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BROTHERS OSBORNE, LITTLE BIG TOWN AND MICKEY GUYTON ARE AMONG THE ARTISTS JOINING MILEY CYRUS FOR HER STAND BY YOU PRIDE SPECIAL.

Brothers Osborne, Little Big Town and Mickey Guyton are among the artists joining Miley Cyrus for an hour-long special, Miley Cyrus Presents Stand By You to celebrate Pride month. Maren Morris and Orville Peck will also perform during the special. “The Climb” singer will put her own spin on such classics as “Believe,” “Dancing Queen” and a Madonna medley featuring “Express Yourself” and “Like a Prayer.”

 

 

Brothers Osborne took to their socials to share the news. “Beyond honored to have been asked by @mileycyrus to join her and some fellow friends to perform for the #MileyPrideSpecial, Stand By You. Some of the most fun we’ve had in a long time.”

 

Little Big Town posted, “We all truly put our hearts into this one and are so proud to share it with you all.”

 

Mickey Guyton says, “Now this is a party in the U.S.A.”

 

The event, which was filmed at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, will air on the Peacock Channel beginning June 25th.

 

 

 

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JORDAN DAVIS HAD A LITTLE CASE OF THE NERVES WHEN HE STEPPED ON STAGE FOR HIS FIRST SHOW BACK.

Jordan Davis performed for the first time since COVID-19 hit last weekend at a festival in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and he said he hasn’t been that nervous stepping on a stage in a long time.

“You know, being back playing that first show, having a full crowd, full band, feeling like it was normal again, it was crazy. I don’t think we knew how much we missed it, and I haven’t been that nervous, since gol, I can’t tell you the last time I had nerves like that walking on a stage.”

But after the first song in his set was done, he says, “It really did feel like we were back.”

Jordan hits the road again on Friday in Boise, Idaho, followed by a show in Pocatello, Idaho for their Summer Concert Series.

The Louisiana native is making his way near the top of the charts with his latest single, “Almost Maybes.”

Audio / Jordan Davis talks about his first show back following the global shutdown with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jordan Davis (First Show back after COVID) OC: …we were back. :23
“You know, being back playing that first show, having a full crowd, full band, feeling like it was normal again, it was crazy. I don’t think we knew how much we missed it, and I haven’t been that nervous, since gol, I can’t tell you the last time I had nerves like that walking on a stage. But man, after that first song, it really did feel like we were back.”

NEWS AND NOTES: Keith Urban, Brothers Osborne, Reba McEntire, Priscilla Block, Lauren Alaina, Sam Hunt and more

Keith Urban has returned as a coach to The Voice Australia, and the first look at the new season has arrived. He’ll be joined by Rita Ora, Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy. The four coaches turn in a stellar, colorful performance of Justin Timberlake’s global hit “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” The video was directed by ARIA Award-winning James Chappell, who has previously worked with Keith and Guy. The Voice Australia will premiere on the Seven Network following the Olympics.

 

 

 

Brothers Osborne are featured on CMT’s Campfire Sessions show, which is set to air on Thursday (July 17th) at 9pm ET.

 

Reba McEntire is set to perform at this year’s Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. The special, which will also feature performances by the Black Pumas, Coldplay and One Republic, will air Sunday, July 4th from 8-10pm ET with an hour-long encore presentation at 10pm ET.

 

Priscilla Block will perform during Nashville’s Fourth of July celebration, Let Freedom Sing!. The free event will take place in downtown Nashville on lower Broadway and will also feature performances by Lilly Hiatt, Regi Wooten and Friends, the Nashville Symphony and headliner Brad Paisley.

Lauren Alaina will appear on CBS’ new home makeover series, Secret Celebrity Renovation, a one-hour series featuring celebrities in sports, music, film and other entertainment fields the chance to give a surprise home renovation to a meaningful and influential person who helped guide them to success. The show, which also features other famous faces such as Paula Abdul, Wayne Brady, Boomer Esiason, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Emmitt Smith and Anthony Ramos, among others, will premiere Friday, July 9th at 8pm ET/PT. No word yet on when Lauren’s appearance will air.

Sam Hunt has been added to the list of performers at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival this fall. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, Sam will be joined during the two-day festival by Maroon 5, Billie Eilish, Florida Georgia Line, Khalid, Journey, Coldplay, Nelly and Weezer, among others. The two-day event will take place September 17th-18th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The CW Network will exclusively livestream both nights via the CW app and CWTV.com, while iHeartMedia radio stations will also broadcast the festival live across more than 150 markets. The CW will also broadcast the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival as a two-part television special October 2nd-3rd 8 to 10pm ET.

MADDIE & TAE SCORE DOUBLE PLATINUM WITH “DIE FROM A BROKEN HEART.”

Award-winning duo Maddie & Tae recently earned RIAA Double Platinum status on their record-breaking No. 1 smash hit “Die From A Broken Heart.” On hand to help celebrate and present the plaques to Maddie Font and Taylor Kerr were their longtime friends and bandmates Colton Thomas, Jeremy Little, Shane Smith and Dave Lapsley.

It was especially a treat to be able to share this success with the band. “These guys have been on this wild ride with us and they believed in us even when we may have doubted ourselves,” says Tae. “We are a family!”

“Die From A Broken Heart” resonated with audiences immediately, and when it topped the country airplay charts, Maddie & Tae became the first and only female twosome with multiple No. 1s. The exquisite tune was named one of Billboard’s Top 10 Country Songs of 2020 and was a standout track on the pair’s critically acclaimed sophomore album The Way It Feels.

Maddie & Tae’s brand-new song “Woman You Got” is “clever, upbeat and summer-ready” (Sounds Like Nashville). Revealing their “imperfections” using humor and charm while still showcasing their often-celebrated signature harmonies, “Woman You Got” is playing now on country radio.

