• Canaan Smith   Love You Like That
  • Billy Currington  Don't It
  • Easton Corbin Baby Be My Love Song
  • Little Big Town Girl Crush
  • Dierks Bentley Say You Do
  • Eric Church Like a Wrecking Ball
  • Eric Paslay She Don't Love You
  • Mickey Guyton Better Than You Left Me
  • Kip Moore I'm to Blame

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BILLY CURRINGTON SCORES HIS 10TH NO. 1 WITH ‘DON’T IT.’

Billy Currington climbs to the top of both the Country Aircheck and Billboard country charts this week with his single, “Don’t It,” his 10th No. 1 single. The song, written by Jaren Johnston, Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman, is the first single from his forthcoming album, Summer Forever, available next week (June 2nd).

“‘Don’t It’ – it’s just one of those songs when you first hear it, you’re like, ‘That’s it! That song sounds like a smash, and I’m so thankful that the songwriters sent it to me,’” says the Georgia native.

Billy is getting ready to head out on the Shotgun Rider Tour with Tim McGraw on June 5th in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Audio / Billy Currington talks about recording his No. 1 single, “Don’t It.”

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Billy Currington (Don’t It) OC: …did that. :33
“‘Don’t It’ – it’s just one of those songs when you first hear it, you’re like, ‘That’s it! That song sounds like a smash, and I’m so thankful that the songwriters sent it to me.’ Dann Huff worked really hard to get that groove set back in the pocket like it is. It wasn’t something that came in a few minutes of recording. We worked on it, and he got that magical feel to it, and I think that’s one of the main reasons it’s doing so well, ‘cause it’s a shuffle, and it’s hard to get those kind of songs right and get the right tempo and everything about that. And Dann did that.”

MICKEY GUYTON IS READY TO RELEASE HER SELF-TITLED EP.

Mickey Guyton is set to release her self-titled EP on Tuesday (May 26th), which includes her Top 30 single, “Better Than You Left Me,” which she co-wrote with Jennifer Hanson, Jenn Schott and Nathan Chapman. Nathan was also at the helm of the EP, along with producers Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Billy Currington) and Luke Laird (Kacey Musgraves).

Mickey has pretty much known she wanted to be a professional singer when she was eight-years-old and saw LeAnn Rimes sing the National Anthem at a baseball game.

“I grew up singing in the church, and my church drove to Arlington [Texas] from Waco to go see a Texas Rangers baseball game,” says the Texas native. “We were all the way up in the nosebleed section, and the announcer says, ‘Please rise as 10-year-old LeAnn Rimes sings the National Anthem,’ and that was before ‘Blue’ came out. I was already stuck on her, and then when ‘Blue’ came out, I was just like done.”

The Texas native kept her dreams of becoming a singer a little bit of a secret. “It wasn’t until I was older when I finally admitted it. When you say something like that, it’s pretty crazy. What are we normally supposed to be? We’re supposed to be a teacher, a doctor, a lawyer, go to school and for me to even say that was just kind of crazy,” says Mickey. “So, I took an interest in singing. I started doing solos in the church choir or the school had a talent show. I’d bring my boom box, and I’d sing ‘I Will Always Love You.’ I was just mesmerized by big-voiced women, so from LeAnn, I started listening to Dolly and Patsy Cline and Patty Loveless and Reba McEntire and Faith Hill and Martina McBride, all those people.”

Mickey is on the road with Brad Paisley on his Crushin’ It Tour. The next stop is June 4th in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mickey Guyton EP Track Listing:

  1. “Why Baby Why” – Victoria Banks, Emily Shackelton, Phil Barton (produced by Nathan Chapman)
  2. “Somebody Else Will” – Luke Laird, Ashley Gorley, Hillary Lindsey (produced by Luke Laird)
  3. “Pretty Little Mustang” – Mickey Guyton, Hillary Lindsey, Jeremy Spillman (produced by Nathan Chapman)
  4. “Better Than You Left Me” – Mickey Guyton, Jennifer Hanson, Jenn Schott, Nathan Chapman (produced by Nathan Chapman and Dann Huff)

Audio / Mickey Guyton recalls the moment she wanted to become a country singer.

