Industry Pics: Live From The Drive-In, Travis Denning, Grand Ole Opry, Charlie Daniels

Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Jon Pardi Thrill During Live From The Drive-In

Darius Rucker. Photo: Freddy Breedon

Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Jon Pardi treated fans to a long-awaited Summer concert at Live Nation’s Live From The Drive-In Concert Series over the weekend at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. Jon Pardi kicked off the weekend bringing the party to a packed crowd on Friday (July 10), while Brad Paisley hit the stage Saturday playing some of his biggest hits including “Crushin’ It,” “Mud on the Tires,” “American Saturday Night,” and “No I In Beer.” The superstar also surprised concert-goers with a special video duet with Carrie Underwood for their smash hit “Remind Me” and an opening comedy set in Nashville from Kevin Nealon. Darius Rucker headlined the final night of the weekend, complete with a “Only Wanna Be With You” singalong with the crowd. Fans who weren’t able to make it out to the first Live From The Drive In, can check out Paisley’s livestream from his Nashville performance on Saturday. The livestream has earned more than 619,000 views so far and is still available to watch HERE.

 

Travis Denning’s Golden Drive-By Surprise

Top row, (L-R): Damon Moberly – Mercury Nashville VP Promotion, Royce Risser – UMG Nashville EVP Promotion, Mike Dungan – UMG Nashville Chairman/CEO, Brian Wright – UMG Nashville EVP A&R, Rob Femia – UMG Nashville SVP Business & Legal Affairs.
Bottom row left to right: Angie Coonrod – Red Light Management, Travis Denning, Tom Becci – Red Light Management, Jeremy Stover – RED Creative Group. Photo: Bo Lbbotson

Travis Denning was surprised recently by his team at Universal Music Group, Red Light Management, RED Creative and WME with a drive-by parade in Nashville to celebrate his No. 1 hit single “After A Few,” which has officially been certified GOLD by the RIAA. Denning co-wrote “After A Few” with Kelly Archer and Justin Weaver, and just released his followup single to country radio, “Where That Beer’s Been.”

 

The Gatlin Brothers Tribute Charlie Daniels During Opry

The Gatlin Brothers performed “Heaven’s Jubilee” and “Help Me” in honor of their fellow Opry member Charlie Daniels on Saturday night’s show. Photo: Photos courtesy Grand Ole Opry LLC. Mark Mosrie, photographer

The Grand Ole Opry honored the life and career of Country Music Hall of Famer and beloved Opry member Charlie Daniels during Saturday night’s show (July 11). Opry members The Gatlin Brothers performed “Heaven’s Jubilee” and “Help Me” in honor of their fellow Opry member. Margo Price and Jimmie Allen joined the Gatlins on the show, which was the 4,932nd consecutive Saturday night Opry broadcast.

 

Charlie Daniels Laid To Rest In Mt. Juliet

Photo credit: Nate Shuppert

Family, friends and hundreds of fans gathered Friday (July 10) at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to pay their respects to country and southern rock icon Charlie Daniels, who passed away July 6. Throughout the morning, several guest performers took the stage to pay tribute to the late Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member. Trace Adkins performed the patriotic “Arlington,” while Vince Gill crooned through “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” and “America the Beautiful.” Travis Tritt led the congregation in “Amazing Grace.” Accompanied on piano by Michael W. Smith, Gretchen Wilson honored Daniels with gospel classic “I’ll Fly Away.” Speakers included former U.S. Navy SEAL David Rutherford, tenured CDB roadie Roger Campbell, and Daniels’ longtime manager David Corlew. World Outreach Church pastor Allen Jackson eulogized the legendary singer, who was laid to rest at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

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