 

Audio / MADDIE MARLOW FROM MADDIE & TAE TALKS ABOUT THE OVERWHELMING REACTION THE DUO HAS RECEIVED FROM FANS FOR THEIR SONG, "DIE FROM A BROKEN HEART."

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Maddie & Tae (reaction to DFABH) OC: …they’re there. :51
“The reaction to ‘Die From A Broken Heart’ was completely unexpected. We didn’t even realize that song was gonna have the life that it is having. It excites me. I can’t even tell you how much it excites me to hear our fans relate to this because it’s so our story and so real and true of what we’ve been through. Like for example, there was a mom that said, ‘My daughter’s going through her first heartbreak, and he wasn’t good for her anyways. She doesn’t realize that now, but that song is getting her through it.’ And that just gives us so much purpose and just like keeps us going just knowing that we’re doing something for people. Just being a Mom and listening to that song, you are right there with your kid, and that’s what the goal is with writing. You want to put people right in that song and make them feel like they’re there.”

FATHER’S DAY 2021

Father’s Day is Sunday (June 20th), and we have audio with many of your favorite country stars! Download the soundbites below.

 

For 2021 Father’s Day liners, click here.

 

Audio / Adam Hambrick explains what he most admires about his father.

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Adam Hambrick (Father’s Day-Dad) OC: …about my dad. :45“When I was a kid, my dad always included me on what he was doing. I feel like I learned a lot from watching go about life and watching him treat people well and with kindness. My dad is a pastor and I watched, my whole growing up, I just watched him serve other people, like put other people’s needs in front of himself and show up in the hospital when Sister Jeanette had surgery or whatever that thing was like any given day, it could be anything. I watched him tile floors in a new Sunday School building. I watched him do literally everything for a ton of different people in a really selfless way. That’s one of the things I admire most about my dad.”

Audio / Brandon Lay is a father of two – Ryder and Lara June – and it was a bit of transition from one to two kids.

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Brandon Lay (father of two) OC: …embrace. :26
“Oh man! Now that I’m a father of two, it’s really it goes from more than just keeping one little guy alive and still having more me and Nicole time to wow, I’m actually a father. We’ve got a party of four now, not that I wasn’t before a father, but you know what I mean. I’m reaching real dad status. It’s a weird feeling, but it’s one I embrace.”

Audio / BROTHERS OSBORNE GREW UP IN A MUSICAL FAMILY – BOTH THEIR PARENTS WROTE AND PERFORMED MUSIC. THEIR FATHER LISTENED TO A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT ARTISTS WHICH GAVE THEM THEIR OWN FOUNDATION.

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Brothers Osborne (Dad’s music) OC: (John) …anything else. :34
“Our dad listened to everything from Hank Williams to Willie Nelson to even pop music like Mariah Carey and Tom Petty to Bob Seger. You name it and he listened to it, so we really didn’t think about specific genres. We really just kind of soaked it all in, so we listened to it all at one time. It was just music to us. Th ere wasn’t a day in our house without the radio on or there wasn’t a weekend at our house that there wasn’t a party and people had their guitars out, so music to us is like eating and breathing. It’s just as essential as anything else.”

Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about her own father and her husband Mike Fisher, who's a father to two young boys.

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Carrie Underwood (Father’s Day) OC: …guy all around. 1:18
“Well, I am very lucky in my life to have two incredible fathers – my own father and then I get to watch my husband be a father to our boys – strong, amazing men, I am very lucky to be around them. Mike as a dad is just super involved in our boys’ lives, very hands on. It takes a team, definitely, to be able to support my crazy life and Mike’s always running around doing a lot of charity things and he’s always meeting with people and he’s on different boards and stuff like that, so we’re very much switching off duties as far as taking boys here and there to school and  sports and to all the extra-curricular activities. I just love that I feel like we’re such a great team. I love it that he gets to now work with Isaiah on sports and things like that, and I know he loves it too. So, I think that’s one of my favorite qualities about Mike is just how hands on of a father he is and very willing to pick up the slack when I’m crazy busy. Obviously, he’s just a very Godly father, as well. He keeps God as the center of our family and gets to teach our boys all about that, as well. So, he’s just a great guy all around.”

Audio / Caylee Hammack says her father is a good man.

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Caylee Hammack (Dad) OC: …forget that. 1:19
“My dad has this really unnerving ability to be able to build anything at all just by thinking of it. He can look at something and build it in his mind and build it by hand, and it always works. I’ve always respected him for that. He’s a very hard worker.  He’s worked every day of his life. He’s also kind, even when he doesn’t have to be. He’s the type of guy who always gives money at the light to whoever it is on the street. One of my favorite moments with my dad was when we were driving to Macon, Georgia. I was playing a show that night, and we were driving up and we saw this dog and I could tell she was a mama dog. I could tell she had babies somewhere that she was trying to nurse, and she was so skinny. And I’m a bleeding heart. I get it from my Mama, and I just start crying, and I’m like, ‘That poor dog. She’s starving trying to feed her babies.’ I thought, ‘Poor dog.” And my dad doesn’t say anything, goes up two more blocks and pulls into the McDonalds. And he goes through and he asks me if I wanted anything, and I say no. I just think he’s hungry. He goes and he buys three or four burgers, and then he goes back to that block and he drives around until we find that dog to feed it to ‘em. I just remember looking at him, being like this is what a man is; this is what a good man does, and I’ll never forget that.”

Audio / Darius Rucker says his kids would say he was a fun dad, unless they did something wrong.

