Brad, Carrie, Kix, Ronnie, Miranda, Kellie + Bryan Adams Rock the Boat
Another cold night in Music City was heated up with the sweet sounds of country music wafting through the air as the General Jackson showboat made its way along the Cumberland River for Sony Music Nashville's annual boat ride and show during Country Radio Seminar.
First up on the three-hour program were a few awards handed out to several radio stations by Sara Evans during a dinner for hundreds of radio programmers and industry insiders. Then came the entertainment with Brad Paisley, who welcomed the crowd stating, "Welcome to Alcatraz. The only way off this rock is to swim," before kicking off with his next single, 'Water,' from his current album, 'American Saturday Night.' He also performed 'She's Her Own Woman.' During the course of his onstage appearance, Brad announced his upcoming H2O tour, featuring Darius Rucker, Josh Thompson and Steel Magnolia, as well as returning opening act, Justin Moore. The trek will include a side stage for some of the newer acts, as well as water-themed events, featuring a dunking booth. Brad was then joined onstage by the head of promotion for his record label to announce a water-themed video contest for radio stations, with winning entries to be included in the video for 'Water.'
Next up, Kellie Pickler paid tribute to one of her idols, Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn, by performing 'You Ain't Woman Enough,' as well as 'Makin' Me Fall in Love Again.' While still onstage, she was presented with a plaque representing one million downloads of her single 'Best Days of Your Life.'
Newcomer Josh Thompson sang his next single 'Way Out Here,' before he was joined by Miranda Lambert for 'Sinner.' Miranda then performed her new release, 'The House That Built Me,' as well as her first No. 1 song, 'White Liar.' Carrie Underwood then joined Miranda for an all-girls' version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Travelin' Band.' Miranda also received an award -- a gold plaque commemorating 500,000 copies sold for her album, 'Revolution.'
Carrie came back on stage to treat the crowd to her hit 'Temporary Home,' and then rocked out a bit with 'Undo It.' The blonde bombshell, dressed in a short skirt and her self-described "hooker boots," was then awarded a plaque for 20 million digital transactions.
If the boat is a rockin', don't come a knockin', and the boat was definitely rockin', especially when Brooks & Dunn took to the stage with 'Hillbilly Stomp,' followed by a raucous rendition of 'Play Something Country,' which had the audience singing along. The duo then invited surprise special guest, rocker Bryan Adams, to the stage and together they performed Bryan's classic hit, 'Summer of '69.' Bryan stayed to sing an acoustic version of 'Run to You,' and with guitar in tow, Brad jumped into a performance of 'Cuts Like a Knife,' before Carrie rolled in to play the part of Tina Turner on 'It's Only Love,' as the boat returned to the dock.
Also hanging out to watch the festivities and mingle with their friends in radio were Chris Young and Chuck Wicks, who told The Boot that he's thrilled with the songs for his upcoming album, which he is just about finished recording. Fans can expect a new single next month.
All in all, the audience was very pleased with their time away from dry land and really didn't seem to mind when that first blast of cold air hit them on the way out!