For many decades, Labor Day was seen as a day for workers to voice their complaints and discuss better working conditions and pay.

    U.S. Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894, and on Monday, September 5th, we will once again celebrate the people in every occupation whose work and dedication make this nation great. Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers.

    Labor Day weekend also signals the unofficial end to summer, and many of the hottest country stars are taking a look back at some of the toughest jobs they had prior to making their mark in music or their dream job now.


    Audio / Alan Jackson says that working man values have always been a part of his music.


    AJ (working people songs) OC: … appreciate that. :28
    “I’ve always written songs and recorded songs, other people’s songs, about workin’ people, and workin’, the workin’ life ’cause I mean, that’s where I’m from. I mean, I worked…I’d already had jobs and worked as a grown person before I ever even thought about bein’ in the music business, so I come from that background, and…although I hadn’t had a job in a long time (laughs), I still remember a lot about it, you know, and I remember what the lifestyle is, and I still appreciate that.”

    Audio / Billy Currington recalls some of the jobs he had before landing his record deal in 2003.


    Billy Currington (Labor Day) OC: …record deal. :40
    “I started working like at [age] 12, landscaping. This was summer, every summers, and roofing. I started when I was about 16 roofing houses, and that was probably one of my toughest jobs because down there in south Georgia, it gets hot, so doing that every day all summer long. The pawn shop when I moved to Nashville was one of my favorites, even though it was one of my least favorites. The concrete job was my least favorite of all – six years of that, and I couldn’t take it no more. After that job, that was my turning point. Either I’m going to do something else for a living [laughs] or quit and try to really focus on music and get this record deal.”

    Audio / Canaan Smith talks about the bad jobs he had before signing a publishing deal and later a record deal.


    Canaan Smith (worst jobs) OC: …of that. [laughs] :54
    “I’ve had some terrible jobs. I was a janitor for a while, and I mopped floors, vacuums all kinds of, picking up dog poop, taking out trash, just basically somebody’s beyatch [laughs], that was my job. I did that for two-and-a-half years before I signed a publishing deal. Before that, actually my very first job, I got fired from. It was some sort of candy/chocolate store. My mom dropped me off one time, and I went to work and I was like I think I can do this, and then two shifts later I just didn’t show up because I didn’t understand the concept of having to look at a schedule to see when you come in. I just didn’t show. I just thought they’d call me, ‘Hey, we need you to come in.’ I didn’t know. I was 15 years old, and never worked and that kind of stuff. I always cut grass when I was a kid and cleaned golf clubs – whatever I could do to make some money. But, yeah, I got fired from my first job. I’m pretty proud of that.” [laughs]

    Audio / Clare Dunn discovered her love of music while working on her family’s farm in Southern Colorado.


    Clare Dunn (discovered music) OC: …that way. :40
    “I did most of my music discovery as a young girl driving a tractor for most of the day – 10, 12 hours a day, you have nothing but the radio as your companion, basically, to keep you entertained. So, there was a local country radio station, and they, along with my parents’ love of music, I mean, that’s how I found Keith Urban and George Strait. My mom is a huge Waylon Jennings’ fan. And so music for me, I discovered it driving long hours on a tractor or hauling water to a cattle in a pickup by myself or through my parents’ love of music. And so, I was really fortunate that way.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker recalls one of his worst jobs before turning to music.


    Darius Rucker (Labor Day) OC: …pizza. :15
    “I was fifteen, and I worked at a pizza place, and the guy decided that at fifteen, that I could not only clean the floors and wash the dishes, but I also had to make pizza. So, for two months, he taught me how to make pizza.”

    Audio / David Nail recalls his first job at Dairy Queen.


    David Nail (Labor Day) OC: …Dilly Bar. :32
    “The first job that I ever had was working at Dairy Queen. One of my very best friends in the world’s mother purchased a franchise, so it was kinda a cool place to work. You put me in an ice cream place, it’s a recipe for disaster. So, Kathy Jeffers, her mother tends to tell people it was a ‘mutual separation,’ but I can vividly remember her saying that they were going to lose money if they continued to let me work, because I was eating more food than I was selling. But, it was a great two days that I spent there, and I had many a Dilly Bar.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley makes a living performing for his fans, and he can’t say enough about them.


    Dierks Bentley (Labor Day) OC: …generosity. :26
    “Personally, the fans give me amazement. That’s the only word to really sum it up. I look out in the crowd, you know, usually see a lot of faces and fans are cheering. I know each one of these like from the road-the signs are from California…Michelle and Kayla live up in the Ohio area. They’re all, I just see them, and I’m like, ‘Wow!,’ they’re all from different regions. You know when you’re in a different region of the country and you just see certain fans. These people are way more hard core than I am, and I’m just amazed by their generosity.”

    Audio / Eric Church talks about one of his worst jobs.


    Eric Church (Labor Day-odd jobs) OC: …bought at 2am. 1:27
    “I had an awful job. I’ve had a lot of awful jobs…my worst one was when I first came to Nashville. I got a job at the Shop at Home Network. I worked midnight, graveyard, midnight to eight. That was bad enough but then I would work all night, go home, shower and then I had writing appointments all day because I was trying to get a career started. I’d go write songs and get meetings just trying to get signed. And end up getting done at 3 of 4 with all of that, I’d go home, take a shower or sleep for a little bit and then I had to be at work again at midnight. So the schedule was bad enough, however, what I had to do at the job…I sold knives from midnight to 7 or 8am. And, anytime somebody calls you at 3 or 4am and needs 200 knives for $19.95, it’s automatically an alarming situation. And I just, I was young and I’d been in a lot of these people’s shoes, I had done this…I knew they were drunk. I knew what they had done. They’d just come home from the bar, flipped on Shop at Home and said, ‘You know what? I need that.’ So the reason the job didn’t last long for me is that I was maybe the worst salesmen in history because I ended up talking a lot of these people out of it, I’d say, ‘I’ll tell you what man, go to bed, call me, I’ll be here in the morning. If you get up in the morning and want these knives you call me back.’ Because I knew what was going to happen, you know. They bought 200 knives for $19.95…first of all some of these people you didn’t know whether you should call the cops. What do you need 200 knives for? Even though I’m selling them…what do you need them for? So, it was awful doing that job. And then they got rid of me because, they were like, ‘You’re the worst. I can’t believe you’re talking people out of it.’ I was like, ‘Man I know…I’ve been there.’ [laughs] I’d want some to talk me out of buying some of the stuff I’ve bought at 2am.”

    Audio / Eric Paslay talks about his first job…printing logos on fanny packs.


    Eric Paslay (Labor Day) OC: …could print. :34
    “My first official job was working at a screen printing place in Texas during the summer in a metal building that had no AC. We printed on fanny packs – really cool — and these other little bags. And it was eye doctors that, some company if you bought supplies through them, they’d put your logo on fanny packs for your customers to put in a drawer somewhere. Fanny packs are cool, if you like ‘em. You know, we’d like time ourselves to see how many fanny packs you could print.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about his worst job, which was at a grocery store.


    Jon Pardi (Labor Day) OC: …so bored! :17
    “The worst job I ever had was at Hometown Grocery Store. I didn’t want to work, I was 15, and I did not want to work at the grocery store. Bagging was fun, but they sent me down the aisles to pull up cans and turn ‘em around and face ‘em, and I would just get so bored!”

    Audio / Kip Moore recalls his worst job...ever.


    Kip Moore (Labor Day-worst job) OC: …than that. :21
    “I’d have to say my worst job ever was laying sod in the south Georgia heat. There’s nothing than that, especially when somebody would think that you’re waiting for the next sod patch to be thrown to you and you got your back turned, and all of a sudden, that big ole piece of sod hits you right on the back. You got nowhere to clean up, and you’re just stuck with dirt on your back for the rest of the day. It doesn’t get any worse than that.”

    Audio / Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum tells us what he used to do to make a buck before finding success as a musician.


    Lady A (Labor Day) OC: …I had a lot of crummy jobs. :31
    CK “I used to…” HS: “… knock out asbestos walls.” CK: “I did that for a long time. But even before that, I used to do lawn care every summer. Oh, man, I do not miss that. Just glad those days are over. I get out here and play music for a living. It’s a lot more fun. But yeah, I used to do that, and I used to work as a bag boy at a golf course once. I did that for a couple of summers. I had a lot of crummy jobs.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about the different jobs he worked in and around Leesburg, Georgia, before heading to Nashville to pursue a career in music.


    Luke Bryan (Labor Day-jobs) OC: …Nashville… 1:07
    “At age 12 thru 13, I worked at Rubos IGA Supermarket in Leesburg, GA. I worked during the summers on Monday and Tuesday. I stocked and cleaned up the produce.  They paid me under the table…I peeled off all of the brown lettuce. Let’s see, when I was 15, I was a cashier at K-Mart for two months. I worked at K-Mart for two months, and then I reverted back to Rubos because it didn’t really make sense for me to drive all the way into Albany and work for K-Mart. The benefits were great though-you’d get an hour-long on the blue light special. So I started back at Rubos, and then I quit Rubos and worked for my Dad-just awful just driving tractors through cotton all day, and spraying pesticides that eventually would turn your hair green. And then at some point, I started playing guitar. And well, after college I went back and worked for my dad and continued to spray and haul fertilizer around. And then I moved to Nashville…”

  • LABOR DAY 2016 LINERS: Billy, Bros. O, Canaan, Clare, David, Darius, Church, Paslay, Jon, Kacey, Keith, Kip, LBT, Luke, Sam, TBP and more

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Labor Day)


    Hey y’all! It’s Billy Currington, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Labor Day)


    This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Labor Day)


    Hey! What’s up, guys? I’m Canaan Smith. Have a great and work-free Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Labor Day)


    Hey! What’s up? This is Clare Dunn, and I hope you have a Happy Labor Day weekend.


    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Labor Day)


    Hey! It’s Darius Rucker, and I hope you have a have a happy work-free Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER David Nail (Labor Day)


    Hey guys! It’s David Nail, wishing  you a very happy Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Labor Day)


    Hey! It’s Eric Church, and I hope you have a have a happy Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Labor Day)


    Hey! It’s Eric Paslay, and I hope you have a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Labor Day weekend)


    Hey! It’s Jon Pardi, and I hope you have a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Labor Day weekend)


    Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, hoping you have a happy Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Labor Day weekend)


    Hi everybody! This is Keith Urban, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Labor Day)


    Hey—what’s happening guys? This is Kip Moore, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day Weekend.

    Audio / LINER LBT (Labor Day)


    Hi! We’re Little Big Town, hoping you have a work-free Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Labor Day)


    Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, and I hope you have a have a happy Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Labor Day)


    Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Have a great and work-free Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER TBP (Labor Day Weekend)


    Hey everybody! We are The Band Perry, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day Weekend.



    Jon Pardi lands his first No. 1 radio single on both the Billboard and MediaBase country airplay charts with “Head Over Boots.” Additionally, the smash hit is the No. 1 most-Shazamed country song of the year so far and has tallied more than 100 million streams across all platforms. Written by Pardi and Luke Laird, the RIAA-certified GOLD “Head Over Boots” is the lead single off Pardi’s recently released, critically-acclaimed, No. 1-debuting album, California Sunrise.


    As evident in this “Head Over Boots” live video, fans across the country gravitate towards Pardi’s authenticity, working-man relatability, and ready-to-cut-loose spirit.


    “We’ve come a long way,” shares Pardi. “To have the support of country radio and everyone at Capitol Records, it’s amazing! I’m thankful and excited for what’s next.”


    Leading into the weekend, Pardi headlined “Buck’s Birthday Bash” at the world-renowned Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Calif. Friday night (Aug. 12) where he was presented by the Palace and local country station KUZZ with a Red, White and Blue special limited edition Buck Owens signature guitar. As a fellow Californian, Owens was one of Pardi’s most significant country music influences. The first time Pardi played the Palace was sadly after the passing of Owens, but longtime Palace talent buyer Jerry Hufford affirmed, “I wish Buck were here to see this kid. He’d love him.”


    “The Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace is like the Grand Ole Opry of California,” explains Pardi. “People don’t always know how big of a star Buck was, but you get to the Palace and see the pictures on the wall of him with Dean Martin, with Ray Charles, with The Beatles – this guy was huge in his day and his impact on country music was huge. This guitar represents California and I’m proud to help make people aware of Buck’s legacy.”


    Pardi stands among impressive company as recipients of these rare guitars include superstars Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Garth Brooks.  Fittingly, Pardi named the newest addition to his guitar collection “Buck.” “Buck” joins “Waylon,” “Loretta,” “Hollywood” and “Sunset” as Pardi stamps his name in country music history.


    In addition to upcoming shows in Fla.; Ill.; Va. and N.C., Pardi hits the road next month on the Me and My Kind Tour with Kip Moore.


    For more information, images, music and tour dates, please visit www.JonPardi.com.


    Photo Credit: Mal Hall


    Jon Pardi is on the brink of having his first No. 1 song with “Head Over Boots.” It’s the California native’s first true love song, and fans are using it to celebrate one of their biggest life moments.

    “People love love songs. They’re easy to write. They’re fun. It makes everybody feel good,” says Jon. “I meet a lot of people who have ‘Head Over Boots’ as their wedding song, or they walk down to the aisle to it or ‘That was the song after I got married after we were leaving the aisle together we played ‘Head Over Boots.’’ It’s like that’s really cool.”

    “Head Over Boots,” which has sold more than 560,000 copies, is from Jon’s new album, California Sunrise, which was just named one of the best country albums of the year from Rolling Stone and one of the best albums from Nashville by the Tennessean.

    Jon will hit the road with Kip Moore on the Me and My Kind Tour September 30th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


  • NEWS AND NOTES: Canaan, Charles, Jon, Luke

    Canaan Smith just got some new ink on his right arm. The tat says, “Two wonders here that I confess — my worth and my unworthiness.” The lyrics are from a Gospel song titled “My Worth Is Not In What I Own” by Keith and Kristyn Getty.

    Don’t forget to catch Charles Kelley and Rob Thomas on the new episode of CMT Crossroads on Friday (July 1st) at 10pm ET/9pm CT.

    Jon Pardi will perform his hit, “Head Over Boots,” on NBC’s Today Show July 7th.

    Luke Bryan presents a new collection in his 32 Bridge Clothing Line at Cabela’s on Friday (July 1st). It all began with one artist’s love for the outdoors. From Luke Bryan’s original brand, 32 Bridge, comes a new collection: HFE (short for Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day, the title of his recent No. 1 single).


    Here are Fourth of July liners from several of your favorite artists:

    Audio / LINER AJ (4th of July)


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

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (4th of July)


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

    Audio / LINER Bros Osborne (Fourth of July)


    “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 Canaan Smith (Fourth of July)


    “Hey! What’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a safe and happy Fourth of July!

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Fourth of July)


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

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (4th of July)


    “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)


    “Happy Birthday, America!”

    Audio / LINER David Nail (4th of July)


    “This is David Nail, wishing you a happy Fourth of July!”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (4th of July)


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

    Audio / LINER Easton Corbin (4th of July)


    “Hey! This is Easton Corbin. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (4th of July)


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

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (4th of July)


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

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (4th of July)


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

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (4th of July)


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

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (summer)


    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 Lady A (4th of July)


    “Hi! This is Charles, Hillary and Dave of Lady Antebellum, wishing you a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (4th of July)


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

    Audio / LINER LBT (4th of July)


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

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (4th of July)


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

    Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (4th of July)


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

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Fourth of July)


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

    Audio / LINER Toby Keith (Fourth of July)


    “Hi! It’s Toby Keith, wishing you a safe Fourth of July.”


    Jon Pardi is experiencing his first No. 1 ever as his sophomore album, California Sunrise, bows at the top of the country album chart. The project, which features his Top 10 and gold-selling hit “Head Over Boots,” sold 23,708 units and total consumption reaching 29,233.

    Pardi put his stamp on the 12-track album writing a majority of the songs including “Head Over Boots,” and reteaming with Bart Butler as co-producer. The Golden State country singer is frequently commended for his ability to connect with mainstream country radio while sticking to his traditional country roots, and with Pardi’s long-standing admiration of country music pioneers including Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and George Strait, their influence is evident throughout California Sunrise.

    Fans across the country gravitate towards Pardi’s authenticity, working-man relatability, and ready-to-cut-loose spirit. This week, Pardi hits his home state with back-to-back sellouts in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Bernardino.

    Jon is set to perform on NBC’s Today Show July 7th.

    Chris Stapleton‘s Traveller is No. 2 on the country charts, followed by Keith Urban‘s Ripcord rounding out the Top 3.

    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about what he hopes his fans will go away with when they buy the album.


    Jon Pardi (fans expectations) OC: …is about. :38
    “I know they’ll go away with a good album. And they’ll learn that I like to make music that makes you feel good and my album I’m always going to try to where you can just press play and let it play and just do whatever you want and listen to it, work on your homework, wash your car, mow your lawn. I don’t know. It’s definitely a project where you can let it play and you can just let the time pass by in a good spirit and good lyrics and a good time. Hopefully they walk away with this album and say man I really want to go see that guy live. I want to see what this is about.”

    Video / Jon Pardi Head Over Boots

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris, Dierks, Jon, Luke, Sam, Billy, Easton, Canaan

    Chris Stapleton has just been tapped to open for the reunited Guns N’ Roses at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. The show is scheduled for July 9th.

    Speaking of Chris, his song “Tennessee Whiskey” has been certified platinum and gold by the R.I.A.A. Gold certifications were also handed out to Dierks Bentley for “Somewhere on a Beach” and Jon Pardi’s “Head Over Boots.”

    Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt are among the nominees at this year’s Teen Choice Awards. Sam is up for two awards, including Choice Country Artist, alongside Luke, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini and Hunter Hayes. He’s also up for Choice Country Song for “Make You Miss Me.” The show will air July 31st at 8pm ET on Fox.

