PHOTOS: Jason Aldean, Morgan Wallen, Darius Rucker, Sam Hunt & More Enjoy Fun-Filled Weekend at the Kentucky Derby

The 148th running of the Kentucky Derby took place on Saturday (May 7) at Churchill Downs and there was no…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 9, 2022


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The 148th running of the Kentucky Derby took place on Saturday (May 7) at Churchill Downs and there was no shortage of superstars in attendance. Morgan Wallen, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Sam Hunt, Chase Rice, Brittney Spencer, Travis Tritt, Jon Pardi and Tanya Tucker were among the country artists who attended “The Run For The Roses.” 

Keeping with tradition, the artists dressed to the nines and the ladies sported feathered fascinators with dresses to complete their looks. 

Ahead of “The Greatest Two Minutes In Sports,” several artists also attended the 33rd Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala.

Known as one of the biggest parties of the year, the event took place at the home of Patricia Barnstable Brown. The gala is known for its star power and surprise performances and this year’s event did not disappoint with performances by Rice, Rucker and Janet Jackson. 

Other celebrities who attended the Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala include Bon Jovi’s guitarist Richie Sambora, New Edition, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, actor Justin Hartley, *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone, among several other high profile individuals. 

In the past 13 years, the lavish party has raised approximately $17 million for the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at the University of Kentucky.

Several artists took to social media to document their time at the derby. See photos from Derby weekend below. 

“Great time at the Derby!” Pardi wrote. 

“Derby wknd 🌻” Spencer captioned a series of photos.

“I got your trifecta right here. Derby Day LFG,” Rice shared.

“Who wants to sell me a horse?” Wallen captioned a series of photos from his weekend festivities.

“Great weekend with great friends 🙌🏼 Ever have times in life when social media isn’t a priority and life is?… The best way to be ♥️,” Brittany Aldean wrote. 

“Hanging with my buddy @realjoeyfatone at the Kentucky Oaks race,” Tritt posted.

“At the @kentuckyderby yesterday with my favorite dude in the world!!!! They grow up so darn fast!!” Rucker said. 

“Derby 2022,” Hunt simply captioned his photo alongside Chase Rice and Morgan Wallen.

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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.