ADA Worldwide Partners With Sara Evans And Born To Fly Records On Global Distribution Deal

ADA Worldwide today announced an exclusive partnership with multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans and her label, Born To Fly Records. ADA Worldwide will support the Nashville-based label across sales and distribution on a global scale. Launched in 2017, Born To Fly Records is home to Evans’ critically acclaimed eighth studio record, Words, which was named one of Billboard and Rolling Stone’s Top Country Albums of the Year. The ACM Female Vocalist of the Year is currently prepping her new album, due later this year.
 
“As ADA continues to put an emphasis on building its Nashville roster, we are thrilled to join forces with such an acclaimed, decorated artist in country music such as Sara, as she enters this phase in her career,” says Warner Music Group President of Independent Music & Creator Services, Eliah Seton.
 
"On behalf of Sara, Born To Fly Records and Collective Artist Management, we’re excited to enter into this partnership with ADA and the overall Warner team,” said Craig Dunn, Vice President, Collective Artist Management. “Their passion and track record speak for itself and we’re thrilled to have Sara Evans alongside the long list of accomplished artists on the ADA roster.”

Adds ADA President, A&R and Label Services, Kenny Weagly, “We’re very excited to partner with Sara on the next steps of her already-lauded career, which is illuminated with No. 1’s, prestigious awards, platinum success and numerous tours. In addition to our partnerships that include Aaron Watson’s Big Label Records and Broken Bow Records, joining forces with an artist such as Sara further exemplifies ADA’s focus and commitment to the music coming out of Nashville.” 

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The Barker Family Band With Sara Evans Limited Engagement Tour Tickets And Ep Now Available To Order

Multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans’ side-project, The Barker Family Band, with daughter Olivia Barker(16) and son Avery Barker(19), is now available for pre-order at saraevans.co/TheBarkerFamilyBand. The 6-song EP, releasing April 12, offers a snapshot of this moment in time for the family and showcases mesmerizing harmonies on original songs and covers including Beyonce’s “XO,” premiering exclusively via Billboard, and “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac). Hear “Dreams” now on your favorite streaming platform and get an immediate download when you pre-orderThe Barker Family Band EP at saraevans.co/TheBarkerFamilyBand. In addition, a limited number of CD bundles are available at SaraEvans.com. Priced at $29 the package will include an autographed CD copy of the EP along with an 8x10 photo and Barker Family Band t-shirt.

 Sara, along with Olivia and Avery, will embark on the limited engagement acoustic tour — City Winery and SiriusXM Y2Kountry present Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour —launching May 7 in Washington, D.C. with six shows at City Winery locations throughout the month of May. Tickets are on-sale now at SaraEvans.com/Tour.  

City Winery and SiriusXM Y2Kountry present Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour

May 7 - Washington, D.C. - City Winery

May 8 - New York, NY - City Winery

May 9 - Boston, MA - City Winery

May 15 - Atlanta, GA - City Winery

May 17 - Chicago, IL - City Winery

May 18 - Nashville, TN - City Winery

Purchase tickets for City Winery and SiriusXM Y2Kountry present Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour at SaraEvans.com

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Sara Evans Surprises Fans with The Barker Family Band Side Project

Collaboration with daughter Olivia Barker and son Avery Barker for EP and limited-engagement acoustic tour launching spring 2019

Nashville, TN — March 8, 2019 — Multi-Platinum entertainer Sara Evans got her start in music at the age of 5, leading The Evans Family Band with two of her siblings. Her solo career took off after signing with RCA Records, going on to score five #1 singles, including “Born To Fly” and “A Little Bit Stronger,” selling millions of records and taking home trophies from the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association. Family has remained a constant since day one as her brother Matt and sister Lesley continue to perform in her live band and her three children – Avery, Olivia and Audrey – were raised on the road, watching shows from the side stage.

