• Brothers Osborne Nobody's Nobody
  • Chris Stapleton White Horse
  • Josh Ross Trouble
  • Dierks Bentley Something Real
  • Dalton Dover Giving Up On That
  • Parker McCollum Burn It Down
  • Kassi Ashton Drive You Out Of My Mind



It’s that time again! The CMA Music Festival begins this week in Nashville, and the stars have come out to perform and check in with their fans!

AUDIO: Alan Jackson, who performs at LP Field on Sunday (June 10th), says he’s still the same guy prior to hitting it big as a country star.

AJ (CMA Music Fest) OC: …the people. :24

“I was always a more regular guy and I worked and wanted cars and boats and going to the lake, and that’s still exactly what I do now. And I’m thinking about writing songs and I’m still doing whatever I have to do. But when I come home, I don’t hardly pick up a guitar. I’m always fooling with cars and boats and family and the same things I’ve always done prior to being a big star, you know? Maybe that’s kept me more connected with the people.”

AUDIO: Darius Rucker is making a couple of appearances during this year’s CMA Music Festival. On Monday (June 4th), he will host his 3rd annual Darius and Friends golf tournament, in addition to his concert at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. Proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Darius Rucker (CMA Music Fest) OC: …awesome. :48

“Music Fest is like nothing else. I say all the time that country music is the only genre that could have something like that. It’s truly amazing, when I come that weekend, people are everywhere and they want to be your best friend. It’s always cool and I love coming here. The thing that always gets me is the show. The fact that you can get that many superstars at one show all playing for free, for the same goal, to entertain those people that are in that stadium that come here for the whole week from all over the world. They come here for one week to see country music, and it’s amazing that those artists say on Friday and Saturday night, this is country music come on out. That’s awesome.”

AUDIO: Dierks Bentley talks about the lengths that fans will go to show their appreciation.

Dierks (fans) OC: …commitment. [laughs] :22

“I know a lot of the early fans by name, because we played a lot of shows at a lot of small venues where we’d be around a lot after the shows. I’m not gonna say her name ‘cause I don’t know if she’d want me to or not, but she has like a dog print of Jake, my dog’s Jake, but she has this dog print on her shoulder with my name in the middle of the tattoo. So, tattoos are always, that’s a big deal when somebody gets your name tattooed on part of their body or something. It’s kind of a scary thing, because it’s kind of a lifelong commitment. [laughs]”

AUDIO: Eric Church, who is poised to hit the top of the country charts in the coming weeks with his current single “Springsteen,” says CMA Music Festival is special and unique to country music.

Eric Church (CMA Music Festival) OC: …of music. :32

“Well, I think it’s what makes country music unique. Find me another format that happens in, it is just not something that happens. I think it’s about what we were talking about earlier; country music is the one format where the fans…the music is really about them, and we’re them; we’re not different than them. We’re not a lot of the rock stars and a lot of the other guys where they’re their own person, they’re their own agenda…they’re not like the people [laughs] that are listening to them. It’s different in country. WE are. We come from there; we are that. I think it’s just a great thing for them to be able to come to our town and to get just this barrage of music.”

AUDIO: Eric Church, who is poised to hit the top of the country charts in the coming weeks with his current single “Springsteen,” says CMA Music

Eric Church (CMA Music Fest) 2 OC: …cool thing. :36

I like it because all year long, we go to their town and we entertain ‘em, and this time of year, they’re coming to mine. I can still sleep in my bed at night and we still get to hang with ‘em all day. And just as an artist, it’s a neat event. It’s a neat thing. And it’s unique to country music. I mean, if you look around at the other formats, they don’t have this – CMA Music Fest, Fan Fair. I think just to have that and to be able to see ‘em, and see the same people every day, and some people schedule their entire year, vacation time and save up money to come and do this. So, to have people do that for country music – not just me personally – but country music, it’s a really, really cool thing.”

AUDIO: Eric Church, who performs at LP Field on Saturday (June 9th), talks about country fans.

Eric Church (country fans) OC: …in that way. :31

“You’re dealing with people that are secure. They want the show to be the good show for the fans. I just like that there is a lot of youth going on…you can throw Zac Brown in there and you can throw Jamey [Johnson] in there. There’s a lot of artists out there now, a lot of males in the format that are coming, males fans that are coming back that we kind of ignored for a while and a lot of youth. We play a lot of colleges and there’s a lot of college fans now and that’s neat, and it’s healthy for the format and I think that’s where the format is going to grow the most, in that way.”

Lady Antebellum’s fan base has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years, and the trio is looking ahead to when many thousands of their fans will flood downtown Nashville for the 41st Annual CMA Music Festival to catch them in action. The group is scheduled to perform at LP Field on Thursday, June 7th in front of a sold-out crowd.

AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott talks about performing at Nashville’s LP Field during the CMA Music Festival. 

Lady Antebellum (Music Fest) 1 OC: …over the world. :14

“The electricity in LP Field every year for that, you can’t really beat it. It’s so much fun to be there, and to have a stadium full of the most die-hard country fans you could ever imagine, from all over the world.”

AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott enjoys performing during the CMA Music Festival. 

Lady Antebellum (Music Fest) 2 OC: …again this year. :18

“We’ve done a fan club party every year, and we feel very strongly that we need to continue. That’s a really great way for us to connect in a more intimate setting with our fans. Country music fans are the best fans in the world.  I know everybody says that, but it’s true. We are really looking forward to hopping on the stage and doing it again this year.”

AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley on why he enjoys the annual CMA Music Festival.  

Lady Antebellum (Music Fest) 3 OC: …really cool. :25

“When you see the same fans, these die-hard fans that camp out outside the radio remotes and the hotels, and all of these places, and you start recognizing them, I think that’s when you start going “Wow, this is a special and unique industry.” You talk to them by name and give them a hug. I can’t think of any other genre that has that kind of connection. The people that come back the same time every year, you know where they are going to be. It’s really kind of a fun thing. It’s really cool.”

AUDIO: Little Big Town will be making several appearances during this year’s CMA Music Festival, including the Eighth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade and the Seventh Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party on Wednesday (June 6th), as well as their performance at LP Field on Saturday (June 9th).

Little Big Town (CMA Music Fest) OC: (Phillip) …the best, man. 1:43

KIMBERLY: “We played at the fairgrounds. I guess it was the last year at the fairgrounds.  We had just gotten our record deal.” PHILLIP: “I remember we were just about to walk out on stage, and we had to play acoustic. I mean there was no backing band.” KIMBERLY: “We were at Mercury.  They wanted us to play before Wynonna sang.” PHILLIP: “I remember, my hair was short and Wynonna walked by and tuffed my hair and was like, ‘Oh that’s cute…cute red hair boy.’ [laugh]  I was like, ‘Oh great.’ Like  little puppy dog, ‘You’re gonna be OK, kid.'” KIMBERLY: “We were nervous.” KAREN: “Oh my gosh, were so nervous. We were so green.” KIMBERLY: “We didn’t have many songs at that point. Maybe three songs, which is what we sang. It was all we knew at the time which is what we had worked up.  Because literally we got our record deal in May, and that was June.” KAREN: “And they were like, ‘Why don’t you guys sing a couple songs?’ And, we’re like, ‘Good, because a couple is what we know.’ That was fun. And then moving form that to the stadium shows, to me that the most fun you can ever have…CMA Fest, Stadium shows. It is an energy unlike anything else. It was over the top and I could just come out of my skin at those moments. KIMBERLY: “Me too.” KAREN: “It’s like you just want to float.” PHILLIP: “And it’s like the best country crowd you could ever compile. Every country fan from all over the world wants to be there.  That’s like the crux of country music awesomeness. I’m telling you it is the best fun.” KAREN: “It’s the best feeling out there.” KIMBERLY: “They let them line up and all come across the stage so you have all these people that are so giddy, crazy giddy, because they get to walk up close to the stage.” PHILLIP: “And they’re waving and their arms are about to fall off. They’re just so excited. It’s the best.”


NASHVILLE – Luke Bryan and The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry will team up to host the summer’s hottest television music event when the ABC Television Network airs “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” on Monday, September 17th (8:00-11:00 PM/ET).

“We have so much fun playing at CMA Music Festival,” said Bryan. “The entire town of Nashville turns into one big party and performing at LP Field becomes one of the best shows we play all year.”

“CMA Music Fest is special to The Band Perry because we love spending time with our fans,” said Perry. “We are excited to be a part of ABC’s coverage of the four-day event, co-hosting the television special.”

Filmed June 7th-10th, many of today’s most exciting Country Music stars will hit the stage during a four-day party and celebration of America’s music. The annual event is unlike any other with 30 hours of autograph signings, 200 hours of live music, 450 artists and celebrities, and a party list of 65,000 avid, singing, dancing-till-dawn fans.

