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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

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

    Audio / Backstage before her Nissan Stadium performance at this year's CMA Music Fest, Carrie Underwood explained why she's a huge fan of rock legend Joan Jett, who joined her on stage to do a medley of her hits.

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    Carrie Underwood (CMA Fest-Joan Jett) 2 OC: …sing with me. :25
    “Just hearing her songs on the radio and the more I got to know and see just how much of a trailblazer she was for, not just women in her genre of music, but women in music in general…I mean, I’m a fan on every level — personally, professionally, musically and honored that she’s heard my name before and agreed to come sing with me.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

     

  • DARIUS RUCKER SURPASSES $2 MILLION RAISED FOR ST. JUDE WITH 10TH ANNUAL DARIUS & FRIENDS BENEFIT CONCERT AND GOLF TOURNAMENT.

    A decade after first visiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where he was immediately inspired to pledge his support, Darius Rucker has surpassed the $2 million mark in his fundraising efforts with this year’s 10th annual “Darius & Friends” benefit concert last week followed by his corresponding golf tournament and silent auction. This year’s event alone raised a record-setting $425,000+, bringing the all-time total to more than $2 million.

    “I was struck on that first visit by how St. Jude not only cares for their patients, but also their patients’ families,” said Rucker. “They believe that a financial burden is the last thing a family should face when their focus needs to be on helping a kid get better, and St. Jude makes sure that their patients never pay a dime. It’s an honor for us to be able to help them continue such an important mission.”

    The fundraising event has become an unofficial kickoff to CMA Fest over the years as fans descend on Music City for the week of festivities ahead. For its third year at the historic Ryman Auditorium, Rucker was joined by friends Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Travis Denning and Brett Young as well as more than 2,400 fans at the sold-out show.

  • FATHER’S DAY LINERS 2019

    Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey Everybody! I’m Adam Hambrick, wishing you a very Happy Father’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Father's Day)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Billy Currington, wishing you a very Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Brandon Lay, wishing all you Fathers out there a very Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing all you fathers out there a very Happy Father’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Father's Day)

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    “Hey y’all! This is Caylee Hammack. For all you Dads out there, Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! What’s up? This is Clare Dunn, wishing you a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker wishing you a Happy Father’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Eric Church, wishing you a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Gary Allan, and I want to wish all the dads out there a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Father's Day)

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    “Hey y’all, this is Jon Langston, wishing you a very Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Father’s Day)

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    “Jon Pardi here. Happy Father’s Day to all you father’s out there.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Father's Day) beer

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    “Hey! It’s Jon Pardi, wishing all the fathers out there a very Happy Father’s Day. Here’s to you,  Senior.  Insert beer can opening sample (sound effect). (laughs)

    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you all a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey y’all! This is Josh Turner, and I just want to wish all you father’s out there a Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves. Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey everyone! It’s Keith Urban, wishing all you Dads out there a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! It’s Lauren Alaina. Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Father’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Little Big Town, wishing all you father’s a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Father's Day)

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    “Hey! This is Luke Bryan, wishing all the Fathers out there a very Happy Father’s Day. Here’s to you, Dad.”

    Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Maddie and I’m Tae, wishing all you fathers out there a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Sam Hunt. To all you Fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Father’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Shania Twain. Happy Father’s Day.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD WINS THE NIGHT’S TOP HONOR AT THE CMT MUSIC AWARDS.

    Carrie Underwood picked up a second CMT Music Award, and it was the night’s biggest honor for Video of the Year for “Cry Pretty.” She accepted the award from the steps of Nashville’s Parthenon at Centennial Park where she turned in an energetic performance of her latest smash, “Southbound.” Earlier in the evening, she won for Female Video of the Year for “Love Wins.”

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  • KEITH URBAN AND JULIA MICHAELS WIN CMT MUSIC AWARD FOR COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR.

    Keith Urban and Julia Michaels picked up the Collaborative Video of the Year for “Coming Home.”

     

    Keith is currently climbing the country charts with the reflective “We Were.”

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  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD WINS FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR FOR “LOVE WINS.”

    Carrie Underwood picked up her 19th CMT Music Award during Wednesday night’s show. She won Female Video of the Year for “Love Wins,” which is from her latest album, Cry Pretty. She thanked the fans – first and foremost – as well as her handsome hubby, former NHL star Mike Fisher, who was celebrating his birthday.

    Carrie, who is making her way up the country charts with her latest smash, “Southbound,” will perform at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium on Friday (June 7th) during this year’s CMA Music Fest before continuing her Cry Pretty Tour 360.

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  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD THROWS A PARTY AT THE OPRY FOR HER FANS.

  • DIERKS BENTLEY AND BROTHERS OSBORNE WERE “BURNING UP” OVER THE “BURNING MAN” VIDEO.

    Dierks Bentley is known to go the extra mile to make sure he’s made a great video for his songs. For the song, “Black,” he went to Iceland, he also got “Drunk on a Plane.” He’s shot videos late at night and early in the morning, but his “Burning Man” video may take the cake with comfort taking a back seat to the visual element. He and his pals TJ and John Osborne, otherwise known as Brothers Osborne, went out in the hot, hot, hot desert to catch some iconic footage for the clip, which is nominated for two CMT Music Awards during tonight’s show.