    Several country stars are turning out for K92.3’s Country Strong – Orlando’s Night of Healing & Country Music benefit concert on Tuesday (June 21st). The event, which will feature performances by Billy Currington, Easton Corbin, Canaan Smith, as well as Cole Swindell, Michael Ray, Tyler Farr, Jerrod Niemann, Maddie & Tae and Parmalee. The event’s proceeds will go to the families of the victims of the tragic shootings in Orlando last weekend.


    Jon Pardi releases his new album, California Sunrise, Friday (June 17th), which features his Top 10 gold-certified single, “Head Over Boots.” The collection of 12 songs was co-produced by Jon and Bart Butler, who was also at the helm of Up All Night, Pardi’s 2014 debut album.

    Jon says he feels like he picked the right songs for the project, half of which he wrote and half of which some of Nashville’s top tunesmith contributed. “California Sunrise is definitely where we meet in the middle where it’s going to show me a more mature, experienced artist instead of the young guy that’s just like gunning for it, you know. So, it’s a little bit more thought out, this record, and there’s a lot more outside cuts that Nashville songwriters stepped in,” says Jon. “A lot of people that have heard the record, they don’t know what song I didn’t write and I think as an artist that’s what you want. You want somebody to be like ‘you write all those songs because it sounds like you wrote them all.’ I say, ‘No, we just really went to work and we picked the right songs.’”

    In the studio, Pardi and Butler captured a palpable live energy on California Sunrise by recording each song with a full band.

    1.    Out Of Style
    2.    Cowboy Hat
    3.    Head Over Boots
    4.    Night Shift
    5.    Can’t Turn You Down
    6.    Dirt On My Boots
    7.    She Ain’t In It
    8.    All Time High
    9.    Heartache on the Dance Floor
    10.  Paycheck
    11.   Lucky Tonight
    12.  California Sunrise

    Audio / Jon Pardi’s new album, California Sunrise, includes a combination of outside songs and songs he had a hand in writing.


    Jon Pardi (new album includes outside cuts) OC: …right songs. :37
    “Well, California Sunrise is definitely where we meet in the middle where it’s going to show me a more mature, experienced artist instead of the young guy that’s just like gunning for it, you know. So, it’s a little bit more thought out, this record, and there’s a lot more outside cuts that Nashville songwriters stepped in…A lot of people that have heard the record they don’t know what song I didn’t write and I think as an artist that’s what you want. You want somebody to be like ‘you write all those songs because it sounds like you wrote them all.’ I say no we just really went to work and we picked the right songs.”


    The tragic massacre in Orlando, Florida has stunned the entire world, including the country music community. Many country artists took to social media to share their shock, sadness and healing thoughts and prayers. Backstage at the CMA Music Festival this past weekend, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Little Big Town shared their thoughts with members of the media. Little Big Town performed “Miracle” with Pharrell during their set for Orlando.

    During Luke’s set and most specifically his song “Drink a Beer,” he asked the 70,000+ crowd to take a moment of silence for the victims and their families affected by the shootings in Orlando.“Something has been real heavy on my heart tonight,” he said. “I want us to take a brief moment of silence and think about all those families that have been affected in Orlando, Florida in our great nation last night. Let’s take a moment of silence and pray for all the families there.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about a couple of tragic events over the weekend – the killing of The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie and the mass shooting in Orlando.


    Luke Bryan (tragic events) OC: …an American. :21
    “It’s amazingly tragic on all levels and its… Well if you think like a true American does and I’m sure we all do in this room and other places but when you hear these two instances this week (signs) I think it’s important for the American spirit to keep trying to live that type of life as an American.”

    Audio / Backstage at this weekend’s CMA Music Festival, Keith Urban talked about the tragic shootings in Orlando.


    Keith Urban (Orlando shootings) OC: …today. :10

    “Everybody’s in the same boat we’re all trying to live our life, you know live our life as well so we’re as vigilant as we can be but my heart goes out to all the families down in Orlando today.”

    Audio / Little Big Town performed "Miracle" with Pharrell from their Wanderlust album at this weekend’s CMA Music Fest last night to honor those lost in the Orlando, Florida shootings. Backstage before they performed, LBT’s Karen Fairchild said they would perform in life, love and harmony.


    LBT (Orlando shootings) OC: …tonight. :26
    (Karen) “Music is the ultimate hear and we will not let the haters destroy what we love and enjoy and we will not live in fear of this and tonight is gonna be a celebration of life and love and harmony. And we’re going to remember those lives that were lost and we’re gonna celebrate them tonight.”

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