News: CMA Songwriters Series Announces Second Annual U.K Tour


If you have been to any CMA Songwriter Series show, you will know that it is such a special evening with standout moments from some of Nashville’s most talented songwriters. For me, one of those highlights was Lori McKenna back in 2016. Last year was the first time the CMA Songwriters Series toured as part of the inaugural Country Music Week, and luckily for us thanks to it’s success that tour is set to take place for the second year running.

Hosted by Chris DeStefano and featuring Kassi Ashton, Ashley Campbell and Tenille Townes, the show is an evening of storytelling, allowing fans to get to know the unsung heroes behind some of their favourite songs and an opportunity to hear the stories behind the song from the writers themselves. The two-hour seated show is an intimate in the round kind of show, with each artist taking turns to perform acoustically and for Chris DeStefano, Kassi Ashton and Tenille Townes it will be their first time performing in the UK.

“Presenting this very Nashville experience in an international setting not only makes for a magical evening, but it truly forges a deeper connection to the music for new audiences,” said Milly Olykan, CMA Vice President, International Relations and Development. “The artists on this tour represent a true cross section of Country Music and we’re honored to be part of their journey as they build their international base.”

The tour dates continue to further CMA’s global expansion initiatives. In the U.K. alone, Country Music streaming is up more than 50 percent this year compared to 2017, where 78 percent of Country fans listen to a greater and more varied number of Country artists compared to last year, while 80 percent of Country fans are interested in and seek out more live Country Music shows and events. Earlier this spring, CMA visited both the U.K. during C2C: Country to Country festival—where CMA Songwriters Series held a sold-out show at London’s indigo at The O2—as well as Australia during CMC Rocks QLD festival.

Tickets are on sale this Friday, August 3rd 2018 at

October 16th // Glasgow, St. Luke’s

October 17th // Liverpool, St. George’s Hall

October 18th // Gateshead, Sage Two

October 20th // Manchester, RNCM

October 22nd // London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush (Part of Country Music Week 2018)


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News: Clare Bowen To Headline First UK Tour & Release Debut Record


Hit TV show “Nashville” may be soon leaving our TV screens but fear not as the cast aren’t going anywhere. In fact, ahead of the finale airing in the US, Clare Bowen – better known as Scarlett O’Connor has announced the release of her debut album just in time for her first ever headline UK tour.

Released via BMG, you will be able to hear the album in full on August 31st – if you haven’t already heard it, make sure you check out Clare’s single “Let it Rain” for a sneak peek of what’s in store. “Let it Rain” was debuted on Bob Harris’ Radio 2 show and has already received a great reaction.

As previously mentioned Clare will be headlining her first UK tour after numerous visits with her “Nashville” cast-mates where they sold our shows at the 02 Arena as well as three nights at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. The tour kicks off in Birmingham on September 2nd before concluding in Brighton on September 13th with numerous stops in between.

Growing up in rural Australia, Clare was influenced by her parents’ music collection where she explains “Music was my connection to the rest of the world, I was brought up on my parents’ vinyl collection – everything from Vivaldi, to Elvis, to Dolly, to Springsteen, Edith Piaf and Etta James.” With those influences her album which has been years in the making will sure to be a treat.


(With Special Guests Striking Matches)

Sep 2 | Birmingham, UK | Symphony Hall

Sep 4 | Gateshead, UK | Sage Gateshead

Sep 5 | York, UK | York Barbican

Sep 6 | Manchester, UK | Bridgewater Hall

Sep 8 | Glasgow, UK | Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sep 9 | Cambridge, UK | Cambridge Corn Exchange

Sep 10 | Guildford, UK | G Live

Sep 12 | London, UK | Royal Festival Hall

Sep 13 | Brighton, UK | Brighton Dome

Tickets and VIP upgrades for the UK tour are available at

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News: CMT Music Awards 2018 Nominations Revealed


Each award season fan bases take to social media to support their favourite artists, express their joy at the wins or disappointments at the losses but it’s almost that time of year where whoever wins is down to fans. Yes, that’s right! The 2018 CMT Music Award nominations were announced live today with the help of Kelsea Ballerini, and now it’s down to the fans to determine who takes away an award June 6th in Nashville at the event hosted by Little Big Town.

Be sure to cast your votes at and be sure to let us know who you’ll be rooting for by tweeting us at @CCountryUK or commenting on our Facebook post.

The nominees for this year’s awards are;

Male Video Of The Year:

Dustin Lynch — “Small Town Boy”

Jason Aldean — “You Make It Easy”

Blake Shelton — “I’ll Name The Dogs”

Jon Pardi — “Heartache On The Dance Floor”

Luke Bryan — “Light It Up”

Thomas Rhett — “Marry Me”

Female Video of the Year:

Carly Pearce — “Every Little Thing”

Carrie Underwood — “The Champion”

Lauren Alaina — “Doin’ Fine”

Maren Morris — “I Could Use A Love Song”

Miranda Lambert — “Tin Man”

Kelsea Ballerini — “Legends”

Video of the Year

Justin Timberlake Ft. Chris Stapleton — “Say Something”

Bebe Rexha ft Florida Georgia Line — “Meant To Be”

Blake Shelton — “I’ll Name The Dogs”

Brett Young — “Mercy”

Brothers Osborne — “It Ain’t My Fault”

Carrie Underwood ft. Ludacris — “The Champion”

Dan + Shay — “Tequila”

Jason Aldean — “You Make It Easy”

Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina — “What Ifs”

Luke Combs — “When It Rains It Pours”

Thomas Rhett — “Marry Me”

Kelsea Ballerini — “Legends”

Duo Video of the Year:

Big & Rich — “California”

Brothers Osborne — “It Ain’t My Fault”

Dan + Shay — “Tequila”

Florida Georgia Line — “Smooth”

High Valley — “She’s With Me”

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill — “Speak To A Girl”

Group Video of the Year:

Lady Antebellum — “You Look Good”

Lanco — “Greatest Love Story”

Midland — “Make A Little”

Old Dominion — “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart”

Little Big Town — “When Someone Stops Loving You”

Rascal Flatts — “Yours If You Want It”

Zac Brown Band — “My Old Man”

Breakthrough Video of the Year:

Carly Pearce — “Every Little Thing”

Danielle Bradbery — “Sway”

Devin Dawson — “All On Me”

Lanco — “Greatest Love Story”

Russell Dickerson — “Yours”

Walker Hayes — “You Broke Up With Me”

Collaborative Video of the Year:

Bebe Rexha ft Florida Georgia Line — “Meant To Be”

Carrie Underwood ft. Ludacris — “The Champion”

Cole Swindell ft. Dierks Bentley — “Flatliner”

Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton — “Say Something

Kane Brown ft Lauren Alaina — “What Ifs”

Thomas Rhett ft. Maren Morris — “Craving You”

CMT Performance of the Year:

Andra Day, Common, Little Big Town, Lee Ann Womack, Danielle Bradbery — “Stand Up For Something” (CMT Artists of the Year 2017)

Backstreet Boys & Florida Georgia Line — “Everybody” (CMT Crossroads)

Charles Kelley, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Derek Trucks — “Midnight Rider” (CMT Music Awards 2017)

Earth Wind & Fire & Lady Antebellum — “September” (CMT Crossroads)

Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Keith Urban — “I Won’t Back Down” (CMT Artists of the Year 2017)

Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood — “The Fighter” (CMT Music Awards 2017)

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News: Lindsay Ell Claims No.1 Spot on Canadian Country Radio & Debuts Music Video for “Criminal”

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2018 has so far been a great one for Lindsay Ell. Her debut album “The Project”, lauded “Best Country Album of 2017” by Billboard finally got a UK exclusive release back in March, she came away from this years C2C festival as a stand out performer having performed on numerous stages including the Spotlight Stage and the music video for her current single “Criminal” premiered over the weekend on Entertainment Tonight.

However that’s not all. This week “Criminal” has earned the top spot on both the Mediabase and BDS Canadian radio charts, making Lindsay the first female artist to hit No.1 on the Canadian Country airplay charts since 2008, which is a huge achievement for the Calgary native.

Speaking of this accolade, Lindsay has said “I am humbled and grateful to be the first female artist to have a #1 since 2008 on the Canadian country radio charts,” commented Ell. “Sometimes you work so hard for the things you want, they feel surreal when they happen. Thank you country radio for believing in me and making this possible. Thank you to each and every fan for never giving up on me. I will try my best to continue to make you proud.”

Additional to this “Criminal” is also moving further up the US charts after being the most added song at US radio on its impact day and is still climbing steadily up the charts – currently fast approaching the Top 20 on both MediaBase and Billboard Country Airplay, making it Lindsay’s highest charting single in the US to date.

Lindsay Ell is currently out on the road, touring with Brad Paisley on his “Weekend Warrior Tour” before she embarks on Sugarland’s “Still The Same Tour” and later performing select dates with Keith Urban on his “Graffiti U World Tour”.

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out Lindsay Ell’s debut No.1 album “The Project” on iTunes or on Spotify.

You can also keep up to date with Lindsay via her social media channels and official website;

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News: Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” Into Third Week At Number 1, Surpassing Double Platinum & “Montevallo” Earns Triple Platinum


Having binged on Bobby Bones’ podcast “The Bobby Cast” over the past couple of months, a subject that is often repeated is how in the Country music format a song is only a number one song for a week and the turnaround is very quick on who gets the next one. However, Sam Hunt has defied that with his single “Body Like a Back Road” going into its third week at the top this week.

Since its release to Country radio back in February, “Body Like a Back Road” raced to the top of the charts in twelve weeks and is currently climbing pop radio’s Top 15 as well as being on a twenty-week streak at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Chart, making it the longest command for a song by a solo make on the nearly 59-year-old chart.

Written by Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, “Body Like a Backroad” has quickly become the Number One most downloaded country song of 2017 so far, as well as the third most downloaded song across all genres this year which is hardly surprising with 100 Million streams in ten weeks and 212 Million total streams to date.

Fans were first introduced to the Georgia native with his smash debut release“Montevallo”, now an RIAA-certified Triple Platinum album.

This summer fans can see Sam Hunt on his 15 in a 30 Tour, with venues selling out across the States with special guests Maren Morris and Ryan Follese.


For more information on Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Backroad” the 15 in a 30 Tour and more, visit
Make sure you also check out his socials, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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News: Sara Evans Track Listing for “Words” Revealed


Sara Evans has been a staunch supporter of women in Country music, particularly during the now infamous “Tomato Gate” conversation. So with the release of the track listing of her upcoming album “Words” which will be available worldwide July 21st 2017, it should come as no surprise that the 14 track album is made up of songs written by 14 of some of the industries finest female songwriters, including Sara Evans herself, Ashley Monroe, Caitlyn Smith, Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott, Liz Hengber, Sonya Isaacs & more.

Teaming up once again with co-producer Mark Bright, which whom worked with Sara on her 2005 album “Real Fine Place” and 2014’s “Slow Me Down”, “Words” is the first album to be released on Sara’s own record label Born To Fly Records and is somewhat of a family affair, with Sara’s daughter Olivia Evans singing on the lead single “Marquee Sign” and Sara’s siblings Matt Evans, Lesley Evans Lyons and Ashley Evans Simpson providing harmonies on “Night Light”.

Fans can already pre-order “Words” from iTunes and in doing so will receive “Marquee Sign” and “Words” instantly. They can also pre-order the album from Sara’s official website and receive songs “Long Way Down” (June 30th), “I Don’t Trust Myself” (7th July) and “Diving In Deep” (14th July).

Limited edition fan packages are also available for pre-order, where you can choose from several bundles ranging from a signed CD or vinyl alone, with a Sara Evans t-shirt, journal, mug or acoustic guitar. Bundles can be shipped to the UK but please note additional shipping costs across the pond. You can find these packages here.

Track Listing:

  1. Long Way Down (Tammy Rodgers / Liz Hengber / Jerry Salley)
  2. Marquee Sign (Sara Evans / Jimmy Robbins / Heather Morgan)
  3. Diving in Deep (Gordie Sampson / Hillary Lindsey / Steve McEwan)
  4. All the Love You Left Me (Ben West / Hillary Lindsey / Gordie Sampson)
  5. Like the Way You Love Me (Sara Evans / April Geesbreght / Jason Massey)
  6. Rain and Fire (Claude Kelley / Charles Harmon)
  7. Night Light (Daniel Tashian / Jaida Dreyer)
  8. I Need a River (Marcus Hummon / Darrell Scott / Sonya Isaacs)
  9. I Don’t Trust Myself (Caitlyn Smith / Gordie Sampson / Steve McEwan)
  10. Make Room at the Bottom (Ashley Monroe / Brett James)
  11. Words (David Hodges / Jake Scott / Jimmy Robbins)
  12. I Want You (Shane Stevens / Victoria Monet)
  13. Letting You Go (Sara Evans / Emily Shackelton / Victoria Banks)
  14. A Little Bit Stronger – Acoustic (Hillary Scott / Hillary Lindsey / Luke Laird

For more information on Sara Evans, visit and You can also engage with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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News: CMT Music Awards 2017 – Nominations Revealed


It barely feels like five minutes since it was June of 2016 but it’s that time of year again where fans and artists are gearing up for what is said to be the ultimate week for country music fans, CMA Fest and with that comes the CMT Awards. This year hosted by Nashville star Charles Esten and with a venue change due to the success of the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup, it will definitely be a fun filled event.

Today, the nominees were announced by Brett Eldredge and they are as follows;

Video of the Year

  • “Forever Country” – Artists of Then, Now & Forever
  • “Today” – Brad Paisley
  • “Wanna Be That Song” – Brett Eldredge
  • “Church Bells” – Carrie Underwood
  • “Middle of a Memory” – Cole Swindell
  • “Different for Girls” – Dierks Bentley & Elle King
  • “H.O.L.Y” – Florida Georgia Line
  • “Dirt on My Boots” – Jon Pardi
  • “Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban
  • “Peter Pan” – Kelsea Ballerini
  • “Better Man” – Little Big Town
  • “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day” – Luke Bryan
  • “Vice” – Miranda Lambert
  • “Star of the Show” – Thomas Rhett

Male Video of The Year

  • “Came Here to Forget” – Blake Shelton
  • “Record Year” – Eric Church
  • “Lights Come On” – Jason Aldean
  • “Blue Ain’t Your Colour” – Keith Urban
  • “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” – Luke Bryan
  • “Star of the Show” – Thomas Rhrett

Female Video of the Year

  • “Church Bells” – Carrie Underwood
  • “Peter Pan” – Kelsea Ballerini
  • “Road Less Traveled” – Lauren Alaina
  • “80’s Mercedes” – Maren Morris
  • “Vice” – Miranda Lambert
  • “Back to God” – Reba McEntire

Duo of the Year

  • “Lovin’ Lately” – Big & Rich Feat. Tim McGraw
  • “21 Summer” – Brothers Osborne
  • “How Not To” – Dan & Shay
  • “H.O.L.Y” – Florida Georgia Line
  • “I Know Somebody” – LoCash

Group Video of the Year

  • “Saltwater Gospel” – Eli Young Band
  • “You Look Good” – Lady Antebellum
  • “Better Man” – Little Big Town
  • “Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland
  • “Song for Another Time” – Old Dominion

 Breakthrough Artist Video of the Year

  • “In Case You Didn’t Know” – Brett Young
  • “Dirt on My Boots” – Jon Pardi
  • “Used to Love You Sober” – Kane Brown
  • “Road Less Traveled” – Lauren Alaina
  • “Hurricane” – Luke Combs
  • “Love Triangle” – Raelynn

Collaborative Video of the Year

  • “Forever Country” – Artists of Then, Now & Forever
  • “Sober Saturday Night” – Chris Young Feat. Vince Gill
  • “Different for Girls” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Elle King
  • “May We All” – Florida Georgia Line Feat. Tim McGraw
  • “The Fighter” – Keith Urban Feat. Carrie Underwood
  • “Setting the World on Fire” – Kenny Chesney With Pink

CMT Performance of the Year

  • “Hicktown” – Jason Aldean (From CMT Concert of the Summer)
  • “Want to Want Me” – Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan (From CMT Crossroads)
  • “Pink Houses” – John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker (From CMT Crossroads)
  • “80’s Mercedes” – Alicia Keys and Maren Morris (From CMT Crossroads)
  • “You’re Still the One/Any Man of Mine/Man I Feel Like a Woman” – Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini (From CMT Artists of the Year)
  • “Close” – Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett (From CMT Crossroads)

CMT Social Superstar

  • Brett Eldredge
  • Jake Owen
  • Keith Urban
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Lauren Alaina
  • Thomas Rhett

To vote for your 2017 CMT Social Superstar use the hashtag #CMTawards with the artist’s tag, #VoteBrett #VoteJake, #VoteKeith, #VoteKelsea, #VoteLauren, #VoteThomas. You can vote 10 times per valid Twitter or Instagram account up until June 6th, then up to 50 votes on June 7th. To vote for any other category, go to

Make sure you watch this years CMT Awards live from Nashville, June 7th and check out our Twitter account @CCountryUK where we will be live tweeting.

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News: Shania Twain Announces New Single “Life’s About to Get Good” and First Album in 15 Years



Not only do fans have the excitement of seeing Shania Twain make a historic appearance as a fifth judge and key advisor to the remaining twelve contestants on NBC’s The Voice, they can also be excited about news that the wait for new music is almost over!

Shania’s brand new single “Life’s About to Get Good” is scheduled to hit Country airwaves this June and after a fifteen year break between albums, the love awaited new full length release if due to be released in September.

When talking about “Life’s About to Get Good” Shania says “I was at home looking out at the ocean and I said to myself, ‘Here I am stuck in this past of negativity, but it’s so beautiful out. I’m not in the mood to write a ‘feeling-sorry-for-myself’ song.” The songwriter recognized that with all of the negative in life also comes the positive. “You can’t have the good without the bad. And that’s what the song ended up being about.”

While June still feels a way off, Shania plans to debut her new single for lucky festival goers during her headlining set at Stagecoach Festival in California this Saturday.

It comes as no surprise that fans and critics are excited to hear new Shania music, after all there aren’t many artists who have achieved the level of success that she has throughout her career. Shania is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winner and the reigning Queen of Country Pop. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Shania remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Shania’s albums include her Platinum-selling 1993 debut, Shania Twain; the GRAMMY Award-winning, Double Diamond-selling 1995 release, The Woman in Me; Come On Over, the best-selling studio album in Soundscan history by a female artist in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time with over 40 million units sold worldwide; and UP!, Shania’s third consecutive Diamond-selling album release.

Recognizing her indelible impact and achievements in music, Shania is the first and only female to receive CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime Award. Shania also recently received the Icon Award at Billboard’s Women in Music ceremony. Shania’s hits include “Any Man of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “You’re Still the One” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”

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Lauren Alaina Lands First No.1 Radio Hit with “Road Less Traveled”


When Completely Country spoke to Lauren Alaina back in March, her single “Road Less Traveled” was sitting pretty at #5 on the charts and after years of hard work, she couldn’t quite believe couldn’t she finally had a top 5 hit under her belt.

Fast forward a few weeks later and with what seemed like every fan, fellow artists and music industry folks rooting for her Lauren officially landed her first #1 radio hit with “Road Less Traveled” on both the Billboard and MediaBase country airplay charts.

“I cannot believe I have the number one song in the country,” shares an ecstatic Lauren. “I have dreamed of this day my entire life. The five singles, the ups and downs, the tears, the smiles, and the six years of hard work have made this moment so much sweeter. I am so thankful to everyone who helped me get to this point. Regardless of my future, I get to live the rest of my life saying I have written a number one song. Life made.

Written with Jesse Frasure and Meghan Trainor, Lauren delivers an important and empowering message of self-acceptance in the triumphant anthem. Lauren has been an inspiration to countless men and women of all ages with her relatability, vulnerability and openness of her lyrics.

“Road Less Traveled” is the title track of her sophomore studio album and after recently finishing the CMT Next Women of Country Tour with Martina McBride, Lauren is gearing up to hit the road this Summer with Luke Bryan for select dates on his Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day tour.

If you haven’t already, make sure you buy or download Lauren’s brilliant album “Road Less Traveled” which you can read our review of here. You can also check out our interview here.

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News: Carrie Underwood Signs Worldwide Deal With Universal Music Group


It’s been almost twelve years since the world was introduced to the force that is Carrie Underwood, and after winning Season 4 of “American Idol” she instantly signed to Sony where she remained for her career up until this point.

It was announced today that a new worldwide recording agreement with the superstar has been made, meaning Underwood’s new label home will be Capitol Records Nashville – one of four labels that form Universal Music Group Nashville.

Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group said, “I’m so thrilled that Carrie has decided to make Capitol Records Nashville and UMG her home globally.  As a talented writer, recording artist, performer and actor, Carrie is that exceptionally rare artist who can do it all.  I know I speak on behalf of our teams around the world when I say that we look forward to executing her creative vision and bringing her musical career to the next level.”

Mike Dungan, Universal Music Group Nashville Chairman and CEO shares, “Already a top tier force in country music, Carrie’s vast talents and creative bravery show that she is an artist who is prepared to take on a wide range of artistic challenges.  We are excited for the future, and honored by her decision to make Universal Music Group her label partner in representing this worldwide superstar in the next phase of her career.”

UMG Nashville President, Cindy Mabe was part of the team who launched Carrie’s first album, the eight times platinum, “Some Hearts”. “When I decided to take my position with Capitol Records in 2007, personally one of the hardest people for me to leave behind was Carrie Underwood,” explains Mabe. “We were a team and I had the opportunity to watch her leave American Idol as a kid and mature into one of the most important artists with the most powerful voice in music.  It was amazing to be a small part of that ride. I am so proud and humbled that she has chosen to sign with Universal Music Group Nashville and that we will once again join forces as she writes the next chapter of her soaring career as a global superstar of enormous integrity and talent.”

Underwood states, “It’s so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future.  The incredible team at UMG shares the heart and passion I have for music as well as the drive, and their innovative spirit has shown that together the possibilities are endless.”

“I also want to be sure to thank every single person who has played a part in my recording career so far.  I will be forever grateful to them for all we achieved together,” adds Underwood.

Underwood joins an already impressive artist roster that includes the likes of Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Brandon Lay, Brothers Osborne, Canaan Smith, Chris Stapleton, Clare Dunn, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Easton Corbin, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Gary Allan, George Strait, Haley Georgia, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Josh Turner, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Lady Antebellum, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton, Sam Hunt, Shania Twain, Sugarland, The Band Perry and Vince Gill.

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