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Darius Rucker (Father’s Day) OC: …loving dad. :41
“I think if you asked my kids what kind of Dad I was they would probably say…Dani would say that I was a fun Dad. My little daughter would say that I was a fun dad; she thinks I’m a lot of fun. I think if you caught them at the right moment they would say I was mean [laughs] because when I’m home I’m not afraid to discipline them. I’m all fun until it’s not fun anymore and then daddy’s not the fun guy. I think that they’d say that I was a fun Dad, I’m a loving Dad and I think they would say that. I’m gone so much that when I’m home, I just shower love upon my kids. I say ‘I love you’ probably fifty times a day. We hug, we kiss all the time. I’m always wanting them to know how much I love them. So I’d hope they’d say that I was a loving dad.”

Audio / Darius Rucker says his mother made him a good father to his three children.

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Darius Rucker (mother’s qualities makes him a great father) OC: …my mom. :45
“She had a lot great qualities, but she was always, family was first for her. She was always a rock and making sure she took care of us and making sure we had things we needed to have to survive – food and clothes and a home – and seeing that and seeing how hard she worked and all the things she did just really made me the father that I am today. I mean, I’m so crazy and hands-on with my kids. I think it all comes from watching my mom have to struggle so much to support us. And so now, I don’t want me or my wife to ever have to struggle, and I don’t want my kids to ever want or wonder where I am or where there mom is. I want them to always know where we are and always be taken care of, and that all comes from my mom.”

Audio / Dierks Bentley enjoys being both dad – to daughters Evie and Jordan and son Knox – and country music performer.

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Dierks Bentley (dad & performer) OC: …to do both. :28
“When I get home, it’s a totally different reality that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. Just hanging with my girls and doing the things we do and seeing life through their eyes, it’s incredible. It takes a man to do it. It’s not a boys’ game. It takes a man to do it. I love the juxtaposition to be able to be that man and to also go on the road and act like I’m 13 years old and play video games all afternoon waiting for the fans to show up. So, it’s really a blessing to be able to do both.”

Audio / Dierks Bentley, the father of three, is very grateful to his own dad for turning him on to country music as a kid.

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Dierks (Father’s Day) OC: …that’s for sure. :10
“My dad was my biggest influence in country music because my dad loved country radio. So, we always drove around listening to country radio and George Strait, Hank Williams and Randy Travis and all these guys, so. Without him, I wouldn’t be doing this, that’s for sure.”

Audio / Eric Church describes his father and the qualities he admires in him.

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Eric Church (Father’s Day) OC: …always admired. :29
“My dad is a, I’m trying to find the right words to describe him. My dad is a great guy, honest guy, very call it like he sees it, which is where I get a lot of that. No BS. I’m gonna tell you how I feel whether you like it or not. I’m that guy, I’m me…My dad’s that way, so I get a lot of that from him. There’s also an honesty and an integrity that my dad carries himself with that I’ve always admired.”

Audio / ERIC CHURCH ADMIRES HIS FATHER, AND WILL PASS ALONG SOME OF THOSE QUALITIES HE’S LEARNED TO HIS OWN CHILDREN, SONS BOONE AND HAWK.

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Eric Church (his father’s influence) OC: …same thing. :32
“My daddy’s always preached, and it’s something that rung true, he’s always preached authenticity. He’s always preached being honest and being true. My daddy’s from a small town, you know it’s a blue collar town, and he’s just always been pretty even-keeled; never too high and never too low. He’s always been honest and authentic. I think it’s a good template. It has been for me thus far, especially with this industry, ‘cause it’s really easy to get high and low. So, I think just keeping everything in perspective and trying to be real, and I think people can sense that, and I certainly will tell my kids the same thing.”

Audio / Jon Langston looks up to his father and hopes to become just like him.

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Jon Langston (Father’s Day) OC: …just fine. :16
“My Dad has been my hero all my life. He’s the man I want to be one day when I grow up. I’m thankful for all he’s done for me and the sacrifices he’s made for our family. If I’m half the man he is one day, I’ll be just fine.”

Audio / JORDAN DAVIS SAYS HE LOVES GETTING HIS DAUGHTER UP IN THE MORNINGS.

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Jordan Davis (fatherhood 2020) OC: …here myself. :46
“Fatherhood is something, it really is tough to put into words, but one of my favorite things to do is to go in and get Eloise up in the mornings, and I just see this little bundle of joy. She is just so happy. She’s got a smile just like Kristen, and so it really is just crazy to go in in the morning. She could be crying, screaming and then you walk in, and the second she sees you, it’s all smiles and laughs. I don’t know. I think the coolest thing with a kid like her age is just the innocence. You see just how happy she is to be here, and I’m very happy she’s here myself.”

Audio / JORDAN DAVIS TALKS ABOUT HIS FAVORITE QUALITIES OF HIS DAD.

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Jordan Davis (Father’s Day) OC: …my music. :45
“The thing I love most about my Dad is just his overall love of life. He’s a guy that’s worked hard and is now at a point where he can enjoy it, and he’s living every day to the fullest. That’s something that I’m very thankful that I’ve seen my Dad do and something to learn from. So, that’s probably my favorite quality about the old man, and just the hard work too. My dad ran a furniture business in Shreveport for a long time with his Dad. It was great to grow up and see a guy work hard and helped his Dad build a business from the ground up to a very successful business, and that’s something that I even try to carry over into my music.”

Audio / JORDAN DAVIS TALKS ABOUT HOW HIS LIFE HAS CHANGED SINCE HE'S BECOME A FATHER.

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Jordan Davis (fatherhood and impending fatherhood) OC: …ever happened to me. :30
“I’m very blessed to have Eloise and to have another baby coming in September. It’s tough to put into words the change of becoming a dad. It really is an instant change in just your outlook on everything. I think it’s been amazing for me just to come home and see Eloise be so excited. It puts a lot of things into perspective. I think it’s helped with my music. It’s helped with every aspect of my life. Becoming a dad, it’s the coolest thing that’s ever happened to me.”

