• CARRIE UNDERWOOD STARS IN ALL-NEW NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SHOW OPEN & WELCOMES ICON JOAN JETT FOR NEW RENDITION OF “WAITING ALL DAY FOR SUNDAY NIGHT.”

    NBC’s Sunday Night Football, primetime television’s No. 1 program for an unprecedented eight consecutive years, will unveil an all-new show open with Carrie Underwood this season, with a nod to the first-ever NBC SNF open in 2006 featuring a new rendition of the original “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” music.

    Underwood, the seven-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist, stars in the NBC SNF show open for the seventh consecutive year and welcomes Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett, who makes an appearance during Underwood’s performance.

     

    At the invitation of Underwood, Jett – whose 1988 Top 10 hit “I Hate Myself for Loving You” was adapted for the original “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” SNF show open music in 2006 – appears for the first time in the NBC Sunday Night Football show open. Carrie will also be joined by NFL stars (to be announced on Monday) in the new show open.

    “I have always been a huge fan of Joan’s, and I’m thrilled that she’s joining us for the Sunday Night Football open,” said Carrie. “What better way to pay homage to the original SNF opening song than by getting to play with her on primetime’s biggest stage?”

     

    “When Carrie brought us this idea, we immediately embraced it as a terrific way to evolve the performance, while also celebrating the song we used in our first 10 seasons of SNF,” said Fred Gaudelli, Executive Producer of NBC’s Sunday Night Football. “We were excited when Joan agreed to join us, and we can’t wait to debut the finished product.”

    *At halftime of this Sunday night’s preseason game (August 25th) on NBC (Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans, 8pm ET), a sneak preview of the SNF show open will air. The full 2019 NBC Sunday Night Football show open will debut on Sunday, September 8th, as the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    For the first time in the series’ 14 seasons, the SNF show open was filmed inside an NFL Stadium with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, serving as the “stage.”

    2019 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
    Thurs. Sept. 5 NFL Kickoff  Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
    Sun. Sept. 8 Week 1   Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
    Sun. Sept. 15 Week 2   Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons
    Sun. Sept. 22 Week 3   Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns
    Sun. Sept. 29 Week 4 Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints
    *Sun. Oct. 6 Week 5   Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs
    *Sun. Oct. 13 Week 6 Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers
    *Sun. Oct. 20 Week 7 Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
    *Sun. Oct. 27 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs
    *Sun. Nov. 3 Week 9 New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens
    *Sun. Nov. 10 Week 10 Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys
    *Sun. Nov. 17 Week 11  Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams
    *Sun. Nov. 24 Week 12 Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles
    **Thurs. Nov. 28 Week 13 New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
    *Sun. Dec. 1 Week 13 New England Patriots at Houston Texans
    *Sun. Dec. 8 Week 14 Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams
    *Sun. Dec. 15 Week 15 Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers
    *Sun. Dec. 22 Week 16 Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears
    *Sun. Dec. 29 Week 17 TBD

    *Flex Week

    ** Thanksgiving Night Game

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  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD TO HOST “THE 53RD ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” WITH SPECIAL GUEST HOSTS REBA McENTIRE AND DOLLY PARTON, CELEBRATING LEGENDARY WOMEN IN COUNTRY MUSIC.

    Carrie Underwood will host “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” with special guest hosts and Country Music Hall of Fame members Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, celebrating legendary women in Country Music throughout the ceremony.

     

     

     

    Combined, the three hosts hold 124 CMA Awards nominations and 22 total wins, 11 of which are for Female Vocalist of the Year. In addition, the three superstars hold a combined 14 nominations in the Entertainer of the Year category, with Parton receiving the award in 1978 and McEntire winning in 1986.

     

    Final nominees for “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” will be announced live August 28th during ABC’s “Good Morning America” from their Times Square studio in New York and via livestream following the broadcast.

    Carrie, who is making her way up the country charts with “Southbound,” has won seven CMA Awards, has sold 64 million records worldwide and recorded 26 No. 1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote. Underwood has co-hosted the CMA Awards since 2008, creating an unforgettable legacy, from celebrating the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards in 2016 to countless other highlights across the legendary broadcast’s history.

    This year’s CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 13th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC.

     

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD PERFORMS WITH CHILDHOOD IDOL AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY.