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Mickey Guyton (started with LeAnn) OC: …done. :24
“I was eight-years-old, and my church, I grew up singing in the church, and my church drove to Arlington [Texas] from Waco to go see a Texas Rangers baseball game. We were all the way up in the nosebleed section, and the announcer says, ‘Please rise as 10-year-old LeAnn Rimes sings the National Anthem,’ and that was before ‘Blue’ came out. I was already stuck on her, and then when ‘Blue’ came out, I was just like done.”

Audio / Mickey Guyton talks about her secret dream of becoming a singer.

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Mickey Guyton (on pursuing a career as a singer) OC: …all those people. :50
“It wasn’t like something where I was like, ‘Dad, I want to be a professional singer.’ It wasn’t until I was older when I finally admitted it. When you say something like that, it’s pretty crazy. What are we normally supposed to be? We’re supposed to be a teacher, a doctor, a lawyer, go to school and for me to even say that was just kind of crazy. So, I took an interest in singing. I started doing solos in the church choir or the school had a talent show. I’d bring my boom box, and I’d sing ‘I Will Always Love You.’ I was just mesmerized by big-voiced women, so from LeAnn, I started listening to Dolly and Patsy Cline and Patty Loveless and Reba McEntire and Faith Hill and Martina McBride, all those people.”

LUKE BRYAN’S ‘KICK THE DUST UP’ IS A ‘BIG, LIVE, FUN, KICK YOUR SHOES OFF AND DANCE AND HAVE A GOOD TIME SONG.’

Luke Bryan is certainly ‘kickin’ the dust up’ on the country charts, as his new single – “Kick the Dust Up” – was released earlier this week. The song, penned by “That’s My Kind of Night” writers Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano, is the first single from his forthcoming album, Kill the Lights, set for release August 7th.

Luke, who’s on the road with his Kick the Dust Up Tour, says it’s perfect timing for the song’s release.

“We’re going into summer, and…we have a lot of big ole summer amphitheater shows, stadium shows, and it just seems like a big live fun, kick your shoes off and dance and have a good time song,” says Luke. “It’s something that we feel like is real, real catchy, and it’s right in line with what my music is all about, just getting out there kickin’ up the dust.”

The next stop on Luke’s tour is June 4th in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Audio / Luke Bryan talks about his new single, “Kick the Dust Up,” and why it’s perfect timing for the song.

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Luke Bryan (Kick the Dust Up) OC: …up the dust. :26
“We’re going into summer, and it’s just a big ole, and we have a lot of big ole summer amphitheater shows, stadium shows, and it just seems like a big live fun, kick your shoes off and dance and have a good time song. It’s something that we feel like is real, real catchy, and it’s right in line with what my music is all about, just getting out there kickin’ up the dust.”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (new single KTDU)

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Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (latest single KTDU)

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LUKE BRYAN’S COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME EXHIBIT OPENS FRIDAY.

Luke Bryan’s Dirt Road Diary exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame opens on Friday (May 22nd), and the Georgia native recalls going to Hall of Fame as a fan.

“I remember coming to town and taking my dad through, and I think Garth [Brooks] was in there doing a real neat audio/visual piece where he describes stuff, and me and my dad were sitting there watching,” says Luke. “It’s pretty cool to be in here and knowing that people will be moving to town and taking their families, and showing them my exhibit is pretty crazy.”

The exhibit, which includes his Little League baseball uniform and glove, his first guitar and second-grade school backpack, runs through November 8th.

Luke just released his new single, “Kick the Dust Up,” which is from his forthcoming album, Kill the Lights.

Audio / Luke Bryan remembers going to the Country Music Hall of Fame with his dad after moving to Nashville in 2001.