Audio / PROUD DAD OF FOUR (HAMPTON, COLBY, MARION, HAWKE), JOSH TURNER TALKS ABOUT HOW HIS THREE OLDEST SONS ARE LEARNING THE FAMILY TRADE.

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Josh Turner (Father’s Day) OC: …one of ‘em.  1:05
“As far as talent and potential, my oldest three, especially, they could do anything they wanted to do if they put their mind to it and their heart was there. My oldest [Hampton] is incredible at playing mandolin. Colby, we kind of noticed him turn the corner lately with the fiddle, and Marion is actually playing a ukulele that’s tuned like the top four strings on a guitar, so in essence, he’s learning how to play guitar. They’ve just kind of started incorporating some singing into some playing, so they’re starting the whole singing and playing at the same time kind of thing, and not only that, they’re even learning to play songs together on their individual instruments. So, it’s amazing to see how much they can learn in such a short amount of time. It makes me realize how much I missed out on when I was that age, ‘cause I did take some music lessons growing up and everything, but I think they feed off of each other honestly. I think that’s why they’re getting so good is because they’re all doing it, not just one of ‘em.”

Audio / Keith Urban – father to daughters Sunday and Faith -- says there are a number of things that are at the top of the list of being a dad.

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Keith Urban (Father’s Day) OC: …experience that. :36
“The first thing is probably just having someone call you dad. I’m like, ‘Omigosh! I’m her dad! That’s amazing.’ That’s probably the first thing to me. I don’t know, I mean, the different personalities that our two daughters have, that’s amazing. It’s such a long list I think. I always say…I think for the people that haven’t had kids – which I hadn’t for a long, long time. I didn’t have kids ‘til later on, and being around it is not the same as having them, you know? I realize that it’s not something that can be explained until you actually sort of have it, so I’m glad I got to experience that.”

Audio / Kip Moore talks about his late father’s influence on his music career, and how he’d play classics on their fishing trips.

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Kip Moore (Father’s Day-dad’s influence) OC: …of us singin’ ‘em. :29
“He would just play all those classic records – Little River Band, Jackson Brown, Springsteen, Seger, Willie Nelson, the Red-Headed Stranger, Kristofferson, Sam Cook – like classic music. He’d be singing the songs and telling us why it was such good music. And I looked up to him so much, that’s the music I gravitated towards and that’s what I continue to listen to. Whenever I think about those old fishing trips, that’s what I think about is on the way down there, him singing those songs and all of us singin’ ‘em.”

Audio / Lauren Alaina enjoys Father's Day so she can celebrate, along with her brother, how much he means to her.

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Lauren Alaina (Father’s Day best friend) OC: …my brother and I. :29
“My dad is one of my best buds. I absolutely adore him. He is hilarious, and every bit of my personality came from my father directly. (laughs) He is awesome and I’m lucky to be his daughter, and I’m thankful for Father’s Day so that I can celebrate him and show him how much he means to my brother and I.”

Audio / Luke Bryan talks about the life lessons his father taught him.

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Luke Bryan (Father’s Day-life lessons) OC: …live by that. :46
“Well, my dad was, I always just go back to the life lessons that always started either in a fishing boat or hunting somewhere, and that’s why I’ve always kind of been a champion of those types of behaviors certainly with your boys and your children because you get to spend time and hand down values. My dad was always big on just hard work and being good to people and a handshake is the contract. A handshake is your bond, your word. His famous saying always was, ‘Do something right the first time and you won’t have to go back and do it over again.’ I won’t say I batted a thousand perfectly on that, but I’ve kind of tried to live by that.”

Audio / MADDIE MARLOW TALKS ABOUT HER FATHER’S FAVORITE GIFT SHE’S EVER GIVEN HIM FOR FATHER’S DAY.

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Maddie & Tae (Father’s Day) OC: …for Father’s Day. :26
“So, for Father’s Day, I made my Dad – I think it was right before I moved to Nashville – I made my Dad this little photo book where it had like his quotes that have stuck with me my whole life and then some pictures, and it was really funky. It looks horrible. It’s not put together, but that’s one of his favorite gifts that he’s ever gotten, and I cherish that ugly photo book thing that I made for him for Father’s Day.”

Audio / Sam Hunt says his father taught him a lot about being a man and knowing the right thing.

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Sam Hunt (Father’s Day) OC: …he’s great. :27
“I’m obviously biased about my parents, but I’ve been around a lot of great men of integrity, but he is by far the best man that I know. He’s just taught me so much about being a man, doing the right thing, knowing the difference between right and wrong. And even though I don’t always follow his lead, I definitely know better because of him, and that means a whole lot to me. I was just really fortunate to have him as a dad, and he’s great.”

Audio / Travis Denning says his father is his best friend.

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Travis Denning (Father’s Day) OC: …for sure. :43
“My dad – I call him ‘Diamond Dave’ and a lot of other people do too. Honestly, I don’t know if I drink more with anybody else more than my Dad. I think a super cool thing now is getting older and knowing that I’m starting to get more and more sustained as a human that it’s like my parents get to be friends now with me and my sister, which is such a cool thing. And so, yeah, me and my Dad – we love music and we love heavy metal and we love all that. We get to go to concerts and football games and drink beer and just enjoy that cool part of a father and a son and a mother and a son where now we get to be friends and it’s really cool. My Dad is my best friend, for sure.”

Audio / Vince Gill talks about the qualities he hopes for his children.

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Vince Gill (Father’s Day) OC: …feels like. :33
“Kindness-hopefully make them kind and that’s all we got. Five great kids, a couple of grandkids. Those grandkids are the complete light of my life. You know, they just show up and the rest of the world can kiss my you-know-what. (laughs)  I say, ‘We’re just gonna go swing in the backyard; we’re gonna wrestle on the bed; we’re gonna eat those Goldfish (crackers), you know? And nothing else kind of seems to matter. And then I think what I love seeing, more than anything, for my kid to finally understand what it means to love, and it’s awesome to see my kid finally get it what that unconditional love really looks like and feels like.”

LAUREN ALAINA WILL STAR IN THE HALLMARK CHANNEL’S “ROADHOUSE ROMANCE” THIS FALL.


Lauren Alaina
will star in the Hallmark Channel’s “Roadhouse Romance,” the first movie of their 2021 “Fall Harvest” programming event. She will star as Lt. Callie Jackson, who returns home after a military tour, expecting everything to pick up right where she left it. To her dismay, her late Grandfather’s BBQ joint is struggling, and her high school sweetheart has moved on. She has a run-in with Luke (Tyler Hynes), a TV director passing through town, who teaches her that sometimes it’s best to look forward instead of looking back.

 

Paul Ziller (“Ruby Herring Mysteries”) directs from a script by Sally Robinson (“Steel Magnolias”).

Alaina performs her songs “Run” and “What Do You Think Of,” in the movie which will appear on her forthcoming album. She also sings a cover of Keith Whitley’s “When You Say Nothing At All,” the first song she performed at Tootsies in Nashville when she was just twelve years old. Alaina will be joining country group Florida Georgia Line on tour beginning in September.

The all-new original movie, “Roadhouse Romance” will premiere Saturday, September 11th (9 pm ET/PT).

COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTAR CARRIE UNDERWOOD TO RELEASE POWERFUL MY SAVIOR: LIVE FROM THE RYMAN CONCERT ON DVD ON JULY 23rd.

Seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner and three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Carrie Underwood has recorded her first-ever gospel LIVE performance DVD, My Savior: LIVE From The Ryman. The DVD will be released internationally on July 23 by Gaither Music Group in partnership with Capitol Records Nashville with distribution by Capitol Christian Music Group/Universal. Filmed at the celebrated Ryman Auditorium, known around the world as “The Mother Church of Country Music,” the country music superstar brings her best-selling, critically-acclaimed studio album My Savior (Capitol Records Nashville) to life on that legendary stage with breathtaking performances of traditional gospel hymns Underwood grew up singing such as “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.”

“This is an album I have always wanted to record and I’m thrilled to be able to bring these uplifting, inspirational songs to life in this special way,” says Underwood of My Savior. Other highlights of the Ryman concert include a duet with CeCe Winans, the best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time, on the classic hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”

Singer/songwriter Bear Rinehart, frontman of the rock band, NEEDTOBREATHE, also makes a special appearance, joining Underwood to sing on another traditional hymn, “Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus.” Southern gospel and harmonica legend Buddy Greene and 10-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally, both of whom played on the album, also appear with Underwood.  The DVD also features the time-honored classics “Because He Lives,” “Just As I Am,” “Victory In Jesus,” “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Softly And Tenderly.”  My Savior: LIVE From The Ryman, a virtual live concert performance from the iconic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, streamed live globally on Facebook on Easter Sunday, raising over $112,000 for Save the Children.

Additionally, on July 23rd, a TV special featuring performances from the My Savior: LIVE From The Ryman DVD will air on networks including PBS, DIRECTV, DISH TV, Circle TV, TBN, RFD-TV and more; and it will air in Canada on The Miracle Channel, Vision TV, Hope TV and CTS (Crossroads). The special will also air on GAITHERTV (Roku/Apple/Amazon) and on the Gaither TV YouTube Channel for a limited time beginning July 23rd.

Pre-orders of the My Savior: LIVE From The Ryman DVD bundled with the My Savior CD will begin on June 14 at Amazon, Walmart, Target, and other national retailers, in addition to Gaither Music https://lnk.to/MySaviorDVDCU.

 

My Savior: LIVE From The Ryman DVD SONG LISTING:

Jesus Loves Me (instrumental)
Because He Lives
Blessed Assurance
Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus
Just As I Am
O How I Love Jesus
Softly And Tenderly
Great Is Thy Faithfulness (feat. CeCe Winans)
I Surrender All
Victory In Jesus
How Great Thou Art
The Old Rugged Cross
Amazing Grace/Something In The Water

 About Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood is a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, film, and as a New York Times bestselling author and successful entrepreneur.  She has sold more than 64 million records worldwide, recorded 27 #1 singles (14 of which she co-wrote), and has seven albums that are certified Platinum or Multi-Platinum by the RIAA, all while continuing to sell out arena tours across North America and the UK.  All nine of her consecutive album releases (two of which she co-produced) from the beginning of her career debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Chart, making her the only artist to accomplish that feat.  She has won over 100 major awards including 7 GRAMMY® Awards, 15 ACM Awards including three for Entertainer of the Year (the first female in history to win twice and the only female ever to win three times), 23 CMT Music Awards (holding the record for the most award wins ever for the show), 7 CMA Awards, and 15 American Music Awards. She has also built a successful business portfolio inspired by her passion for health and wellness, including her fitness and lifestyle brand, CALIA by Carrie Underwood, bestselling book, FIND YOUR PATH, her fit52 app, and a partnership with BODYARMOR Sports Drink.  She recently announced her first-ever residency, REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency, at The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas, which will begin December 1.

Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about the show she played at. The Ryman Auditorium for her album, My Savior

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Carrie Underwood (Ryman Show) :56
“We wanted to do something special for this album. I think the album itself is very special and I feel like we all need to experience some live music, you know. So, we started thinking about where to perform it and when I think of country music and church and places that are special to me, I think of the Ryman Auditorium. There’s something so special about it. It is an auditorium, but it feels like church, I mean for many reasons. It’s just so beautiful and has such a spiritual feel to it anyway. So, we thought of bringing this album to life and what better day to stream that on than Easter Sunday. So, I’m just very excited. I’m always excited to sing but when you get to do something that’s very intimate and something that feels like home, which again I feel like this whole album feels like home, to do it in a place that feels like home is just going to be extra special.”

Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about CeCe Winans joining her on "Great Is They Faithfulness."

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Carrie Underwood (CeCe Winans on “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”) :58
“I feel like one thing I will never forget about the day CeCe and I recorded  ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness ‘ together is when she walked in she was like ‘oh, thank you for having me’ I was like ‘Oh my gosh, thank you so much for coming.’ And she’s like ‘I love this song so much,’ and she said, ‘because he IS faithful.’ And obviously she has this incredible gift from God and uses it, you know, to give back to God, but for her to come in and just like, “Oh my gosh, you believe what you’re singing.’ It sounds so silly to say that. Of course, you should, but then to hear that it’s just like ‘Oh, yes, yeah.’ So, getting to work with her and feel the power that she has in her voice, it was just such a beautiful day and just she’s a light in the world and in music and to me in the studio she certainly was that day.”

KYLIE MORGAN RELEASES DEBUT EP LOVE, KYLIE.

Kylie Morgan released her debut EP Love, Kylie today – listen HERE. Produced by Shane McAnally and Ben Johnson, Love, Kylie is wrapped in charisma and filled with personal stories from the talented Oklahoma native. Kylie co-wrote every song on the EP alongside a talented roster of songwriters including Emily Weisband, Shane McAnally, Geoffrey Warburton, Ben Johnson, and more. Kylie’s honest, down-to-earth style reveals a transparency and vulnerability in the stories she tells.

“This EP is the most personal thing I’ve ever created,” says Kylie of releasing her first collection of songs. “Every song is a chapter in my life, and I can’t wait for you all to listen and help me write the rest of the story.”

On Kylie’s brazen, “I Only Date Cowboys,” Billboard draws comparison to Kylie’s childhood hero, Shania Twain, stating, “The rock-rooted country song’s hook does bear some similarity to “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” but more importantly, it helps Kylie solidify her place as one to watch.”

“‘Break Things’ is written as a warning label,” declares American Songwriter. “It’s an apathetic approach to romance, a liability waiver that does not promise safe-handling of fragile hearts. The punchy single offers a light-hearted, yet deep self-reflection. With equal parts wit and candor, Kylie waves her red flags for all potential suitors to see.”

The EP closes with “Mad I Need You,” a swinging, melodic love song from the perspective of a passionately independent woman who is coming to terms with being in love.

Along with the EP, Kylie released the official music video for the lead track on the EP, “Shoulda,” a heavy up-tempo with a sassy, rapid-fire vocal about the should’ve known betters when dabbling with an ex – watch HERE.

Love, Kylie Track Listing
1. Shoulda (Kylie Morgan, Shane McAnally, Ben Johnson)
2. I Only Date Cowboys (Kylie Morgan, Nate Kenyon, Jay Allen)
3. Outdoor Voices (Kylie Morgan, Emily Falvey, Benjamin Joel Johnson)
4. Break Things (Kylie Morgan, Aaron Eshuis, James McNair, Nicolette Hayford)
5. Cheating On You (Kylie Morgan, Benjamin Joel Johnson, Geoffrey Warburton, Jeffrey Garrison)
6. Mad I Need You (Kylie Morgan, Nicholas Oliver Ruth, Emily Weisband) 

About Kylie Morgan:
Kylie starting writing songs at the age of 12 and gained national attention from music producers and television executives after releasing her music independently. This early success led Kylie to begin making regular trips to Nashville, crafting her voice and polishing her songwriting. When she turned 19, she made the decision to call Music City home. Recognizing Kylie’s unique talent, the SMACKSongs team signed her to their roster under the guidance of GRAMMY Award-winning songwriters, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. To give fans a glimpse into her upbringing and passion to pursue music, Kylie returned to her hometown of Newcastle, OK to film her “Hometown Heartland” series. Fans can watch all six episodes HERE. An avid yoga enthusiast, Kylie has earned her official Yoga Alliance Certification and participates in yoga daily. While stuck at home and unable to tour, Kylie created the #namasteathome series where fans can participate in short yoga flows/light workouts, watch HERE. Kylie was previously selected as one of three artists for the CMA KixStart program and was named as one of VEVO’s 2021 DSCVR Artists to Watch. The only country artist to make the list, the program highlights 19 of the world’s top emerging artists poised to break out over the next year. As part of the program, Kylie recorded acoustic performances of “Shoulda” as well as “Cuss A Little” which can be viewed HERE. Kylie has been named to several Artists to Watch lists including CMT, SiriusXM On The Horizon, Taste of Country and Pandora. Kylie has previously toured with artists including Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kip Moore, Gavin DeGraw, Brett Eldredge and Billy Currington.

For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit www.KylieMorgan.com

 

Audio / Kylie Morgan talks about the song "Shoulda," which is featured on her debut EP, "Love, Kylie."

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Kylie Morgan (Shoulda) OC: …same feeling. :15
“I wanted to write a song that honestly was my relationship with quarantine – all the things we shouldn’t be doing, we all wanted to do. I also love having a good song to be able to work out to and roll your windows down and sing at the top of your lungs. I hope it gives you that same feeling.”

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PRISCILLA BLOCK PAYS TRIBUTE TO TAYLOR SWIFT AT LAST NIGHT’S NATIONAL MUSIC PUBLISHERS’ ASSOCIATION EVENT.

Priscilla Block paid tribute to her musical influence, Taylor Swift, as the 2021 National Music Publishers’ Association honored the global superstar with the Songwriter Icon Award on Wednesday.

