatter celebrates 5th birthday!
Country artists share reactions to Whitney Houston’s death, via Twitter
Randy Travis arrested for public intoxication

Josh Turner and Lee Brice take their turn co-hosting the Today Show
Crystal Gayle takes tour to Skegness, United Kingdom
Scotty McCreery scheduled to join Brad Paisley tour
Neal McCoy celebrates release of XII as GAC’s Fan Focus Artist of the Month
Thompson Square partner with ChildFund in International Pop 2012 Concert Season


Lee Greenwood announces release of new book, American Patriot
Toby Keith uses facebook to share photos from USO Tour
Randy Houser heads out on Jagermeister Tour
Joe Nichols shares his new baby with the world, via facebook and web site
Blake Shelton’s “Drink On It” hits No. 1
Steel Magnolia tour will include fun, festivals and opening for Reba

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Kip Moore’s “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” hits No. 1
Bucky Covington’s bus involved in crash
Jake Owen gets engaged, arrested, and married all within 48 hours
Lee Brice album “Hard to Love” debuts as No. 1 digital country album
Miranda Lambert, LeeAnn Womack and Jason Aldean at Kentucky Derby
Taylor Hicks to try hand at country music…again

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Kellie Pickler partners with Conagra Foods Foundation & Feeding America to Fight Child Hunger
LoCash Cowboys write Tim McGraw’s new sing,e “Truck Yeah”
Wynonna is a June bride, marries Cactus Mosert, June 10, 2012
Jennifer and Justin Moore, expecting first baby in November
Chris Young connects with fans via virtual autograph session during CMA Music Festival
Eric Church adds Kip Moore to Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour
Jerrod Neimann’s second album, “Free the Music,” will hit stores Oct. 2, 2012

Danny and fianceJuly
Eli Young Band’s Mike and Kacey Eli welcome new daughter
Toby Keith’s upcoming minor surgery won’t keep him down long
Bucky Covington honored for work with Help the Good Guys
Hunter Hayes wins Teen Choice “Male Country Artist Award
Jay and Allison DeMarcus welcome new baby
Hank Williams Jr.’s “Old School, New Rules” is top selling independent album in the country
Oak Ridge Boys appointed official National Anthem singers
Danny and Leyicet Gokey expecting first child in January
Music and Motorcross stars sign on for Craig Morgan’s 6th annual Charity Weekend

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Fire onboard Joe Diffie’s bus
Dustin Lynch’s “Cowboys and Angels” hits Top 10 at radio; single passes 500,000 sales mark
Keith Urban agrees to judge’s seat on American Ido
Martina McBride is rousing success at Shalome Foundation’s Hymns Hams and Jams
Keith Urban takes a seat at American Idol’s judging table
CD Review: Easton Corbin “All Over the Road”, release date Sept. 18, 2012
Rascal Flatts to open new restaurant chain 
Tour on Colt Ford hits the top of the chart with Declaration of Independence Oct. 10
Dolly Parton celebrates going Gold, with Cracker Barrel two-disc set
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill ready for Vegas shows

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More than 1 million tickets were sold for Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw “Brothers of the Sun Tour
George Strait announces two-year Cowboy Rides Away Tour
Casey James, J.B. & the Moonshine Band get ready for 2012 Taste of Country Christmas Tour
Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame for Rascal Flatts
Brantley Gilbert headlines “Hell on Wheels” tour
Eli Young Band’s John Jones and Wife, Sarah expecting Christmas baby
Dolly Parton has her own slot machine
Kellie Pickler supports friend with breast cancer by shaving her head
Chris Young headlines show at historic Ryman Auditorium

Charlie Daniels releases new single, “Take Back the USA”
High Valley takes “Love You For a Long Time” to Heinz Stadium
Colt Ford kicks off Answer to No One tour in Mesa, Ariz.
Montgomery Gentry digitally release new EP, Friends and Family
Kristy Lee Cook’s new single “Airborne Ranger Infantry” is debut release on Broken Bow Records
Florida Georgia Line ‘Cruise’ into Gold Status
Kellie PIckler signs with Black River Entertainment
40th anniversary tour for Oak Ridge Boys
Craig Morgan to co-hose Field & :Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge
“Free the Music”, sophomore album for Jerrod Neimann, available in stores

Jake and BabyNovember
Fans organize fund raiser for Animal Rescue in honor of Steel Magnolia’s Meghan Linsey’s birthday
Gary Allen opens clothing store, The Label
Aaron Lewis’ solo album, The Road, reaches Top 10 on Billboard Country Albums Chart
Jake and Lacey Owen welcome daughter, Olive Pearl Owen on Thanksgiving Day
Thompson Square make second trip on CSX Santa Train
Jason Sturgeon makes national TV debut
Emily and Eric Grunderson, Love & Theft, announce a new baby coming in 2013
Kacy Muscgraves’ gets Merry-Go-Round spinning on country radio
Scotty McCreery takes part In Operation Christmas Child

Randy HDecember
Keeping an eye on Twitter for Christmas greetings from country favorites
Kenny Rogers helps make Christmas bright for New Jersey children
Kellie Pickler completes sixth USO Tour
LoCash Cowboys join Average Joe Entertainment
Lady A’s Hillary Scott announces pregnancy on Twitter and facebook
Jennifer Nettles and husband Justin Miller announce arrival of Magnus Hamilton Miller
Randy Houser announces Jan. 22, 2013, as release date for How Country Feels album
Colt Ford is NRA Country Artist of the Month

There you go – a little reminder of a few things 2012 gave country music fans. I’m sure 2013 is going to be bigger, better, and full of surprises!

I’ve had quite a Christmas vacation. But I’m back now, and I’ll get more posted very soon. Thanks for all your e-mail. I actually got to share Christmas with many of you, because you were kind enough to share photos of your holiday celebrations with me.

Back soon!

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We are just about at the end of another year. I wanted to take a few minutes and remind some of you what we saw happening in the world of country music during 2012. If any of you want to re-read any of the articles mentioned below, all you...