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Luke Bryan (CMHOF exhibit) 2 OC: …pretty crazy. :23
“I remember coming to town and taking my dad through, and I think Garth [Brooks] was in there doing a real neat audio/visual piece where he describes stuff, and me and my dad were sitting there watching. It’s pretty cool to be in here and knowing that people will be moving to town and taking their families, and showing them my exhibit is pretty crazy.”

MEMORIAL DAY AUDIO: Dierks, Church, Keith, Kelleigh, LBT, Luke, Sam

School is letting out for a few months; dads are firing up the bar-be-cues; pools, lakes and beaches will be packed with families celebrating warm days together. It’s the unofficial kick-off to summer…and it’s Memorial Day Weekend.

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. However, by the turn of the 20th century, Memorial Day celebrated Americans who have sacrificed their lives in all wars. The holiday also typically marks the start of the summer vacation season.

Some of your favorite country artists talk about their favorite summertime activities – besides traveling around and performing for fans – as well as what it means to be free because of the brave men and women willing to fight and sacrifice for our freedom.

Audio / Dierks Bentley, whose own father was a World War II veteran, talks about the sacrifices made by U.S. servicemen and women.

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Dierks (Memorial Day) OC: …upon them. :37
“On the most basic level, I think, for me on the road, I just think about being gone two, three days at a time, maybe a couple of weeks at a time, you know. That seems like a long time when you have kids and family, but these soldiers, they’re gone for months and years at a time – they’re doing 12 to 15 to 18 months — and they have family back home. That, in itself, is such a huge sacrifice, and that’s just the beginning of it. That’s just scratching the surface of what these guys [and gals] are doing every day – preparing for battle, actually being in battle, being wounded in battle, sometimes dying in battle. So, this country obviously, we would not exist without those courageous men and women, and our future depends upon them.”

Audio / Eric Church says we should celebrate our freedom AND the people fighting for our freedom.

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Eric Church (Memorial Day) OC: …those freedoms.
It’s about, especially the soldiers I come in contact with on the road. And not only that, to be able to make the music that I’m able to make, to say what I want to say, and that freedom to be able to do those things and to be in a country where we’re able to do that and to be in a country where we’re able to play that stuff on the radio. I don’t think you’re going to have any America argue that America isn’t the best place to live, and I’m certainly one of them. I’m very proud to be from here and very proud that we have the soldiers. I know there are a lot of other countries out there in the world that don’t want to live the way we do, and that’s fine, they can keep living the way they are, but I’m very proud of it. I think that’s a time to celebrate being proud to be an American and celebrate those freedoms…and celebrate the people that are over fighting for those freedoms.”

Audio / Keith Urban wrote and recorded “For You” a few years ago for the film, Act of Valor, which was inspired by real life events and stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs. After hanging out with the SEALS, he was very impressed with their commitment of service.

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Keith Urban (SEALS mantra) OC: …conviction. :30
“They have a mantra, and they say ‘the only easy day was yesterday’ and they had this spirit of brotherhood and that’s a particular thing that’s the way in which, I think, it exists is very specific to the Seals. I mean, military in general have this very strong brotherhood code; it’s a particular kind of thing in the Seals. As was the testament, to Lt. Roark who is the lead guy in the film; when he was interviewed talked about funerals he had been to, and he says ‘there isn’t really any one of us who isn’t just a little bit jealous of the guy who’s died,’ and ok, I heard that, that’s a particular way of being that I cannot relate to. That is an unbelievable depth of commitment and conviction.”

Audio / Kelleigh Bannen says she’s very thankful for our men and women in uniform.

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Kelleigh Bannen (Memorial Day) OC: …our families. :10
“I am so thankful for our men and women in uniform, and it is their sacrifice and them putting their lives on the line that allow us to be able to celebrate with our families.”

Audio / Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild says they’re overwhelmed by the huge sacrifices that both the military and their families make in order to be free.

