• LABOR DAY 2018: AJ, BILLY, BRANDON, CARRIE, CLARE, DARIUS, DIERKS, ERIC, JON, JORDAN, KEITH, KIP, LADY A, LUKE, MADDIE & TAE, TRAVIS

    For many decades, Labor Day was seen as a day for workers to voice their complaints and discuss better working conditions and pay.

    U.S. Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894, and on Monday, September 3rd, we will once again celebrate the people in every occupation whose work and dedication make this nation great. Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers.

    Labor Day weekend also signals the unofficial end to summer, and many of the hottest country stars are taking a look back at some of the toughest jobs they had prior to making their mark in music or talking about their dream job now.

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    Audio / Alan Jackson says that working man values have always been a part of his music.

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    AJ (working people songs) OC: … appreciate that. :28
    “I’ve always written songs and recorded songs, other people’s songs, about workin’ people, and workin’, the workin’ life ’cause I mean, that’s where I’m from. I mean, I worked…I’d already had jobs and worked as a grown person before I ever even thought about bein’ in the music business, so I come from that background, and…although I hadn’t had a job in a long time (laughs), I still remember a lot about it, you know, and I remember what the lifestyle is, and I still appreciate that.”

    Audio / Billy Currington recalls some of the jobs he had before landing his record deal in 2003.

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    Billy Currington (Labor Day) OC: …record deal. :40
    “I started working like at [age] 12, landscaping. This was summer, every summers, and roofing. I started when I was about 16 roofing houses, and that was probably one of my toughest jobs because down there in south Georgia, it gets hot, so doing that every day all summer long. The pawn shop when I moved to Nashville was one of my favorites, even though it was one of my least favorites. The concrete job was my least favorite of all – six years of that, and I couldn’t take it no more. After that job, that was my turning point. Either I’m going to do something else for a living [laughs] or quit and try to really focus on music and get this record deal.”

     

    Audio / Brandon Lay says he’s always enjoyed the Labor Day Weekend.

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    Brandon Lay (Labor Day) OC: …a good one. :13
    “You know, I can’t complain too much about Labor Day, ‘cause usually doing landscaping and it had slowed down a little, but the water’s still warm enough to hit the river. I’ve gotten to spend some time out on the lake for Labor Day, so Labor Day’s a good one.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about the jobs she had growing up and her best job -- performing for her fans.

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    Carrie Underwood (Labor Day) OC: …born to do. :59
    “I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad job. I’ve had hard jobs. I’ve had jobs that worked random hours. My first job was at a gas station, and that was a lot of fun actually. While I was working at the gas station, I took another job at a hotel down the street. There was nobody else working there. I had one day of training and then the next day I came in, and the lady that had worked there the longest and was training me just didn’t show. So, the second day at work I was now in charge ‘cause I was now the senior member that was working at the hotel. So, I feel like that one was really challenging to figure my way through it, but I did. My best job is definitely what I do now. I really like being on stage. I really like performing for people and just having fun and singing, because that’s what I feel like I was born to do.”

     

    Audio / Clare Dunn gets emotional when talking about driving a silage truck in Texas to make enough money to move to Tennessee to follow her dream.

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    Clare Dunn (Labor Day) OC: …had to do. 1:05
    “I was coming for school. I remember I was two weeks late for school [at Belmont], because I had stayed in Texas longer to drive a silage truck for harvest. Harvest was still going on and I needed the money, so I stayed down there. I called all my professors. I explained what I was doing. I said, ‘I’m not going to be there for the first two weeks.’ They all were very, I told them why, and they were all very accepting of that. So, I got home. I was worn out from driving this truck in Texas, and I remember getting home in like the morning or the night before and I left the next day. I literally just chucked as much stuff in a U-haul as I could, and my family was helping me get it all ready while I was on the truck. I remember, everybody cried. I’m probably gonna cry just talking about it, because it was so many unknowns, and I just drove myself out to Tennessee. It was very emotional for me, obviously, just seeing that Tennessee state line sign and being scared to death, but knowing that’s what I had to do.”

     

    Audio / Darius Rucker recalls one of his worst jobs before turning to music.

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    Darius Rucker (Labor Day) OC: …pizza. :15
    “I was fifteen, and I worked at a pizza place, and the guy decided that at fifteen, that I could not only clean the floors and wash the dishes, but I also had to make pizza. So, for two months, he taught me how to make pizza.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley makes a living performing for his fans, and he can’t say enough about them.

