Bobby Bones Takes Us Backstage at the Million Dollar Show

On Monday (Jan. 13), fans packed into Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium for the 5th Annual Bobby Bones & The Raging…


Lauren Jo Black

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January 15, 2020


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On Monday (Jan. 13), fans packed into Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium for the 5th Annual Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots’ Million Dollar Show. The sold-out event featured performances from Brooks & Dunn, Kane Brown, Brett Young, Colbie Caillat, Lainey Wilson, Heath Sanders and Gone West as well as surprise guests Sam Hunt, Old Dominion, Foreigner, Sawyer Brown, Lindsay Ell and King Calaway.

The star-studded show raised a whopping $267,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, bringing Bones’ and The Bobby Bones Show total raised for the organization to over $14 million.

Prior to taking the stage, the multi-media personality sat down with Country Now backstage at the Ryman for an in-depth interview where he opened up about the event and what it means to have incredible artists like Brooks & Dunn agree to take part in it.

The American Idol mentor also explained why supporting St. Jude is so important to him, telling Country Now, “To me, being able to work with the kids of St. Jude, it’s a bit personal because at St. Jude you don’t have to pay a bill, and so when you go in, they take care of the travel to and from, the food, you know, all the treatment obviously.”

Eddie Garcia, Caleb, Colton, Bobby Bones; Photo by Cameron Premo
Eddie Garcia, Caleb, Colton, Bobby Bones; Photo by Cameron Premo

“When I was a kid,” he continued, “I didn’t fight cancer, but I had a lot of internal issues and I was in the hospital a long time. If it wasn’t for people, you know, stepping up and helping pay our bills, I don’t know that I would’ve got the care that I got then. So when I heard that there was a hospital that took care of kids, I started to get involved. But then, once I started to get involved, I started to go and actually see, you know, how positive of an atmosphere it is when it’s not a very positive thing happening.”

Bones credits his listeners, whom he affectionately refers to as the “B Team,” for helping to make the event a huge success every year.

“It’s just special to be here, and a lot of kids come every year to this and that’s why we do it every year,” he shared.

Watch the clip above for more with Bones, including details on his budding friendship with Ronnie Dunn and for a backstage tour of the Ryman.

Fans interested in making a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital can visit to become a monthly donor.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.