It was a unforgettable week as Miranda released her Platinum album.  We flew across the country for back to back TV appearances.  It was as exciting as it was exhausting.

At the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas we played just after Lorde.  Just before that Wiz Khalifa gave Robin Thicke the award for Top R&B Song for Blurred Lines in this pic:
Wiz Khalifa gives Robin Thicke the Top R&B Song award just before we play Lorde plays just before we do

Next we flew to NYC where we had with an incredible backdrop to film songs for the Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular.  A pretty neat start!
.The Empire State backdrop for the Macy's Day show a pause between takes on a manhattan rooftop

Then it was down the street to 30 Rock where Jimmy Fallon reminded us the he’s the most gracious host on TV.  Always engaging the band and even shaking Al’s sick hand.chaos during the Fallon commercial break Jimmy Fallon, the nicest host ever, always shakes our hands

No time for sleep in this city, we got up painfully early to get to ABC Studios for Good Morning America.
a jolly crowd this early in the morning saying Good Morning to America

The junket continues… we hurried out of GMA to rehearse and perform on The View a few hours later.

We barely made it to the airport in time to fly back to Nashville…our next stop was the CMT awards.  But we don’t look tired, we’re professionals.
just before the CMT awards Miranda congratulates Carrie for winning Video Of The Year

Finally we rocked the packed house at LP Field for the CMA Fest (airs on August 5th on ABC)just before our CMA fest performance rockin CMA fest

When all was said and done Platinum debuted at #1.  Mission accomplished…go boss.  It was one hell of a ride and we took a much needed break when it was over!

ACM Awards 2014

We almost bought the sparkly platinum piano shell for the 2014 tour…it had its moment in the spotlight but it just didn’t fit with the new set.  So we said goodbye to it at the Ellen Degeneres show but there will be other sparkly new things.  On that note we welcomed new members Spencer Cullum and Carolyn Dawn Johnson to the band.  We got to speak with Sir Paul McCartney while rehearsing at the same place and then we met John the next day – Johnny Depp that is – In the hallways of Ellen’s Warner Brothers studio.  All this before trying out new songs at our first full show of 2014: headlining Saturday night of Country Thunder.

40th anniversary Opry show

It’s always an honor to play The Grand Ole Opry as we did in March but it has gotta be the most frantic gig to set up for!  They are constantly shuffling big names on and off, so equipment must be minimal.  We had only seconds to set my Mullen steel up, pictured here next to Kevin Post’s double neck Mullen.  But I trusted our tech to that job and didnt even hear my steel until half a minute into the song.  I needed those opening seconds to go find a suitable pad sound for Automatic on the house keyboard.

The Opry has posted the videos, watch them here!