• NEWS AND NOTES: Brandon, Jordan, Caylee, Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne, Keith, Reba

    Brandon Lay will be performing on Country Outdoors Live on the Outdoor Channel on Friday (May 29TH) beginning at 7pm ET/6pm CT.

    Jordan Davis will be answering your questions about his new self-titled EP tonight (May 29th) on Instagram beginning at 7pm ET/6pm CT.

    Caylee Hammack is joining fellow Georgian Trisha Yearwood this weekend as a guest on “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.” Airing tomorrow (May 30th) on Food Network at Noon ET/11am CT, Hammack and Yearwood share stories of their roots and indulge in a menu that takes them back to their days in Georgia. Hammack was a guest on Yearwood’s tour late last year and the two bonded over small town life in Georgia.

    Little Big Town will perform their new single, “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: At Home Edition on Monday (June 1st).

    Brothers Osborne will be holding their 2020 Family Reunion fan club party virtually. The party will be on http://BrothersOsborne.com, exclusively for all members of The Family. The guys will also be doing a virtual m&g with a few lucky premium members.

    Keith Urban and Reba McEntire have been added to the list of artists taking part in CMT CELEBRATES OUR HEROES: AN ARTISTS OF THE YEAR SPECIAL, premiering Wednesday (June 3rd) at 8pm ET/PT on CMT and will simulcast on Paramount Network, Pop TV and TV Land. The two-hour special will also include appearances by Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Lee Brice, Sean Penn, Gary Sinise, Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Munn and Zac Brown. Previously announced artists include Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker,

  • JORDAN DAVIS’ BINGEWORTHY SHOW? OZARK.

    As everyone has experienced over the past two months during this quarantine, there hasn’t been a lot to do other than take walks and binge watch some good shows. For Jordan Davis, who just released his self-titled EP last week, has been busy doing virtual acoustic performances, taking care of his wife and six-month old daughter and binge-watching shows. His favorite pick is Amazon Prime’s Ozark starring Jason Bateman and Lauren Linney. The show centers around Martin “Marty” Byrde, a self-employed financial advisor based in Chicago , when he and his business partner begin to launder money for a Mexican drug cartel. His partner is killed and Marty relocates his family in the Ozarks in Missouri.

    “Due to quarantine, I have found my new obsession, which is Jason Bateman and Ozark,” says Jordan. “I’ve always been a Jason Bateman fan, but, man, it’s up there with Breaking Bad for me. I think that Ozark is one of my favorite shows out. Not a spoiler alert, but the end of Season 3, y’all are in for it, if y’all haven’t seen it yet.”

    He adds, “That’s like an ideal setting for me. We grew up going to Lake Hamilton in Arkansas, you know so boat riding and that kind of setting just kind of brings me back to my middle school, high school years of family vacations. Actually, we have a vacation to Lake Lanier in Georgia, where they shot Ozark coming up soon. I look forward to getting over there and channeling my inner Marty Byrd, if you will.”

    Jordan recently hit the airwaves with his new single, “Almost Maybes.”

    Audio / Jordan Davis says his latest TV show obsession is Ozark.

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    Jordan Davis (Ozark) OC: …inner Marty Byrd, if you will. (laughs) :55
    “Due to quarantine, I have found my new obsession, which is Jason Bateman and Ozark. I’ve always been a Jason Bateman fan, but, man, it’s up there with Breaking Bad for me. I think that Ozark is one of my favorite shows out. Not a spoiler alert, but the end of Season 3, y’all are in for it, if y’all haven’t seen it yet. That’s like an ideal setting for me. We grew up going to Lake Hamilton in Arkansas, you know so boat riding and that kind of setting just kind of brings me back to my middle school, high school years of family vacations. Actually, we have a vacation to Lake Lanier in Georgia, where they shot Ozark coming up soon. I look forward to getting over there and channeling my inner Marty Byrd, if you will.” (laughs)

  • JORDAN DAVIS RELEASES SELF-TITLED EP.