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    Dierks Bentley (Labor Day) OC: …generosity. :26
    “Personally, the fans give me amazement. That’s the only word to really sum it up. I look out in the crowd, you know, usually see a lot of faces and fans are cheering. I know each one of these like from the road-the signs are from California…Michelle and Kayla live up in the Ohio area. They’re all, I just see them, and I’m like, ‘Wow!,’ they’re all from different regions. You know when you’re in a different region of the country and you just see certain fans. These people are way more hard core than I am, and I’m just amazed by their generosity.”

    Audio / Eric Church talks about one of his worst job.

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    Eric Church (Labor Day-odd jobs) OC: …bought at 2am. 1:27
    “I had an awful job. I’ve had a lot of awful jobs…my worst one was when I first came to Nashville. I got a job at the Shop at Home Network. I worked midnight, graveyard, midnight to eight. That was bad enough but then I would work all night, go home, shower and then I had writing appointments all day because I was trying to get a career started. I’d go write songs and get meetings just trying to get signed. And end up getting done at 3 of 4 with all of that, I’d go home, take a shower or sleep for a little bit and then I had to be at work again at midnight. So the schedule was bad enough, however, what I had to do at the job…I sold knives from midnight to 7 or 8am. And, anytime somebody calls you at 3 or 4am and needs 200 knives for $19.95, it’s automatically an alarming situation. And I just, I was young and I’d been in a lot of these people’s shoes, I had done this…I knew they were drunk. I knew what they had done. They’d just come home from the bar, flipped on Shop at Home and said, ‘You know what? I need that.’ So the reason the job didn’t last long for me is that I was maybe the worst salesmen in history because I ended up talking a lot of these people out of it, I’d say, ‘I’ll tell you what man, go to bed, call me, I’ll be here in the morning. If you get up in the morning and want these knives you call me back.’ Because I knew what was going to happen, you know. They bought 200 knives for $19.95…first of all some of these people you didn’t know whether you should call the cops. What do you need 200 knives for? Even though I’m selling them…what do you need them for? So, it was awful doing that job. And then they got rid of me because, they were like, ‘You’re the worst. I can’t believe you’re talking people out of it.’ I was like, ‘Man I know…I’ve been there.’ [laughs] I’d want some to talk me out of buying some of the stuff I’ve bought at 2am.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about his worst job, which was at a grocery store.

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    Jon Pardi (Labor Day) OC: …so bored! :17
    “The worst job I ever had was at Hometown Grocery Store. I didn’t want to work. I was 15, and I did not want to work at the grocery store. Bagging was fun, but they sent me down the aisles to pull up cans and turn ‘em around and face ‘em, and I would just get so bored!”

    Audio / Jordan Davis, whose debut single is making its way up the country charts, talks about his worst job.

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    Jordan Davis (Labor Day) OC: …worst job. :41
    “[My] worst job was probably whenever I got out of school I started working for an environmental group in Baton Rouge, and I was doing actual environmental work at first. I went to my boss probably about four months in and told him that I was going to move to Nashville and write songs. Luckily enough, he let me stay on, but I became the weedeater guy for the landscaping side of the business. I seriously weedeated eight hours a day. The only break I would get would be in-between yard to yard. So, like we would be in the car and I would try to doze off for like 10 minutes. I was covered in grass in the middle of the summer in Baton Rouge. It was awful. That was definitely the worst job.”

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about performing for fans.

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    Keith Urban (Labor Day) OC: …amazing. :22
    “Seeing people connect to the music is absolutely, hands-down the biggest reward for me, especially when you go to a place you’ve never been to before and it’s all these people, I mean lots of people out there. You’ve never met a single one of ‘em and they’re singing every word, and you realize that it’s not just a pretty melody and everything, but they get the songs. It’s amazing.”

    Audio / Kip Moore recalls his worst job...ever.

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    Kip Moore (Labor Day-worst job) OC: …than that. :21
    “I’d have to say my worst job ever was laying sod in the south Georgia heat. There’s nothing than that, especially when somebody would think that you’re waiting for the next sod patch to be thrown to you and you got your back turned, and all of a sudden, that big ole piece of sod hits you right on the back. You got nowhere to clean up, and you’re just stuck with dirt on your back for the rest of the day. It doesn’t get any worse than that.”

