Watch Carrie Underwood Fulfill Dream of Performing with ‘Legend’ Dwight Yoakam at ‘CMA Summer Jam’

Two country music trailblazers, Carrie Underwood and Dwight Yoakam, shared the stage for an epic collaboration on Tuesday evening (July…


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Two country music trailblazers, Carrie Underwood and Dwight Yoakam, shared the stage for an epic collaboration on Tuesday evening (July 27) in Nashville. 

The iconic entertainers joined together for a performance of Yoakam’s 1993 hit, “A Thousand Miles from Nowhere,” during the first night of the star-studded CMA Summer Jam at Ascend Amphitheater in Downtown Nashville. The superstar pair also performed “Guitars, Cadillacs” during their collaborative performance.


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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!”

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Underwood sported a sequin cowboy hat and a custom outfit by DanielXDiamond for the occasion and documented the look on Instagram before the took the stage on Tuesday evening. 

“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.

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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The first night of CMA Summer Jam also featured performances from Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton, Carly Pearce, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Cole Swindell, Lainey Wilson.

The show will return to Ascend Amphitheater on Wednesday (July 28) with Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Jon Pardi and Thomas Rhett.

The shows are being taped for a TV special set to air on ABC at a later date. 

A portion of ticket sale net proceeds will benefit the CMA Foundation. Since its inception in 2011, the CMA Foundation has been committed to improving and sustaining music programs throughout the U.S. so all students have equitable opportunity to participate in a high-quality music education.


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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.