    A lot has changed for 2020 ACM Best New Male Artist of the Year nominee Jordan Davis since moving to Music City. From signing a record deal with MCA Nashville to racking up over one billion streams of his debut album Home State and notching three consecutive No. 1s, one thing has remained constant for the breakthrough hitmaker, his love for the craft of songwriting. That passion continues to drive his latest project, a six-song, self-titled EP out TODAY featuring latest single “Almost Maybes” which Billboard calls “a sure contender for song of the summer.” Listen to the EP HERE.

    “We closed Home State with ‘Leaving New Orleans’ and it was one I almost didn’t record…I got too caught up in the lyrics and worried if you were not from New Orleans you wouldn’t be into the song. But at shows across the country people would sing the chorus back to us. The location didn’t matter to them, it was the meaning behind the lyrics that struck a chord. I wanted to lean into that and create more songs like it for this project.”

    Teaming once again with Home State producer Paul DiGiovanni, Davis delivers the catchy hooks and sing-a-longs that have become his signature with tracks like “Almost Maybes,” written with songwriting heavy weights Jesse Frasure and Hillary Lindsey, and the lighthearted “Ruin My Weekend.” But the man American Songwriter describes as, “the kind of high-wire act always balancing between commercial viability and lyrical splendor” goes deeper with the personal “Detours” and spiritual “Church In A Chevy,” a song that now feels even more timely in the face of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

    “I hope this EP creates a bridge for fans between albums…a nod to where we’ve been and a preview of where we are going,” shares Davis. “Every time I step in a writer’s room it is an opportunity to create something that resonates, that lasts, and that hopefully makes a difference. That’s what I hope these songs will do.”

    In addition to the EP release, Davis will premiere the official music video for “Church In A Chevy” today at 11 a.m. CT with a pre-premiere YouTube live chat with fans at 10:30 a.m. CT.

    “When we wrote ‘Church In A Chevy’ it felt like it was more for me than anyone else. I’d been on the road a lot, Eloise was about to be born and I was feeling overwhelmed,” Davis notes. “Six months later this song feels even more relevant. Things are crazy right now and I hope this song helps fans find the same peace it brought me.”

    Alongside three never-before-heard tracks the new six-song collection includes latest single “Almost Maybes,” critically acclaimed “Detours” and recent collaboration with pop superstar Julia Michaels, “Cool Anymore.”

    1. Almost Maybes (Jordan Davis, Hillary Lindsey, Jesse Frasure)
    2. Church In A Chevy (Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins)
    3. Ruin My Weekend (Jordan Davis, Matt Jenkins, Josh Jenkins)
    4. Little Lime (Jordan Davis, Josh Kerr, Jacob Davis)
    5. Detours (Jordan Davis, Dave Turnbull, Jacob Davis)
    6. Cool Anymore (ft. Julia Michaels) (Jordan Davis, Emily Weisband, Nicole Galyon, Ross Copperman, Julia Michaels)

    Fans can also tune in to Country Outdoors LIVE tonight at 7 p.m. ET on Outdoor Channel where Davis will perform and chat with hosts Mary O’Neill Phillips and Nick Hoffman and after the show the conversation will continue on Outdoor Channel’s Facebook Page!

    For additional information, visit jordandavisofficial.com. Follow Jordan on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

    Audio / JORDAN DAVIS SAYS HIS NEW SELF-TITLED EP SHOWCASES WHAT’S HAPPENING IN HIS LIFE RIGHT NOW.

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    Jordan Davis (self-titled EP) 2 OC: …is gonna go. :41
    “Coming off of Home State, I think one of my favorite things following artists growing up was kind of seeing the growth of ‘em, and with me, I’m at a totally different spot than I was when I was writing for Home State. I’ve been married for a couple of years, I have a daughter now, and I’m writing about those events that are happening in my life, and that’s what these songs are. I’m very grateful for where I’m at right now, and I think that shows in the songwriting of this EP. I think it also kind of digs my heels in more into the direction this new music and this next chapter is gonna go.”

