Tennessee is wall-to-wall with special music events this week from the CMT Music Awards to Bonnaroo, and Billboard was part of the action as the genre's stars converged for our Country Summit on June 7 and 8. Our cameras caught up with a number of artists who shared thoughts on the state of their careers, their fans, plans and more.
In the video below, McBride chats with Billboard about her single, "Wrong Baby Wrong," and lets us in on a new collaboration with rapper T.I. and Kid Rock. "I love that he sees the real redneck in me," she says of Kid Rock.
During his video interview at the Country Summit, Shelton muses about the success of his single "Home" ("It was the stepping up of the second half of my career"), his "Hillbilly Bone" fans ("[at a concert] they show up to perform these days rather than just sitting there getting wasted"), and passing along a song that made Miranda Lambert cry and then made her a hit.
Big Kenny tells us about coming back from being "flat broke" in 2002 to having a No. 1 hit. These days he's focused on helping others. He went to Haiti earlier this year after losing a friend in the disaster and ended up helping with relief efforts. "It changed my whole heart and attitude," he says.
Allan tells Billboard how he's spending his big touring year, from hitting the casinos and rodeos this winter and spring to playing shows with Brooks and Dunn.
The songwriter talks about writing a hit for Miranda Lambert and more, in conversation with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde.