Before his name dominates the Wrigley Field marquee on Saturday, Sam Hunt called me today during #DrewsHOTLunch to chat about his favorite summer memory this year, what his fans are obsessing about right now, baseball food, vacations & much more >>>>>>
The PNC Chicago Bears 5K is coming up Saturday, June 24th and you can still register HERE (click)!
Punter Pat O’Donnell called Drew this afternoon to chat about his favorite country stars, the song he sings on the field every day (and how the guys keep telling him to can it!), which backstage atmosphere was incredible last month, how he’s going to take on my son Roy in the Bears’ Kids Dash & much more >>>>>>>
As we count down to the show Sunday night (live from Vegas on CBS-2), the folks at the ACMs keep giving us better news!
Just now, we found out that Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Old Dominion and Charles Kelley (from Lady Antebellum) are now all scheduled to perform on stage … Awe. Some.
They join previously-announced superstars who’ll sing —–> Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young with Cassadee Pope, Florida Georgia Line and more (!!!!!).
Who are you most looking forward to seeing?
** Dierks Bentley is trending today as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open their new exhibit Dierks Bentley: Every Mile A Memory on March 4th, spotlighting his stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts, lots of photos and much more from his personal collection (runs through Sept. 6th).
** Charles Kelley is trending today as you’ll see him tonight on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS (his new album “The Driver” is now available everywhere)!
** Sam Hunt is trending today as he’s set to headline the Super Bowl 50 NFL Tailgate Party on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco. You can watch it LIVE on CBS’ pregame show “Super Bowl Today.”
More details HERE (click).
Sam Hunt gave me a quick call this morning from Nashville to chat about our Windy City Lake Shake festival in June, on sale now HERE (click).
Already awake with a cup of coffee down, we also talked about the Grammys, his favorite Girl Scout cookie, the celeb he met recently that put stars in his eyes, what he’s NEVER done before (!) and so much more …
** Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum are all trending today as they are your headliners for our US99.5 Presents Windy City LakeShake 2016!
Also on the bill? Brooks & Dunn, A Thousand Horses, Jana Kramer, Granger Smith, Chris Janson, Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi, Charlie Worsham, Martina McBride, Travis Tritt and more to come!
Three-day passes go on sale Jan 29th at 10a, full details HERE (click).
** Speaking of Lady A, Charles Kelley is trending today as we get a date for his much anticipated debut album “The Driver” ::: on sale February 5th!
** Dierks Bentley is trending today as he announces his Somewhere On The Beach summer tour ::: we know he’s coming to Chicago, we just don’t have a date yet. Who is he bringing along for the ride? Randy Houser and Cam!
** Eli Young Band is trending today as they’re in town to do a private, acoustic show for you in North Riverside at Miller’s Ale House (7515 W Cermak Ave, just west of Harlem Ave)!
How to win your final passes in the door? Join me from 4-6p for the last 16 pairs. I’ll draw a name every 7 minutes, then you see the guys tonight!
** Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan & Sam Hunt are all trending today as they’ll be honored tonight as the top country artists of the year during the “CMT Artists of the Year” special, live from Nashville on CMT at 7p.
Chris Stapleton will also receive the “2015 CMT Artists of the Year Breakout” award and perform live, with country music legend Kenny Rogers receiving the ultimate honor – the prestigious “Artist of a Lifetime” award.
** The Band Perry is trending today as you’ll see them perform on NBC tonight at 7p, as part of the 83rd Annual Tree Lighting at Christmas in Rockefeller Center special.
** Luke Bryan is also trending today as he’s been added to the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve party with Ryan Seacrest on ABC this year. Hosted by Carrie Underwood, Luke is set to perform a few of his hits!
** Tim McGraw is trending today after joining me in-studio this morning to chat about his passion for the American Diabetes Association, the Cubs vs Mets tonight, his new album and THAT title (!) plus much more ::: hear it all HERE (click).
** Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Blake Shelton are all trending today as they’ve been added to the performers list for the CMAs next month on the 4th, live from Nashville on ABC.
** Reba is trending today as she’ll be the special guest announcer on Neil Patrick Harris’ interactive reality show “Best Time Ever” tonight, on NBC at 7.
** Kimberly Schlapman from Little Big Town is trending today as Cracker Barrel just announced the upcoming release of “Oh Gussie!” ::: a new collection of homegoods and kitchenware inspired by her love of cooking and her time at home with family and friends. It will be available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations (and online HERE) starting November 12th.
** Josh Turner is trending today after being named Chairman of the Beard for the fourth annual No Shave November. To date, NSN has raised more than $240,000 for St. Jude!
Soooooooooo much fun to see so many friends and familiar faces along the parade route Saturday afternoon in downtown Chicago, and what a day it was!
I can’t remember the last time we had sunshine & 55 … but I do remember icicles and 30s!