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  • JORDAN DAVIS’ NEW EP IS A “PERFECT REFLECTION” OF HIS LIFE RIGHT NOW.

    Jordan Davis is getting ready to release his new six-song EP on Friday, May 22nd. The collection includes his latest single, “Almost Maybes,” as well as the deeply personal “Detours,” a collaboration with popstar Julia Michaels for “Cool Anymore” and the heartfelt and inspirational “Church In A Chevy.” He tells us these six songs are a personal expression of where he is in his life right now.

    “These six songs are songs that I feel like are a perfect reflection of who I am right now, and I think it’s a great segue into a full-length project and just the growth I’ve had since my first album, Home State,” says Jordan. “But it really is—it’s just six songs that I’m very proud of.”

    Jordan Davis EP Track List:

    1. “Almost Maybes”
    2. “Church In A Chevy”
    3. “Ruin My Weekend”
    4. “Little Lime”
    5. “Detours”
    6. “Cool Anymore” (ft. Julia Michaels)

    As Forbes recently noted, “the hits just keep coming” with recent single “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot” hitting No. 1 on the Country radio charts after back-to-back No.1 hits “Singles You Up” and “Take It From Me.”

    Audio / Jordan Davis says this collection of new songs is a personal expression of where he is in his life right now.

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    Jordan Davis (self-titled EP) OC: …proud of. :20
    “With releasing this EP, these six songs are songs that I feel like are a perfect reflection of who I am right now, and I think it’s a great segue into a full-length project and just the growth I’ve had since my first album, Home State. But it really is—it’s just six songs that I’m very proud of.”

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  • MEMORIAL DAY 2020

    Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. However, by the turn of the 20th century, Memorial Day honored Americans who have sacrificed their lives in all wars.

    Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Memorial Day)

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    “Hi! I’m Adam Hambrick. Take time to remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day Weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Memorial Day)

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    “Hey guys, I’m Billy Currington. I just wanted to say thank you to all our servicemen and women and their daily service to our country.”

    Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (Memorial Day)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Brandon Lay taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Memorial Day) 2

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    “Hey! What’s up guys? We’re Brothers Osborne. We just wanted to send our thanks to all you service men and women and the ones who’ve gone before you for sacrificing time with your families, sacrificing your own needs and even sacrificing your lives so we can be free to do what we want to do. It means more than you’ll ever know.”

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Memorial Day)

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    “Hi Everyone! This is Carrie Underwood, please take time to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Memorial Day)

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    “It’s Caylee Hammack, taking time to remember those we’ve lost on this Memorial Day weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Chrissy Metz (Memorial Day)

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    This is Chrissy Metz. Today we are taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes this Memorial Day Weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Memorial Day)

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    “Hey everybody, this is Dierks Bentley. I just want to say thank you to the men and women in uniform on this day and every day.”

    Audio / ERIC CHURCH, WHOSE GRANDFATHERS SERVED IN WORLD WAR II, SAYS THE SACRIFICES THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY MAKE ARE REALLY TOUCHING.

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    Eric Church (grandfathers in WW2) OC: …touching to me. :21
    “Both of my grandfathers were World War II veterans. I mean, that’s something that’s very rare. I’m not unique, you know. There’s a lot of people out there like that that their grandfathers served. The way that I was raised was very much red, white and blue and very patriotic, and I think that it’s the fact that what they give up is the real thing that’s very touching to me.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Memorial Day)

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    “Hi! I’m Jon Langston. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Memorial Day)

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    “Hey-I’m Jordan Davis, taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (thanks to military)

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    “Hey! This is Josh Turner. I just wanted to say thank you to all of our servicemen and women for what you do around the world.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Memorial Day)

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    “Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban. Now please take time to remember all those who sacrificed their lives during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Memorial Day)

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    “Hi! This is Little Big Town, take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Memorial Day)

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    “Hey! It’s Luke Bryan. Please take time to remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day.”

    Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Memorial Day)

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    “Hey everybody. I’m Maddie & I’m Tae, and we’re Maddie & Tae. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Parker McCollum (Memorial Day)

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    “Hey everybody, I’m Parker McCollum, taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt talks about his grandfather who served during World War II.

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    Sam Hunt (Memorial Day) OC: …those freedoms. :40
    “My granddad was in World World II. He was on the USS Texas battleship, and he was over at Normandy and over near Japan and he spent a lot of time right in the thick of World War II. He really took pride in what that meant, and it was something I got to see it first hand, as somebody who got to experience that; somebody who had that galvanized American trait. It’s hard to describe it. It was just somebody who’s been through that, seen that and really appreciates what that means. I try to channel that into my life, because I haven’t fought in any war, but I have a ton of respect for folks who have, folks who’ve sacrificed, families who’ve lost lives and just sacrificed years of their own lives and time and effort to maintain those freedoms.”

    Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Memorial Day)

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    “Hey y’all—it’s Travis Denning. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”

     

  • JORDAN DAVIS EP AUDIO TOOLKIT.

    We have compiled an array of content — liners and a few soundbites – from JORDAN DAVIS to equip you with some tools that we hope will come in handy and help you roll out tracks leading up to – and following – the release of the Louisiana native’s self-titled EP JORDAN DAVIS.. Check out the content below (including the liners and transcriptions).

    It was a dream of becoming a songwriter that first brought Shreveport, Louisiana native Jordan Davis to Nashville in 2012. A lot has changed for 2020 ACM Best New Male Artist of the Year nominee since moving to Music City. From signing a record deal with MCA Nashville and racking up over one billion streams of his debut album Home State to touring the country playing for fans and notching three consecutive No. 1s with Platinum-certified “Singles You Up” and “Take It From Me” and most recently “Slow Dance In a Parking Lot,” one thing has remained constant for the breakthrough hitmaker, his love for the craft of songwriting. That passion continues to drive his latest project, a self-titled EP out May 22nd.

    “We closed Home State with ‘Leaving New Orleans’ and it was one I almost didn’t record…I got too caught up in the lyrics and worried if you were not from New Orleans you wouldn’t be into the song. But at shows across the country people would sing the chorus back to us. The location didn’t matter to them, it was the meaning behind the lyrics that struck a chord. I wanted to lean into that and create more songs like it for this project.”

    Davis toes that rare line between commercial viability and intricate songwriting. A paradox of reflective and feel-good, he proves the two are not mutually exclusive with his new EP. Teaming once again with Home State producer Paul DiGiovanni, Davis delivers the catchy hooks and the sing-a-longs that have become his signature, with tracks like “Ruin My Weekend” and latest single “Almost Maybes” written with songwriting heavy weights Jesse Frasure and Hillary Lindsey, while going deeper with the personal “Detours” and spiritual “Church In A Chevy.” It’s an artistic dichotomy Davis has been aware of since he started listening to music as a kid.

    To download Jordan’s EP Audio Toolkit, click here.

  • CLASS OF 2020 GRADUATION LINERS

     

     

    Audio / Brothers Osborne (Class of 2020)

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    Audio / Lauren Alaina Class of 2020

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    Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Class of 2020)

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    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Class of 2020)

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    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Class of 2020)

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    Audio / Jordan Davis (generic graduation)

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    Audio / LBT (graduation liner)

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    Audio / LINER Maddie Marlow (Class of 2020)

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    Audio / Travis Denning (Class of 2020)

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke, Kip, Caylee, Kylie, Darius, George, Jordan, Brothers Osborne, Langston and more

    Luke Bryan surprised and paid tribute to a nurse on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic on ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday (May 14th).