This is the eighth time ABC will broadcast this special – which invites the whole country to America’s biggest Country Music bash. Artists appearing in the television special have not yet been announced.

Artists performing as part of the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during 2012 CMA Music Festival include Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Bill Anderson, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Glen Campbell, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Faith Hill, Randy Houser, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Love and Theft, The Mavericks, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Ronnie Milsap, Kip Moore, David Nail, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Gwen Sebastian, Blake Shelton, Steel Magnolia, Carrie Underwood, and Zac Brown Band.

Bryan was nominated for CMA New Artist of the Year in 2010 and 2011. His most recent album is the Platinum-certified tailgates & tanlines, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and features Platinum-certified digital singles “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” and “I Don’t Want This Night to End”; and current smash “Drunk on You,” which recently hit 1 million downloads.

Perry is the lead singer of The Band Perry, a family trio with her brothers Reid and Neil. She won her first solo CMA Award in 2011 for Song of the Year for writing “If I Die Young.” The Band Perry won two additional CMA Awards last year including New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year (“If I Die Young”). The group’s Platinum-certified, self-titled debut album features the four-times-Platinum-certified digital single “If I Die Young” and two Gold-certified digital singles “All Your Life” and “You Lie.”

Originally started as Fan Fair® in 1972, the legendary event has featured performances by every major star in the format. What started with 5,000 fans has grown to a daily attendance of more than 65,000 representing every state and 23 foreign countries.

The primetime television special, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” debuted in 2004 on CBS as a two-hour special highlighting the Festival and Music City. In 2005, the special moved to the ABC Television Network, and expanded to three hours in 2009.

AUDIO: Luke Bryan talks about co-hosting this year’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock ABC-TV special.

Luke Bryan (co-hosting CMA Music Fest TV special) OC: …for the fans. :23

“Well, I’m co-hosting CMA Fest with Kimberly Perry, got a performance too. It’s probably going to be my busiest CMA Fest ever, so we’re excited. Last year, I didn’t get the chance to participate in everything, and so this year, I’m coming back with a big bang. It’s going to be a fun time. I’m really excited about hosting, and certainly getting onstage and playing a big show for the fans.”


From CMT.com:

Dierks Bentley‘s father Leon Bentley died Friday (June 1st) in Phoenix at age 88. The singer-songwriter confirmed the death in a Twitter message he sent Saturday morning, noting, “It was an honor to comfort him as he left us. Thank you, fans, for the time and understanding.” A private memorial service is being scheduled. Because of his father’s illness, Bentley had already canceled a Saturday night performance in Washington, D.C., following the Washington Nationals’ baseball game. Following his father’s death, he also canceled Wednesday’s fan club party in Nashville during the CMA Music Festival. A spokesperson told CMT.com Saturday afternoon that Bentley currently plans to resume his performance schedule with a June 9th appearance at the WYCD Downtown Hoedown in Detroit and his June 10th set during the CMA Music Festival’s nightly concert at LP Field in Nashville.

AUDIO: Dierks Bentley says his father was his biggest influence on him.

Dierks (Father’s Day) OC: …for sure. :10

“My dad’s my biggest influence in country music, because my dad loved country radio, so we always drove around listening to country radio — George Strait and Hank Williams and Randy Travis and all those guys. So, without him, I wouldn’t be doing this, for sure.”


Eric Church was unable to perform his scheduled concert in Buffalo, N.Y. on Friday night due to severe weather. The ‘Springsteen’ hitmaker was slated to appear at WYRK’s Taste of Country 2012 concert, where Joe Nichols, Eli Young Band, Casey James and Dustin Lynch performed before him. Unfortunately, the weather became too severe for Church to take the stage come showtime. 

In light of last summer’s fatal stage collapse involving the Sugarland duo, country acts playing festival stages are likely more attentive than ever about playing one-night constructed concert events, such as tonight’s. Following the first four acts, the show was called off due to high wind and rain, but Church was willing to issue a statement to unhappy fans who were sad to miss him this time around. 

“I’m very bummed the show got canceled tonight. I’ve learned in doing this, that some things are out of your hands and this is one of those things,” the singer told the radio station following the event. “I owe the city of Buffalo one, and I intend to make good on that. To everyone out there, thanks for coming and standing in the rain and wind, and we intend to bring it when the time comes.” 

He added, “Again, sorry it happened, and I hope to see you again in the future.” Earlier in the day, Church expressed to Taste of Country that he was eager to take the stage that night. Sometimes, weather doesn’t allow that, and we hope that everyone who attended had a fun time nonetheless.

