• 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.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD RETURNS AS CMA HOST; LUKE BRYAN TO HELP REVEAL FINAL CMA NOMINEES LATER THIS MONTH.

    Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley return to host the CMA Awards for the 11th straight year.

    Sharing duties with pal Brad Paisley, she says it’s tough for her to pick specific moments out as a host, saying all of the moments with Brad are wonderful, even though it’s a lot of work being at the helm of the show.

    “Our planning time is, it’s a lot of work and it can be stressful, but it’s also fun too getting in the room with Brad and the writers and we’re just kind of swapping ideas – some good, some bad,” she says with a laugh. “But we’re all working together to put on the show, and we want to be respectful and we want to celebrate Country Music, that’s what we’re there for, but I don’t know if I could pick one moment that’s my all-time favorite moment ever.”

    However, the Oklahoma native, who cannot believe she and Brad have been hosting the awards for 10 years, says one moment in the last couple of years that did stand out.

    “Looking back, we’ve had so many bits and jokes and things like that, but I think my favorite parts of the whole thing are the things that that we get to be involved in that people don’t see,” says Carrie. “You know, like looking back, especially on the 50th Anniversary – that was so amazing being part of that open and kind of having that rehearsal band with my band and Brad’s band and all these legendary artists seeing them all come together and work together and they were swapping stories and laughing with each other because there were so many of them that haven’t seen each other in forever either so, it was just an amazing moment to be a part of. I’d say that’s way high up there on my list of favorite moments for the CMAs.”

    Two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan will help reveal some of the final nominees, along with Dan + Shay and Sugarland, on ABC’s Good Morning America August 28th live from Luke’s new restaurant and bar 32 Bridge Food + Drink in downtown Nashville.

    The highly anticipated announcement will also be available via livestream on ABCnews.com/live. Immediately following the show, the remaining categories, as well as the CMA Broadcast Awards nominees, will be revealed live on GoodMorningAmerica.com as well as “Good Morning America’s” Facebook page through Facebook Live and simulcast on “Good Morning America’s” YouTube channel.

    The 52nd Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 14th at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD FINDS IT DIFFICULT TO PICK JUST ONE MOMENT FROM HOSTING THE CMA AWARDS, BECAUSE THERE ARE JUST SO MANY.

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    Carrie Underwood (CMA hosting moment) OC: …it’s all good. :37
    “It’s hard to pick one thing that I enjoy about hosting the CMA Awards. Our planning time is, it’s a lot of work and it can be stressful, but it’s also fun too getting in the room with Brad and the writers and we’re just kind of swapping ideas – some good, some bad. [laughs] But we’re all  working together to put on the show, and we want to be respectful and we want to celebrate Country Music, that’s what we’re there for, but I don’t know if I could pick one moment that’s my all-time favorite moment ever. It’s all good.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about one of her favorite moments from the CMA Awards.

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    Carrie Underwood (CMA big moment) OC: …for the CMAs. :48
    “Looking back, we’ve had so many bits and jokes and things like that, but I think my favorite parts of the whole thing are the things that that we get to be involved in that people don’t see. You know, like looking back, especially on the 50th Anniversary – that was so amazing being part of that open and kind of having that rehearsal band with my band and Brad’s band and all these legendary artists seeing them all come together and work together and they were swapping stories and laughing with each other because there were so many of them that haven’t seen each other in forever either so, it was just an amazing moment to be a part of. I’d say that’s way high up there on my list of favorite moments for the CMAs.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD JOINS THE LINEUP FOR NBC’S TODAY SHOW CITI SUMMER CONCERT SERIES.

    Carrie Underwood will play NBC’s Today Show Citi Summer Concert Series September 14th, the same day her new album, Cry Pretty, will be released.

    The seven-time Grammy Award winner is currently climbing the country charts with her latest song, “Cry Pretty.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD RETURNS TO NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL THIS FALL.

    Several NFL stars join Carrie Underwood when she returns to NBC’s Sunday Night Football to perform the opening theme for the sixth year. She is joined by ten NFL star players, including Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff, Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, New York Giants RB Saquon Barkely, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and four members of the Philadelphia Eagles – QB Carson Wentz, OT Lane Johnson, TE Zach Ertz and DT Fletcher Cox.

    The new opening is set to premiere during the NFL Kickoff on September 6th as the Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles play host to the Atlanta Falcons.

    2018 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
    Thurs. Sept. 6 NFL Kickoff  Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles
    Sun. Sept. 9 Week 1   Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
    Sun. Sept. 16 Week 2   New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
    Sun. Sept. 23 Week 3   New England Patriots at Detroit Lions
    Sun. Sept. 30 Week 4 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
    *Sun. Oct. 7 Week 5   Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans
    *Sun. Oct. 14 Week 6 Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
    *Sun. Oct. 21 Week 7 Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers
    *Sun. Oct. 28 Week 8 New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings
    *Sun. Nov. 4 Week 9 Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots
    *Sun. Nov. 11 Week 10 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
    *Sun. Nov. 18 Week 11  Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars
    **Thurs. Nov. 22 Week 12 Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
    *Sun. Nov. 25 Week 12 Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
    *Sun. Dec. 2 Week 13 San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
    *Sun. Dec. 9 Week 14 Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders
    *Sun. Dec. 16 Week 15 Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams
    *Sun. Dec. 23 Week 16 Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks
    *Sun. Dec. 30 Week 17 TBD

     

    *Flex Week

    ** Thanksgiving Night Game

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND LUDACRIS PERFORM “THE CHAMPION” ON THE RADIO DISNEY MUSIC AWARDS.