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LBT (Memorial Day) OC: …whenever we can. :44
KAREN: “It’s such a huge sacrifice what these men and women do for us, not only the ones that are serving, but the families that are left here at home. Kimberly and I met a young girl…she’s 21 years old, and she has a third baby, and her husband has served multiple times overseas. She’s raising these children at home and doing a great job and the best that she can, and he’s serving our country. He’s making a monstrous sacrifice, but so is she, and so are those children. And we just can’t take it for granted. I mean, it’s just a huge commitment that they make, and what an honor. We love to be able to sing for them and entertain them and to say thank you whenever we can.”

Audio / While Luke Bryan’s on the road on his Kick The Dust Up Tour, he’ll most likely check out some places where he can catch up on his favorite pastime – fly-fishing.

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Luke Bryan (favorite summer activities) OC: …the family. :10
“My favorite summer activity is definitely the opportunity to go fly-fishing out West when I’m out there touring, or really, just fly-fishing anytime…and obviously, getting a week off down at the beach with the family.”

Audio / Sam Hunt talks about his grandfather who served during World War II.

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Sam Hunt (Memorial Day) OC: …those freedoms. :40
“My granddad was in World World II. He was on the USS Texas battleship, and he was over at Normandy and over near Japan and he spent a lot of time right in the thick of World War II. He really took pride in what that meant, and it was something I got to see it first hand, as somebody who got to experience that; somebody who had that galvanized American trait. It’s hard to describe it. It was just somebody who’s been through that, seen that and really appreciates what that means. I try to channel that into my life, because I haven’t fought in any war, but I have a ton of respect for folks who have, folks who’ve sacrificed, families who’ve lost lives and just sacrificed years of their own lives and time and effort to maintain those freedoms.”

Audio / Sam Hunt talks about Memorial Day weekends growing up in Georgia.

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Sam Hunt (Memorial Day) 2 OC: …experience. :47
“I spent a lot of Memorial Day weekends on the lake especially as I got a little order in high school and on into college, and it was always that summer inauguration celebrating the beginning of what would be summer. And even though I’m finished with school, when May comes around, I get that kind of ‘school’s out’ feeling, even now. So, when summer’s here, it’s always an exciting time of year. I think it’s just an extra reminder just the freedom in that and the good times and it’s usually with your buddies and you’re celebrating all these great things and about what it means to be a product of all the sacrifices that people have made in years past and in the wars past that we can now experience.”


Sam Hunt (Memorial Day) 2 OC: …experience. :48
“I spent a lot of Memorial Day weekends on the lake especially as I got a little order in high school and on into college, and it was always that summer inauguration celebrating the beginning of what would be summer. And even though I’m finished with school, when May comes around, I get that kind of ‘school’s out’ feeling, even now. So, when summer’s here, it’s always an exciting time of year. I think it’s just an extra reminder just the freedom in that and the good times and it’s usually with your buddies and you’re celebrating all these great things and about what it means to be a product of all the sacrifices that people have made in years past and in the wars past that we can now experience.”

ERIC CHURCH SCORES ANOTHER ATTENDANCE RECORD ON HIS OUTSIDERS WORLD TOUR.

LINCOLN, Nebraska (May 21, 2015) — With a simple yet propitious promise that no two nights will ever be the same, Eric Church has fans repeatedly coming back for more. Last night’s The Outsiders World Tour stop at Lincoln, Nebraska’s Pinnacle Bank Arena further proved why the man Stereogum called “our greatest working rock star” has notched his fourth North America venue attendance record of 2015 with 15,823 present–a record previously held by Sir Elton John (November 23, 2014; attendance 14,368).

With his fervent band backing him the majority of the night, Church performed over two hours of original music with hits “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Smoke A Little Smoke” interspersed by deeper album cuts like “Longer Gone” and “Livin’ Part of Life” emerging from his vast arsenal.

“I’m humbled by the success this tour has had,” Church adds. “The records it has set, by some of my muses and heroes, it’s [all] very surreal. As an avid music fan, I’m not sure it’s deserving in comparison to those I adore musically.  I can only say this happened because, in my opinion, our fans are second to none.”