Video / Eric Church's Taste of Country 2012 Apology



Come behind the scenes of the unbelievably exciting video shoot for Dierks Bentley’s’ new single, “5-1-5-0,” in the latest episode of DBTV. Dierks and the crew took The Big Nasty ATV Park in Georgia by storm, and let’s just say there wasn’t a shortage of mud…or big trucks. Check it out.

Video / Dierks Bentley - DBTV - Episode 67: 5-1-5-0 The Video



NASHVILLE, Tenn. – He’s sold out over 25 dates on his inaugural arena headlining tour, but Eric Church‘s  The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour isn’t over yet. Announced today, the fall leg of the tour will include stops from Amherst, MA to Los Angeles, CA to Sunrise, FL. Special guests Justin Moore and Kip Moore will join Church for this portion of the tour. Tickets will go on sale June 8 for the first dates, with additional on-sales to be announced in the coming weeks. To purchase, visit www.EricChurch.com.

In April, Eric Church: The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour was named No. 11 on Pollstar’s 2012 Worldwide Ticket Sales Chart for the first quarter, confirming the tour was one of the highest-attended across all genres of music from January through March.

Not only has The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour received huge response from fans, but it has also been met with praise by many outlets including The Boston Globe who wrote, “With his vivid songs, frenetic performances, and outsider allure, Church is a refreshing figure on the country scene.” The Reading Eagle added, “It’s been said a transcendent concert can resemble a religious experience, but this took it to a new level… the 34-year-old frequently exploded from the mic stand, arms pounding his chest, screaming at the crowd to boost an energy level that pyrotechnics and explosions had already elevated… the energy roared.”

Moreover, Church has tied The Blood Sweat & Beers Tour to a cause that will help those in need. Teaming up with Tickets-For-Charity.com, he is giving fans the opportunity to donate part of their purchase price to their favorite charity, and his partnering cause, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and its mission to find a cure for diabetes. For more information, visit www.TicketsForCharity.com.

Full list of newly-announced dates:

9/13/2012 | Amherst, MA | Mullins Center

9/14/2012 | Wilkes-Barre, PA | Mohegan Sun Arena

9/15/2012 | Pittsburgh, PA | CONSOL Energy Center

9/20/2012 | Frisco, TX | Dr. Pepper Arena

9/21/2012 | Houston, TX | Toyota Center

9/22/2012 | Cedar Park, TX | Cedar Park Center

9/27/2012 | Mankato, MN | Verizon Wireless Center

9/28/2012 | Sioux City, IA | Tyson Events Center

9/29/2012 | Kansas City, MO | Sprint Center

10/4/2012 | Detroit, MI | Joe Louis Arena

10/5/2012 | Moline, IL | iWireless Center

10/6/2012 | Cincinnati, OH | US Bank Arena

10/11/2012 | Green Bay, WI | Resch Center

10/12/2012 | Milwaukee, WI | Bradley Center

10/13/2012 | Indianapolis, IN | Bankers Life Fieldhouse

10/14/2012 | Louisville, KY | KFC Yum! Center

10/18/2012 | Lafayette, LA | Cajun Dome

10/19/2012 | Biloxi, MS | Mississippi Coast Coliseum

10/20/2012 | Birmingham, AL | BJCC Arena

10/21/2012 | Murray, KY | CFSB Center

10/25/2012 | Roanoke, VA | Roanoke Civic Center Coliseum

10/26/2012 | Fairfax, VA | Patriot Center

10/27/2012 | Charlottesville, VA | John Paul Jones Arena

11/2/2012 | Glendale, AZ | Jobing.com Arena

11/3/2012 | Las Vegas, NV | Mandalay Bay Events Center

11/4/2012 | Los Angeles, CA | Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

11/6/2012 | Bakersfield, CA | Rabobank Arena

11/8/2012 | Anaheim, CA | Honda Center

11/9/2012 | San Jose, CA | HP Pavilion at San Jose

11/10/2012 | Sacramento, CA | Power Balance Pavilion

11/11/2012 | Reno, NV | Reno Events Center

11/13/2012 | Everett, WA | Comcast Arena at Everett

11/15/2012 | Portland, OR | Rose Garden Arena

11/16/2012 | Boise, ID | Taco Bell Arena

11/17/2012 | West Valley City, UT | Maverik Center

11/28/2012 | Charlotte, NC | Time Warner Cable Arena

11/29/2012 | Duluth, GA | The Arena at Gwinnett Center

11/30/2012 | Columbia, SC | Colonial Life Arena

12/1/2012 | Huntington, WV | Big Sandy Superstore Arena

12/6/2012 | North Little Rock, AR | Verizon Arena

12/7/2012 | Tulsa, OK | BOK Center

12/8/2012 | Wichita, KS | Intrust Bank Arena

12/13/2012 | Tampa, FL | USF Sun Dome

12/14/2012 | Jacksonville, FL | Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

12/15/2012 | Sunrise, FL | Bank Atlantic Center

For more information on Eric Church and to stay updated on additional shows and on-sale dates, please visit www.EricChurch.com.

