• NEWS AND NOTES: Hootie, Carrie, Luke, Dierks, Brothers O, Travis, Vince

    Hootie & the Blowfish will perform on The Talk on CBS on Thursday (November 7th), followed by an appearance on ABC’s Strahan, Sara, Keke on Friday (November 8th).

    Carrie Underwood will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday (November 8th), as well as co-host Live With Kelly & Ryan with Ryan Seacrest, leading up to next week’s CMA Awards.

    Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood will make appearances during ABC’s pre-CMA Awards Special, hosted by Robin Roberts. The special focuses on Dolly Parton, who is co-hosting the Awards show with Carrie and Reba McEntire. Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again airs Tuesday (November 12th) at 10pm ET on ABC.

    Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne‘s John Osborne are among the artists performing a tribute to Kris Kristofferson during Wednesday’s (November 13th) CMA Awards. The Country Music Hall of Famer is being honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, which has only been given out four other times four other times, to Willie Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013), Johnny Cash, posthumously (2015) and Dolly Parton  (2016). The artists, which also includes Sheryl Crow and Chris Janson, will perform the Kristofferson-penned classic “Me and Bobby McGee,” which was made famous by Janis Joplin and Roger Miller, who released it first in 1969.

    Travis Denning will hit the road with Dustin Lynch on the Stay Country Tour 2020, which kicks off January 30th in Detroit, Michigan. Tickets go on sale November 15th and November 22nd.


    Vince Gill
    is among the nominees for this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with Sonny Curtis, Kye Fleming, Bob McDill and Dennis Morgan. The official induction ceremony will take place June 11th (2020) in New York City.

  • HALLOWEEN LINERS 2019

    Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Halloween)

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    “Hey! This is Adam Hambrick. Happy Halloween.”

     

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Trick or Treat)

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    “Trick or Treat, baby.”

    Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (Halloween)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Brandon Lay, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Halloween)

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    “Hey! This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne. Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Halloween)

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    “Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Halloween) 1

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    “Hey y’all, I’m Caylee Hammack, wishing all of y’all a Happy Halloween. Boo!”

    Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Halloween) 2

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    “Hey y’all! I’m Caylee Hammack, wishing all you goblins and gremlins out there a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Halloween)

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    “Hey! This is Clare Dunn, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.”

     

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Halloween)

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    “Hey! What’s up, y’all? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Halloween)

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    “Hey! It’s Dierks Bentley, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Halloween)

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    “Hey! This is Eric Church, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Halloween)

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    “Hey y’all! I’m Jon Langston. Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Halloween)

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    “Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Halloween)

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    “Hey Y’all, I’m Josh Turner, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Halloween)

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    “Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, and I hope you have a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Halloween)

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    “Hey! What’s up, y’all? I’m Luke Bryan, wishing you a very Happy Halloween. Boo!”

    Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Halloween)

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    “Hi! We’re Maddie & Tae. Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Parker McCollum (Halloween)

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    “Hey everybody, I’m Parker McCollum. Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Halloween)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt. Happy Halloween!”

    Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Halloween)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Travis Denning. Happy Halloween.”

  • ERIC, KEITH, CARRIE AND CHRIS ARE AMONG THE FIRST PERFORMERS OF THIS YEAR’S CMA AWARDS.

    The first round of performers for this year’s CMA Awards have been announced. Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Chris Stapleton with Pink will perform, as well as Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Dolly Parton with for King & Country and Zach Williams.

    The 53rd annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie with special guests Reba and Dolly, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 13th at 8pm ET on ABC.

  • THE STAGECOACH LINEUP FOR 2020 HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED.

    The lineup for next year’s Stagecoach Festival has been announced, and Carrie Underwood, Eric Church and Thomas Rhett will headline the three-night festival taking place April 24th – 26th in Indio, California. The 14th annual Stagecoach Festival will also feature performances by Alan Jackson, Jon Pardi, Caylee Hammack, Brett Young, Dustin Lynch, Dan + Shay, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lil Nas X and Bryan Adams, among others.

    Tickets go on sale Friday (October 18th).

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Sam, Carrie, Vince, Maddie & Tae, Luke, Jon, Billy, Gary, Eric, Brothers Osborne, Kylie

    Several artists have been added to this year’s CMT Artists of the Year show, including performances by Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood (live-streamed from her Cry Pretty Tour 360 show in Cleveland, Ohio), Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown, Ashley McBryde and more. Presenters include Vince Gill and Maddie & Tae. This year’s special celebrates the network’s five Artists of the Year – Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Kane Brown – in addition to Reba McEntire (Artist of a Lifetime) and Ashley McBryde (Breakout Artist of the Year). The 90-minute show will air Wednesday (October 16th) at 8pm ET.

    Luke Bryan’s hit “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” was just certified double platinum by the R.I.A.A., while his “Someone Else Calling You Baby” was just declared platinum. Jon Pardi’s “Up All Night” and Billy Currington’s “Don’t It” were also certified platinum, while Gary Allan’s “It Ain’t the Whiskey,” Eric Church’s “Some of It,” Luke’s “Drinkin’ Beer & Wasting Bullet” and Sam Hunt’s “Downtown’s Dead” were all certified gold.

    Jon Pardi will perform on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday (October 18th).

    Brothers Osborne will perform at the Troy Gentry Foundation’s C’Ya on the Flip Side II February 5th at the Grand Ole Opry House, along with Trace Adkins, Rhett Akins, Tracy Lawrence, Justin Moore, Mark Wills and Eddie Montgomery. The benefit will raise funds for the Foundation, the Opry Trust Fund, T.J. Martell Foundation, Make-A-Wish, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and many others.

    New EMI Nashville Recording Artist Kylie Morgan is one of three recipients of the second annual CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship. Over the next year, the CMA will provide support, connections with top industry professionals, participation in CMA-related events and a stipend to assist with their developing careers. She is currently opening several shows for Kip Moore and released a song “Boys Girl” to all digital partners.

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD SCORES HER 27TH NO. 1 SINGLE WITH “SOUTHBOUND.”

    Carrie Underwood just hit the top of the Mediabase/Country Aircheck country chart with “Southbound,” which is her 27th career No. 1, and her 14th chart-topper she hand a hand in writing. She co-wrote the song, the latest from her No. 1 debuting album Cry Pretty, with her producer David Garcia, as well as collaborator Josh Miller.

    “’Southbound’ started out late in the game. I actually already had a lot of the album already music was done. I was putting my vocals on it. We were kind of tweaking stuff and doing all of our producer stuff on it, trying to put some extra magic on it. And at the end of making an album you start thinking what are we lacking? What do we need? So, we get in a room and I had the title. I was like this sounds like fun, I think. We can do something fun with this,” says Carrie. ”It surprisingly took us a while to write it but by the end of it, it was like, ‘Well, this is a lot of fun.’ I feel like everybody kind of gravitated towards that one when we were all done with it.”

    Carrie continues The Cry Pretty Tour 360 with Maddie & Tae and Runaway June on Wednesday (October 9th) at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about the song “Southbound,” which she co-wrote with David Garcia and Josh Miller and was one of the last songs recorded for her new album, Cry Pretty.

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    Carrie Underwood (Southbound) OC: …done with it. 1:19
    Well, ‘Southbound’ started out late in the game. I actually already had a lot of the album already music was done. I was putting my vocals on it. We were kind of tweaking stuff and doing all of our producer stuff on it, trying to put some extra magic on it. And at the end of making an album you start thinking what are we lacking? What do we need? So, we get in a room and I had the title. I was like this sounds like fun, I think. We can do something fun with this. But then you realize how tricky for some reason it is to be a woman and write like kind of a drinking party boat song. It’s strange. You wouldn’t think it would be any different, but I’m like for some reason I feel like a guy could get away with saying this line that we just threw out there, but I can’t for some reason. And I used Katie in the song as an example. So, Katie, we wanted to make her like have a little too much fun, but for every line we came out with it was like well we don’t want her to be like – we don’t want it to be sad. We still had to make Katie have a little respect but wanted to just get it out there that some people were having too much fun. It surprisingly took us a while to write it but by the end of it, it was like, ‘Well, this is a lot of fun.’ I feel like everybody kind of gravitated towards that one when we were all done with it.”

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  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD MAKES A DETOUR TO APPEAR ON THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT.

    Carrie Underwood performs “Low” from her album, Cry Pretty, on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday (October 3rd).

     

     

    Carrie is poised to top the country charts with her song “Southbound,” also from Cry Pretty. She continues her Cry Pretty Tour 360 to Washington, DC on Friday (October 4th).

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD SELLS OUT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 360 DEGREES AS “CRY PRETTY TOUR 360” CONTINUES TO TAKE NORTH AMERICA BY STORM.