Sara has a new solo album is in the works for 2019 however she was inspired to go in the studio earlier this year with her own family, daughter Olivia Barker (16) and son Avery Barker (19), to record a small side-project after fan reaction to acoustic renditions of “Dreams” and “Born To Fly” posted to Instagram. The result: a 6-song EP — The Barker Family Band— and limited engagement acoustic tour — City Winery and SiriusXM Y2Kountry present Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour —launching this spring. 

“Family is everything to me and making a record like this has been a dream for me since my kids were little,” said Sara. “They were literally raised on a tour bus around music and this is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’m honored that I get to make this music with them before they embark on their own careers as musicians.”

As Olivia, a powerhouse vocalist and songwriter, and Avery, a singer/songwriter, guitar player and multi-instrumentalist, embark on their own solo music careers, Evans is thrilled to share The Barker Family Band EP on April 12 as a snapshot of this moment in time for the family. Mesmerizing harmonies are showcased on covers including Beyonce’s “XO” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” along with an original song, “The View,” written by Olivia and Avery. Sara and Olivia trade off lead vocals and harmonies while Avery co-produced the project, along with Sara and Ben Fowler, and played acoustic and electric guitar on the tracks. 

The Barker Family Band track listing

1.    “Born To Fly Intro” – lead vocals Sara Evans

2.    “Dreams” – lead vocals Sara Evans

3.    “XO” – lead vocals Olivia Barker

4.    “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” – lead vocals Sara Evans

5.    “The View” – lead vocals Olivia Barker

6.    “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” – lead vocals Olivia Barker

The trio will also embark on the 6-city limited engagement City Winery and SiriusXM Y2Kountry present Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour in late spring, with tickets on-sale starting March 14 at SaraEvans.com.

City Winery and SiriusXM Y2Kountry present Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour

May 7 - Washington, D.C. - City Winery

May 8 - New York, NY - City Winery

May 9 - Boston, MA - City Winery

May 15 - Atlanta, GA - City Winery

May 17 - Chicago, IL - City Winery

May 18 - Nashville, TN - City Winery

Purchase tickets for City Winery andSiriusXM Y2Kountry present Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour at SaraEvans.com

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The Hits. Hats. History. Tour Kicks Off May 2nd in Charlotte

Country music icons Trace Adkins and Clint Black will make a triumphant return to the stage together as part of the Hits. Hats. HistoryTour. Pre-sale tickets go on sale March 5, with all remaining tickets going on sale March 8 at 10 a.m. (local time). 

The Hits. Hats. History. Tour kicks off May 2 in Charlotte, North Carolina and travels to nine different cities through August 9, with additional dates announced in the coming weeks. This summer tour will get that much hotter via the addition of a series of special guest artists such as Terri Clark, John Berry and Craig Campbell.

 “It’s been a few years since Clint and I shared the stage,” explains Trace Adkins, a three-time GRAMMY nominated BBR recording artist. “Since then, we have both been fortunate to have added a few more hits, and hats to our collection. Looking forward to this!” 

“Trace and I toured together back in the 90s and I’m really looking forward to sharing the stage with him again!” said Black, a GRAMMY award winner and one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the modern era.  “He’s a lot of fun and a real pro.”

In addition to the Hits. Hats. History. Tour, Black will launch his “Still Killin’ Time 30th Anniversary Tour” in March to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of his triple platinum, seminal album, Killin’ Time.  To this day, it is recognized as one of country music’s most authoritative recordings, it’s influence still heard on many of the recordings that have followed. 

Adkins is also on the road this summer as part of his current Don’t Stop Tour 2019. Currently, the “You’re Gonna Miss This” hit-maker is out with his “Hillbilly Bone” buddy Blake Shelton as part of his Friends & Heroes 2019 Tour, which concludes March 23 in New York. And while the Grand Ole Opry member certainly has much on his plate as of late, he is still set to lend his voice to the character of Robert in the forthcoming “Dally & Spanky,” due out later in 2019.