About Eric Church

EMI Records Nashville’s Eric Church catapulted into national success with the release of his debut country album, Sinners Like Me, which produced radio hits “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines,” and “Guys Like Me.”  His follow-up, Carolina, went on to sell over 500,000 copies (certified Gold) and spawned top hits “Love Your Love The Most,” “Hell On The Heart,” and “Smoke A Little Smoke.”  Awarded the ACM New Solo Vocalist of the Year Award, Church celebrated the chart-topping release of his third studio album, CHIEF, in July 2011 with sales exceeding 145,000 in the first week largely due to Top 15 radio hit, “Homeboy.”  The album received RIAA-Gold certification merely 10 weeks after its release and received a spike of over 60% in sales following his performance of his first-ever No. 1 single, “Drink In My Hand,” on the CMA Awards. Moreover, it topped numerous “Best of 2011” lists including those compiled by Rolling Stone, iTunes, Amazon, NPR, SPIN and more. In November, the announcement was made he was nominated for his first GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album, followed by a recent ACM nominations for Album of The Year for CHIEF and Video of the Year for Top 10 “Homeboy.” On Jan. 19, 2012, Church kicked off his first-ever headlining arena tour in Fort Smith, AR. The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour includes over 90 stops nationwide. Eric’s hot new radio single, “Springsteen,” is Top 5 at radio now and is his fastest-rising single to-date. For a full list of tour dates and latest career happenings, visit www.EricChurch.com.

About Justin Moore

Justin Moore’s star has grown significantly since he was named Billboard‘s Top New Country Artist of 2009. This southern country stylist has sold over 3 million digital downloads to date and his sophomore album OUTLAWS LIKE ME hit the #1 spot the week it was released. OUTLAWS LIKE ME includes the fastest-rising single of Moore’s career, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” which ascended to the No. 1 spot. His debut album scored three consecutive smash singles (the No. 1 “Small Town USA” as well as the hits “Backwoods” and “How I Got To Be This Way”). He has been profiled by publications from The Washington PostPeople Country and Billboard to USA Today. Additionally, his debut was recognized by the New York Times as one of the best albums of 2009. National TV appearances have included The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, NPRWGN Midday News, FOX, Associated Press and Better TV while his music has been featured on Hannity & Colmes and NFL Rewind. Just last year, he hit the road with Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. For music and more, visit www.MooreJustinMusic.com.

About Kip Moore

With his grit, passion and uncanny ability to powerfully capture universal themes of love, loss and coming of age on his MCA Nashville debut album, Up All Night, Georgia native Kip Moore is emerging as the hottest new country artist of 2012. The album’s first single, “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” has been certified Gold and spent two consecutive weeks at No. 1. He is nominated for Breakthrough Artist and Breakthrough Songwriter at the 24th annual MusicRow Awards. Music critics are praising his compelling lyrics of honesty delivered in a raw and rustic voice. For more information, visit www.KipMoore.net.

AUDIO: Eric Church enjoys when fans come to his shows and are able to let loose and forget about their problems for a period of time.

Eric Church (performing live for him) OC: …your music. :15

“When you write songs and you’re a songwriter, and you see the way those songs affect people’s lives…and some of those times it’s not a life changing event. It’s just them being able to drink beer and party and throw their fists in the air and forget about whatever problems they have. It’s pretty cool when it’s all relatable to your music.” 


Nashville, TN – May 31, 2012 – Reigning CMA and ACM “Vocal Group of the Year” Lady Antebellum announced today that the final leg of their Own The Night 2012 World Tour will roll into Australia this September. Tickets will go on sale at 9am local time on Friday, June 15, with pre-sale tickets available from Tuesday June 12. Go to www.ladyantebellum.com for further details.
“We’ve been anxiously waiting to announce that we’re going back to Australia,” said Lady A’s Dave Haywood. “We were over there a little bit over a year ago with Keith Urban, and it was honestly one of the best experiences of our performing career.”
9/25 – Melbourne – Palais Theatre
9/28 – Brisbane – Convention Centre
10/1 – Sydney – Opera House
Lady A has already sold an incredible 850,000 tickets on the first leg of the tour, which continues on to Cleveland, OH, Pittsburgh, PA and Rochester, NY this weekend. Their PLATINUM third disc OWN THE NIGHT debuted at the No. one position on Billboard’s Top 200 in Nov. and most recently earned the trophy for “Best Country Album” at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood explains how he “Owns the Night” on the road.

