Inside Carly Pearce’s Whirlwind Weekend: New Album, CMA Fest, ‘The Tonight Show,’ & More

Pearce dropped her new album, “Hummingbird,” and celebrated in a big way.


Lauren Jo Black

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June 11, 2024


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Carly Pearce performs at Nissan Stadium on Sunday, June 9 during CMA Fest 2024 in downtown Nashville; Photo by Hunter Berry/CMA

It’s been a whirlwind few days for GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM winner Carly Pearce. On Friday, the Kentucky native released her highly anticipated new album, Hummingbird. She spent the weekend opening for Tim McGraw, returned to Nashville on Sunday for her annual charitable event Carly’s Closet at CMA Fest, performed at Nissan Stadium that evening, and then headed to New York for a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where she delivered the television debut of the sassy “Truck On Fire” from her new album. 

To celebrate release day, Pearce picked up her album on CD and vinyl at a local music store before celebrating backstage with her touring crew and band.  

After returning to Nashville, she visited Fan Fair X inside Music City Center for the 3rd Annual Carly’s Closet event where she gave fans the unique opportunity to shop clothing, shoes, and accessories from her personal collection to benefit the CMA Foundation.  

“I wanted to create an event…I came to Fan Fair as a fan back when I was little. And I used to see all of these different experiences that people would create, different artists. And I always felt like if I ever got to do this, I wanted to find something that was uniquely mine. And so it’s so special to see that it feels like a big yard sale or also the sisterhood of the traveling pants a little bit,” Pearce explained to Country Now during the Carly’s Closet event.   

Carly Pearce performs at Nissan Stadium on Sunday, June 9 during CMA Fest 2024 in downtown Nashville; Photo by Natasha Moustache/CMA
Carly Pearce performs at Nissan Stadium on Sunday, June 9 during CMA Fest 2024 in downtown Nashville; Photo by Natasha Moustache/CMA

That night, she took to the Nissan Stadium stage for a CMA Fest performance that included several songs from her just-released album, including “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” “Truck On Fire,” and “We Don’t Fight Anymore.” She also joined HARDY to perform “Wait In The Truck.”

Moments after leaving the stage, Pearce and her crew jetted to the Big Apple for her Tonight Show appearance. Donning a sequin gold mini dress, Pearce brought the song’s feisty storyline about a woman seeking revenge on her unfaithful man by lighting his truck on fire to life alongside her band.

Carly Pearce; Photo by: Rosalind O Connor/NBC
Carly Pearce; Photo by: Rosalind O Connor/NBC

“Birds been talking up on the wire/ Spilling your secrets all over this town/ You and her, back road, pulling all-nighters/ Did you really think that I wouldn’t find out? Oh, so I found a little gas in a small red can/ Oh, last strike match flying out of my hand/ Liar, liar, truck on fire/ Flames rolling off of your Goodyear tires/ Burn, burn, you’re gonna learn/ Never should’ve put your lips on her,” the 34-year-old confidently sang from the iconic Studio 6B stage at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. 

Following her performance, Jimmy Fallon joined Pearce on stage to give a shoutout to her new 14-track album. “Hummingbird is out now,” he shouted from the stage. 

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Keeping the momentum going, Pearce is scheduled to appear on The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBC) on June 13, and Good Morning America (ABC) on June 24. 

Pearce co-wrote 13 of the album’s 14 tracks, and as always, held nothing back when it came to sharing her personal stories through her music. The project is a reflection of where she is at in her life right now. 

Carly Pearce - hummingbird Album Cover; Courtesy of Big Machine Records
Carly Pearce – hummingbird Album Cover; Courtesy of Big Machine Records

“Hummingbird is a deeply personal journey filled with heart, soul, and a good dose of humor,” Pearce stated. “The process of creating this album was me reconstructing the way I see love and the way I see myself. From facing heartbreak, falling in love again, and gaining confidence, I’ve learned to embrace every part of my story. I hope this record resonates with anyone on a healing journey, showing that through vulnerability, self-discovery, and therapy, things can truly get better. It’s okay not to have everything figured out; happiness can be found in the process. I hope Hummingbird resonates with everyone who listens and inspires you to find strength in your own journey.” 

Carly Pearce is currently serving as direct support on Tim McGraw’s Standing Room Only Tour. Later this year, she will embark on her headlining Hummingbird Tour with dates in the UK and Eu.

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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.