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Back to School: Photos of Country Stars Then & Now

Back to School: 25+ Photos of Country Stars Then and Now

The annual traditions of school shopping for that show-stopping first day look and buying every single unnecessary classroom accessory to look cooler than all the other kids in your grade have fallen back into season, and with that comes the all-too-infamous school picture.

Sounds Like Nashville decided to celebrate the yearly tradition by calling on some of your favorite country artists to submit their candid school photos, no matter how awkward or silly they may be. Everyone from Dolly Parton to Carrie Underwood to Brett Young contributed to the hilarity and reminisced the days where the only stress came from wishing your mom packed the right dessert to trade with pals at the lunch table.

Check out some of the exclusive back-to-school pictures of the country music community back when they grabbed their knapsacks and learned the 1-2-3 basics from behind their freshly-Lysoled desks:

Jake Owen: Jake Owen, sans front teeth, was all smiles in this classic yearbook photo. Before he was criss-crossing the U.S. in a tour bus, the Florida native spent his days at “Beachin’” with his twin brother near his childhood home in Vero Beach.Jake Owen

Reba McEntire: Sporting a gold monogrammed pin, Reba looked adorable as ever in her fifth grade portrait. McEntire did plenty of performing during her time in her Oklahoma grade school, making her debut singing “Away in a Manger” in a school play during the first grade.Reba

Miranda Lambert: Braceface no more! Miranda Lambert traded her “Vice” of those chronic 80s bangs for a lighter and wavier look nowadays, but it still looks like “We Could Be Friends” in the good ol’ school days regardless!Miranda Lambert

Brett Young: “In Case You Didn’t Know,” Brett Young hasn’t changed a bit since his high school years! The singer/songwriter, who is about to embark on his first headlining tour, showed off his baby blues in his 11th grade yearbook photo.Brett Young

Carrie Underwood: Like Brett Young, Carrie Underwood has always looked like Carrie Underwood, even from her middle school days. After finishing her school years in Oklahoma, the “Church Bells” singer made the best decision possible when she auditioned for American Idol. Fun fact: Her trip to Hollywood Week was the first time she’d ever been on an airplane!Carrie Underwood

Luke Combs: Luke Combs has traded in his school portraits for promo images as he’s grown from an adorable young kid to a successful country star. Combs has clearly done his songwriting homework as his tunes have clearly struck a chord with fans, who blew his smash “Hurricane” up the country radio charts.Luke Combs

Chris Janson: Chris Janson is always talking about how cute his kids are. After seeing this cute snap, there’s no doubt they get their good looks from their doting dad.Chris Janson

Cam: No one could mistake those blonde corkscrew curls back in the day for anyone but Cam! Just as adorable as she is now, the “Mayday” singer must have traded her love of red in second grade for her yellow adoration.Cam

William Michael Morgan: He may be “Missing” his signature cowboy hat, but William Michael Morgan still has those boyish good looks!William Michael Morgan

Jerrod Niemann: Jerrod Niemann may have traded the school bus for a tour bus, but his good looks haven’t changed one bit! The singer/songwriter is gearing up to release his new album, This Ride, on October 6.Jerrod Niemann

Carly Pearce: We love “Every Little Thing” about this photo of Carly Pearce in kindergarten! Growing up in Kentucky, music was always a big part of Pearce’s life…So much so that she left high school to be home-schooled at the age of 16 so she could take a job singing at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. She will release her debut albumon October 13.Carly Pearce

Tyler Farr: Tyler Farr may look “Better in Boots,” but this pee-wee football league photo is just as cute! He’ll forever be No. 55 on his team and in our hearts.Tyler Farr

Dolly Parton: Dolly Parton gives hope to band nerds everywhere! The highly-successful singer, actress, businesswoman, philanthropist once played drums for her marching band. Since her high school days, she’s gone on to become one of the most successful celebrities around, with a career spanning 50 years.Dolly Parton

A Thousand Horses: We’re not blowin’ “Smoke!” The guys of A Thousand Horses have made quite the transformation from their school-aged days!A Thousand Horses

Seth Ennis: “Look at You,” little Seth Ennis! From his preschool days until even now, Ennis swung high to the sky toward his dreams and eventually, “Woke Up in Nashville,” to pursue music.Seth Ennis

Kacey Musgraves: Kacey Musgraves was “Pageant Material” long before she became a household name. The Texas native looks adorably innocent in this throwback glamour shot-style snap, complete with chunky bangs and an animal print tee.