    Jon Pardi, Kip Moore, Jordan Davis, Caylee Hammack and Kylie Morgan will join Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and many others for CMT’s Feed the Front Line Live virtual benefit concert on Wednesday (May 20th). Feed the Front Line LIVE, Presented By CMT is a multi-hour, star-studded virtual benefit concert in support of Feed the Front Line’s mission to provide free meals to frontline COVID-19 employees, essential workers, and other people in need, while also supporting struggling local restaurants. The streaming event will air across CMT’s Facebook and YouTube channels  with three separate mealtime streams airing throughout the day: breakfast (10am ET), lunch (2pm ET) and dinner (8pm ET). Before, during and after each stream, fans will have the opportunity to make donations directly to Feed the Front Line.

    George Strait has had to reschedule two of his upcoming concerts until next year. His Strait to South Bend show in South Bend, Indiana, which was set for August 15th, 2020, will now take place August 7th, 2021 with special guests Chris Stapleton and Brothers Osborne. His show in Minneapolis on August 22nd, 2020 has now been scheduled for July 31st, 2021 with special guests Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town. Original tickets will be honored for the rescheduled shows. Fans unable to attend the new shows are able to get a refund at the original point of purchase within the next 30 days.

    Darius Rucker will perform the national anthem ahead of the NASCAR Cup Series at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on Sunday (May 17th). “I’m excited and honored to perform the National Anthem for NASCAR’s return to racing at Darlington Raceway in my home state of South Carolina,” he said. The race will air live on Fox at 3pm ET.

    Jordan Davis, Brothers Osborne, Jon Langston and many others join previously announced headliners, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Lynyrd Skynyrd for the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam. The three-day festival, taking place September 4th-6th in Panama City Beach, will also feature performances by Cole Swindell, Billy Ray Cyrus, Shy Carter, Lindsey Ell, Tenille Townes, Riley Green and many more. Tickets are available here.

  • JORDAN DAVIS ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE, “ALMOST MAYBES.”

    With three No. 1 hits under his belt that The Washington Post notes are “packed with detail” from his billion-streamed debut for MCA Nashville, Home State, singer/songwriter and 2020 ACM New Male Artist of the Year nominee Jordan Davis now eagerly turns the page to his next chapter with four new songs for fans. And it’s his retrospective “Almost Maybes,” a light-hearted salute to the things in life that don’t work out in exchange for those that do, that leads as the EP’s first single, available everywhere today, May 8th ahead of Jordan Davis, the EP, which arrives Friday, May 22nd.

    “This is one that feels universal. For the few things in life that do fall into place and work out; there are a lot more that don’t,” shares the Louisiana native of his lead single. “This is for those times, the ‘almost maybes.’”

    The artist Rolling Stone and Billboard named an “Artist to Watch” early on in his career penned the track alongside songwriting heavy-hitters Hillary Lindsey and Jesse Frasure. Davis initially debuted “Almost Maybes” on his recent headlining Trouble Town Tour where night-after-night he watched fans across the nation embrace its message:

    Here’s to the almost so close
    It’s over out of the blues
    Here’s to the hey I think we need to talk
    And the it ain’t me it’s you’s
    Here’s to the tears and beers 
    And wasted years on the weeds that look like daisies 
    I wouldn’t be sitting here next to you
    If it weren’t for the almost maybes

    Davis’ forthcoming EP, much like its creator, toes the rare line between commercial relatability and intricate songwriting. From the reflective to the feel-good, both exist simultaneously in Davis and his self-titled EP, produced by Paul DiGiovanni.

    “Almost Maybes” follows Davis’ recent releases like the deeply personal “Detours,” a collaboration with popstar Julia Michaels for “Cool Anymore” and tour title-track “Trouble Town.” And as Forbes recently noted, “the hits just keep coming” with recent single “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot” hitting No. 1 on the Country radio charts after back-to-back No.1 hits “Singles You Up” and “Take It From Me.”