    Audio / Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum tells us what he used to do to make a buck before finding success as a musician.

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    Lady A (Labor Day) OC: …I had a lot of crummy jobs. :31
    CK “I used to…” HS: “… knock out asbestos walls.” CK: “I did that for a long time. But even before that, I used to do lawn care every summer. Oh, man, I do not miss that. Just glad those days are over. I get out here and play music for a living. It’s a lot more fun. But yeah, I used to do that, and I used to work as a bag boy at a golf course once. I did that for a couple of summers. I had a lot of crummy jobs.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about the different jobs he worked in and around Leesburg, Georgia, before heading to Nashville to pursue a career in music.

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    Luke Bryan (Labor Day-jobs) OC: …Nashville… 1:07
    “At age 12 thru 13, I worked at Rubos IGA Supermarket in Leesburg, GA. I worked during the summers on Monday and Tuesday. I stocked and cleaned up the produce.  They paid me under the table…I peeled off all of the brown lettuce. Let’s see, when I was 15, I was a cashier at K-Mart for two months. I worked at K-Mart for two months, and then I reverted back to Rubos because it didn’t really make sense for me to drive all the way into Albany and work for K-Mart. The benefits were great though-you’d get an hour-long on the blue light special. So I started back at Rubos, and then I quit Rubos and worked for my Dad-just awful just driving tractors through cotton all day, and spraying pesticides that eventually would turn your hair green. And then at some point, I started playing guitar. And well, after college I went back and worked for my dad and continued to spray and haul fertilizer around. And then I moved to Nashville…”

    Audio / Travis Denning has never had another job other than playing music.

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    Travis Denning (Labor Day) OC: …right for it. :13
    “I’ve always played music. I mean, my first gig was when I was 16-years-old. That was what I did. And as soon as I found out I could make money doing it, I thought I’d much rather make money doing this than anything else, so I went right for it.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD “CRY PRETTY VIGNETTES.”

    Carrie Underwood‘s “Cry Pretty” is nearing the Top 5 on the country charts. The song is the title track from her upcoming album, Cry Pretty, available September 14th.

    We’ve produced several vignettes — :30, :60, :90 — for your use.

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  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD REVEALS THE TRACK LIST FOR HER UPCOMING ALBUM, CRY PRETTY.

    Multi-platinum-selling global superstar Carrie Underwood released the track listing and songwriters for her upcoming studio album, Cry Pretty, available on September 14th.  Her first time officially in the Producer chair, Underwood co-produced Cry Pretty alongside David Garcia and she co-wrote nine of the songs featured on the album making it one of her most personal albums to date.

     

    Underwood wrote the title track and lead single, “Cry Pretty,” with Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose (The Love Junkies). Underwood, exposing pure, raw emotion earned critical praise for her powerful debut performance of “Cry Pretty” at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
    “She brings dignity and drama to being broken. And in her power-vocal relentlessness, Underwood shatters conventional wisdom with a potent few words and a squealing guitar.” – Hits

    “…a classic country song with soul at its cathartic heart” – NPR

    “…channeled her inner country-soul diva” during the “knockout rendition.” – Rolling Stone

    Cry Pretty includes a bonus track also co-written by Underwood featuring Ludacris, “The Champion” which opened NBC’s Super Bowl LII and was incorporated into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games coverage earlier this year.

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    Cry Pretty Track List:

    1. Cry Pretty (Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose)
    2. Ghosts On The Stereo (Hillary Lindsey, Tom Douglas, Andrew Dorff)
    3. Low (Carrie Underwood, David Garcia, Hillary Lindsey)
    4. Backsliding (Carrie Underwood, David Garcia, Hillary Lindsey)
    5. Southbound (Carrie Underwood, David Garcia, Josh Miller)
    6. That Song That We Used To Make Love To (Hillary Lindsey, Jason Evigan)
    7. Drinking Alone (Carrie Underwood, David Garcia, Brett James)
    8. The Bullet (Marc Beeson, Andy Albert, Allen Shamblin)
    9. Spinning Bottles (Carrie Underwood, David Garcia, Hillary Lindsey)
    10. Love Wins (Carrie Underwood, David Garcia, Brett James)
    11. End Up With You (Hillary Lindsey, Brett McLaughlin, Will Weatherly)
    12. Kingdom (Carrie Underwood, Chris DeStefano, Dave Barnes)