HITS. HATS .HISTORY. TOURMay 2  – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC*
May 3 – Suwannee River Jam – Live Oak, FL^
May 4 – The Bowl – Sugar Hill, GA*
May 5 – CCNB Amphitheatre – Simpsonville, SC*
June 6 – White Oak Amphitheatre – Greensboro, NC<
June 8 – Foxwoods Amphitheatre – Mashantucket, CT<
June 9 – Bank of New Hampshire Amphitheatre– Gilford, NH<
August 8 – Smart Financial Centre – Sugar Land, TX<
August 9 – H-E-B Center at Cedar Park – Cedar Park, TX<

*Features John Berry ^Features Craig Campbell <Features Terri Clark

 For more information and tour dates, visit clintblack.com.

Clint Black Celebrates Milestone With The "Still... Killin' Time 30th Anniversary Tour"

GRAMMY Award winning country music icon Clint Black will spend 2019 on the road with his fans celebrating 30 years of his triple platinum selling debut album Killin’ Time.  The “Still… Killin' Time 30th Anniversary Tour” launches in March in Norman, Oklahoma and will continue throughout the year with new dates still to be announced. Tickets are available at clintblack.com/tour

Killin’ Time, to this day, remains one of the highest selling debut albums in country music. The groundbreaking album became a seminal recording as it helped bring the genre back to mainstream audiences. Its influence can be heard in many of the albums that followed, and its modesty and sincerity still resonate with artists and fans alike. Clint will be performing a number of songs from Killin’ Time including classic No. 1 hits like “A Better Man,” “Nobody’s Home,” and “Killin’ Time.” 

Clint says, “My songs and especially the songs from Killin’ Time are the glue that connects me to my fans. I’m excited that they’ve been a part of the soundtrack to their lives for so many years.”

Tune In Alert: Sara Evans Sets Trio Of TV Appearances

Country on Campus (CMT), Real Country (USA Network), and The Talk (CBS) air this month 

 Sara’s Slacker Radio #WCE country station

featured host spot begins December 17

Multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans has a trio of TV appearances set for this month as she rounds out the final five dates of her popular, limited-engagement “At Christmas Tour” running through December 15.

Sara and husband Jay Barker take viewers with them to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in “Country on Campus.” The couple are joined by sports broadcaster Bonnie Bernstein as they explore their passion for college football and a household divided between the University of Alabama, where Jay played quarterback for the Crimson Tide during their 1992 National Championship winning season, and home state pride for Sara with the University of Missouri. The episode airs on CMT December 8 and 9 at 9am eastern/8am central during “CMT Hot 20.”

On December 10,  Sara joins Jake Owen, Travis Tritt and Shania Twain as a guest panelist on USA Network’s new country music showcase, “Real Country,” which broadcasts at 11pm eastern / 10pm central.  She returns to guest cohost “The Talk” on December 11,  joining hosts Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, and guest cohost Angie Martinez for the live talk show airing at 2pm eastern / 1pm central on CBS.

After wrapping her “At Christmas Tour” mid-month, Sara joins Slacker Radio as featured host of their #WCECountry (Woman Crush Everyday) station. Visit https://www.slacker.com/station/wce-country beginning December 17 to hear more!

Country Music Icon Clint Black Unveils The Clint Black Christmas Collection

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Country icon and GRAMMY Award winner Clint Black is ringing in the holiday season with his trademarked Christmas cheer and a very special studio album. The Clint Black Christmas Collection, out today via Clint’s own Blacktop Records, features songs from his 1995 Christmas album Looking for Christmas, along with some new recordings written for his recently premiered holiday musical of the same name. You can listen to The Clint Black Christmas Collection at the link provided HEREAdditionally, the album is available for purchase in various holiday bundles at www.clintblack.com.

Clint says, “In writing the first album, Looking for Christmas, I learned where our centuries old traditions came from, and I knew I would have to continue writing songs to help grow the collection. This year, I’m thrilled to share even more new songs, including those from my holiday musical, Looking for Christmas, and those featuring my lovely wife and daughter.”

