Remember When Laine Hardy and Laci Kaye Booth Performed a Johnny Cash Hit On ‘American Idol?’

It was exactly one year ago when Laine Hardy and Laci Kaye Booth joined forces on American Idol for an…


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April 28, 2020


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It was exactly one year ago when Laine Hardy and Laci Kaye Booth joined forces on American Idol for an incredible performance of the iconic Johnny Cash and June Carter duet, “Jackson.”

The Idol contestants were paired together and asked to sing the duet version of “Jackson” from the movie Walk The Line. Hardy and Booth stepped up to the challenge and delivered a memorable performance that had fans and judges mesmerized.

The judges, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, each offered the pair a standing ovation at the conclusion of the song and couldn’t help but gush over the collab.

“Perfect song, perfect look, perfect attitude,” Richie shared. “Both of you looked so darn comfortable. It’s unbelievable. I loved the performance and I think America will love it too. Fantastic!”

“I’ve never seen you smile that large, Laine,” Perry quipped.

“I’d be wondering if something else…,” she went on to say.

Bryan had nothing but great things to say as well, telling the pair, “I’m enjoying watching you guys grow and become stars.”

Stars is exactly what they would become. Hardy went home to win the competition and Booth placed within the Top 5.

Click above to re-live their performance of “Jackson.”

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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.