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 and racking up over one billion streams of his debut album Home State to touring the country playing for fans and now notching his third consecutive No. 1 single with “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot,” one thing has remained constant for the breakthrough hitmaker, his love for the craft of songwriting.
When Davis sat down with co-writer Lonnie Fowler for a writing session in 2015 – their first together – he was feeling creatively spent after a week of writing daily. But as the two got to know each other, discussing hometowns and first dates, it was Fowler’s story of his first date with his now-wife that became the foundation for the already Gold Certified “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot.”
“When Lonnie told me the story of that first date with his wife…he was taking her home from their college formal and didn’t want the night to end, so he pulled into a parking lot and put on Garth Brooks’ ‘She’s Every Woman’ and asked her for one last dance. I just thought ‘man, that captures everything country music is about right there,’” shares the man Billboard and Rolling Stone have dubbed an “Artist to Watch.”
Davis continues, “Sharing the truth in three and a half minutes…that is what a good country song does. It is what we wanted to do with ‘Slow Dance,’ tell this real and honest love story. It’s been great to see that authenticity resonate with fans. From slow dancing at our shows to sharing their own videos on socials slow dancing in parking lots, they’ve really embraced it. Big thanks to Lonnie for letting me share his story and to the fans and country radio for their continued support. I couldn’t be more proud or thankful.”
The song Taste of Country called “a down-to-earth love song,” is the third single from Davis’s debut album Home State. It marks his third consecutive No. 1, following the 2x Platinum Certified “Singles You Up” and Platinum Certified “Take It From Me.”
And as Forbes recently noted, “the hits just keep coming” for Davis. This success follows a string of recent releases including the deeply personal “Detours,” “Trouble Town” which also served as the name of his just wrapped headlining Trouble Town Tour, a collaboration with pop star Julia Michaels called “Cool Anymore,” as well as an Amazon Original cover of Jo Dee Messina’s 1996 hit “Heads Carolina, Tails California.”
Eric Church gave us all some hope that we will get out of this quarantine and economic hardship caused by COVID-19 and the Coronavirus. We are all facing hard times — physically, mentally and emotionally — and Eric’s intro before he performed a new song, “Never Break Heart,” during the CBS Special ACM Presents: Our Country, I believe, is a message we can all absorb in moving forward.
He said, “The hardest thing about this for me as a dad, as a husband, as a business leader, as a citizen, has been the unknown. I believe we fear the unknown. And after some thought and a lot of prayer, here’s what I know — I have hope and you should have hope, because since the beginning of time, people have gathered. They’ve gathered for fellowship, they’ve gathered for worship, they’ve gathered for prayer, they’ve gathered for song, they’ve gathered for communion, they’ve gathered for grief- but they’ve gathered, and we will gather again. The important thing to remember is to not fear, but to be brave, and endure.”
Eric is currently making his way up the country charts with another appropriate song, “Monsters.”
“The hardest thing about this for me as a dad, as a husband, as a business leader, as a citizen, has been the unknown. I believe we fear the unknown. And after some thought and a lot of prayer, here’s what I know — I have hope and you should have hope, because since the beginning of time, people have gathered. They’ve gathered for fellowship, they’ve gathered for worship, they’ve gathered for prayer, they’ve gathered for song, they’ve gathered for communion, they’ve gathered for grief- but they’ve gathered, and we will gather again. The important thing to remember is to not fear, but to be brave, and endure.”
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 the 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.
MEDIA NOTE: A full stream of the Opry show can be found HERE.
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.
We’ve all got to BAND together right now. As much as I miss touring with my brothers, I know how important it is for us to take this horrible virus seriously. Stay home friends. Love you 💕 pic.twitter.com/RI4ibXAnVI
— Lauren Alaina (@Lauren_Alaina) April 3, 2020
Y’all, @tenilletownes is the greatest and she has the greatest ideas that are always about lifting people up. Check out this video I did with her and a bunch of our friends. https://t.co/LuKljw5Ekj pic.twitter.com/aXHZmM40Gk
— Adam Hambrick (@adamhambrick) April 1, 2020
— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) April 4, 2020
Day 19: Me and Beaux are losing our minds pic.twitter.com/PQF5r3EOQS
— Travis Denning (@Travis_Denning) April 1, 2020
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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!”
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 Alaina, Ingrid Andress, Gabby Barrett, Lee Brice, Blanco Brown, Lindsay Ell, Riley Green, Mickey Guyton, Caylee Hammack, Ashley McBryde, Jake Owen, Carly Pearce, Tenille 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.
The Hot Country Knights continue to reprise the 90’s Country music era and its guitar-driven melodies with the release of “The USA Begins With US” from their forthcoming debut album THE K IS SILENT (Capitol Records Nashville), available May 1st. Produced and written by multi-Platinum entertainer Dierks Bentley along with co-writers Jim Beavers and Brett Beavers, the live track was recently recorded in Nashville and delivers a powerful message through lead singer Doug Douglason’s prolific lyrical musings. THE K IS SILENT is now available for pre-order here at all digital retailers and fans will instantly receive the new patriotic track.