    Carrie Underwood and Ludacris performed “The Champion” for the first time together on the Radio Disney Music Awards this past weekend. Check it out below.

     

     

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  • FOURTH OF JULY 2018 SOUNDBITES

    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.

    Several artists will perform during Independence Day celebrations. Keith Urban will take part in the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, along  with Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Ricky Martin, which will be broadcast July 4th at 8pm ET on NBC.

    Carrie Underwood will headline the Fourth of July Hot Country Live event, launching Spotify’s new live concert series based on the streaming services Hot Country Playlist. It will take place at the Seaport’s Rooftop at Pier 17 concert venue.

    Lady Antebellum will headline the free July 4th concert in downtown Nashville. The “Let Freedom Sing” concert event will also feature performances by Chris Janson and Lucie Silvas. Following the show, there will be a 30-minute fireworks show, which is touted as one of the biggest in the country and will be synchronized to a live performance from the Nashville Symphony.

    Lauren Alaina will perform during A Capitol Fourth, an annual Independence Day special on PBS. Luke Combs will also perform. A Capitol Fourth, hosted by John Stamos, will air live from the West Lawn of the White House on July 4th at 8pm ET on PBS.

    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 talks about his memories of the Fourth of July growing up in Jackson, Tennessee.

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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 / 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 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 / 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, who will perform in Demorest, Georgia on Independence Day, 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 recalls coming over to America for the first time.

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    Keith Urban (coming to America 1st time) OC: …as I could. :39
    “1989 was the first year I came to the States, and it had always been my goal, but I had no plan on how to get here. It was just a case of keep playing, keep getting better at what you do, and then hopefully, somehow, some way I’ll end up over here. The guy who was managing me at the time, we just planned a trip over here – it was actually for the New Music Seminar in New York. And we came over for that, and then we did a trip down to Nashville, and I was shopping my little demo around. I think I humored everybody more than anything else [laughs] with my tragic, ill-fitting demo for the time. So, I left there, but I was just so committed to coming back as quick as I could.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott talks about her favorite Fourth of July memories.

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    Lady A (4th of July-Hillary) OC: …on my hand. :29
    “For many, many years in a row, we would be up at the lake for Fourth of July, and having those memories of being on the boat and going tubing and skiing and enjoying being out in the summertime, great weather on the water. But, then for me, Fourth of July was when [husband] Chris [Tyrell] proposed. So, I got proposed to on July 2nd up at the lake, the same lake I grew up going to, and so that’s probably the biggest highlight of Fourth of July to me – getting a rock on my hand.”

    Audio / Every year, Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood celebrates his birthday along with America’s big day.

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    Lady A (Fourth of July-Dave) OC: …and America. :45
    “July fourth is always, for me, my birthday week. My birthday is July 5th so we grew up going on family trips to the beach. We would always go to Hilton Head, South Carolina and always take trips for my birthday, so that’s always a fun time of the year…watch fireworks. I think my best memory would be my birthday party when I was 9 or 10 years old. We went to the batting cages and I remember I was swinging so hard, it was 100 degrees outside, I was swinging in the batting cage and ended up passing out right there in the batting cage. You’re trying so hard to hit the ball, you’re a kid and you really don’t realize how much water you should be drinking and [CHARLES: “Dave was that kid.”] I was that kid who was on the ground in the batting cage, people fanning and pouring water all over my face. Happy Birthday to me and America.”

    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.”) :22
    “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. 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.”

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey, Shania, Carrie, Luke, Lauren

    Kacey Musgraves will perform on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers Wednesday (June 20th). Comedian/actor Mike Myers (Austin Powers, Saturday Night Live, Wayne’s World, Shrek) and Allison Brie (Mad Men, Lego Movie) will also appear on the show.

    It’s a tribute to Shania Twain on the television show, Lip Sync Battle on Thursday (June 21st). The episode pits Derek Hough against Nicole Scherzinger. Catch all the action – and an appearance by Shania – this Thursday beginning at 10:30a ET on the Paramount Network.

    Don’t forget Carrie Underwood will perform her anthemic “The Champion” with Ludacris at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday (June 23rd).

    Luke Bryan is set to appear on Live With Kelly & Ryan on June 27th.

    Lauren Alaina will perform during this year’s A Capitol Fourth, which will be televised on PBS. Luke Combs, Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, Pentatonix, CeCe Winans and The Temptations will also perform. The special will air July 4th at 8pm ET on PBS.