Kacey Musgraves

Alan Jackson: Alan Jackson still sports the same charming smile as he did in first grade, now with a few more teeth! The Georgia native, who turns 59 later this year, will keep “chasin’ that neon rainbow” on his Honky Tonk Highway Tour throughout the fall.Alan Jackson

Jillian Jacqueline: “Reasons” why we are obsessed with Jillian Jacqueline’s school photo: 1) Look at those bangs! 2) The red background definitely creates a mood. 3) As a first grader, she’s rocking that whole ‘smize’ vibe, if you know what we’re saying.

Jillian Jacqueline

Cole Swindell: Someone’s not looking too thrilled to go to school (a.k.a. channeling every kid’s thought process)! Thankfully, Cole Swindell was just in the “Middle of a Memory” for this picture from his younger days. Little did he know he’d be racking up No. 1 hits in Music City in his future!Cole Swindell

Sara Evans: Sara Evans is the definition of a true ‘glow-up.’ No one needs a “Marquee Sign” to see the truth clear as day that this country singer looks just as gorgeous as she did back in high school.

Sara Evans

Luke Bryan: Craig Campbell traded his graduation cap for that of a cowboy kind to launch his country career. He currently tips his lid to his fans out on the Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour with Luke Bryan.Craig Campbell

The Railers: They say good looks run in the family and that certainly rings true for sibling trio The Railers. How cute are those school pictures?!The Railers

Levi Hummon: Cheesin’ hard, we see! Levi Hummon gives all the “Guts and Glory” with a sweet little smile back in kindergarten, and we love it!Levi Hummon

Jon Langston: Before he touched down in Nashville, Jon Langston was a star on the football field. Sporting his varsity jacket and class ring, the Georgia native looked as handsome as ever in high school.Jon Langston

Mary Sarah: Show off them sparkling pearly whites, Mary Sarah! Country music and NBC’s The Voice wouldn’t be the same “Without You,” even though high school looked just as fun as life now!

Mary Sarah

Easton Corbin: Is that you, Easton Corbin? The Florida native is almost unrecognizable in this childhood throwback photo. One thing’s for sure though – he’s always been “A Little More Country Than That.”Easton Corbin

Drew Baldridge: Drew Baldridge might have hit a homerun or two back playing ball in high school, but he got himself a grand slam by becoming a country singer in Nashville. Now, Baldridge only hopes to “Rebound” back onto radio with his catchy music!Drew Baldridge


Saturday Night Cyber City Opry On NBRN.FM

World Premiere of the Cyber City Opry Debuts On NBRN.FM at 8PM cst Tonight

Downloads of the the Cyber City Opry show On AirplayExpress have exceeded 400 at this time


The Cyber City Oopry now on 4 Countinents as the following Radio Stations Have Confirmed Airing The Cyber City Opry On Saturday Night at 8pm: Nashville Broadcast Radio Network NBRN Nashville Tennessee USA* Wildhorse Internet Radio Johannesburg South Africa * American Veteran’s Radio Aspen Colorado USA * Musical Venture Radio, Panama City, Panama * Belgian Country Radio, Belgium

If you intend airing the Cyber City Opry  this weekend or in the future please let us know so that we can publish your station name and country for all to see. While only a few radio stations have confirmed airing the Cyber City Opry.

Cyber City Where All your Dreams Are Brought To Life

Cyber city, a fictitious place on the Internet, is the brain child of Frans Maritz from Wildhorse Entertainment and Airplay Express.

After hearing numerous times from Singers, Song Writers, Bands, and Musicians that their lifetime dream was to someday perform on the Grand Ole Opry, or in a giant stadium in front of thousands of people, Frans decided to do something about it.

Cyber City was created and within it’s downtown area there is The Cyber City Opry which takes place in the gorgeous Cyber City Opry House, as well as The Hero Dome where fans of all kinds of music can attend a concert in a stadium atmosphere and the Cyber City Independent Superstars Hall Of Fame.