Keeping with the spirit of Christmas, this self-produced release is a family affair for Clint. His wife Lisa Hartman Black joins Clint for a beautiful rendition of his 1995 cut “The Finest Gift.” Lily Pearl Black makes a splash on her recording debut with the gorgeous “Magical Christmas,” one of her dad’s new songs on the album. Also appearing on this collection are classics like “Light the Fire” - written for the animated television series Transformers: Rescue Bots- and “The Kid,” which features a co-writing credit from the late great country music star Merle Haggard. 

Clint’s new holiday musical, Looking for Christmas, made its debut at The Old Globe theater in San Diego on November 20th, and was recently extended to run until December 31st. Following its run at The Old Globe, Looking for Christmas will embark on a holiday tour in the 2019-20 season. 

Corey Smith Releases Music Video And Single For High Energy New Song "Honky Tonkin' In My Blood"

Georgia-based, singer/songwriter Corey Smith, known for his independent attitude and lyrical honesty (“Let Me Love You On a Back Road” and “I Love Everyone”), dives deep into his own psyche with the release of “Honky Tonkin’ in My Blood.” Out today, this third track from his forthcoming Great Wide Underground project reflects on how his relationship with his father helped to shape his Honky Tonkin’ nature.

Fans can listen to the track now at http://smarturl.it/CSHonkyTonkin and also watch the music video that premiered today here: https://youtu.be/16SusYkAl70

“Most folks in my world know what ‘honky tonkin’’ means”, says Smith. “If you have to explain it too much, you’re obviously talking to someone who doesn’t understand country music. The word conjures up images of hardwood dance floors, cowboy apparel, neon beer signs, pool tables, mechanical bulls and bar stools. It also makes us think of the styles of music heard in such places. I think of Willie, Waylon, Skynyrd, David Alan Coe and Delbert McClinton. But ‘honky tonkin’’ is more than the sum of its parts. It’s kind of a way of life. It’s about bucking convention, taking chances, letting loose and being a little reckless at times. It’s certainly not for everyone, but for those of us born with a wild streak, it’s an important aspect of our live.”

Like an answer to a question, “Honky Tonkin’ in My Blood” examines a life of sneaking into taverns and listening to living room jam sessions and considers how both experiences and genetics can mold not only a person’s life but the music s/he creates.

Corey wrote, produced, and mixed all music from the Great Wide Underground. Written on the road and then tracked with his touring band at Lee Davis Studio in Maysville, GA, the project celebrates the raw authenticity that has become a trademark of Smith’s music. For more information about the Great Wide Underground in Corey’s own words, check out this
video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAQqhShva8w

Sara Evans Guest Co-Host The Talk: Surprised With Gold Plaque For Stronger

Multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans traveled to Los Angeles this week where she appeared on “The Talk” (CBS) as guest co-host earlier today. Sara joined hosts Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood, along with guest co-host Dania Ramirez for the live talk show where they discussed current topics and interviewed the cast of The Conners. Sara was also surprised during the broadcast with a plaque for her R.I.A.A. GOLD certified album, Stronger, which includes the platinum-selling, two-week No. 1 single, “A Little Bit Stronger.” See the full show HERE and Sara’s Stronger surprise HERE.

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Clint Black To Launch U.S. Tour Of New Musical - Looking For Christmas

Clint Black and The 959 Group are thrilled to announce the new Clint Black musical, Looking for Christmas, will embark on a holiday tour in the 2019-20 season. The country music icon’s new American musical will make its world premiere November 20, 2018 at The Old Globe in San Diego. Tour cities and dates will be announced at a later date. 

Inspired by Black’s 1995 chart-topping holiday album of the same name, Looking for Christmas is a new musical about family, loyalty, and the magic of Christmas. Amid the commotion of the holidays, Staff Sergeant Mike Randolf returns from Afghanistan and home to his family. But before Mike can open his heart to the joy and spirit of the season, he must make peace with the past and let go the ghosts of the battlefield. While Mike’s wife helps him readjust to civilian life, it’s their precocious young daughter’s sweet search for the true meaning of Christmas that leads the family toward healing. This heartwarming musical is sure to become an enduring holiday classic.