Priscilla turned in a perfect medley of a few of Taylor’s early hits, including “Tim McGraw,” “Teardrops On My Guitar” and “Sparks Fly.” Check it out below.

During Taylor’s virtual acceptance speech, she spoke about why the acknowledgement from the NMPA is so meaningful to her.

“It honors the part of my job that is so magical and mystifying to me still,” she said of the award. “I love songwriting so much because there’s an element to it that’s still really mysterious.”

“I think any songwriter will tell you when you get an idea, you’re not quite sure where it floated down from,” she continued. “But if you can grab onto that idea and turn it into something — a piece of music — that’s where craftsmanship comes in. And that’s where you have the opportunity to learn and to nurture that craft.”

Priscilla is currently making her way up the country charts with “Just About Over You.”

 

 

 

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WATCH CHRIS STAPLETON PERFORM ON THE 2021 CMT MUSIC AWARDS: “HOLD ON” WITH H.E.R. AND “ARKANSAS;” EXTENSIVE “ALL-AMERICAN ROAD SHOW” TOUR CONFIRMED.

Chris Stapleton joined forces with fellow Grammy Award-winner H.E.R. for a special performance of her single, “Hold On,” during last night’s 2021 CMT Music Awards. Watch the performance, which Billboard hails as “showstopping,” HERE.

 

Earlier in the night, Stapleton also performed his own song, “Arkansas,” from The Bonnaroo Farm.

 

The performances add to yet another monumental year for Stapleton, who will return to the road next month with his extensive “All-American Road Show.” Kicking off July 28 with three nights at Gilford, NH’s Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, the tour includes stops at Arlington, TX’s Globe Life Field, Atlanta’s Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, New York’s Madison Square Garden, two nights at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Washington State’s Gorge Amphitheatre among many others. Stapleton will be joined by several special guests throughout the run including (in alphabetical order) Sheryl Crow, The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, Caylee Hammack, Jamey Johnson, Elle King, Nikki Lane, The Marcus King Band, Kendell Marvel, Wille Nelson and Family, Margo Price, Dwight Yoakam and Yola.

The tour also includes “A Concert for Kentucky”—a special performance to be held at University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field on April 23, 2022. The concert is the first ever held at UK’s Kroger Field and will feature very special guests Willie Nelson and Family, Sheryl Crow and Yola. 100% of the concert’s net proceeds will benefit Stapleton’s newly created Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund. Established in partnership with the Blue Grass Community Foundation, the fund will specifically support local and national organizations directly impacting Kentucky, with initial grant distributions focusing on music and arts education.

The newly confirmed dates celebrate Stapleton’s critically acclaimed new album, Starting Over, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart this past November. Moreover, the album’s title track recently reached #1 at country radio’s Mediabase Chart, only Stapleton’s second chart-topping single as an artist following 2018’s “Broken Halos.” Released this past fall on Mercury Records Nashville (stream/purchase here), Starting Over is an album of startling prescience, featuring fourteen tracks that examine life’s simplest joys and most serious struggles. Once again produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, the record won Album of the Year at the 56th ACM Awards and landed on several “Best of 2020” lists including NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Esquire, Vulture, The Tennessean and The New York Times, who declares, “Chris Stapleton’s roar isn’t designed to scare you off. It’s regal, an announcement of an alpha figure asserting his primacy…on this, his fourth album, the thrill is back.”

Recent critical acclaim for Starting Over:

“Chris Stapleton may have the album of the year with Starting Over”—American Songwriter

“a sure-footed masterpiece…one of the year’s finest albums”—Associated Press

“Simply put, there are few recording artists in country operating at Stapleton’s level, and Starting Over keeps the bar very high.” —Billboard

“a dynamite and dynamic new album from the mighty-voiced Kentucky native…the singer-songwriter is hitting new heights, nailing the crossroads of country, rock, gospel, and pop across 14 tracks.”—Entertainment Weekly

“14 rich, intricately-wound odes to tiny admissions and big emotions”—Esquire

“mixes beautifully stark songwriting with blues, country, and rock melodies, allowing Stapleton’s sturdy, propulsive vocals to carry the show”—GQ

vividly exemplifies the complex emotional character of Stapleton’s best music. He’s burly but soft. Tough yet vulnerable. A protector of his loved ones and a man in perpetual search of shelter.”—Los Angeles Times

“Chris is at the top of his game with this record. It sounds like a record from a great.”
NPR Music

Starting Over may be Stapleton’s best album yet…every song on the album comes as a perfectly wrapped gift to the listener”—No Depression

“Regardless of where he’s going lyrically, Stapleton brings to each successive tune a rugged assuredness and a steely resolve: There’s never any doubt that he means what he says”—Relix

“The chill Nashville trailblazer feels at home in songs that echo his pop songwriting and his
country roots.”—Rolling Stone

“if Starting Over offers a statement of principles, it’s that Stapleton is going to make Stapleton music, equal parts country, Southern rock, raw sentimentality, and self-reflective singer-songwriter-ism.”—Slate

“It is easily one of the best records I’ve heard this year. It’s easily one of the best country records I’ve heard in a long time. And I have no doubt it’s going to be one of the best country records I’ve heard this decade once everything is said and done.”—The Needle Drop

“lands precisely where country meets Southern soul: with grit, details, clarity and ache.”
The New York Times

“the results are stunning…his most personal work yet.”—The Ringer

“expands a sonic identity and storytelling fervor that Stapleton established on his paramount debut, Traveller, and its two-part follow-up, From A Room Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.”—The Tennessean

He has [Willie] Nelson’s tender touch, but his bluesy side is much louder; his is a part-acoustic, part-stinging approach in which Nelson’s Trigger meets B.B. King’s Lucille.”—Variety

“It’s every bit the tour de force his breakthrough album was…Elegant writing and delicate musicianship combine in an album ranking among the year’s best.”—Vulture

Kentucky-born Stapleton is a 5x Grammy, 10x CMA and 9x ACM Award-winner and one of the country’s most respected and beloved musicians. Following 2015’s quadruple platinum breakthrough solo debut album Traveller, Stapleton released two #1 albums in 2017. Both From A Room: Volume 1 (certified platinum) and From A Room: Volume 2 (certified gold) take their name from legendary RCA Studio A, where they were recorded with Cobb. Released to overwhelming critical acclaim, The Tennessean praises, “Both are rich with the textures of Stapleton’s vocals that make him one of country music’s most beloved artists, classic country sounds and thoughtful articulate lyrics about love, life and pain.” He was also recently announced as the first-ever “Artist-Songwriter of the Decade” recipient by the Academy of Country Music.

