• 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.

     

     

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD ENJOYS THE ROLE OF MOM TO TWO BOYS.

    Carrie Underwood’s life has changed since giving birth to her second son, four-month-old Jacob. Life is different on the road on The Cry Pretty Tour 360, as well as at home.

    “It’s kind of crazy to think, sometimes I will literally look at my husband and be like, ‘We have two sons. We have two kids. We’ve been married for nine years and we have two children. We live on a farm.’ Life is very different with two. We kind of got out of that baby stage with Isaiah. He’s much more self-sufficient. He can brush his own teeth and put his own clothes own. He’s making decisions for himself, and then we start all over with the little squishy one [Jacob] again. It’s just kind of crazy. You forget how hard it is to be honest, but you just figure your way through it. I’m so blessed to have Isaiah, who is super helpful and super sweet, and he loves his little brother.”

    Carrie wrapped the current leg of The Cry Pretty Tour 360 in Lincoln, Nebraska on Sunday (June 23rd), and she’ll travel across the pond for a handful of dates in the U-K, beginning June 28th. She returns to the States for four performances at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry; two each on July 19th and 20th. The Fall leg of the trek begins September 10th in San Diego.

    Carrie is heading up the country charts with her summer hit, “Southbound.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about how life has changed with two boys.

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    Carrie Underwood (having two boys) OC: …little brother. :44
    “It’s kind of crazy to think, sometimes I will literally look at my husband and be like, ‘We have two sons. We have two kids. We’ve been married for nine years and we have two children. We live on a farm.’ Life is very different with two. We kind of got out of that baby stage with Isaiah. He’s much more self-sufficient. He can brush his own teeth and put his own clothes own. He’s making decisions for himself, and then we start all over with the little squishy one [Jacob] again. It’s just kind of crazy. You forget how hard it is to be honest, but you just figure your way through it. I’m so blessed to have Isaiah, who is super helpful and super sweet, and he loves his little brother.”

    Video / Carrie Underwood Southbound Music Video

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  • FOURTH OF JULY 2019 LINERS

    Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Fourth of July)

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    “Hey! This is Adam Hambrick, wishing you a safe and Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER AJ (4th of July)

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    “Hey! This is Alan Jackson, wishing you a happy and safe Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (4th of July)

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    “Hey guys! I’m Billy Currington, wishing you a Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (Fourth of July)

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    “What’s up, everybody? This is Brandon Lay, wishing you a Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Bros Osborne (Fourth of July)

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    “Hey y’all! I’m John, and I’m TJ, and we are Brothers Osborne, wish you a very Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Fourth of July)

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    “Hi! This is Carrie Underwood wishing you a Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Fourth of July)

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    “Hey y’all! This is Caylee Hammack wishing you a safe and Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Independence Day)

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    “Hey y’all! This is Caylee Hammack. Happy Independence Day, everybody!”

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Fourth of July)

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    “Hey! This is Clare Dunn, wishing you a very Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Darius (4th of July)

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    “Hey y’all, what’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a very, very happy Fourth of July!”

    Audio / LINER Darius (Happy Birthday, America)

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    “Hey y’all, what’s up? This is Darius Rucker. Happy Birthday, America!”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (4th of July)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Dierks Bentley, wishing you a Happy and safe Fourth of July.

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (4th of July)

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    “Hey this is Eric Church, wishing you a very happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (4th of July)

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    “Hey! This is Gary Allan. Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Fourth of July)

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    “Hey y’all, this is Jon Langston wishing you a safe and Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (4th of July)

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    “Hi, it’s Jon Pardi, wishing you a happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Fourth of July)

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    “Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (summer)

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    “Hey everybody, Keith Urban here, wanting to wish you all a fantastic and safe summer. Enjoy the sunshine. Hopefully, you’ll get to spend some time with the ones you love, and hopefully, we’ll also get to see you out on the road.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (4th of July)

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    “Hey! It’s Lauren Alaina. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (4th of July)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy Fourth of July!”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (4th of July)

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    “Hey! This is Luke Bryan, wishing you a very happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Fourth of July)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Maddie, and I’m Tae and we’re Maddie & Tae, wishing you a safe and happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (4th of July)

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    “Hey! This is Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Fourth of July)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a safe and happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Fourth of July)

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    “Hey y’all! It’s Travis Denning, wishing you a safe and Happy Fourth of July.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Shania, Kacey, Carrie, Keith, Luke, Chris and more

    Shania Twain appears on ABC’s Strahan & Sara on Thursday (June 20th) to talk about her Las Vegas Residency, as well as the new movie she is filming.

    Kacey Musgraves is nominated for two awards at this year’s Teen Choice Awards. She’s up for Choice Country Artist and Choice Country Song for “Rainbow.” Voting continues through June 25th, with the show airing August 11th at 8pm ET on FOX.

    Carrie Underwood is featured on the cover of the new issue of People Magazine. Along with being named at the top of the 100 best things in America, she also talks about family, faith and some of the personal pain and trauma she experienced over the last couple of years. The issue hits newsstands on Friday (June 21st).

    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 returns as the presenting sponsor of this year’s Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament for the fourth year. The 33rd annual golf outing, which will benefit the United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee organization, will take place August 19th at the Old Natchez Country Club in Nashville.

    Chris Stapleton has given his talents to Ed Sheeran’s new album, No. 6 Collaborations Project. He teamed up with the pop superstar and Bruno Mars for a song titled “Blow” for the project, due July 12th. Also appearing on the project are Khalid, Cardi B, Eminem, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Camila Cabello, among others.

     

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD ROCKS CANADA WITH CRY PRETTY TOUR 360.

     

    TOP: Carrie Underwood performs her CRY PRETTY TOUR 360 in Winnipeg, Manitoba & Ottawa, Ontario (Credits: Amanda Young)

    MIDDLE: Carrie Underwood Fan Club Party at the Grand Ole Opry (Credit: Jeff Johnson); Carrie Underwood performs at Grand Ole Opry (Credit: Chris Hollo); Carrie Underwood performs “Southbound” at The Parthenon in Nashville on the CMT Music Awards (Credit: CMT)

    BOTTOM:  Carrie Underwood wins CMT Music Awards for Female Video of the Year for “Love Wins” and Video of the Year for “Cry Pretty” (Credit: CMT); Carrie Underwood Headlines 2019 CMA Fest (Credit: CMA); Carrie Underwood performs with surprise guest Joan Jett at 2019 CMA Fest (Credit: CMA)

     

    Carrie Underwood continued her North American arena tour, THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360, with stand-out shows in Vancouver, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; Ft. McMurray, Alberta; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, Manitoba and Ottawa, Ontario.  A previously-announced show at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena has
    been postponed due to the NBA Finals and has been re-scheduled for October 14.  Watch highlights from Underwood’s Canada shows here: https://bit.ly/2ML6ULb

    Following a jam-packed week in Nashville including two shows at the Grand Ole Opry, a show-stopping outdoor performance at the Parthenon and two wins at the CMT Music Awards, which extends her lead as the winner of the most awards in CMT history, and headlining at CMA Fest with a surprise appearance by Joan Jett, Underwood will continue with U.S. shows through June.

    Another highlight of Underwood’s week was the premiere of her new music video for her hit single, “Southbound,” which debuted Friday night at midnight.  A high-energy, good-time anthem, “Southbound” is destined to become one of the hottest songs of the summer, following her high-profile performances on the 2019 ACM Awards and the grand finale of American Idol.  Written by Underwood, her “Cry Pretty” co-producer David Garcia and Josh Miller, “Southbound” is also bringing audiences to their feet as the opening number of THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc4zBnvLt3g

    Next up will be Underwood’s UK arena tour, THE CRY PRETTY TOUR UK, which will include a just-announced  appearance at the legendary Glastonbury Festival on the main stage, where she joins an all-star line-up 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.

    Underwood is packing arenas and garnering rave reviews with THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360, which kicked off on May 1 and will play 55 arenas across the U.S. and Canada this year.  Underwood is joined by special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June on THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360, which is sponsored by CALIA and promoted by AEG Presents.

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

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD, KEITH URBAN, ERIC CHURCH, JON PARDI AND BROOKS & DUNN SURPRISE FANS DURING CMA MUSIC FEST 2019.

    In addition to all of the amazing performances at this year’s CMA Music Fest, there were also some surprise appearances. Carrie Underwood performed at Nissan Stadium (home to the Tennessee Titans) and during her set, she brought out the legendary Joan Jett to perform a medley of the rocker’s hits (“I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “Bad Reputation,” “Crimson and Clover”).

    Keith Urban surprised the crowd on Saturday night to join Billy Ray Cyrus and L’il Nas X at the Stadium to perform the No. 1 song in the nation, “Old Town Road.”

     

     

    Eric Church hit the stage at Nissan Stadium on Friday (June 7th) accompanied by his acoustic guitar to perform a 30-minute medley of several of his hits, including “Drink in My Hand,” “Mr. Misunderstood,” “Talladega,” “Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Round Here Buzz” and many more.