    Jordan Davis EP Track-list

    1. “Almost Maybes”
    2. “Church In A Chevy”
    3. “Ruin My Weekend”
    4. “Little Lime”
    5. “Detours”
    6. “Cool Anymore” (ft. Julia Michaels)

    For additional information, visit jordandavisofficial.com. Follow Jordan on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

  • MOTHER’S DAY AUDIO 2020

    Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 10th, and some of your favorite country artists are celebrating the mothers in their lives this weekend. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

    Audio / BRANDON LAY SAYS HE PROBABLY GETS HIS WORK ETHIC FROM HIS MOTHER.

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    Brandon Lay (Mother’s Day) OC: …comes from her. :2
    “She works harder than anybody I’ve ever seen. She can outwork most 20-year-olds in the yard still. She grew up on a farm, and I think a lot of that just bulldog it and get it done attitude, I probably get from her. She’ll go from sunup to sundown, and she doesn’t complain, and that’s just so rare. I feel like the work ethic, as far as grind it out and get it done, that toughness comes from her.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about being a mother to two boys.

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    Carrie Underwood (having 2 boys) OC: …little brother. :49
    “It’s kind of crazy to think, sometimes I’ll literally look at my husband and be like, ‘We have two sons. We have two kids. We’ve been married for almost nine years. We have two children. We live on a farm.’ Like it’s just weird to think how life turns out sometimes. Life is very different with two. We kind of got out of that baby stage with Isaiah. He’s much more self-efficient, and he can brush his own teeth and put his own clothes on, and he’s making decisions for himself, and then we start all over with the little squishy one 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 am so blessed to have Isaiah who is super helpful and super sweet, and he loves his little brother.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood says she doesn’t really have any Mother’s Day traditions.

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    Carrie Underwood (Mother’s Day traditions) OC: …even more so. :40
    “We don’t really have like any Mother’s Day traditions. I feel like I remember me and Dad making breakfast for Mom like once as a kid. I’m pretty sure we just made a giant mess in the kitchen and we never did that again, so. Being on the other side of things, I obviously don’t expect anything from my three-year-old, but my husband’s really good at getting presents from quote unquote Isaiah. It’s really sweet, because he likes to bring me things. He’s such a sweet little guy, and anytime he’s outside, he’ll pick me flowers and things. So, I’m like, ‘You’re learning. You’ve already got me wrapped around your finger, and then you do stuff like that, and it’s even more so.’”

    Audio / Caylee Hammack describes the qualities she most admires in her mother.

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    Caylee Hammack (Mother’s Day) 1 OC: …love fully. :53
    “I love that my Mom is a no-nonsense woman. I love that she always speaks her mind and she’s super stubborn, because she handed it down to me and it’s come in handy, to be honest. She’s a great cook. I wish I was half the cook that she is. She’s obsessive about Tupperware and plates, which I used to hate, but now as an adult whenever I break a dish or something, I just call her, and I know that I have one on standby. I love that she loves random things so that I can squirrel them away and take them to Nashville sometimes. And I love that she loves big. She either gives all of her heart or nothing at all; she always gives all of her heart. She loves, you know, she has a bleeding heart, and I think that’s just one of the most beautiful traits in the world is to love fully.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker talks about not disappointing his beloved mother, who passed away a few years ago.

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    Darius Rucker (Mother’s Day) OC: …killed me. :17
    “I think that’s the main reason I am how I am…an innate fear of disappointing my mom.  My mom’s not even alive, and I have a fear of her looking down from heaven and going, ‘Man I’m just disappointed in my son.’ She could have said anything in the world to me, but if she would have said, ‘Son, you just disappointed me,’ That would have killed me. It would have killed me.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker recalls one of his favorite memories of his mother.