STARTING OVER TRACKLIST

  1. Starting Over
  2. Devil Always Made Me Think Twice
  3. Cold
  4. When I’m With You
  5. Arkansas
  6. Joy Of My Life
  7. Hillbilly Blood
  8. Maggie’s Song
  9. Whiskey Sunrise
  10. Worry B Gone
  11. Old Friends
  12. Watch You Burn
  13. You Should Probably Leave
  14. Nashville, TN

 

CHRIS STAPLETON’S “ALL-AMERICAN ROAD SHOW”

BOLD on-sale Friday, June 11

July 28—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion†

July 29—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion†

July 30—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion†

August 5—Cuyahoga Falls, OH—Blossom Music Center‡

August 6—Clarkston, MI—DTE Energy Music Theatre‡

August 7—Clarkston, MI—DTE Energy Music Theatre*

August 12—Charlotte, NC—PNC Music Pavilion‡

August 13—Raleigh, NC—Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek‡

August 14—Bristow, VA—Jiffy Lube Live‡

August 19—Des Moines, IA—Iowa State Fair++

August 21—Arlington, TX—Globe Life Field#

August 26—Tampa, FL—MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre^

August 27—Alpharetta, GA—Ameris Bank Amphitheatre^

August 28—Atlanta, GA— Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood^

September 16—St. Louis, MO—Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre+

September 17—Birmingham, AL—Oak Mountain Amphitheatre+

September 18—Orange Beach, AL—The Wharf Amphitheatre+

September 23—Bethel, NY—Bethel Woods Center for the Arts°

September 24—Burgettstown, PA—Pavilion at Star Lake°

September 25—Noblesville, IN—Ruoff Music Center§

September 30—Virginia Beach, VA—Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater%

October 1—Camden, NJ—BB&T Pavilion%

October 2—Mansfield, MA—Xfinity Center%

October 7—Syracuse, NY—St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview^

October 8—New York, NY—Madison Square Garden+

October 9—Holmdel, NJ—PNC Bank Arts Center^

October 14—Columbia, MO—Mizzou Arena+

October 15—Lincoln, NE—Pinnacle Bank Arena+

October 16—Sioux Falls, SD—Denny Sanford PREMIER Center+

October 21—Cincinnati, OH—Riverbend Music Center+

October 22—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena+

October 23—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena+

October 28—Lubbock, TX—United Supermarket Arena**

October 29—Albuquerque, NM—Isleta Amphitheater**

October 30—Phoenix, AZ—Ak-Chin Pavilion**

November 4—Austin, TX—Frank Erwin Center**

November 5—Tulsa, OK—BOK Center**

November 6—The Woodlands, TX—Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion**

November 18—Orlando, FL—Amway Center^

November 19—Estero, FL—Hertz Arena^

November 20—West Palm Beach, FL—iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre^

December 3—Memphis, TN—FedEx Forum+

December 4—Biloxi, MS—Mississippi Coast Coliseum+

December 5—Knoxville, TN—Thompson-Boling Arena+

April 20, 2022—Toledo, OH—Huntington Center^^

April 21, 2022—Columbus, OH—Schottenstein Center^^

April 23, 2022—Lexington, KY—A Concert for Kentucky – Kroger Field##

June 2, 2022—Nampa, ID—Ford Idaho Center Arena††

June 3, 2022—Ridgefield, WA—Sunlight Supple Amphitheater††

June 4, 2022—George, WA—Gorge Amphitheater††

June 11, 2022—San Bernardino, CA—Glen Helen Amphitheater‡‡

June 16, 2022—Bakersfield, CA—Mechanics Bank Arena††

June 17, 2022—Wheatland, CA—Toyota Amphitheatre††

June 18, 2022—Mountain View, CA—Shoreline Amphitheatre††

June 23, 2022—West Valley City, UT—Usana Amphitheater§§

June 24, 2022—Denver, CO—Ball Arena§§

June 25, 2022—Denver, CO—Ball Arena§§

“ALL-AMERICAN ROAD SHOW” SPECIAL GUESTS

†with special guests Elle King and Nikki Lane

‡with special guests Elle King and Kendell Marvel

*with special guests Yola and Kendell Marvel

++with special guest Nikki Lane

#with special guests Wille Nelson, Jamey Johnson and Yola

^with special guests Sheryl Crow and Kendell Marvel

+with special guests The Marcus King Band and Yola

°with special guests Margo Price and Kendell Marvel

  • with special guests TBD

%with special guests The Marcus King Band and Caylee Hammack

**with special guests Jamey Johnson and Yola

^^with special guests Margo Price and Yola

##with special guests Willie Nelson & Family, Sheryl Crow and Yola

††with special guests Margo Price and The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell

‡‡with special guests Dwight Yoakam and The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell

  • §with special guests Sheryl Crow and The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell

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  • Alan Jackson with WUSN/Chicago’s Jeff Kapugi and Marci Braun, as well as UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan and Steve Hodges.