    Before she hits the road next month on the next leg of The Cry Pretty Tour 360, Carrie Underwood has a handful of dates performing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. On Tuesday night (August 13th), Carrie realized a childhood dream of performing with Bryan White, one of her idols growing up.

     

    This pic pretty much sums up my night at the @opry . This was my #FullCircleMoment !! Growing up, I was a member of the @bryan_white  Fan Club and even sang to him in a meet and greet. Tonight, I sang WITH him in the circle!,” she posted on Twitter.

    Carrie, who is closing in on Top 5 on the country charts with her song, “Southbound,” returns to the road, along with Maddie & Tae and Runaway June, September 10th in San Diego.

     

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD INSPIRES “CHAMPIONS” DURING CMA FEST.

    Carrie Underwood surprised Nashville’s Andrew Jackson Elementary School’s Eagle Honor Choir before their performance at Nissan Stadium at this year’s CMA Fest. The children caught Carrie’s attention with a video of them performing her song, “The Champion,” and as a recipient of the CMA Foundation’s grant to ensure music education for every child, the choir was offered the opportunity to perform during the festival.

    Directed by three-time CMA Foundation Music Teacher of Excellence winner Franklin Willis, the choir performed in front of more than 50,000 people at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

    Carrie told them, “I can’t wait for you guys to crush it on Sunday. You guys are gonna be so amazing. That crowd is not gonna know what hit them.

    CMA Fest will air Sunday (August 4th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

     

     

  • BROTHERS, CARRIE, DIERKS, KEITH, LBT AND MORE WILL PERFORM DURING ABC’S CMA MUSIC FEST.

    If you just happened to miss being in Nashville for this year’s CMA Music Fest or you want to relive the amazing time you had, you can catch all the action as ABC airs the television special, CMA Fest, Sunday, August 4th. The show will feature more than 30 performers, including many collaborations such as Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith UrbanCarrie Underwood with rock legend Joan JettBrothers Osborne with Brooks and Dunn and Ashley McBrydeKelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers, plus many others. Additional performers include Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Tim McGraw, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett and Brett Young.

    This year’s CMA Fest premieres August 4th at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Kelsea Ballerini — “Miss Me More”
    Kelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers — “This Feeling”
    Dierks Bentley — “Living”
    Brothers Osborne — “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)”
    Brothers Osborne and Brooks & Dunn– “Hard Workin’ Man”
    Brothers Osborne with Brooks & Dunn and Ashley McBryde — “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone”
    Kane Brown — “Good as You”
    Luke Bryan — “Knockin’ Boots”
    Luke Combs — “Beer Never Broke My Heart”
    Dan + Shay — “All To Myself”
    Florida Georgia Line — “Talk You Out Of It”
    Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell — “What Happens In A Small Town”
    Chris Janson — “Good Vibes”
    Miranda Lambert — “Locomotive”
    Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith Urban — “Old Town Road”
    Little Big Town — “The Daughters”
    Tim McGraw and Luke Combs — “Real Good Man”
    Midland — “Mr. Lonely”
    Maren Morris — “Girl”
    Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile — “Common”
    Old Dominion — “Make It Sweet”
    Pistol Annies — “Sugar Daddy”
    Rascal Flatts — “Back to Life”
    Blake Shelton — “God’s Country”
    Thomas Rhett — “Look What God Gave Her” and “T-Shirt”
    Carrie Underwood — “Southbound”
    Carrie Underwood and Joan Jett — Medley of “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “Bad Reputation,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Fresh Start” and “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”
    Keith Urban — “We Were”
    Brett Young — “Here Tonight”

    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 / 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.”

    Audio / Keith Urban, who is making his way up the country charts with “We Were,” talks about CMA Music Fest.

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    Keith Urban(CMA Music Fest) OC: …love it. :25
    “I love it! It’s like summer camp. I mean, it is! It’s a chance to obviously see a lot of people I don’t normally see. I don’t know. It’s just palpable. Since Fan Fair, it’s just been that sort of week-plus of energy; the town just explodes, and what it is we love about this genre and the community aspect of it. I always love it.”

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  • “CMA FEST” HOSTS SUMMER’S HOTTEST MUSIC PERFORMANCES SUNDAY, AUGUST 4TH AT 8/7c ON ABC.

