Circle Network is launching its first animated series, Road Stories, hosted by singer-songwriter Chuck Wicks. In the new series, artists like Luke Bryan, Terri Clark, Brett Young, Jon Pardi, and more will be transformed into animated characters to relive their greatest stories from being on the road. The 30-minute, weekly primetime series will premiere with Jason Aldean on Friday, Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. CT.
“Circle is excited to develop an innovative talk show that takes our viewers on a fun journey with famed Country Artists,” says Evan Haiman, SVP of Content. “The animation takes these behind-the-scenes stories to a new level. And best of all, our host Chuck Wicks and his friends tell the wackiest stories that will have our viewers in stitches!”
“I’ve been friends with these artists for a long time, and I’ve never heard these stories before from them. I believe that’s what makes this show so unique and special. The minute the artists find out they will be animated, it’s like an entire protective wall that they normally would have for themselves in an interview setting goes down for what really happened,” shares Wicks. “And they share it all on Road Stories which all comes to life for the viewer through animation. This was fun for everyone to do!”
The network is also partnering with Farm Aid to exclusively livestream the 2021 festival. The sold-out event will feature performances by Willie Nelson & Family, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Margo Price, Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and more.
“Circle is proud to begin a strong partnership with Farm Aid, in support of their invaluable efforts to benefit and uplift America’s vital farming community,” Haiman says. “We are excited to have the opportunity to share this amazing musical event with our audience, bringing them the unforgettable performances that only Farm Aid can provide.”
Farm Aid 2021 will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. CT.
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