“I am thrilled to be able to take this musical on the road,” said Black. “The message, which was inspired by the sacrifices our servicemen and women and their families make, especially over the holidays, is something that we must always remember.”

Looking for Christmas features music and lyrics by Clint Black, a book by James D. Sasser with Clint Black, direction by Kent Nicholson, and music direction and supervision by Matt Hinkley. The tour is produced by The 959 Group (Kent Nicholson, James D. Sasser, Charles Vincent Burwell, Henry Ivey, and Juliet Ivey) and Clint Black with Executive Producer Greg Schaffert and General Manager Fifth Estate Entertainment (Nathan Gehan).

 Looking for Christmas will premiere at The Old Globe in San Diego with performances beginning November 11 and now extended to December 31, 2018. Tickets are now available at TheOldGlobe.org.

 For more information on Looking for Christmas, visit LookingForChristmasMusical.com.

Sara Evans Releases Acoustic Video And Track For Haunting Hit, “All The Love You Left Me” As Part Of “CMT Next Women Of Country Live 2018”

Multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans is offering a vulnerable, acoustic performance for her haunting hit, “All The Love You Left Me.” Following her headlining run on CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour earlier this year, the “artist in full musical flight” (Associated Press) visited CMT’s 330 Studios in Nashville to film a live performance music video with her band, including siblings Matt Evans and Lesley Evans Lyons and son, Avery. The clip will debut Monday, October 22 as part of digital music series “CMT Next Women of Country Live 2018 on CMT.com. In addition, an acoustic version of the song is available now at saraevans.co/ATLYLMa.

Originally released on her recent album Words, the song has been spinning on Sirius XM’s Y2Kountry since February. While the song written by Ben West, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson, implies an abandoned love, Sara was compelled to sing it for a friend at home in Birmingham, Alabama who had recently lost their child to cancer.

As Sara’s eight album catalog crosses the 100 million stream mark on Spotify, Sirius XM has started spinning “Long Way Down,” also found on her album Words, on Y2Kountry (Channel 61). And starting next month, she’ll return for another holiday season of her popular, limited engagement At Christmas Tour, kicking off November 24 in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Sara Evans Returns For Another Holiday Season Of Her "At Christmas Tour" For 2018

Tickets for Limited-Engagement Dates are on sale Friday at SaraEvans.com

Sara Evans is returning again this year for another holiday season of her popular, limited-engagement At Christmas Tour, with festive shows created to get fans of all ages into the spirit of the season. Tickets are available starting Friday, August 31 at SaraEvans.com. Special guests, California country trio Fairground Saints, will open all shows of the holiday tour.

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Sara Evans Performs at Volunteer Jam XX: "A Tribute To Charlie" Premiering On AXS TV

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THE BROADCAST PREMIERE INCLUDES PERFORMANCES BY CHARLIE DANIELS, THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND, SARA EVANS, ALABAMA, BILLY F GIBBONS, BLACKBERRY SMOKE, CHRIS YOUNG, CHRIS JANSON, JUSTIN MOORE, LEE BRICE, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, RICKY SKAGGS, THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, TRAVIS TRITT, & MANY MORE

Blackbird Presents and AXS TV are proud to announce the broadcast premiere and music release of Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie. The broadcast and music release features a collection of legendary singers, songwriters, and superstars who came together to celebrate Charlie Daniels’ twentieth Volunteer Jam at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee this March. AXS TV will premiere the two-hour broadcast on Sunday, August 19 at 10PM ET, and Blackbird Presents will release a two-CD set of select songs which is available for immediate preorder on August 13, 2018. 

Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charliebroadcast special features captivating performances, in-depth interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage with Charlie Daniels, The Charlie Daniels Band, Alabama, Billy F Gibbons, Blackberry Smoke, Chris Young, Chris Janson, Chuck Leavell, Devon Allman, Duane Betts, Eddie Montgomery, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ricky Skaggs, Sara Evans, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Travis Tritt. Performances include a range of classics, such as "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" (performed by Charlie Daniels & The Charlie Daniels Band), "Mountain Music" (Performed by ALABAMA), "La Grange" (Performed by Billy F Gibbons), and an all-star grand finale performance of "One Way Out." 

Keith Wortman is the creator and executive producer of the show. GRAMMY® Award-winner Don Was served as music director.

“We were honored to produce Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie, of one of the most special southern rock, soul, and blues most special music traditions,” says Keith Wortman, Executive Producer. “This broadcast premiere and release captures all of the excitement for music fans around the world.” 

Corey Smith Releases "Halfway Home"

Georgia-based singer/songwriter Corey Smith shows off his sentimental side with the release of his new song “Halfway Home” from his unfolding project, the Great Wide Underground. On the heels of his middle-finger-waving single, "Empty Rooms," “Halfway Home” makes a 180 degree turn and dives into the struggle of being a full time touring artist, husband, and father of two. With touching lyrics and a production that sounds like a Sunday drive, "Halfway Home" is now available at smarturl.it/CSHalfwayHome.
 
This might seem like my choice to you
But leaving’s something that your dad has gotta do
And it’s nothing we can’t make it through

“In my experience, I’ve found that the most meaningful songs are usually the easiest ones to write,” says Smith. “They reveal themselves quickly, as if the words are there waiting to be given voice. Creating them feels more like remembering than inventing and their completion comes with a powerful sense of euphoria, as if a weight has been lifted. That’s how “Halfway Home” was. It was the easiest song I’ve written in a long time and, not coincidentally, it’s a song that will mean a great deal to me and my family for years to come. Now that it’s out in the world, I sincerely hope others find meaning in it as well.”

Listen now: smarturl.it/CSHalfwayHome

Sara Evans Joins President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to Celebrate the Fourth of July at the White House

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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will celebrate Independence Day at the White House by welcoming military families to the South Lawn for an afternoon picnic.  In the evening, staff and guests will join the military families to enjoy the traditional fireworks display provided by the National Park Service.

The President and First Lady are excited to extend this year’s Fourth of July celebration to people across the country through a television partnership that will allow viewers to take part in special live performances on the South Lawn of the White House.  Hosted by the National Park Service, and the National Park Foundation, the 90 minute event will feature live performances from musical artists Sara Evans, pianist Lola Astanova, former American Idol finalist Jax, recent American Idol contestant Jonny Brenns, “The President’s Own” United States Marines Band, The United States Navy Band Sea Chanters, and The United States Air Force Band’s Max Impact.

“I’m delighted to welcome this new addition to the annual White House July 4th celebration,” said First Lady Melania Trump.  “Americans will be able to tune in from their homes and be part of the festivities.  Thank you to the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, and the event sponsors for helping make this possible.”

The program is set to start at 8:00p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the Hallmark Channel. 

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Award-Winning Artist Steve Wariner Honored with Country Radio Broadcasters’ 2018 Artist Career Achievement Award

Award-winning artist, highly regarded guitarist, and hit songwriter, Steve Wariner was honored with the 2018 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award during the Country Radio Hall of Fame awards and induction ceremony held at the Vanderbilt Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee on June 20, 2018.

CRB Executive Director Bill Mayne presented Wariner with the award, which is given to an individual artist or act that, through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of Country music and Country radio.  Country superstars and friends of Wariner’s, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood made a surprise appearance to honor Wariner on his special night.  

Wariner commented, saying “What an honor it was to receive the Career Achievement Award last night.  I’m incredibly grateful to all of Country Radio for supporting me throughout my career, Bill Mayne, R.J. Curtis, and Kurt Johnson for thinking of me for such an honor, and to Garth and Trisha for surprising me with their attendance.  Them being there was truly the cherry on top of a very special evening.”