The Outsiders World Tour topped Billboard’s Hot Tours last month after Church set a new attendance record at Chicago’s Allstate Arena on March 20 with over 18,626 present. Church also shattered Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena attendance on January 10 with an unprecedented 18,411 fans assembled for what has now become the first of three sold out shows in 2015 in Music City (Church is opening Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater with two back-to-back sold out shows July 30 & 31). On April 7, he also broke the attendance record in North Dakota’s Ralph Engelstad Arena, which was previously set by Sir Elton John’s 2012 show. Since launching his tour in September of 2014, Church has performed to over 800,000 fans in more than 65 cities with nearly 20 stops continuing through September 2015.

The CMA and four-time ACM Award winner finished 2014 as country music’s top-selling artist, with the year’s highest debut and sales of any release in the format as the critical and commercial success The Outsiders reached Platinum status, marking more than one million albums sold. Debuting at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart, The Outsiders garnered GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM Top Album nominations and features his No.1 hits “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Talladega” as well as his current single “Like A Wrecking Ball.” The Outsiders is the follow-up to Church’s Platinum-certified Chief, (named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album) which featured five Top 20 singles: “Homeboy” (certified Platinum for sales in excess of one million singles); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000 singles each); and two No. 1 hits “Drink in My Hand” (certified Platinum) and “Springsteen” (certified Double Platinum for sales in excess of two million singles). Church’s 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me (2006) and his sophomore album Carolina (2009) are both RIAA Gold-certified. Carolina had three hit singles: the Top 10 “Hell on the Heart” as well as Top 20 hit “Smoke A Little Smoke” and Top 10 smash “Love Your Love The Most,” which were both certified Gold. Sinners Like Me spawned three Top 20 singles: “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines,” and “Guys Like Me.”

For more information on Church, visit www.EricChurch.com.

Video / The Outsiders World Tour

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CHECK OUT THE ‘BAKING’ OF BISCUITS, KACEY MUSGRAVES’ LATEST SINGLE.

Check out the ‘Baking’ of “Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves new single below. It’s the first release from her forthcoming album, Pageant Material, which will be available June 23rd.

Video / Baking of Biscuits

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LUKE BRYAN CELEBRATES EXHIBIT AT COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., – May 20, 2015 – Luke Bryan and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum celebrated the soon-to-be opened summer exhibit, Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary presented by Citi, tonight with a special event held for the music industry, friends and family of the ACM/CMA Entertainer of the Year. The exhibit opens May 22nd and runs through November 8th. For the exhibit, Bryan has loaned the museum a wealth of artifacts to represent his life and career. Highlights include:

Little League baseball uniform and glove

Second grade school backpack and denim jacket

First guitar, which his parents gave him when he was fourteen

A script from his high school production of Annie Get Your Gun, in which he starred

Handwritten lyrics to his 2014 chart-topping single, “I See You”

Stage props from his Spring Break concerts

Tour posters

Stage clothes worn by Bryan at concerts and awards shows

Music awards, including trophies for his ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year wins

Bow and arrows used by Bryan on the Outdoor Channel reality series Buck Commander: Protected by Under Armour.

For more information about the exhibit including photos and video, click here. Follow @countrymusichof on Twitter and join the conversation using #ThisIsLukeBryan.

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Jason Davis/Getty Images for CMHOF

Audio / Luke Bryan explains what he was most excited to do when he heard he was getting a big exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Luke Bryan (CMHOF exhibit) OC: …my youth. :37
“I was excited to go seek out my old instruments and stuff. I think one thing that was amazing was that we found the very first song I wrote and performed for my church, and something had spilled on the lyrics and you can’t see half the lyrics, so I remember that day singing that song, and we were able to find that song in my piano bench. So, yeah, going and getting all of the instruments, but then when you find out it’s also a life piece. It’s named kind of ‘Dirt Road Diary’ to tell the whole story of me and my youth.”

KEITH URBAN THANKS FANS WITH NEW ONLINE VIDEO FOR ‘COME BACK TO ME.’