    “‘The ‘Burning Man’ video shoot was, it was difficult. Sometimes you have to sacrifice comfort for, obviously, the view, for the way it turns out, for the area you’re shooting the video in and trying to get these great shots, and your comfort is secondary, which I’m totally fine with because I just want a great video that supports a great song. I’m always nervous making videos, because if I’m putting a song out there as a single, I feel like it’s a very special song, and I don’t want the video possibly make the song not be as good as it is, you know what I mean,” says Dierks. “In this case, it meant shooting at a body of water out by Palm Springs that’s totally dead. It’s called the Salton Sea, and it used to be a place where Frank Sinatra would be water skiing. It was this beautiful place. I don’t know what happened, but the water…the whole thing is completely dead. There’s no fish living in there. It smells terrible. It’s super hot. There’s rattlesnakes under every single rock. We lost about four or five people from heat stroke; TJ’s boots were like melting into the rocks. [laughs] It was unbelievable. I felt so bad for those guys, because when you do a duet with somebody, you’re kind of signing on to do more than just singing on a track. You’re gonna be there for awards shows, for videos, but they were great as they always are. I love those guys. It turned out great. It looks awesome on TV, which is the whole point. It was an interesting place to do a video, but we were nominated for a CMT [Award], so it all turned out well.”

    Dierks is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest hit, “Living.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about the behind-the-scenes action on his "Burning Man" video with Brothers Osborne.

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    Dierks Bentley (Burning Man video shoot) OC: …turned out well. 1:28
    “The ‘Burning Man’ video shoot was, it was difficult. Sometimes you have to sacrifice comfort for, obviously, the view, for the way it turns out, for the area you’re shooting the video in and trying to get these great shots, and your comfort is secondary, which I’m totally fine with because I just want a great video that supports a great song. I’m always nervous making videos, because if I’m putting a song out there as a single, I feel like it’s a very special song, and I don’t want the video possibly make the song not be as good as it is, you know what I mean? If somebody sees the video and they don’t like the song as much, it’d be terrible so I’m willing to do whatever it takes. In this case, it meant shooting at a body of water out by Palm Springs that’s totally dead. It’s called the Salton Sea, and it used to be a place where Frank Sinatra would be waterskiing. It was this beautiful place. I don’t know what happened, but the water…the whole thing is completely dead. There’s no fish living in there. It smells terrible. It’s superhot. There’s rattlesnakes under every single rock. We lost about four or five people from heat stroke; TJ’s boots were like melting into the rocks. [laughs] It was unbelievable. I felt so bad for those guys, because when you do a duet with somebody, you’re kind of signing on to do more than just singing on a track. You’re gonna be there for awards shows, for videos, but they were great as they always are. I love those guys. It turned out great. It looks awesome on TV, which is the whole point. It was an interesting place to do a video, but we were nominated for a CMT [Award], so it all turned out well.”

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  • DIERKS BENTLEY “DELIVERED” FOR MORE THAN 48,000 FANS DESPITE WEATHER DURING SUMMER LAUNCH OF 2019 BURNING MAN TOUR.

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    Dierks Bentley relished in the energy of summer tour with more than 48,000 fans this weekend during the launch of his 2019 BURNING MAN TOUR. Capacity crowds were a common occurrence during the three-night run that featured special guests Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and the Hot Country Knights as fans were on their feet for more than four hours. During the first night in Cincinnati, OH, (5/30) “Bentley and his band delivered a hit-packed performance” (Cincinnati Enquirer) that didn’t let up the following night for Indianapolis, IN (5/31) as he also “focused on stirring, communal moments” with his “unforgettable fire” (Indy Star). In St. Louis, MO on Saturday (6/1), Bentley relayed to fans over a megaphone that severe storms caused a power outage and promised to pick the show back up the following night. Ironically this was the third year in a row Bentley’s headlining run battled weather in the city. For a sneak peak of what to expect this summer click here.

    “Getting back out on the road is something the guys and I have been looking forward to for months, and the fans set the bar insanely high this weekend,” Bentley said. “The weather couldn’t even stop us for having the best first weekend I can remember in my career. I can already tell this summer with Pardi and Tenielle is going to be one we never forget.”

    Bentley will carry over “his crowd-pleasing tunes” (Nashville Scene) throughout Nashville, TN this week with “can’t-miss CMA Fest events” (USA Today) including performances at Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam (6/5), the HGTV Lodge (6/8) and his headlining set at Nissan Stadium on Saturday (6/8). Afterwards, “the show that delivers” (Country Aircheck) will pick-up in Brandon, MS (6/13) and roll through September with special guests Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and the Hot Country Knights, while its final weekend will include Caylee Hammack.

    Dierks is making his way up the country charts with his latest hit, “Living.”

    Upcoming 2019 BURNING MAN TOUR Dates:
    6/13/19  Brandon, MS
    6/14/19  Alpharetta, GA
    6/15/19  Orange Beach, AL
    6/29/19  Clarkston, MI
    6/30/19  Syracuse, NY
    7/18/19  Jacksonville, FL
    7/25/19  Cleveland, OH
    7/11/19  Raleigh, NC
    7/12/19  Virginia Beach, VA
    7/13/19  Bristow, VA
    7/19/19  West Palm Beach, FL
    7/20/19  Tampa, FL
    7/26/19  Holmdel, NJ
    7/27/19  Burgettstown, PA
    8/01/19  Darien Center, NY
    8/02/19  Wantagh, NY
    8/03/19  Scranton, PA
    8/08/19  Charlotte, NC
    8/09/19  Tuscaloosa, AL
    8/10/19  Dallas, TX
    8/15/19  Hartford, CT
    8/16/19  Boston, MA
    8/17/19  Philadelphia, PA
    8/22/19  Kansas City, MO
    8/23/19  Chicago, IL
    9/06/19  Irvine, CA*
    9/07/19  Mountain View, CA*
    9/08/19  Sacramento, CA**

    *with Jon Pardi, Caylee Hammack and the Hot Country Knights
    **with Caylee Hammack and the Hot Country Knights