- RolandNote™Country Music Database Searches
- October 7, 2015 CDT
RolandNote.com is the creation of Tom Roland, a veteran music journalist and author who has been covering country music since 1980.
A graduate of the music business program at Nashville’s Belmont University, Roland has written for Billboard, The Tennessean, The Hollywood Reporter, the Westwood One Radio Network, the United Stations Radio Network, The Orange County Register, GACtv.com and CMT.com, among many others.
Roland has also authored two books: The Billboard Book Of #1 Country Hits and Beautiful Mess: The Story Of Diamond Rio.
RolandNote.com originated as a book idea. Building on the information he’d gathered in his career, Roland planned in 1994 to write a book that would detail country music history day-by-day—January 1, January 2, etc. 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 52,000 dated entries—nearly five times the volume he anticipated. In addition, the database provides optional ways to sort information that a book would never have allowed. In all, Roland invested an estimated 13,000 hours in the project before it was launched in June 2007.