As we come to the close of 2019, The Boot is looking back at some of the top headlines from the year. Readers can look back and remember the stories that have made waves in the country music world from now until just before Christmas.

To determine the five biggest stories of each month, The Boot's staff looked at website traffic; the featured stories received the most visitors throughout the month in which they broke.

September 2019's biggest country music headlines involved a story that backs up a lot of fans' positive assumptions about Reba McEntire, as well as the sudden death of a promising young talent, Texas singer-songwriter Kylie Rae Harris.

Beyond those emotional headlines, a gorgeous rendition of Brandi Carlile's "The Joke" landed in a national television ad, while Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert continued to reap headlining tours and major awards as century-defining talents.

Who else was making country music headlines in September of 2019? Keep reading to remember: