A remarkable array of some of Nashville’s biggest stars and up-and-coming names were at the famed Ryman Auditorium yesterday (9), to perform one song each at the Universal Music Group’s lunch event for delegates of CRS 2016, the Country Radio Seminar. Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban were all among those taking part.
Photo: Little Big Town play the UMG lunch event at the Ryman
No fewer than 16 artists took part in the two-hour presentation, each playing current and upcoming material for the country radio programmers who have helped build their careers. Little Big Town opened proceedings, reflecting on their extraordinary success during 2015, followed by Mercury’s Canaan Smith, who sang ‘Stuck’ from his Bronco album.
Musgraves was on hand to perform ‘Late To The Party,’ the next US single from her Pageant Material album, while Charles Kelley (pictured) of Lady Antebellum teamed with Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay for their collaboration ‘The Driver,’ the title track from his solo album on Capitol. Bentley returned to sing ‘Somewhere On A Beach,’ the first hit and lead track from his upcoming Black album.
One of the most respected artists in all of country music, Vince Gill, did his tribute to his late friend George Jones, ‘Sad One Comin’ On,’ from his new set Down To My Last Bad Habit, which is released this Friday (12). Other established Nashville stars in the line-up included Darius Rucker, Kip Moore and Eric Church, and there were also songs from Paslay, David Nail, Jon Pardi and Lauren Alaina. Urban closed the event with a two-song set including ‘Break On Me.’