Gabby Barrett, Riley Green and More To Perform During ACM ‘Our Country’ Pre-Show

On Sunday, country music’s biggest stars will perform during ACM Presents: Our Country on CBS. The two-hour special will air…


Lauren Jo Black

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April 3, 2020


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Gabby Barrett; Photo by Robby Klein, Riley Green; Photo by Ryan Smith

On Sunday, country music’s biggest stars will perform during ACM Presents: Our Country on CBS. The two-hour special will air in the original time slot set aside for the ACM Awards and will feature at home performances from artists such as Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, Kelsea Ballerini and Dierks Bentley. Prior to the show on CBS, fans can enjoy additional performances during the ACM Presents: Our Country pre-show, which will be hosted on Academy of Country Music’s Facebook page as well as the Amazon Music Twitch channel on Sunday, April 5 at 7:00 PM ET / 6:00PM CT.

Lauren Alaina, Ingrid Andress, Gabby Barrett, Lee Brice, Blanco Brown, Lindsay Ell, Riley Green, Mickey Guyton, Caylee Hammack, Ashley McBryde, Jake Owen, Carly Pearce, Tenille Townes and more have been tapped to appear during the pre-show to share heartfelt messages and acoustic performances with fans. Additionally, the pre-show will honor the late Joe Diffie with a special performance from Chris Young.

“The Country Music community came together in an incredible way – and very quickly – for “Our Country,” and that outpouring of immediate artist support led us to develop a digital pre-show so that we could include even more artists in the Country Music celebration Sunday night,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “This allows more artists to share the positive messages of support and togetherness with the fans.”

ACM Presents: Our Country will air on CBS and on CBS All Access on Sunday, April 5 beginning at 8:00 pm ET.

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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.