    Jon Pardi surprised the Nissan Stadium crowd during Thomas Rhett‘s set to perform “Beer Can’t Fix” from TR’s new album, Center Point Road complete with a koozie-covered beer.

    On Thursday, legendary duo Brooks & Dunn surprised the audience when they stepped onstage during Brothers Osborne‘s set to perform “Hard Workin’ Man,” which is featured on B&D’s new Reboot album. TJ and John also brought up their friend Ashley McBryde to perform her cut on the duo’s album of their huge hit, “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone,” also featured on Reboot.

    Audio / Prior to taking the stage at Nissan Stadium during CMA Music Fest, Carrie Underwood talks to reporters backstage about getting the opportunity to perform with rock legend Joan Jett.

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    Carrie Underwood (CMA Fest-Joan Jett) OC: …off on me. :25
    “I get to sing with Joan Jett, guys! Whooooo! (I’m) super excited. I feel like we’ve had connections and bumped into each other in various places, and the stars just aligned. It was kind of like, ‘What if Joan Jett came to CMA Fest?’ ‘Well, let’s ask her.’ So, she’s here. The coolness has arrived, and I’m hoping some of it rubs off on me.”

    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.”

    Audio / Backstage at Nissan Stadium on Sunday night (June 9th) before his scheduled CMA Music Fest performance, Keith Urban talked about making a surprise appearance to perform with Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus on "Old Town Road."

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    Keith Urban (CMA Fest-Old Town Road) OC: …with him last night. :23
    “I just loved the song when I heard it. I love the record too, you know? Those are sometimes very separate things – the song to the record — but I just loved it and wanted to do my little cover version of it on my ganjo. From that very spontaneous moment, Nas saw the piece that I did and really loved it apparently, and next thing you know, I’m playing with him (and Billy Ray) last night.”

    Audio / Backstage in the press room, Jon Pardi talks about his collaboration with Thomas Rhett on "Beer Can't Fix" and their first live performance of the song during this year's CMA Music Fest.

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    Jon Pardi (Thomas Rhett song) OC: …short hair now. (laughs) :44
    “So (claps), me and Thomas (Rhett) go back to the long hair days — two songwriters trying to figure out who they’re gonna be in country music. I was so happy when he texted me and asked me to be a part of this record, and I was like, ‘Of course! Like come on! What song?’ He sent me two and we decided to sing ‘Beer Can’t Fix,’ ’cause it’s an anthem. It’s a no-brainer. For two male artists to sing a song together, I think it’s perfect. it’s about, well, drinking a beer. It’s fun, and I would say there’s a full-circle (moment) for me and him to walk out on Nissan and sing, for the first time ever, this song together. I don’t know. I think it’s cool, and we have short hair now.” (laughs)

    Audio / Backstage at Nissan Stadium during this year's CMA Music Fest, TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne talked about how the collaboration with Brooks & Dunn came about on the legendary duo's "Hard Workin' Man," which appears on their Reboot album.

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    Brothers Osborne (Brooks & Dunn) OC: …of us both. :46
    First we were asked, ‘Are you guys fans of Brooks & Dunn?’ I just thought it was a ridiculous question to ask if you’re not a fan of Brooks & Dunn, then you shouldn’t be in this genre. But, so then it was like, ‘What song are we gonna do?’ Then it was a little tough because Ronnie’s voice is so high and obviously, I have a baritone voice, of trying to get a song to work for both of our strengths, and then a song that lends itself to a lot of guitar parts and then ‘Hard Workin’ Man,’ it became pretty obvious that was a really great song, but that also took abandoning one of the guitar hooks in that song. It was just crazy, because we wanted to do it like Brooks & Dunn did it, because we just love the song, and they wanted to do it like we would do it. It was a really interesting thing. I think the way that it turned out was really great. I’m really proud of it, and I think it really is a perfect kind of mix of us both.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD HITS THE STAGE AND THE WATER FOR THE VIDEO FOR HER LATEST SMASH, “SOUTHBOUND.”

    Carrie Underwood has released the music video for her latest smash, “Southbound.” The clip was directed by Jeff Venable, who has also been at the helm for videos for Brad Paisley, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Eldredge and many more. Carrie’s tour support acts Maddie & Tae and Runaway June, as well as her husband Mike Fisher, are also featured in the video, which includes behind-the-scenes of her Cry Pretty Tour 360, as well as a day off at the lake.

     

     

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