    If you just happened to miss being in Nashville for the 48th Annual CMA Music Fest or you want to relive the amazing time you had, you can catch all the action as ABC airs the television special, CMA Fest, Sunday, August 4th. The show will feature more than 30 performers, including many collaborations such as Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood with rock legend Joan Jett, Brothers Osborne with Brooks and Dunn AND Ashley McBryde, Kelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers, plus many others. Additional performers include Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Tim McGraw, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett and Brett Young.

     

    Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini will host this year’s CMA Fest special on Sunday, August 4th at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Audio / BACKSTAGE BEFORE HER NISSAN STADIUM PERFORMANCE AT THIS YEAR'S CMA MUSIC FEST, CARRIE UNDERWOOD EXPLAINED WHY SHE'S A HUGE FAN OF ROCK LEGEND JOAN JETT, WHO JOINED HER ON STAGE TO DO A MEDLEY OF HER HITS.

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    Carrie Underwood (CMA Fest-Joan Jett) 2 OC: …sing with me. :25
    “Just hearing her songs on the radio and the more I got to know and see just how much of a trailblazer she was for, not just women in her genre of music, but women in music in general…I mean, I’m a fan on every level — personally, professionally, musically and honored that she’s heard my name before and agreed to come sing with me.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD WRAPS THE CRY PRETTY TOUR UK WITH FANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD IN ATTENDANCE.

     

    Even with her debut performance at the legendary Glastonbury Festival as a key highlight, there were no shortage of memorable moments on multi-platinum, seven-time Grammy Award-winning superstar Carrie Underwood’s THE CRY PRETTY TOUR UK, which concluded a successful arena run on July 4th at London’s famed Wembley Arena.

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    The tour kicked off June 28th in Birmingham, England and brought Underwood’s dynamic production and signature vocal prowess to thousands of fans throughout England, Wales and Scotland with five arena shows. Fans traveled from around the world – England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Holland, Australia, Singapore, Israel, Slovenia, Iraq, Canada, the U.S. and more – to attend the UK the shows. THE CRY PRETTY TOUR UK also featured the UK’s best-selling country act of all time, The Shires, as Underwood’s special guest.

    One of the standout moments of the tour was Underwood’s milestone performance at Glastonbury Festival’s iconic Pyramid Stage – which was seen around the world online – and hailed a “triumphant debut” and “itself a true testament to the popularity and quality of [Underwood]” by the Manchester Evening News – where Underwood joined an all-star line-up on the main stage for this year’s festival that also included Janet Jackson, The Killers, Hozier, The Cure, Bastille, Vampire Weekend and Kylie Minogue, among others.

    Glastonbury Festival is regarded as one of the largest performing arts festivals in the world and is known for attracting top acts from every musical genre. In its near 50-year history, the festival has only welcomed a handful of US country artists, and even fewer to perform on the celebrated main stage, including Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash.

    Performing on June 29th under sunny skies to a huge crowd, whose enthusiasm was especially shown during Underwood’s performance of her smash hit “Before He Cheats.” Watch the incredible performance HEREThe Scottish Sun hailed the performance as “spectacular” while The Guardianpraised Underwood’s commanding stage presence, musicianship, deep catalogue and broader musical impact:
    “On ‘Cowboy Casanova,’ she pulls off a battering vocal run that makes its vengeful sentiment (“You better run for your life”) even more brilliantly menacing…she’s often found standing atop a black pyramid, contributing electric and acoustic guitar to her eight-piece band’s brawny chug. It’d be easy to approach Underwood with preconceptions… but there’s an unapologetic libidinousness and femininity to her songs that earns her a place in country’s outlaw lineage, bringing the margins of women’s lives into a genre that has, recently, sought to sideline their experiences despite them being foundational country touchstones.”

    Underwood’s THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360 will resume in North America on September 10th in San Diego, CA and travel through cities such as Los Angeles, CA (STAPLES Center); Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena); New York City, NY (Madison Square Garden) and Chicago, IL (United Center) before concluding on October 31 in Detroit, MI. Underwood will once again be joined by special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June for an all-female bill on all dates of the tour, sponsored by CALIA and promoted by AEG Presents. The first leg of the tour wrapped in June 2019 after more than 25 dates across North America. For more information regarding THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360, go to http://www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com.

    Carrie is currently scaling the country charts with her smash summer anthem, “Southbound.”

  • FOURTH OF JULY AUDIO 2019: Adam, AJ, Billy, Brandon, Carrie, Clare Darius, Dierks, Eric, Jon, Jordan, Josh, Keith, Kip, Little Big Town, Luke, Maddie & Tae, Sam, Travis

    Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. The holiday is commonly associated with fireworks displays, parades, barbecues and concerts. Some of your favorite country stars take time to remember their Fourth of July traditions, memories and what the holiday really means to them (see below).

    Some artists will celebrate with friends and family, while others will celebrate the holiday by doing what they do best — performing for fans.

    Luke Bryan has been tapped to perform during NBC’s annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, live from New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge. The coverage will air live at 8pm – 10pm ET on NBC. Maren Morris and Brad Paisley will also perform.

    Keith Urban will celebrate Independence Day by performing at Provo, Utah’s America’s Freedom Festival.

    Jordan Davis will be playing the 4th of July Spectacular, a free show for service men and women, at the Schofield Barracks in Oahu, Hawaii.

    Kip Moore will be performing at the Greeley Independence Stampede in Greeley, Colorado.

    Travis Denning is set to play the Party in the Park 4th of July Celebration in Frederick, Maryland.

    Clare Dunn will perform during the Our Country 4th of July Spectacular in Norco, California.

    Jon Langstonis scheduled to perform at the Red, White and Country concert in Columbus, Ohio.

    Jon Pardi will perform during Fort Gordon’s Independence Celebration in Fort Gordon, Georgia on July 3rd.

    Brandon Lay is set to play the Heinz Field 4th of July Celebration in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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    Audio / Adam Hambrick has two things that make the Fourth of July spectacular.

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    Adam Hambrick (Fourth of July) OC: …July. :11
    “Fire up the grill and blow something up. Two things that are important for a good time on the Fourth of July – one (is) fire and meat. Those two things make a Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / Alan Jackson recalls one of the coolest Fourth of July memories he’s ever enjoyed.

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    AJ (fave 4th of July memory) OC: …very cool. :58
    Well, this one is hard to beat. A couple of years ago, maybe longer than that now, I had an old boat in Florida. It’s like an old antique motor yacht, and it was kind of a cool old boat. I had taken that boat, I’ve always wanted to take it up north like to New York and up in that area, up in the northeast where it’s so pretty. So, we took the boat up there and Denise and the girls, we all went up. They like going to New York City, which I don’t really care about going to the city. So, I got to stay in my boat there at the harbor tied up, which was cool anyway. So they spent time in the city a few days and then that was Fourth of July, and we went out in the Hudson River that night and they shot the fireworks off and we were anchored out in front of the Statue of Liberty and New York City was behind us, and the Statue of Liberty and the fireworks were going off sitting on that boat. That was the coolest thing and my girls still talk about that. I mean, that was the coolest thing on Fourth of July I can ever remember. I can’t top that one probably. It was emotional sitting there watching the Statue of Liberty and thinking about all that. It was very cool.”

     

    Audio / Billy Currington talks about his favorite Fourth of July memories.

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    Billy Currington (4th of July) OC: …of my life. :16
    “My best memories would be hanging out with my mom, brother and sister on the beach on Tybee Island right off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. We’d go there every year, and we’d light our own fireworks and watch the ones that they had for us. They were the best times, some of the best times of my life.”

    Audio / Brandon Lay recalls his favorite Fourth of July memories when he was a child.]-

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    Brandon Lay (Fourth of July) OC: …good times. :47
    “I remember everybody hanging out at my grandmother’s and we would drive down the road to a fireworks stand off the side of Highway 45 out there in Jackson [Tennessee]. Just getting the bottle rockets and Black Cats and bringing ‘em back to the house, it felt like it was an eternity before it got dark. We just kept wanting to light ‘em and our parents would tell us it ain’t time, but just how exhilarating it was to see ‘em shoot up. We’re not talking big time fireworks here, but you would’ve thought that it was. It’s funny just how you remember things, but I just remember a screen door at my grandmother’s, running in and out, in and out, in and out and four wild little cousins running around. It was good times.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood recalls one of her favorite Fourth of July memories.

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    Carrie Underwood (favorite Fourth of July memory) OC: …work out. :51
    “I think my favorite Fourth of July memory would be going to the fireworks stand and picking out which fireworks I wanted to do. I must’ve been like 7 or 8, and I came home and made a list of what order I wanted to do them in, because I wanted to put a show on for Mom and Dad, and of course I couldn’t wait until it was dark outside (laughs). So, I made my Mom and Dad get the lawn chairs and come out to the backyard and watch some not very dramatic fireworks at like six o’clock in the evening, but I was so proud of myself, and I was so proud of the show that I put on. So, I feel like that was a little training for what I do now – putting on shows, figuring out how it’s all going to work out.”

    Audio / CLARE DUNN AND HER FAMILY ARE USUALLY IN THE MIDST OF HARVESTING THEIR CROPS DURING THE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY, BUT SHE SAYS IT'S ONE OF HER FAVORITE MEMORIES GROWING UP SINCE THAT WAS WHEN THEY WERE ALL TOGETHER AS A FAMILY.

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    Clare Dunn (Fourth of July) OC: …with your family. 1:12
    “Fourth of July is probably one of the biggest memories for me, because it’s always during harvest time. And harvest time, being a farmer, is your most important time of the year. It’s always nine-o. It’s always busy, busy, busy, busy, busy, but we always go into town, depending on what field we’re at. A lot of my memories are South Grenada, Colorado, we farm just south of that town, and we go into town and get Mexican food, a great Mexican food place called Shorty’s, and we get tostados and enchiladas and we take them back out to the field. And everybody stops for a second and we eat on the hoods or the tailgates of pickups, and we’re just all out there in the field taking a brief moment to eat dinner and then get back to cutting. And if you’re lucky you’ll see some fireworks from town. Those are some of my favorite memories growing up because you’re all out there working. You’re together, and it’s just the moment of pride, of getting the harvest in and getting to be with your family.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker talks about what the Fourth of July means to him.

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    Darius Rucker (4th of July) 1 OC: …in the world. :24
    “The Fourth of July to me is a day to celebrate freedom. We get to travel all over the world and see a lot of stuff, and I’ve been to a lot of countries that aren’t like ours and that’s when you really appreciate the fact that you can do whatever you want. As long as you’re willing to deal with the consequences, you can do whatever you want, you know?  [I] appreciate those soldiers who died for us to be sitting here doing this, and we live in the greatest country in the world.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker enjoys setting off fireworks.

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    Darius Rucker (fireworks) OC: …off once. :15
    “Oh, I love fireworks. We had the bottle rocket fights and all that good stuff. I was the typical little crazy kid, you know. In South Carolina, it was always legal, so we shot fireworks when it was legal. We did all that sort of stuff. I almost blew my hand off once.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley says the people of this country are what define America.

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    Dierks (people are America) OC: …all about. :17
    “The definition of America to me, you know, getting a chance to travel across the country on a tour bus, stepping upon stages whether it be county fairs, state fairs, arenas, rock bars, the Opry stage, anywhere across the country and looking out at that crowd and seeing people. The people, to me, are what America’s all about.”

    Audio / Eric Church recalls his family activities on the Fourth of July holiday.

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    Eric Church (4th of July) OC: …freedoms. 1:17
    “The Fourth of July for me, growing up we would always go to the lake, we didn’t live on the lake but we would all go to the lake. Had a buddy who had a pontoon and we would always get on the pontoon and you go out and you’d tie all the pontoons together and just have a big time. This was before, I was younger then, the adults were having more fun than we were, you know it was just to go swim in the water and shoot off fireworks. Basically, water tailgating is what it was. And then as we got older, same thing…we would just, us younger kids had our own boat and we had as much fun as the adults.”

    Audio / Jon Langston doesn't have any traditions for the Fourth of July, since it's ever-changing. This year, he'll be performing in Columbus, Ohio.

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    Jon Langston (Fourth of July) OC: …either way. :17
    “The Fourth of July is usually different every year. We’re usually playing shows, or we’re out on the lake or at the beach, or sometimes I’ve said, ‘I’m staying at home,’ shooting fireworks off the back porch or something. That’s probably not the safest thing, but we have a good time either way.”

    Audio / JORDAN DAVIS TALKS ABOUT SOME OF HIS FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FOURTH OF JULY MEMORIES.

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    Jordan Davis (Fourth of July) 2 OC: …really cool. :17
    “Probably baseball games, firework shows at baseball games. We’d go to Shreveport Captains games, so yeah, we’d do that or barbecues and fireworks. I can remember being on the lake for a couple of Fourth of Julys. We’d take the boat out and we’d watch the downtown fireworks show from the boat, which was really cool.”

    Audio / Josh Turner talks about the fireworks “wars” his family would have when he was growing up.

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    Josh Turner (fireworks) OC: …of money. [laughs] :20
    “Yeah, we had fireworks around, especially my Daddy’s family. All the individual families had a lot of competition with each other and tried to outdo each other to try to see who had the biggest and baddest fireworks and all that. [laughs] My daddy, I think, was the smartest one. He just went out and bought maybe $25 worth of fireworks and let everybody else put on the big show, so he saved a lot of money.” [laughs]

    Audio / Keith Urban defines patriotism.

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    Keith Urban (patriotism) OC: …the unity. :24
    “It’s common, shared beliefs and identity. And I think at its core, it’s an incredibly strengthening, vital thing for our people to have, and it’s particularly gratifying in the midst of so much separating of ideas that it can get fractious. And it’s kind of nice that a sense of patriotism can remind everybody of the unity.”

    Audio / Kip Moore says he’s very proud of the U.S. military and can’t imagine having to do what they do to protect the United States.

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    Kip Moore (Fourth of July-soldiers) OC: …every day. :32
    “I’m a very, very patriotic person, proud of the country that I live in, and I’m very proud of what those guys do for us each and every day, and I don’t take it for granted one bit. My grandparents were in the military, fought wars, and I’ve seen the battle that they go through, just the horror of remember things. When I start to think that I’m half-way tough, I realize how I’m not one bit when I talk to soldiers when I’m out and realize the things that they go through. I can’t imagine facing what those guys face every day.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild talks about the big sacrifices the military AND their families make to keep this country free.

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

    Audio / Luke Bryan recalls one of his favorite Fourth of July memories.

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    Luke Bryan (4th of July memories) OC: …we used to. :21
    “Some of my favorite Fourth of July memories were spent on Lake Blackshear down in Georgia with my family. I was always kind of in charge of driving home from Tennessee and picking up all the fireworks and my nieces and nephews always got excited when I rolled in because they knew I had all the fireworks. But, it was always a great memory, and I miss not getting to do that as much as we used to.”

    Audio / MADDIE & TAE TALK ABOUT THEIR FOURTH OF JULY TRADITIONS.

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    Maddie & Tae (Fourth of July) OC: …it’s perfect. :29
    TAE: “One of my favorite Fourth of July traditions – I’d say it’s a tradition ‘cause it happens every year, but I’m not always able to make it – is that we go to my grandparents in Oklahoma, and we all line up lawn chairs right in front of their garage and we just light fireworks. We always do it far away and then we light it, and we always run back and watch the fireworks, but that’s probably one of my favorite memories.” MADDIE: “My birthday is July 7th, so I always get built-in fireworks for my birthday, and sometimes we actually celebrate it on the 4th, because there’s fireworks everywhere, so it’s perfect.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt talks about what he and his family did over the Fourth of July holiday when he was growing up in Georgia.

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    Sam Hunt (Fourth of July) OC: …good time. :39
    “My granddad on the other side of my family, he would always take a lot of pride…fireworks were actually, I’m from Georgia, and most of them were illegal, I’m pretty sure, growing up. But over in Alabama, that’s where all the firework stands were, and we only had to drive 10, 15 minutes to get to the Alabama line, so we could go get a bundle of fireworks pretty easy. But he would always take a lot of pride in going and finding all the good stuff, and coming back with a  big pile. He’d have his torch out there at the end of the driveway and we’d all eat homemade ice cream and put down towels on the driveway and he’d shoot off fireworks for 30-45 minutes. Such a good time.”

    Audio / TRAVIS DENNING TALKS ABOUT THE FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS HIS HOMETOWN OF WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA WOULD THROW EVERY YEAR.

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    Travis Denning (Fourth of July) OC: …will love. :51
    “Fourth of July in Warner Robins, Georgia is an event. It’s something else. In fact, forever they’ve thrown an Independence Day concert, and back in the day, it was huge. It was the biggest thing they did all year. They would actually have the concert in the MAC (McConnell-Talbert Stadium), which was the high school football stadium that Warner Robins and Northside and Houston County shared. I mean, one year they had Wynonna play and then they had Josh Turner one year, Darius Rucker. I mean it was like a big deal, and there’d be 15,000, 20,000 people there, and I think it’s so cool that there’s a little bit of a legacy of people coming together in that town and making something happen, you know? I’ll never forget going to those shows and thinking, I was more proud of what the city had done. I was like, ‘That’s just so cool that they could put together a show like this, an event that everybody will love.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD CAPS FIRST LEG OF “THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360” WITH SOLD-OUT SHOWS.

    Carrie Underwood on The Cry Pretty Tour 360 – Ottawa, ON (Photo Credit: Amanda Young)

    After delivering a spectacular show to packed arenas night after night in over 25 cities across North America since its May 1 launch, seven-time Grammy Award-winning superstar Carrie Underwood wrapped the first leg of THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360on June 23rd in Lincoln, Nebraska, culminating with a run of seven straight sold-out shows. Of the final show on this leg, the Lincoln Journal Star declared: “There can’t be a better arena show on the road than the spectacle Carrie Underwood brought to Pinnacle Bank Arena…[she] is the reigning queen of country.”

    Carrie Underwood on The Cry Pretty Tour 360 – Little Rock, AR (Photo Credit: Ralph Larmann)

     

     

    Underwood is also the current cover star and #1 reason of PEOPLE Magazine’s annual “100 Reasons to Love America” issue, on stands now (https://bit.ly/2KCrtYl).

    THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360 has consistently garnered both critical and fan acclaim for its innovative production and stage design in the middle of the arena floor to create an intimate view for all attendees, Underwood’s standout vocal performances, and interactivity – such as featuring a winner of the tour’s ongoing contest, wherein fans submit stories about what Underwood’s hit anthem, The Champion, means to them for the chance to join her on stage and perform the rap originated by Ludacris on the platinum track.

    The show utilizes 36 projectors and 19 video projection screens, with 15 stage elevators and over 400 moving lights.  Throughout the set, Underwood can be seen playing acoustic and electric guitar, piano and percussion at various times with her talented 8-piece band, who play 22 different types of instruments, 45 in total.

    “The 360 production is second to none. Underwood’s 360 stage is a work of art…” – ROLLING STONE

    “An artist that both entertains and inspires, Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour 360 cements her entertainer of the year status.”  – BILLBOARD

    “The two-hour show of back-to-back-to-back  hits is as significant for being an all-female bill as it is for Underwood’s always cutting edge production, very physical performance and her full-throttle vocals.” – POLLSTAR

    Next up, Underwood will head across the pond for her UK arena tour, THE CRY PRETTY TOUR UK, which will include an appearance on the storied Pyramid Stage at the legendary Glastonbury Festival on June 29, joining an all-star line-up that weekend that also includes Janet Jackson, The Killers, Hozier, The Cure, Bastille, Vampire Weekend, Sheryl Crow, Kylie Minogue and many others. THE CRY PRETTY TOUR UK will also include stops in Birmingham, England; Cardiff, Wales; Glasgow, Scotland; Manchester, England and London’s Wembley Arena, with the UK’s best-selling country act of all time, The Shires, as special guest.

    THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360 will resume in North America on September 10th in San Diego, CA and travel through cities such as Los Angeles, CA (STAPLES Center); Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena); New York City, NY (Madison Square Garden) and Chicago, IL (United Center) before concluding on October 31st in Detroit, MI. Underwood will once again be joined by special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June for an all female bill on all dates of the tour, sponsored by CALIA and promoted by AEG Presents.

    For more information regarding THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360, go tohttp://www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Little Big Town, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood

    Little Big Town is set to perform on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night (June 26th).

    Vince Gill has been re-elected to his 18th consecutive term as President of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Carrie Underwood posted a video from the first leg of her Cry Pretty Tour 360, showcasing all of the cities she’s traveled to on the trek. She heads to the UK on June 28th.