    Produced by David Garcia and Carrie Underwood

    Bonus Track – The Champion (Carrie Underwood, Brett James, Chris DeStefano, Christopher Bridges PKA Ludacris) Produced by Jim Jonsin

    In Spring 2019, Underwood will launch a new arena tour, The Cry Pretty Tour 360. Sponsored by CALIA, the new tour will kick off on May 1 in Greensboro, NC, and will play 55 arenas across the U.S. and Canada and be promoted by AEG Presents.  She will be joined on tour by special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June.

    THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360:

    Date City Venue
    May 1, 2019 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
    May 3, 2019 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at the BJCC
    May 4, 2019 N. Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
    May 6, 2019 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
    May 9, 2019 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
    May 11, 2019 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
    May 12, 2019 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
    May 14, 2019 Sacramento, CA Golden1 Center
    May 16, 2019 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
    May 18, 2019 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
    May 21, 2019 Portland, OR MODA Center at Rose Garden
    May 22, 2019 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
    May 24, 2019 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
    May 25, 2019 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
    May 28, 2019 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
    May 31, 2019 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
    June 2, 2019 Winnipeg, MB Bell MTS Place
    June 9, 2019 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
    June 10, 2019 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
    June 13, 2019 Hershey, PA GIANT Center
    June 15, 2019 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
    June 16, 2019 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    June 18, 2019 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
    June 20, 2019 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum
    June 21, 2019 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
    June 23, 2019 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
    Sept 10, 2019 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
    Sept 12, 2019 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
    Sept 14, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
    Sept 16, 2019 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
    Sept 18, 2019 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
    Sept 19, 2019 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
    Sept 21, 2019 Houston, TX Toyota Center
    Sept 22, 2019 Lafayette, LA Cajundome
    Sept 24, 2019 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
    Sept 25, 2019 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
    Sept 27, 2019 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
    Sept 29, 2019 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
    Sept 30, 2019 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
    Oct 2, 2019 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden
    Oct 4, 2019 Washington, D.C. Capital One Arena
    Oct 5, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
    Oct 10, 2019 Boston, MA TD Garden
    Oct 12, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
    Oct 13, 2019 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
    Oct 16, 2019 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
    Oct 17, 2019 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
    Oct 19, 2019 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
    Oct 20, 2019 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
    Oct 23, 2019 Memphis, TN FedExForum
    Oct 24, 2019 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
    Oct 26, 2019 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
    Oct 27, 2019 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
    Oct 29, 2019 Chicago, IL United Center
    Oct 31, 2019 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena

    *Tickets on sale Friday, Aug 24 for Wichita, Kansas City and Sioux Falls

    About Carrie Underwood:
    Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has sold 64 million records worldwide and recorded 26 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote.

    She will release Cry Pretty, her first studio album on Capitol Records Nashville on September 14, marking the first time she has co-produced her own album.  The title track and lead single was released worldwide on April 11. Co-produced and co-written by Carrie, it has already topped the iTunes Top Songs charts in 12 countries. In Spring 2019, Carrie will launch The Cry Pretty Tour 360, which will kick off in May and will play 55 arenas across the U.S. and Canada. Earlier this year, she released the hit event anthem she co-wrote, “The Champion” featuring Ludacris, which opened NBC’s Super Bowl LII and was incorporated into the network’s coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

    In 2013, Carrie starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers.  She is lead designer for her fitness and lifestyle brand, CALIA by Carrie Underwood, which launched in 2015 and is exclusively available at DICK’S Sporting Goods nationwide and online at www.caliastudio.com.  This Spring, Carrie celebrated her 10th anniversary as a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry and will return this Fall for her sixth season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football. This November, Carrie and Brad Paisley will co-host the CMA Awards for the 11th consecutive year.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood explains how there's a lot of real life in her new album, Cry Pretty.

