WATCH: Carrie Underwood and Dwight Yoakam Shine with Two-Song Performance on ‘CMA Summer Jam’

Two country music trailblazers, Carrie Underwood and Dwight Yoakam, shared the stage for an epic collaboration during CMA Summer Jam….


Lauren Jo Black

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September 2, 2021


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Dwight Yoakam, Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy CMA

Two country music trailblazers, Carrie Underwood and Dwight Yoakam, shared the stage for an epic collaboration during CMA Summer Jam.

The iconic entertainers joined together for a pair of performances of Yoakam’s 1993 hit, “A Thousand Miles from Nowhere” and his 1986 release, “Guitars, Cadillacs,” during the star-studded event at Ascend Amphitheater in Downtown Nashville. 

Watch the performances of “A Thousand Miles from Nowhere” and “Guitars, Cadillacs” below.

Underwood sported a sequin cowboy hat and a custom outfit by DanielXDiamond for the occasion and documented the look on Instagram.

“Howdy, partner…,” she captioned the boomerang. 

According to the designer, Underwood’s look was inspired by an outfit once worn by Yoakam.

“In an effort to achieve sustainability, the jacket started as a vintage Levi’s piece and was further embellished with DanielXDiamond exclusive rhinestone fringe in Los Angeles,” designer Daniel Musto shared in a statement to Country Now.

Musto completed the rhinestoning on the embroidery across the back and the Alaia heels in Nashville. Underwood’s custom rhinestoned cowboy hat is a popular piece by DanielXDiamond and takes 25+ hours to create in Los Angeles. The superstar’s shorts are also by DanielXDiamond and are adorned with a vintage deadstock rhinestone button to further achieve sustainability. The t-shirt is Saint Laurent.


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After sharing the stage with Yoakam, Underwood documented the memorable moment on social media with a photo of the pair on stage together.

“Never in a million years would I have thought I would get to share the stage with someone this cool,” the GRAMMY-winning star wrote. “Dwight Yoakam you are a LEGEND and, now, a friend as well! Thank you!”

Yoakam later replied to Underwood on social media saying, “Carrie, Thank you for being so graciously generous in inviting me to share the stage and do two of my songs with you during your show. As I said last night, I haven’t had a more talented duet partner to sing and perform with…”

He added, “It was an honor and sheer pleasure to do them with you and your band. It’s a musical memory that I will cherish. Dwight P.S. Loved that hat!”

CMA Summer Jam also featured performances from Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Eric Church, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett, and Lainey Wilson.

Additionally, the three-hour show included star-studded collaborations by Bentley with HARDY & BRELAND, Lambert with Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line feat. Rhett, newlyweds Shelton and Stefani, as well as Swindell & Bryan. 

CMA Summer Jam aired on Thursday, September 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET) on ABC.

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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.