- RolandNote™Country Music Database Searches
- May 21, 2013 CDT
- RolandNote.com offers a brand new way to experience country music, from such pioneering figures as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and Gene Autry to current superstars such as George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood. The site compiles scads of information-births, deaths, gold records, Grammy awards-from the significant to the mundane. It's an easy central reference point for information about not only country music stars, but also the songwriters, producers and musicians who've contributed to the genre. Get an instant history by song or album title ("Stand By Your Man," "The Woman In Me"), by TV or movie ("Hee Haw" or "CMT Crossroads"), by city, state or venue (from the Ryman Auditorium to RCA Studio B to Baptist Hospital), by company or by specific kinds of events (Grand Ole Opry debuts, Volunteer Jam, appearances in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade). You'll find you can look at any one facet of country music in a vast number of ways.
- RolandNote.com is the brainchild of Tom Roland, a longtime music reporter who in 1993 began assembling pieces of trivia he'd collected during his career. Roland has written about music in a variety of positions. He authored The Billboard Book of #1 Country Hits and spent more than six years as the music writer for Nashville's morning paper, TheTennessean.
- RolandNote.com originated as a book idea. Building on the information he'd gathered, Roland gained interest from a Nashville-based publisher in a book that would detail country music history day-by-day-January 1, January 2, etc. Roland reorganized his existing information in 1994 and began compiling more in his spare time. Originally, he hoped he might collect 30-35 events per day.
- But as work on the book progressed, so did the growth of the Internet. It became clear that the information might be more useful in another, more flexible, form. With that in mind, in January 2001, Roland began turning his project into what has become RolandNote.com, a site that boasts more than 35,000 dated entries-triple the original goal-plus other features that are all searchable in ways the book would never have allowed. In all, Roland invested an estimated 13,000 hours in the project before it was ever launched, fitting the work between assignments for such clients as the Westwood One Radio Network, The Hollywood Reporter, The Orange County Register, CMT.com and GACtv.com
- In 2006, Roland was introduced to Derek Dickson, who designs websites through his Los Angeles-based firm Derek Dickson & Associates. In 2007, Roland found Brixtel, a McLean, Va., firm that converted the database to a robust, Internet-friendly form. They've helped turn a crazy obsession into a unique contribution to music fans around the globe.
- Given the amount of time invested before the project was ever released, you can trust that the owners of RolandNote.com are dedicated to making it the best that it can be. As a result, you can expect that the site will be regularly updated with new information and that it will be approached with a commitment to making it a reliable and journalistically solid source.
- Free Country Music Database!
RolandNote.com is the ultimate country music resource. Compiled by veteran music journalist Tom Roland over a dozen years, the site chronicles more than 50,000 events and 9,000 country songs by over 8,800 country stars, songwriters, musicians and producers.
Music pros, radio personalities and fans already depend on RolandNote.com every day to get the story on the people, places and music that define one of music's most important genres.
From Johnny Cash to John Rich, from Gene Autry to George Strait, from Bob Wills to Brooks & Dunn, from Texas to Tennessee, from "Your Cheatin' Heart" to "You're Gonna Miss This," it's all here in the Ultimate Country Music Database.