Opry member Terri Clark was joined by UMG Nashville’s ACM-award winner Lauren Alaina and Warner Music Nashville’s CMA New Artist winner and Grammy-nominated Ashley McBryde tonight for the Grand Ole Opry’s 4,918th consecutive Saturday night broadcast. The show, broadcast live on Circle,  was dedicated to Opry member Joe Diffie, who passed away earlier this week.

    Clark, the host of tonight’s Opry, began by saying “It’s an unprecedented time in the world right now” before adding “…as tradition follows, we are going to keep going with the Opry and we are going to keep playing. We know these are tough times and have never seen anything like this in our lifetime. We are all so thrilled to be here.”

    “Because we are honoring CDC rules we haven’t rehearsed a lot of this, so we were out in the parking lot 12 feet apart sitting on tailgates before we went on the air tonight,” laughed Clark before introducing Alaina. “Now that’s country. That’s the Opry.”

    The three women kicked off the show with some of their own solo favorites before performing a medley of classic country female hits including “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” (Kitty Wells); “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” (Loretta Lynn); and “Walking After Midnight” (Patsy Cline). The three also joined forces on one of Diffie’s many hits, “John Deere Green.”

    “Thank you all so much for being here with us tonight,” concluded Clark. “We love you. We’re going to get through this together. Stay strong. Stay mighty.”

    Additionally, the Opry launched #UNBROKEN, a charitable campaign to raise money for the 
    MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund will benefit artists and musicians struggling through the pandemic– some of the very people who write, make and create the music that has kept the music alive on the Opry stage for almost 95 years. Opry fans are invited to contribute to the fund by texting UNBROKEN to 41444.

    The Grand Ole Opry was broadcast live on 
    Circle, and on Gray TV stations, DISH Studio Channel 102, Sling TV and other TV affiliates in addition to a companion live stream on Circle’s Facebook and YouTube. TV and radio personality Bobby Bones hosted the Circle telecast, while Opry announcer Charlie Mattos joined the Opry’s radio audience at the announcer podium. Embracing today’s technology, the Opry was broadcast and streamed with a very small production team. The shows artists continue to perform acoustically at the recommended social distance across the Opry stage.

    Fans around t
    he world tuned in to the broadcast on the Opry’s flagship radio home, 650 AM-WSM and several other outlets.

    With Nashvillians at home under Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s “STAY at Home” order and live shows paused at the Grand Ole Opry to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, this Saturday’s performance continued without a live audience. Grand Ole Opry management has worked closely with the Nashville’s Director of Health to bring the show live to millions around the world while following strict safety protocols under the guidance of local health professionals.

    Millions of fans in dozens of countries around the world have tuned in live over the past four weeks to video stream or listen as the circle remained unbroken. Opry members 
    Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely and Connie Smith as well as Mandy Barnett, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and Sam Williams took to the stage on March 14 as the Opry show went on the air without a live ticketed audience. On March 21 Opry members Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Marty Stuart performed acoustically from the Opry House stage. Last Saturday March 28, Gill returned to the stage to perform acoustically with members of his family: wife Amy Grant and daughters Jenny Gill and Corrina Grant Gill.

    A full stream of the Opry show can be found HERE.

  • UMG NASHVILLE COVID-19 QUARANTINE AUDIO AND LINERS: Carrie, Sam, Keith, Jordan, Kip, Maddie and Tae, Travis, Adam, Brothers Osborne, Lauren, Shania and more

    We will continue to update this story as we try to navigate our way through uncharted territory during this global pandemic.  Keep checking back.

    Country Music Stars and the entire country music industry and country music fans seem to be some of the first to show up to lend a helping hand, a voice and a song to get all of us through tough times…as is in the case of the deadly tornado that ripped through Middle Tennessee in early March to this deadly disease spreading over the entire globe.

    Some of your favorite country stars are live streaming performances, answering your questions, revealing what they are doing to pass the time while social distancing and giving a message of hope to the rest of us.

    Find audio below as well as some recent social posts.








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    Audio / Carrie Underwood reveals what she and her family of four have been doing during this time of social distancing.


    Carrie Underwood (what she’s been doing) OC: …everybody else. :38
    “Hi, this is Carrie Underwood. I am dealing with the social distancing much like everybody else. We are just at home, and we are trying to get out and explore when the weather’s nice enough to do so. We are so lucky that we have some land around us that we get to get outside and get some of our energy out, especially with a five-year-old, for Isaiah, trying to come up with crafts. I’ve been cooking a lot. My house is spotless. [laughs] But just trying to do what I can work-wise as much as I can at home and trying not to worry and praying much like everybody else.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood reveals her favorite TV shows.


    Carrie Underwood (A Million Little Things) OC: …shows, as well. :24
    “My favorite show? It depends on what time of year it is, to be honest. We do guilty watch The Bachelor or Bachelorette. I love The Walking Dead when that’s on. I do like A Million Little Things when that’s on. It seems like maybe when one of my favorite shows ends, it’s like another one starts back up again. But we watch a lot of murder-mystery type shows, as well.”

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Coronavirus liner)


    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Coronavirus liner) 2




    Kip Moore (what he’s been doing) OC: …skateboard game. :47
    “I’m doing a lot of the same things I’ve always done to stay healthy. I’m trying to eat right, take care of my body. But I have followed the guidelines of quarantining myself. I’m trying to do everything asked of me. I’m currently in the mountains and I’m rock climbing. I’m completely solo. I’m off the grid. I’ve stocked up on a lot of frozen meats. I’ve got a little lodge up here in Kentucky, so I’m hanging out here, so that’s where I’m spending my time. I’ve always wanted to learn Spanish. I’ve always been able to dabble in it, but I want to get better at it. So, the first thing I did was I downloaded the dual lingo app, and it’s very elementary. Every single morning, I try to spend 45 minutes to an hour with that app, and the other thing that I’ve been trying to do is I have been outside trying to work on my skateboard game.”





    Jordan Davis (message during quarantine) OC: …you guys. :28
    “Hey everybody, it’s Jordan Davis. I hope everybody is staying healthy and safe during the social distancing. I know we’re catching up on some movies and some TV shows and also just spending a lot of time with my daughter and my wife, trying to get back into catching up on some books and just kind of re-centering and slowing down a little bit. I hope everybody’s kind of doing that. I hope everybody, like I said, stays healthy and safe, and I look forward to being back out and playing music for you guys.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt reveals what he has been doing during this time of social distancing.


    Sam Hunt (what he’s been doing) OC: …than later. :37
    “We’re doing well. We’re stocked up on groceries and supplies and we live south of town. We just moved into a little cabin out in the woods about five months ago, so we’re getting some time in the new place, getting to know it a little bit. There’s some woods behind the house we can go and walk in, and we’re doing that now after we binged out on Netflix and Youtube, and got some dogs. I’ve got a little bird dog puppy, I’ll get out in the yard, trying to train, so I’ll mess with him a little bit. But getting to spend some time around the house, taking it easy, but I’m hoping this thing passes sooner than later.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt binged the Netflix show, Tiger King.


    Sam Hunt (Tiger King) OC: …playing out there. :24
    “I have watched Tiger King, yup. I saw it about a week ago when it came out and thought this is about to blow up. The whole thing was wild, you know. I feel like that guy was just down the road from where I grew up. I feel like I knew that guy and a lot of those characters in that show, but maybe that’s why I liked it because it was so familiar to me. But there’s a lot of drama playing out there.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (general COVID-19 LINER) 2


    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (COVID-19 LINER)


    Audio / Travis Denning explains what he's been doing during this time of social distancing.


    Travis Denning (what he’s been doing) OC: …spring break. :19
    Hey y’all this is Travis Denning. Honestly, I’ve been just trying to kind of keep the spirits up, you know. Been hunkered down, trying to eat really well, work out when I can, watch a lot of movies, and I am enjoying some alcoholic beverages because at least it makes it feel a little bit like a really long spring break.”

    Audio / Travis Denning reveals the most recent TV show he binged, as well as a movie he enjoyed during our social distancing.


    Travis Denning (TV show and movie) OC: …amazing. :21
    “My favorite show right now that I just watched was ‘The Outsider’ on HBO. It is TERRIFYING, it is so good, great story line and Steven King is a genius. A movie I just watched I really liked too is ‘Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.’ Quentin Tarantino is one of my favorite directors and he’s amazing.”

    Audio / LINER Travis Denning (COVID-19 LINER)


    “Hey y’all! This is Travis Denning, and I just wanna let y’all know that we’re all in this together, and we’re all gonna get through it together. Be safe, be kind, and I hope to see ya soon.”

    Audio / Lauren Alaina talks about social distancing.


    Lauren Alaina (social distancing) OC: …to our lives. :58
    “Hi this is Lauren Alaina. I am not the best at social distancing, it’s a little bit hard for me. Obviously as a 25-year-old girl who lives alone, that can be kind of crazy to be at home alone, but I know the importance of it and I think right now it’s not about me or about you, it’s about all of us. We’re all in this together and we have to take the necessary precautions to stop this horrible, horrible virus, and as hard as it is for me, I am doing everything I can to be safe and clean and do my part and I think we all have to do that right now. And I’m writing on Zoom, which is an app that I can connect with, it’s a video app that I can connect with the other songwriters and hopefully I can finish this album in this time and have that ready to go when we all get back to our lives.”

    Audio / Lauren Alaina sends a heartfelt message to her fans.


    Lauren Alaina (message to fans) OC: …see you soon. :38
    “To my fans, I know this is a scary time I’m scared with you. But I think we need to try to focus on the positive and the positive is that we are getting time with our family and our friends even if it’s on FaceTime, we are getting time to spend with people. Even if it’s not face-to-face we have endless time to connect with people. And I think we’ve all done a really good job through Instagram and Facebook and Twitter and all of our social medias to stay in touch with one another, and I think this is an opportunity to remember how much people mean to you and to tell them. Be safe, be kind, and I hope to see you soon.”

    Audio / Lauren Alaina talks about some of her hobbies during this time of social isolation.


    Lauren Alaina (favorite hobbies) OC: …what to do. :28
    “My favorite hobbies are cleaning, writing songs, singing, reading. I like to send memes back and forth with my family. My dad and I literally send memes all day long and now we’re doing it obsessively because we’re both sitting around trying to figure out what to do.”


    Audio / Maddie & Tae talk about what they've been doing during this time of social distancing.


    Maddie & Tae (what they’ve been doing) OC: …guilty. :41
    “Hi this is Maddie & Tae and this is such a really crazy time with the Coronavirus and all this social distancing, so Tae and I are just trying to keep ourselves busy and encouraged. (Maddie) – “I’ve been working out, using the Fit52 app from our friend Carrie Underwood and reading her book called ‘Stay the Path.’ I’ve been gardening, reading books.” (Tae)- “Yeah, it’s really important to I think just fill your soul with as much good as you can because it’s really easy and I have fallen into this just being really anxious and kind of wondering what’s ahead but, just whatever you got to do to fill your soul do that and don’t feel guilty.”

    Audio / Maddie & Tae talk about some of the TV shows and movies they're catching up on.


