Carly Pearce Releases ‘Show Me Around,’ A Heart-Wrenching Tribute To Her Late Producer and Friend, busbee

When Carly Pearce lost her longtime friend and producer busbee to brain cancer, she turned to music to help her…


Lauren Jo Black

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December 4, 2020


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When Carly Pearce lost her longtime friend and producer busbee to brain cancer, she turned to music to help her grieve. Sitting down with their frequent collaborator Emily Shackelton and Ben West, Pearce and her co-writers channeled their sadness into lyrics and the heartfelt song “Show Me Around” was born.

Pearce initially gave fans a preview of the song with a performance of the emotional track during her 75th appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in June. Due to the overwhelming response to the song, “Show Me Around” is now available to stream and purchase everywhere.

“Show Me Around” serves as a tribute to busbee and finds Pearce addressing her dear friend in heaven. The song features minimal production, which allows Pearce’s stunning vocals to bring the song’s touching message to life.

“I bet you’re up there right now / Making plans and writing out / All your favorite places / That you just can’t wait to take us / And we’ll get to spend forever talking ‘bout whatever / When I get there, promise you’ll track me down / And show me around,” she sings on the chorus.

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“As my mentor and friend, busbee helped me share the parts of my own life that I could only explain through music. He holds such a sweet place in my heart, and I truly hope ‘Show Me Around’ brings comfort to his wife Jess and their three little girls,” Pearce says. “At his funeral, a songwriter that all of us in Nashville love named Barry Dean gave a speech that painted the most beautiful picture of Heaven. There is no way to ease the pain of losing someone you love, this felt like a really hopeful way to look at our loved ones meeting us again one day and showing us around.”

Pearce will return to the Opry stage on Saturday (Dec. 5) to perform the song.

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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.