Lady A (Owning the Night-Dave) OC: …memorable night. :28

“I think when we’re on the road — just enjoying and finding the uniqueness in each of the shows that we play, and not just going through the motions. It’s easy just to kind of get onstage and forget where you are and what you’re doing. But I think when we’re in these live show scenarios, finding just that energy of making a special moment that night and making something that hopefully people will remember and having that connection with them that will be a memorable night.”


Little Big Town is on a mission to make sure people drink responsibly — not only the fact to NOT drink and drive (or drink and drive a boat, as the case may be with their hit summer single, “Pontoon”); but to make sure you keep your beverage cool and “sweat-free” with a fashionable koozie. “The condensation on your drink can make it slip out of your hand, I mean there’s all kinds of reasons,” Phillip Sweet tells The CountryVibe.com. Bandmember Jimi Westbrook agrees, “You get a little too drunk and your grip gets bad so you need something a little more to hold onto. [laughs]”

Jimi and Karen Fairchild‘s son, Elijah, is even getting in on the act. “Elijah’s…asked me to put his ‘Pontoon’ koozie on his bottle,” Karen tells TheCountryVibe.com. “And he’s walkin’ around, but it does keep the milk cold and it looks cute. But it’s so redneck and it’s like he’s got his orange bottle (Jimi – “he’s got his diaper”) and his diaper [laughing], and then he’s got a koozie that says ‘Pontoon’ on it.” 

Catch Little Big Town next Wednesday (June 4th) performing “Pontoon” on the CMT Music Awards airing live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at 8pm ET on CMT.

AUDIO: Little Big Town discuss the importance of using koozies and they share a funny story about Karen and Jimi’s son Elijah and his koozie.  (must credit TheCountryVibe.com)

LBT (Elijah koozie) OC: …motorboa’in. [laughs] :48  

Phillip – “The condensation on your drink can make it slip out of your hand, I mean there’s all kinds of reasons.” Jimi – “I know. You get a little too drunk and your grip gets bad so you need something a little more to hold onto.” [laughs] Kimberly – “Plus it’s a statement.  No matter whatever your koozie says, says something about you.” Jimi – “It’s a creative outlet.” [laughs] Karen – “Yeah, Elijah’s been puttin’ his … he did it again … he asked me to put his ‘Pontoon’ koozie on his bottle.” Kimberly – “Oh dear!  Wow!  That’s funny.” Karen – “And he’s walkin’ around, but it does keep the milk cold and it looks cute.  But it’s so redneck and it’s like he’s got his orange bottle (Jimi – “he’s got his diaper”) and his diaper (laughing), and then he’s got a koozie that says ‘Pontoon’ on it.” Kimberly – “That’s funny.  That is a redneck picture.” Phillip – “And he’s goin’ ‘mmmm motorboatin’.’” Karen – “And he does. He says ‘Mmmm motoboa-in’” [laughs]


Lipton has released, along with the all new Tea & Honey commercials, a series of behind the scenes trivia episodes with Lady A and the Drink Positive Challenge. Hillary, Charles, and Dave each have their own episode and who ever wins throughout the series makes a donation to the charity of their choice!

One episode will air on the same day each week starting Tuesday, May 29th with Hillary’s episode. And one random viewer who leaves a comment on the YouTube video will be chosen to win a Lady A prize from the online store. But right now you can watch the preview below of all the trivia, and shenanigans that are to come!

How well does Lady A know each other? And do you think you have what it takes to take on the trivia challenge? Tune in each Tuesday for the next three weeks to find out!

Video / Lipton's Drink Positive Challenge with Lady A



This past fall, Lady A did an acoustic show at Joe’s Bar in Chicago. Watch the performance of Wanted You More in the latest episode of Webisode Wednesday!

Video / Lady Antebellum - Webisode Wednesday - Episode 201




  • Alan Jackson with WUSN/Chicago’s Jeff Kapugi and Marci Braun, as well as UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan and Steve Hodges.