    Maddie & Tae (what they’ve been doing) 2 OC: …you soon. 1:22
    (Maddie)- “Tae, what are some of your favorite hobbies right now with this social distancing?”  (Tae)- “My favorite hobbies have always been Netflix, still Netflix. Watching movies, just spending time with my family trying to, to quiet, just hangout. Cook – learning how to be a better cook, I’m an awful cook.” (Maddie)- “Yes I’ve enjoyed cookie from home, knowing what’s going in my body. Also DIY — get on Pinterest and find some cute home décor that you can make. I’m going to be doing some projects today for my garden and some spring décor. Even if it turns out ugly it’s still going to be good for your soul.” Tae- “What’s your favorite show right now? I’m watching Westworld and it’s crazy it’s on HBO I think.”Maddie- “Yea I’m watching Walking Dead from the beginning, but I don’t recommend that for anxious people. There’s one show called Good Girls that I really really love. I think the first two seasons are on Netflix now and that is a great watch. My favorite movie is The Holiday. That makes me happy every single time I watch it. What’s your favorite movie? Wait I know your favorite movie.” Tae- “Favorite movie, well I have lots, but I love anything. I just watched, um, it’s called Ready or Not and I watched The Invisible Man two scary movies. Ready or Not’s a good comedy scary it’s so good.” (Maddie) – “Tae loves scary movies. Me not so much I’m more of your rom-com girl.”


    Tae- “Yea. Alright y’all be safe, be kind, and we hope to see you soon.”

    Audio / LINER M&T (COVID-19)


    Audio / Brothers Osborne's John Osborne sends a message during this time of social distancing.


    Brothers Osborne (COVID-19) OC: …been four days. :40
    “What’s up, y’all? It’s Brothers Osborne. We just want to let you guys know these are really odd times that we’re all going through, you know, it’s a really extraordinary moment. We are all very isolated, but strangely we’re all going through this together. And I think it’s very, very important just to give each other a call – call a loved one, call your Mom, call your dad, call anyone, call someone that you haven’t talked to in years. I think it’s very important to stay very connected. Even though we’re physically isolated we don’t have to be spiritually or emotionally isolated from people, so just give people a call and while you’re at it, take a damn shower already. It’s been four days!”

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (COVID-19)


    Video /


    The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions revealed today the complete list of chart-topping hits and fan-favorite songs that will be performed during ACM® PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY, a new two-hour special hosted by CBS THIS MORNING’s Gayle King, to be broadcast Sunday, April 5 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT and 7:00-9:00 PM CT) on the CBS Television Network and on CBS All Access. The special will feature intimate conversations and at-home acoustic performances with Country Music’s biggest stars, along with clips from past ACM Awards® moments. It will be a night filled with entertainment, hope and reflection, bringing the healing power of music to Americans at a time when they need it most.

    Fans are invited to enjoy more performances by favorite Country Music artists on the official ACM PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY Pre-Show on the Academy of Country Music’s Facebook page as well as the Amazon Music Twitch channel on Sunday, April 5 at 7:00 PM ET / 6:00PM CT. Lauren AlainaIngrid Andress, Gabby Barrett, Lee Brice, Blanco Brown, Lindsay Ell, Riley Green, Mickey Guyton, Caylee Hammack, Ashley McBryde, Jake Owen, Carly PearceTenille Townes and more will appear from their homes to share heartfelt messages with their fans and perform acoustic versions of their hits. The Pre-Show will also pay tribute to 6-time ACM Award nominee Joe Diffie with a special performance by Chris Young. Fans can gear up for the main event with the ACM Presents: Our Country Playlist on Amazon Music. Starting Monday, fans will be able to re-watch the full Pre-Show and the individual performances via the ACM Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, as well as on the newly launched ACMOurCountry.com website.

    Beginning today, the Academy invites Country Music artists and fans alike to share a musical moment by posting their own performances to social media, tagging an official Academy social media handle, and using #ACMOurCountry to participate in a celebratory curated feed of performances featured on ACMOurCountry.com! This campaign will continue throughout the weekend leading up to ACM Presents: Our Country special on Sunday.

    “The Country Music community came together in an incredible way – and very quickly – for “Our Country,” and that outpouring of immediate artist support led us to develop a digital pre-show so that we could include even more artists in the Country Music celebration Sunday night,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “This allows more artists to share the positive messages of support and togetherness with the fans.”