Keith Urban’s FUSE is one of the four-time Grammy Award winner’s most successful album releases to date.  It marked the only time in history that a male Country artist had captured the #1 all-genre album chart simultaneously in the U.S., Canada and Australia, spawned four #1 songs, including Urban’s 18th #1 “Raise ‘Em Up,” extended his historic streak of Top 10 singles to thirty-three and garnered nearly two dozen Award nominations from around the globe.

“I wanna say a massive thank you to all of you that made FUSE the most extraordinary ride,” said Urban.  “As we toured around the last couple years, you guys always asked if we’d ever shoot a video for “Come Back To Me” and well, we did, and here it is…and it’s all yours!!!

“Come Back To Me” will debut exclusively with Keith Urban’s fan club, The ‘Ville, this Wednesday, May 20th at 9am ET at keithurban.net. The video will be made available wide on Thursday, May 21st at 9am ET and can be viewed here at that time: http://smarturl.it/comebackvid.  The video was shot last December in Nashville and was directed by Chris Hicky.  “Come Back To Me” was written by Shane McAnally, Brandy Clark and Trevor Rosen and was co-produced by Butch Walker and Urban.

Keith is also set to make a return to HSN on May 24th.

For more Keith Urban news and ticket information go to www.keithurban.net.

LADY ANTEBELLUM AND BILLY CURRINGTON TALK ABOUT DAVID LETTERMAN ON THE DAY OF HIS LAST SHOW.

David Letterman ends his 33-year reign as nighttime’s premier talk show hosts on Wednesday (May 20th), and throughout the years, many of your favorite country artists have graced his stage performing their hits.

Lady Antebellum is one of those artists who performed on Letterman’s show a few times. Lady A’s Hillary Scott feels Letterman gave a chance to numerous musicians who might not have had a chance to be heard if not for him. “He’s not afraid to showcase a lot of up and coming artists and the one’s that are a little bit more grass roots a little more underground,” Hillary explains. “I think that’s an amazing thing about him he’s got a lot of variety to his musical tastes, and we’re sad to see him go.”

Lady A’s Charles Kelley remembers how cold it was in the studio. “That’s what I’ll remember from it, it is the coldest, he likes it really cold, so the entire building, I mean you have to wear like a winter jacket in there.”

Billy Currington is another artist who performed on the show, and it was because of a request of the host. In 2010, Billy appeared to sing his hit “People are Crazy,” reportedly one of Letterman’s favorite songs. (check out the clip of the show below – make sure to stay until the end.)

Letterman’s final show will air Wednesday on CBS at 11:30pm ET. Stephen Colbert will take over Letterman’s show this fall, with the first episode airing on September 8th.

Audio / Lady Antebellum were lucky to perform on the Late Show with David Letterman a few times, and each of the members share a memory of the show.

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Lady A (Letterman) OC: (Hillary) …see him go. :41 MUST CREDIT: Albright & O’Malley & Brenner (Dan Vanlandingham)
(DAVE) “I love it. That’s what I grew up on. For me, that was the bucket list show. Growing up, I’d sneak up stairs and watch Letterman late at night and see who’s performing.  You’re watching bands like Nirvana, all these cool rock bands and country music artists perform, so definitely one of those buck list moments.” (Charles) “That’s what I’ll remember from it, it is the coldest, he likes it really cold, so the entire building, I mean you have to wear like a winter jacket in there.” (Hillary) “He’s not afraid to showcase a lot of up and coming artists and the one’s that are a little bit more grass roots a little more underground. I think that’s an amazing thing about him he’s got a lot of variety to his musical tastes, and we’re sad to see him go.”

Audio / Billy Currington said he always wanted to be on Letterman’s show.

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Billy Currington (Letterman) OC: …part of. :03
“Ever since I got into the business, that was one of the shows that I wanted to be a part of.”

Video / Lady A performing American Honey on Letterman

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Video / Billy Currington performing People Are Crazy on Letterman

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