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    Carrie Underwood (a lot of her in new album) OC: …hear that. :51
    “I always try to let the album kind of dictate what it wants and let the songs kind of dictate what they want. It’s really hard to start a new project in saying, ‘Man, I really want to write songs about this or make it sound like this.’ So, we just kind of went in and I started writing with people and I was like, ‘What’s coming out,’ instead of trying to force anything into any box. I just wanted to be completely creative to see what would happen. I feel like some themes that kind of weave their way through the entire album are ones that are just very real and very much about life and very sincere and emotional and soulful. Of course, we have some fun songs on there too, but there’s a lot of me on this album. I think when people listen to it, they’ll definitely hear that.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD’S “CRY PRETTY” IS A SONG IN WHICH EVERYONE CAN RELATE.

    Carrie Underwood is sitting inside the Top 10 with her latest hit, “Cry Pretty,” which she hopes people will connect with on an emotional level.

    “I want people to be drawn into ‘Cry Pretty’ from the get-go. The first words of it are ‘I’m Sorry,’ and I feel like those are words that are powerful; they’re two little words, but they kind of suck you in and I want people to be like, ‘Well, why are you sorry?’ and then kind of follow the rest of the musical journey that we go on. I want them to relate to it. I want them to be like, ‘Oh my gosh! This is me. Whatever I’m going through, I can relate to this,’” says Carrie. “By the end of it, I want people to feel, I want them to feel that release. I mean the song just keeps getting bigger and bigger and it’s pretty rocking by the end. So, I want people to listen to it and by the end, just feel like they’ve kind of gotten a little bit of an emotional release just by listening to the song.”

    Her album of the same name – Cry Pretty – will be released September 14th. You can catch Carrie co-hosting the CMA Awards with pal Brad Paisley for the 11th time this November.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood hopes people will connect and relate to "Cry Pretty."

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    Carrie Underwood (Cry Pretty reaction) OC: ….to the song. :49
    “I want people to be drawn into ‘Cry Pretty’ from the get-go. The first words of it are ‘I’m Sorry,’ and I feel like those are words that are powerful; they’re two little words, but they kind of suck you in and I want people to be like, ‘Well, why are you sorry?’ and then kind of follow the rest of the musical journey that we go on. I want them to relate to it. I want them to be like, ‘Oh my gosh! This is me. Whatever I’m going through, I can relate to this.’ And by the end of it, I want people to feel, I want them to feel that release. I mean the song just keeps getting bigger and bigger and it’s pretty rocking by the end. So I want people to listen to it and by the end, just feel like they’ve kind of gotten a little bit of an emotional release just by listening to the song.”

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  • LABOR DAY 2018 LINERS: Billy, Brandon, Brothers, Carrie, Clare, Darius, Eric, Jon, Jordan, Kacey, Keith, Kip, LBT, Luke, Maddie & Tae, Sam, Travis

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    LINER Billy Currington (Labor Day)
    Hey y’all! It’s Billy Currington, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Brandon Lay (Labor Day)
    Hey y’all! This is Brandon Lay, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Brothers Osborne (Labor Day)
    This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Carrie Underwood (Labor Day Weekend)
    Hey everyone! I’m Carrie Underwood, hoping you have a happy Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Clare Dunn (Labor Day)
    Hey! What’s up? This is Clare Dunn, and I hope you have a Happy Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Darius Rucker (Labor Day)
    Hey! It’s Darius Rucker, and I hope you have a have a happy work-free Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Eric Church (Labor Day)
    Hey! It’s Eric Church, and I hope you have a have a happy Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Eric Paslay (Labor Day)
    Hey! It’s Eric Paslay, and I hope you have a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Jon Pardi (Labor Day weekend)
    Hey! It’s Jon Pardi, and I hope you have a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Jordan Davis (Labor Day)
    Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Kacey Musgraves (Labor Day weekend)
    Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, hoping you have a happy Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Keith Urban (Labor Day weekend)
    Hi everybody! This is Keith Urban, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Kip Moore (Labor Day)
    Hey—what’s happening guys? This is Kip Moore, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day Weekend.

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    LINER LBT (Labor Day)
    Hi! We’re Little Big Town, hoping you have a work-free Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Luke Bryan (Labor Day)
    Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, and I hope you have a have a happy Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Maddie & Tae (Labor Day)
    Hey everybody! I’m Maddie, and I’m Tae, and we’re Maddie & Tae, hoping you have a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Sam Hunt (Labor Day)
    Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Have a great and work-free Labor Day weekend.

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    LINER Travis Denning (Labor Day)
    Hey y’all. It’s Travis Denning, hoping you have a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS LOOKING FORWARD TO HOSTING THE CMA AWARDS WITH BRAD PAISLEY FOR THE 11TH YEAR.

    Carrie Underwood is thrilled to be hosting the CMA Awards with friend Brad Paisley for the 11th year.

    “We were super excited to get the phone call to ask Brad and me to come back for an 11th year of the CMAs of hosting. We just always have a lot of fun,” says Carrie. “It’s definitely a lot of pressure and it’s a lot of work working on the CMAs, but at the end of the day, I love the team that we work with. We have a lot of fun, and we kinda get to be the ones that represent country music and we take our jobs very seriously, but we love what we do.”

    Carrie, who just picked up a Teen Choice Award Sunday night (August 12th) for Choice Country Artist, is making her way up the country charts with her song, “Cry Pretty.” It’s the title track of her upcoming album, available September 14th.

    The Oklahoma native also just announced her Cry Pretty Tour 360, which will kick off May 1st in Greensboro, North Carolina.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about hosting the CMA Awards for the 11th year.

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    Carrie Underwood (CMA Awards 11th year) OC: …what we do. :27
    “We were super excited to get the phone call to ask Brad and me to come back for an 11th year of the CMAs of hosting. We just always have a lot of fun. It’s definitely a lot of pressure and it’s a lot of work working on the CMAs, but at the end of the day, I love the team that we work with. We have a lot of fun, and we kinda get to be the ones that represent country music and we take our jobs very seriously, but we love what we do.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS EXPECTING HER SECOND CHILD.

    During a personal video announcement of her 2019 tour to her fans this morning, Carrie Underwood also revealed she and husband Mike Fisher are expecting their second child!!

    “You might be wondering or asking, ‘Carrie, why is your tour starting in May?’ Well…[she smiles and looks up as the camera in the video pulls out to reveal a BABY balloon cluster]…yay! Mike and Isaiah and I are absolutely over the moon and excited to be adding another little fish to our pond. This has just been a dream come true with album and baby news and all that stuff. We are just so excited and just so glad that you guys can share in this with us and be a part of this with us. Love you guys, and we’ll see you on the road in 2019.”

     

    The new bundle of joy will join big brother Isaiah, who was born February 27th, 2015.

    Carrie is currently sitting inside the Top 10 with her single, “Cry Pretty,” which is also the title of her new album, Cry Pretty, available September 14th.

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD ANNOUNCES NEW “CRY PRETTY 360” TOUR.

    Seven-time Grammy winner and Pollstar’s three-time top female country touring artist, Carrie Underwood, will launch a new arena tour, The Cry Pretty Tour 360, in Spring 2019. Sponsored by CALIA, the new tour will kick off on May 1st in Greensboro, NC, and will play 55 arenas across the U.S. and Canada and be promoted by AEG Presents. She will be joined on tour by special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June. Carrie made the announcement this morning in a personal video to her fans.

     

    Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, August 17th at 10am local time but please check local listings. For more information including the Cry Pretty album/ticket bundle, go to http://www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com. Also beginning Monday, August 13th, a limited number of exclusive VIP Packages will be available which include an amazing selection of tickets, Meet & Greets, autographed memorabilia, custom merchandise and much more.

    Citi® is the official presale credit card for Carrie Underwood’s “The Cry Pretty Tour 360” for 2019. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning on Monday, August 13th at 12pm until Thursday, August 16 at 10pm through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

    Carrie is set to release her eagerly-anticipated new album, Cry Pretty, on September 14th. Cry Pretty will be her first studio album on Capitol Records Nashville and marks the first time she has co-produced her own album. The lead single and title track, “Cry Pretty” debuted as the #1 song in the U.S. all-genres. The song also topped download charts in 38 countries around the world and amassed over 3.5 billion social impressions across 66 countries during its week of launch in April, which was culminated with a show-stopping performance on the “2018 ACM Awards” telecast. Carrie co-wrote the powerful single with Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose (aka The Love Junkies) and co-produced Cry Pretty with fellow writer/producer David Garcia.

    Following her successful “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round,” the new production will feature a brand-new stage in the middle of the arena floor, creating a unique 360-degree setting to allow fans on all sides of the arena an intimate view of the concert.  Barry Lather (Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson) is the tour’s Creative Director, and Nick Whitehouse/Fireplay (Justin Timberlake, Beyonce) is Production Designer.

    “I love performing in the round,” says Underwood.  “It’s so much fun for me and the band to play in every direction and creates a much more intimate and immersive experience for the audience, even in a larger arena setting.  It’s been exciting to introduce audiences to Cry Pretty and I can’t wait to bring the new album to life on this tour, along with all of the songs we love to play live.  I’m thrilled to be going out with an amazing line-up – Maddie & Tae and Runaway June are incredible artists that are going to bring even more electricity to our shows.”

    Underwood has arranged for a donation of $1 from each ticket sold for The Cry Pretty Tour 360 to be contributed to Danita’s Children, which provides a safe haven for abandoned and vulnerable children in Haiti, while encouraging families to stay together through their education and malnutrition programs.

    THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360:

    Date City Venue
    May 1, 2019 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
    May 3, 2019 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at the BJCC
    May 4, 2019 N. Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
    May 6, 2019 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
    May 9, 2019 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
    May 11, 2019 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
    May 12, 2019 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
    May 14, 2019 Sacramento, CA Golden1 Center
    May 16, 2019 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
    May 18, 2019 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
    May 21, 2019 Portland, OR MODA Center at Rose Garden
    May 22, 2019 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
    May 24, 2019 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
    May 25, 2019 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
    May 28, 2019 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
    May 31, 2019 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
    June 2, 2019 Winnipeg, MB Bell MTS Place
    June 9, 2019 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
    June 10, 2019 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
    June 13, 2019 Hershey, PA GIANT Center
    June 15, 2019 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
    June 16, 2019 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    June 18, 2019 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
    June 20, 2019 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum
    June 21, 2019 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
    June 23, 2019 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
    Sept 10, 2019 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
    Sept 12, 2019 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
    Sept 14, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
    Sept 16, 2019 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
    Sept 18, 2019 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
    Sept 19, 2019 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
    Sept 21, 2019 Houston, TX Toyota Center
    Sept 22, 2019 Lafayette, LA Cajundome
    Sept 24, 2019 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
    Sept 25, 2019 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
    Sept 27, 2019 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
    Sept 29, 2019 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
    Sept 30, 2019 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
    Oct 2, 2019 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden
    Oct 4, 2019 Washington, D.C. Capital One Arena
    Oct 5, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
    Oct 10, 2019 Boston, MA TD Garden
    Oct 12, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
    Oct 13, 2019 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
    Oct 16, 2019 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
    Oct 17, 2019 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
    Oct 19, 2019 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
    Oct 20, 2019 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
    Oct 23, 2019 Memphis, TN FedExForum
    Oct 24, 2019 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
    Oct 26, 2019 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
    Oct 27, 2019 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
    Oct 29, 2019 Chicago, IL United Center
    Oct 31, 2019 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena

    *Tickets on sale Friday, Aug 24th in Wichita, Kansas City and Sioux Falls

    Audio / Carrie Underwood is looking forward to performing for fans on her

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    Carrie Underwood (looking forward to Cry Pretty Tour) OC: …else like it. :30
    “I’m so looking forward to the Cry Pretty Tour 360. It’s so much fun being on stage. It’s an energy. I love singing anywhere. I love being in the studio, but it’s just different when you have fans that are singing your songs back to you and kind of throwing that energy back to you. It takes everything to a whole new level, and there’s just like so much adrenaline from the crowd and the lights and the music and everything’s loud. There’s nothing else like it.”

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (want to see you on my Cry Pretty Tour 360)

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  • THE CMA FEST TELEVISION SPECIAL, FEATURING SOME OF THE HOTTEST PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR, AIRS WEDNESDAY ON ABC.

    Many of your favorite country stars will be featured on ABC’s three-hour special, CMA Fest on Wednesday (August 8th). The concert special was taped during this year’s CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville in June. For fans who weren’t able to attend, or if you want to revisit the amazing time you had, you can watch Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton, among others, perform on the stage at Nissan Stadium (home of the Tennessee Titans).