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    Carrie Underwood performed to yet another sold-out arena at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden on October 2nd, following recent sold-out shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and L.A.’s STAPLES on her CRY PRETTY TOUR 360. While in NYC, Carrie will also perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday (October 3rd) before resuming the tour with upcoming stops in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago, and others before concluding on October 31st in Detroit. The tour is sponsored by CALIA and promoted by AEG Presents, with special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June.

    For more upcoming dates and information regarding THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360, go to http://www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com.  Tour press and other materials are available at https://www.carrieunderwood.fm/press.

    UPCOMING DATES:

    Oct 4, 2019     Washington, D.C.    Capital One Arena
    Oct 5, 2019     Philadelphia, PA      Wells Fargo Center
    Oct 9, 2019     Mashantucket, CT   The Grand Theater at Foxwoods
    Oct 10, 2019    Boston, MA            TD Garden
    Oct 12, 2019    Pittsburgh, PA         PPG Paints Arena
    Oct 13, 2019    Buffalo, NY            KeyBank Center
    Oct. 14, 2019   Toronto, ONT         ScotiaBank Arena
    Oct 16, 2019    Cleveland, OH        Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
    Oct 17, 2019    Louisville, KY        KFC Yum! Center
    Oct 19, 2019    Atlanta, GA             State Farm 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

    Carrie is poised to enter the top of the country charts with her latest smash, “Southbound.”

     

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD TACKLES CMA HOSTING GIG FOR THE 12TH YEAR.

    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.

    “I was very pleased and happy and excited to hear the news that the CMA wanted to have this year’s show be focused on women in country music – past, present, future, all of us together standing united,” says Carrie. “And of course, my special guest hosts are Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. It does not get bigger than that or better than that. I feel like the three of us love what we do so much, and we love country music and it means something I feel like to have us up there on that stage kind of driving the bus for the evening and setting the tone. We just want to be respectful of our genre and of this awards show, because it’s so important to us, and shine a lot on what I think is the backbone of country music and that’s the females that have come before all of us and will come in the future.”

    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.

    Carrie, who is poised to top 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.

    Carrie has three nods this year. She picks up her second nomination for Entertainer of the Year, and she notched her 14th consecutive nomination for Female Vocalist, a title she’s won five times, including last year. This marks her fifth nomination for Album of the Year with Cry Pretty.

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

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about hosting this year’s CMA Awards with special guests Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.

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    Carrie Underwood (CMA hosting 2019) OC: …Reba and Dolly. 1:06
    “I was very pleased and happy and excited to hear the news that the CMA wanted to have this year’s show be focused on women in country music – past, present, future, all of us together standing united. And of course, my special guest hosts are Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. It does not get bigger than that or better than that. I feel like the three of us love what we do so much, and we love country music and it means something I feel like to have us up there on that stage kind of driving the bus for the evening and setting the tone. We just want to be respectful of our genre and of this awards show, because it’s so important to us, and shine a lot on what I think is the backbone of country music and that’s the females that have come before all of us and will come in the future. So, it’s just, I think it’s gonna be a wonderful night and couldn’t be more excited to stand up there with Reba and Dolly.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Lauren Alaina, Jon Pardi, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Travis Denning

    Make sure to watch Lauren Alaina and her professional dance partner Gleb Savchenko perform the Tango during ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on Monday (September 30th). The show begins at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Jon Pardi
    will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night (September 30th). Make sure to check local listings for time. Jonathan Van Ness (Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love) and Lucy Boynton (The Politician) will also appear on the show. Jon just released his new album, Heartache Medication on Friday (September 27th).

    Carrie Underwood will be interviewed as well as perform on CBS’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Thursday (October 3rd). Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob) will also appear. Check local listings for time.

    Kacey Musgraves recorded a song “All is Found,” which will appear in Disney’s Frozen 2. The tune is included on the soundtrack, which will be released on November 15th, followed by the feature animated film hitting theaters nationwide November 22nd.

     

    Keith Urban is set to perform the halftime show for the 107th Grey Cup North of the border on November 24th. The Grey Cup (both the championship and trophy) is Canada’s version of the Super Bowl and is between the winners of the Canadian Football League’s East and West Divisional playoffs. It’s also the nation’s largest annual sporting events.

    Travis Denning, as you know, is a huge football fan. He always attended his high school football games and cheered loudly for his hometown team. This past Friday Night, his school played his song “Heartbeat of a Small Town” over the loud speakers for everyone in the stands. For audio of Travis talking about his hometown of Warner Robins, Georgia, click here.