    ACM PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY performances will include:

    • Kelsea Ballerini – “homecoming queen?”
    • Dierks Bentley – “I Hold On”
    • Kane Brown & John Legend – “Last Time I Say Sorry”
    • Luke Bryan – “Most People Are Good”
    • Brandi Carlile – “The Joke”
    • Eric Church – “Never Break Heart”
    • Luke Combs – “Beautiful Crazy”
    • Sheryl Crow – “I Shall Believe”
    • Florida Georgia Line – “Blessings”
    • Lady Antebellum – “What I’m Leaving For”
    • Miranda Lambert – “Bluebird”
    • Little Big Town – “Next To You”
    • Tim McGraw – “Humble And Kind”
    • Old Dominion (Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen) – “Some People Do”
    • Brad Paisley & Darius Rucker – “Mud On The Tires” & “Wagon Wheel”
    • Thomas Rhett – “Be A Light”
    • Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani – “Nobody But You”
    • Shania Twain – “Honey, I’m Home” & “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”
    • Carrie Underwood – “Drinking Alone”
    • Keith Urban – “Wasted Time”
    • Kenny Rogers Tribute – featuring Brad Paisley & Darius Rucker performing “Lucille” & “The Gambler” and Luke Bryan performing “Coward Of The County”

    As previously announced, iHeartMedia’s leading country radio host and ACM Radio Award National On-Air Personality of the Year Bobby Bones, a long-time ACM Lifting Lives® supporter, will introduce the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund during the telecast. ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, created this fund to assist individuals working in the Country Music industry who are suffering a financial crisis as a result of the pandemic. Those in need can apply for funds at ACMLiftingLives.org.

    For more information on ACM PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY, visit ACMcountry.com. You can also like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards, follow on Instagram at @ACMawards and sign up for the FREE ACM A-List for more immediate updates.


    Lauren Alaina and her father J.J. Suddeth are quarantined at her home in Nashville, and they decided to put the time to good use. The pair teamed up to perform a bit of her latest single, “Getting Good.”

    “We can go FATHER if we act as a team. The best thing about this quarantine is getting to spend it with my daddy. He’s my favorite guitar player in the whole wide world. He’s been playing for me since I was little girl singing in restaurants in Rossville, Georgia. We are learning to soak up moment because our lives are already good.”#GettingGood





    While stopping by Radio Disney recently, Lauren Alaina received a call of a lifetime from “Ariel” otherwise known as “The Little Mermaid.” Jodi Benson, who  is best known for providing both the speaking and the singing voice of Disney’s Princess Ariel in The Little Mermaid, surprised Lauren on the air, and the “Getting Good” singer said she was the voice of her childhood. Ariel is Lauren’s favorite Disney character, one she portrayed on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.




    Lauren is making her way up the country charts with her latest single, “Getting Good,” which is the title cut from her new EP released earlier this month.


    Lauren Alaina’s highly anticipated Getting Good is available now. Produced by Jesse Frasure and David Garcia, the six-song EP features five songs written by the country star including “Ladies in the ’90s,” the beautifully moving “The Other Side,” and crowd-favorite “Somebody Else’s Problem,” while the collection’s title track, “Getting Good,” is currently playing on country radio. For audio on the album, go here.

    Listen to Getting Good HERE

    An apt title for the singer/songwriter, as Lauren continues “getting good” with appearances of NBC’s TODAY Show and a recent debut on Nickelodeon’s ALL THAT (check local listings for encore airings on Nick and TeenNick through next week). With her signature “powerhouse, honey-toned vocals” (Rolling Stone), Lauren kicked off the year with her first-ever headlining tour and sold out every stop along the way including Chicago, New York City, Atlanta and two nights in Nashville. Lauren is now out on the road as direct support for Blake Shelton on the Friends & Heroes Tour 2020 with upcoming dates in Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago and Detroit. Additional tour dates and info available HERE.

    Getting Good EP Track Listing

    1. In My Veins (Lauren Alaina, Cary Barlowe, Hillary Lindsey, Jesse Frasure)
    2. Getting Good* (Emily Weisband)
    3. Somebody Else’s Problem (Lauren Alaina, Jesse Frasure, Geoff Warburton)
    4. Ladies In The ’90s (Lauren Alaina, Jesse Frasure, Amy Wadge)
    5. Country In Me* (Lauren Alaina, David Garcia, Emily Weisband)
    6. The Other Side* (Lauren Alaina, Zach Kale, Jon Nite)

    Produced by Jesse Frasure
    *Produced by David Garcia


    Lauren Alaina releases her new six-song EP, Getting Good, on Friday, March 6th.

    Download the EP Audio Toolkit here.

    Lauren is currently climbing the country charts with the title track, “Getting Good.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Little Big Town, Lauren Alaina, Darius Rucker, Travis Denning, Eric Church and more

    Little Big Town will appear on NBC’s TODAY Show. They will be performing throughout the broadcast with two songs in the 8am, one in the 9am and one in the 10am hours.

    Lauren Alaina has joined Yuengling as a brand ambassador to help launch their new light beer, Flight.


    Travis Denning will be among the singer-songwriters taking part in the annual Tin Pan South Festival. The five-day event, taking place in different venues in Nashville March 24th – 28th, will also feature performances by Jake Owen, Jamey Johnson and many others.

    Eric Church is featured in a new documentary on the history and making of Jack Daniels Whiskey. Chasing Whiskey – the Untold Story of Jack Daniels will be available in select cinemas for one night only on May 11th.

    Darius Rucker has been named an official ambassador for South Carolina tourism this year. He’ll make appearances at several major tourism events throughout 2020.

    Josh Turner will be among the artists on next year’s Country Music Cruise. Joined by the Oak Ridge Boys Mark Chesnutt and others, the cruise – taking place January 24th – 31st – will set sail from Florida to Cozumel.


    Lauren Alaina has revealed the cover art for her upcoming March 6th Getting Good EP. The EP contains five songs co-written by Lauren including “Ladies in the ’90s,” the beautifully moving “The Other Side,” plus three brand new songs and the title track and current single playing now on country radio, “Getting Good.” Full track listing below. Pre save Getting Good HERE.

    Lauren revealed the cover art to her fans on her socials.



    Next up, Lauren hits the road as direct support for Blake Shelton on the Friends & Heroes Tour 2020. The tour opened Thursday night (February 13th) in Portland, Oregon. Upcoming dates include Bakersfield, Salt Lake City, Denver and more. Additional tour dates and info available HERE.

    Getting Good EP Track List:

    1. In My Veins (Lauren Alaina, Cary Barlowe, Hillary Lindsey, Jesse Frasure)
    2. Getting Good* (Emily Weisband)
    3. Somebody Else’s Problem (Lauren Alaina, Jesse Frasure, Geoff Warburton)
    4. Ladies In The ’90s (Lauren Alaina, Jesse Frasure, Amy Wadge)
    5. Country In Me* (Lauren Alaina, David Garcia, Emily Weisband)
    6. The Other Side* (Lauren Alaina, Zach Kale, Jon Nite)


    Produced by Jesse Frasure

    *Produced by David Garcia

    Audio / Lauren Alaina is excited about releasing her upcoming EP, Getting Good.


    Lauren Alaina (releasing Getting Good EP) OC: …excited about that. :28
    “I am so excited to release this EP, and the reason we are even releasing it is because I just could not wait until we released the entire album to put out new music. It’s been a while since we put out new music and we’re doing a headlining tour and …excited about that.”



    Country star Lauren Alaina recently wrapped up her first-ever headlining tour – the THAT GIRL WAS ME TOUR – completing the fully sold out run with dates in Chattanooga and Atlanta. Other stops along the way included Indianapolis, New York City, Boston, two nights in Nashville and more. Watch Lauren’s tour recap video HERE.

    Next up, Lauren hits the road as direct support for Blake Shelton on the Friends & Heroes Tour 2020. The tour opened last night in Portland, Oregon and continues tonight in Tacoma, Wash. and tomorrow in Spokane, Wash. Upcoming dates include Bakersfield, Salt Lake City, Denver and more. Additional tour dates and info available HERE.

    Lauren is making her way up the country charts with her latest song, “Getting Good.”