This year UMG and Capitol combined their rosters with performances by 21 artists for the annual UMG Luncheon at CRS. Lady Antebellum opened the show with their current single “Downtown” and before the trio exited the stage, Risser presented Hillary Scott with a “Baby Antebellum” onesie.
Newcomer Drake White previewed his debut single “Simple Life” while Eric Paslay performed a new ballad “She Don’t Love You,” from his upcoming debut album. Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Kelleigh Bannen and Chris Stapleton were among the other new artits. Newcomer, Mickey Guyton earned a standing ovation for her performance of “Better Than You Left Me.”
Little Big Town performed their new single “Your Side of the Bed.” They sounded amazing as usual, and they earned a standing ovation from the crowd.
Luke Bryan performed a new song with Chris Stapleton and Josh Turner performed,”Deeper Than My Love,” a song Stapleton wrote.
Fresh from the studio, Dierks Bentley performed a funny tune titled “Drunk on a Plane.” He admitted he’s not sure if it would make it on his next album, but wanted to perform it anyway.
Among the other artists to take the Ryman stage were Scotty McCreery, Randy Montana, David Nail, Darius Rucker and Lauren Alaina. David Nail surprised everyone by performing an uplifting tune, joking that he was on enough medication now to make him feel that way.
Although last year Vince Gill was thought to be leaving Universal, Vince appeared on stage to explain he’s back and working on new music with the label.
Gill dedicated his performance of “Go Rest High on That Mountain” to the late Mindy McCready saying he didn’t know her well but “she was part of our family, part of the history of country music and that mattered.”
George Strait topped off the show with a three-song set.
I wish we had more photos for you, but we were forbidden to snap any…shucks…darn.
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