The music video for “The USA Begins With Us” is simultaneously available now, meshing together “a tongue-on-cheek rave-up of every patriotic cliché in the book” (CMT) with a message more timely than ever. Fans can watch the Knights blast of good-old-fashioned allegiance on The Chive and all digital platforms here.
As the Knights continue “riding a neon wave of Nineties country nostalgia” (Rolling Stone) advocates like Saving Country Music understand “releasing this type of material into the woke world we live in today takes a pretty big moose knuckle. We’re not supposed to laugh at anything these days at the fear of someone being offended. That is what makes Hot Country Knights so timely.”
Famous for never giving up on the dream of the ‘90s, the Hot Country Knights “wear their inspirations on their sleeves pretty proudly” (The Chive). Comprised of band leader Douglas (“Doug”) Douglason, lead bass player Trevor Travis, lead guitarist Marty Ray (“Rayro”) Roburn, keytar/fiddle player Terotej (“Terry”) Dvoraczekynski, steel guitarist Barry Van Ricky and percussionist Monte Montgomery, the Knights have been dubbed by Variety as a “full Spinal Tap-like musical-comedy act.” Produced by Bentley, the singer/songwriter also serves as a co-writer on over half of the 10 brawny tracks. For more information on new music, visit www.hotcountryknights.com.
Award-winning actress Chrissy Metz releases brand-new song “Talking To God” today. Written by Nicolette Hayford, Connie Harrington, Jake Mitchell, Ashley McBryde and Aaron Raitiere, the introspective song is the first from Metz’s upcoming debut album on EMI Records Nashville.
“‘Talking To God’ is a song about those moments when we ask the questions we desperately want the answers to,” shares Metz. “Whether it’s a lost love or why our own lives look much different than the way we had hoped they would. It’s about those personal prayers and conversations we have while listening and learning to surrender and trust in the bigger picture.”
Metz signed a record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville following her starring role in 20th Century Fox’s Breakthrough movie and soundtrack featuring her performance of the Oscar-nominated, Diane Warren penned track, “I’m Standing With You.” Metz, who has also showcased her vocal abilities as “Kate Pearson” on NBC’s award-winning series This Is Us, calls music her “first love” and is currently hosting a daily Facebook livestream, The Dreamers where she shares her musical journey.
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Chrissy Metz (Talking to God) OC: …so, yeah. 1:05 (note music bed)
“’Talking to God’ is a really special song for me. I know that all music is interpreted by everyone’s own perception., but for me when I heard the song It resonated in a way – when the line says, ‘I was talking to God and your name came up, for me that was thinking about and praying for people that might not be in your life anymore, but they impacted your life or they have a special place in your heart; and they may not be good for you any longer, but you still care about them and you still wish them well, whether it’s a previous relationship, friendship. Gosh, when I heard it, I was immediately just taken aback and also, I felt so compelled to tell this story, because even though I had no part in writing it, I just knew that I had to tell the story because I’ve lived it and I think we all have. Unfortunately, we have regrets or decisions we would’ve made differently, so, yeah.”
Hot Country Knights will perform Thursday night (April 2nd) on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon At Home Edition.
When @jimmyfallon heard one of our unreleased songs, he knew he had to cancel the Elvis/Beatles/Tupac/Beyonce/Garth collaboration that was scheduled and booked THE KNIGHTS instead! Good call, Jimmy. Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow KNIGHT. pic.twitter.com/FRBRy4V7Hk
— Hot Country Knights (@countryknights) April 1, 2020
The Circle will remain unbroken again this Saturday night (April 4th) as the Grand Ole Opry welcomes Lauren Alaina, Terri Clark and Ashley McBryde on stage to perform during a livestream beginning at 7:30p ET/6:30p CT.
CMT will broadcast CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares, an uplifting celebration to honor the extraordinary life and legendary music of the late Kenny Rogers. The special, which will feature virtual performances by such folks as Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Rascal Flatts, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald and more, will air April 8th at 8pm ET/PT. Check cmt.com for more airings. During the special, fans will have the opportunity to honor Rogers’ life and donate directly to MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, established to provide critical funds directly to the thousands of music creators and industry professionals who have the greatest need due to the coronavirus pandemic. Half of all funds raised will go directly to the Nashville country community.
George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and Vince Gill will perform during the A&E special, “Willie Nelson: American Outlaw,” on April 12th beginning at 10p ET/9p CT. Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones and many others will also perform.
Travis Dennng is among the list of artists scheduled to perform during Charlie Daniels’ all-star Vounteer Jam at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Trace Adkins, Justin Moore, The Marshall Tucker Band, Chris Janson, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Keb’ Mo, Mickey Gilley and many more will also perform.