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    Darius Rucker (favorite memory of his mother) OC: …my Mom’s song. :34
    “Oh goodness! A lot of great memories of her, but probably one of my favorite memories, I was a young kid, probably eight or nine, and she was in the kitchen cooking and listening to the gospel station and Shirley Caesar’s ‘No Charge’ came on and she was singing ‘No Charge.’ I just remember I ran into our living room which was adjoined to our kitchen and I just sat there and I just listened to her sing that song, and I remember thinking, ‘Wow! What an amazing voice.’ That’s just always a memory I’ve always had, and that song still to this day when I hear it just moves me because that was my mom’s song.”

    Audio / Eric Church says he’s learned quite a bit from his mom.

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    Eric Church (Mother’s Day) OC: …as a man. :57
    “My mom, even though my dad won’t like this, my mom is by far the toughest person that I’ve met. She’s tough. One of those people that’s been through a lot in her life, adversity wise and never complains, always really resilient with anything that’s happened to her. And it’s just that attitude, the positive attitude, regardless of what has happened that I think is the one thing that I got from her. With career, she’s always been a person that’s been really positive through times that I couldn’t find a positive streak, [laughs] and she was always really positive, and very much believes in tough it out, keep working hard, and that’s her motto with stuff like that. I’ve always been impressed with that stuff. Then musically, she’s where I get my talent from, musically. She sings great, always has, her mom sang great. I owe my musical chops to her. And she still sings some. So, career-wise, I owe her everything. And just in life-wise she’s given me a lot of the qualities that it has taken for me to get me where I am. Not only as a musician, but as a man.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi says his mother, Shelly, is an angel.

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    Jon Pardi (Mother’s Day) OC: …worrying about me. :29
    “My mom’s always been there for me. First of all, she’s a great mom. She’s an angel. She takes care of people that aren’t even in the family. She’s always been like that, and she’s a great mother. She’s always proud, and she’s always there supporting and being a great mom. She’s just a good human being. There’s not one mean bone in her body. And she cries about every time I talk to her. She always worries about me. I have to tell her, ‘Stop worrying about me.’”

    Audio / JORDAN DAVIS SAYS HE’S A “MAMA’S BOY” AND HOPES HE HAS HER KINDNESS AND POSITIVE OUTLOOK.

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    Jordan Davis (Mother’s Day) OC: …Mother’s Day. :30 [laughs]
    “I’m a Mama’s Boy. I love my Mom, and it’s the way she finds the good in everything. With my Mom, as opposed to finding anything negative, she’s gonna find something positive first. That’s something I really hope I can be more like her on; one of the many things I wish I could be more like my mom on. My mom, she loves flowers, so we’ll get her flowers or take her to, we’re slowly getting her into sushi, so we love to take Mom out to sushi spots on Mother’s Day.” [laughs]

    Audio / Kacey Musgraves comes from a very creative family, and here she talks about the women in her immediate family and their talents.

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    Kacey Musgraves (creative women) OC: …taking pictures. :16
    “My mom’s an artist – all different kinds of mediums, paint, but she’s always working on something different. My Meemaw, she’s a soap maker. She makes soap and they’re beautiful and they smell really good and they’re all natural. My sister has an etsy store, and she’s constantly creating something, sewing pillows and taking pictures.”

    Audio / Keith Urban explains why his wife Nicole Kidman is an extraordinary mother to their two children, Sunday and Faith.

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    Keith Urban (Nicole is extraordinary mother) OC: …to see. :45
    “She’s an extraordinary mum, she really, really is. Those girls are very, very lucky, and I feel very lucky that the children I should have in this world happen to be with Nic. I don’t know anything about raising kids and Nic does, and that comes in extremely, um, it’s really made for an experience I wouldn’t have had without that. Her patience, her recognizing them as people and not just little kids is really extraordinary. Her attention to honoring their feelings and listening to them right from day one – really being attentive to that is not how I was raised at all, so it’s really beautiful to see.”

    Audio / Lauren Alaina says she can count on her mom for just about everything.

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    Lauren Alaina (Mom) OC: …same for her. :19
    “I honestly would not be able to do it without my mom. I get overwhelmed sometimes, and if she wasn’t there to comfort me or tell me, ‘Look just realize what you’ve got going for you,’ I’d be up the creek [without a paddle]. She’s got my back. My mom would walk through a fire pit for me, and I’d do the same for her.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman says she always dreamed of being a mother…and her dream came true nearly 13 years ago when she gave birth to daughter, Daisy (July 27, 2007). In 2017, she and her family welcomed daughter Dolly Grace.

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    LBT (Mother’s Day) OC: …for my mother. :34
    “Being a mother is a life-long dream for me. When I was a kid, that’s what I wanted to be is a mama. It took a long time. I wasn’t ever sure that I would be, but I am now, and it’s the greatest gift of my life. And as I’m a mother now, I see what my mother gave up and her sacrifices and her love and how she made us the most important thing in her life, and that’s what I strive to do for my little girl. It’s the most important job I have, and it’s the most responsibility that I have, and I try to live up to a great example that I had for my mother.”

    Audio / MADDIE & TAE’S TAE DYE SAID SHE PULLED OFF A GREAT MOTHER’S DAY SURPRISE A FEW YEARS AGO.

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    Maddie & Tae (Mother’s Day-Tae) OC: …was so fun. :25
    TAE: “To this day one of the best surprises I’ve ever pulled off was on Mother’s Day three years ago. ‘Cause my mom’s birthday always tends to fall on Mother’s Day Weekend – it’s coming up – and my mom and dad were coming into Nashville and I was like, ‘Okay-this has got to be a big weekend. It’s Mother’s Day, her birthday and the weather was going to be beautiful, so I planned this awesome surprise where we would drive first – she wouldn’t know where we were going, and then we ended up going canoeing down the Harpeth River [located south of Nashville], and it was so fun.”

    Audio / Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow says her mother is great at balancing life and that a hug from her mother can fix almost anything.

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    Maddie & Tae (Mother’s Day-Maddie) OC: (Maddie) …everything’s okay. :51
    MADDIE: “She is so good at balancing is what I’m trying to say. My Mom is such a great balancer, but as I’m coming into our adulthood, and all that kind of stuff, she’s very conscious about when I’m trying to be perfect and have everything in order with everything. And she’s like, you can’t. You can’t do that. Life, you have to figure out how you’re going to deal with the curveballs that are thrown out you. Are you going to catch them and whine out about it or are you going to catch them and move on? Like you have to just go with what’s thrown at you. And my Dad’s been a really, really good supporter on just not letting life’s trials bring you down and letting them just be learning tools and all of that. But, most of the time, a Mama hug can really fix anything.” TAE: “Ahh…it’s the best.” MADDIE: “If my Mom hugs me while I’m crying, everything’s okay. There’s just something about it. I’m grown, but, my Mom, if she hugs me, everything’s okay.”

    Audio / Shania Twain says it’s such a joy to be a parent.

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    Shania Twain (joy to be a parent) OC: …means everything. :14
    “It’s such a joy to be a parent. So, I relate to all the mums out there who are getting all their love and appreciation from their kids, and I hope, when you’re a kid, a child of somebody, show your mum you love her, because it means everything.”

    Audio / TRAVIS DENNING TALKS ABOUT WHAT HE AND HIS MOM HAVE IN COMMON.

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    Travis Denning (Mother’s Day) OC: …like crazy. :29
    “You know, my favorite thing about my mom, especially as I get older, is realizing how much me and her have in common. I just love that she’s passionate about music. She loves it. I mean, she’s turned me on to a lot of artists, but at the core like she’s still Mom. She reminds me to do things and does these things which that I couldn’t live without. I love that we get to be friends, we get to be best friends, but at the same time, she’s still Mom and she still loves me and my sister like crazy.”

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