    “I’ve always been the type of artist when I can perform my music for a television audience, it’s the best of both worlds. You get to be in people’s households and they get to always put the face with the song,” says Luke. “I mean, this is like a big, awards-show-type crowd in August and yeah, it’s very important. You don’t want to go out there and lay an egg. You want to go put a great show on, because the fans that are in the room, they’re gonna go watch it again in August. And another thing — it’s gonna make people that may not have been to this festival, they’re gonna want to come be a part of that. So, it’s been fun watching CMA Music Fest grow to where it’s sold out every night, and that’s because we put a cool thing to watch on TV together for the fans.”

    The CMA Fest special, hosted by Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini, airs Wednesday (August 8t) beginning at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about the CMA Fest television special and how much he enjoys performing on it.

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    Luke Bryan (CMA Music Festival TV) OC: …for the fans. 1:00
    “I’ve always been the type of artist when I can perform my music for a television audience, it’s the best of both worlds. You get to be in people’s households and they get to always put the face with the song. I mean, that used to be a big deal in my career, in my early career, we had to make sure that the people watching at home put it together that this crazy guy was singing in the song. I mean, this is like a big, awards-show-type crowd in August and yeah, it’s very important. You don’t want to go out there and lay an egg. You want to go put a great show on, because the fans that are in the room, they’re gonna go watch it again in August. And another thing — it’s gonna make people that may not have been to this festival, they’re gonna want to come be a part of that. So it’s been fun watching CMA Music Fest grow to where it’s sold out every night, and that’s because we put a cool thing to watch on TV together for the fans.”

    Audio / Keith Urban says he tries to show up and perform on CMA Music Fest every year because of the fans.

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    Keith Urban (CMA Fest TV) OC: …it’s my tribe. :15
    “Well, number one, for the fans, who come from all over the world to be here, and it’s an amazing week for them. But for me personally too, I love the work that all of the CMA Board and all of the Foundation do. You know, they’ve been very good to me over the years, and it’s my tribe.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about CMA Music Fest.

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    Carrie Underwood (CMA Music Festival) OC: …when they’re here. 1:05
    “CMA Music Festival is so much fun, and every year they do a TV special, which is really cool. We kind of get to give the rest of the world that didn’t get to come to the Music Fest a little taste of what it’s like and hopefully they’ll see it and want to come next year. But CMA Music Fest is so much fun. No other genre of music does what country music does for their fans like this, which is so cool. There are literally like hundreds of thousands of people that like descend on Nashville, and there’s not a hotel to be found. Everywhere you go there’s people looking for music and looking to see artists and fan club parties and charity events and the CMT Music Awards are that week. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s kind of a way to get to interact and give back and meet the people that have been coming to see you on tour and get to say thank you. It’s just a blast. I came as a kid growing up a couple of times, and it’s cool to be on that side of things and now to be on this side of things, but I think everybody just has a lot of fun when they’re here.”

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  • KEITH URBAN AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD FINALLY CELEBRATE THEIR NO. 1 HIT, “THE FIGHTER.”

    Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood celebrated the chart-topping success of “The Fighter” at a party at a Nashville hot spot more than a year after it went No. 1. The two were honored, along with Keith’s co-writer and co-producer busbee. Before awards were handed out and speeches were given, the trio performed their hit song.

    Prior to the party, Keith and co-writer busbee, sat down to talk about “The Fighter” and how it was based on real-life conversations between Keith and his lovely wife, Nicole Kidman.

    “It was such an easy song to write ‘cause it was born of real conversations Nic and I had before we had gotten married, and some of those fears she had about it, and me wanting to be able to make vows to her, promises to her that I knew I could keep, but just needed that chance,” explains Keith. “It’s interesting because in a lot of ways this song feels like vows that they really are – this is what I promise I’ll be and do and I’ll take care of you and I’ll keep the world away. It was very easy to write from that perspective.”

    Keith also just hit the top of the country chart with “Coming Home,” which features Julia Michaels. The song is from his current album, Graffiti U.

    Audio / Keith Urban explains the inspiration behind his No. 1 song, "The Fighter."

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    Keith Urban (Fighter No. 1) OC: …perspective. :33
    “It was such an easy song to write ‘cause it was born of real conversations Nic and I had before we had gotten married, and some of those fears she had about it, and me wanting to be able to make vows to her, promises to her that I knew I could keep, but just needed that chance; give me a chance, you know? It’s interesting because in a lot of ways this song feels like vows that they really are – this is what I promise I’ll be and do and I’ll take care of you and I’ll keep the world away. It was very easy to write from that perspective.”