The shows are produced edited and mastered by Frans Maritz and can be downloaded by Radio stations and DJ’s or be heard in their entirety at every week.  Each artist is interviewed back stage before the show starts by Keith Bradford from the  Nashville Broadcasting Network in a segment called Up Close And Personal.

You will hear the artists introduce their songs, tell a story, etc. as they entertain the audience and it’s all captured in a digital format recording to be enjoyed by anyone wishing to visit the website or hear it on several radio stations worldwide.

Join us tonight and be a part of History as this is and will always be known as the first ever broadcast of the Cyber City Opry, from the Cyber City Opry House in Cyber City.

WHIR Wildhorse Internet Radio will also repeat the show on Sunday night at 8pm South African time.

– WHISNews21

Country Top40 Airs on Nashvilles NBRN.FM 11am

Listen to AirplayExpress’s Top 40 for the latest International chart countdown hosted by Ed Dailey on Nashville Radio NBRN.FM this morning at 11AM [CST] Nashville Time

AirplayExpress Top 40 Aired in 11 Countries on 6 Continents, United States, New Zealand, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Scotland, South Africa, Norway,  Panama, Austria and Ireland now listening to the AirplayExpress Top 40 everyweek.

This Week AirplayExpress is proud to Welcome Lee Williams of CMR Nashville Radio, Europe’s No1 Country Music Radio Station to our weekly Top40 Chart Family ….Welcome, welcome, welcome.


RadioWorldNBRNFMEd Dailey will be counting down the latest AirplayExpress  Top 40 from Nashville Tennessee in the regular slot at the Nashville Broadcast Network this morning. To tune in right now click the NBRN banner to the left. Ed Dailey counts down the AirplayExpress Top 40 for the month of May in line with AirplayExpress policy of promoting the Artists on AirplayExpress.

This brand new Top40 chart features only the most downloaded and playlisted songs compiled from the last seven days on AirplayExpress playlists and from playlists sent in by Disc Jockey’s worldwide to AirplayExpress.

AirplayExpress thanks the following radio station for running our show: Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network NBRN.FM USA, Clogher Valley Radio Northern Ireland, Downsouth Country South Africa,  Strabane Radio United Kingdom, E.C.M.A. European Country Music Association Europe, Radio  NashvilleTN USA, Country Radio Irish Radio Scotland, WHIR Wildhorse Internet Radio Radio South Africa, Radio Wellenflug Germany KATQ Radio Montana USA  ECMR Edinburgh Country Music Radio Scotland, Musical Venture Radio Panama, Trucknet Radio Sweden, Serena Beach Radio Germany, Phoenix Radio UK/Ireland,  Country Barnyard 305 USA, ICR International Connection Radio New Zealand, Belgian Country Radio Belgium, Country Tunes Radio-KWWQ-DB Texarkana Texas/Arizona, Norsk Country Radio Norway, CMR Nashville Radio UK/Europe

AirplayExpress Top 40 Aired in 11 Countries on 6 Continents. United States, New Zealand, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Scotland, South Africa, Panama, Austria and Ireland now listening to the AirplayExpress Top 40.  Even as Our family of DJ’s and Radio station are growing by the week, we are also aware due to the downloads that there are many more radio stations downloading and airing the show, but have not yet let us know, so that we can acknowledge their much valued support.

The Top40 is Edited, Mixed and Mastered at AirplayExpress and sponsored by Wildhorse Entertainment.

– WHISNews21

Luke Bryan’s Equipment Truck Crashes Into Overpass

Luke Bryan’s Equipment Truck Crashes Into Overpass

This is no time to make “Crash My Party” or “This Is How We Roll” jokes.

A tractor trailer carrying equipment for Luke Bryan’s Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour crashed into an overpass early Monday morning (Aug. 28) on a Long Island parkway.

The equipment truck wedged under the overpass at 2:30 a.m. after Luke’s concert at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 27, causing two lanes of traffic to be shut down.

Thankfully, no one was injured. Photos from the scene show the crumpled truck bearing Luke’s face. Luke’s tour picks back up on Sept. 6 in Scranton, Pa. Check out a couple of pics, courtesy of nycountryswag’s via NYCountrySwag’s Instagram.

 written by Jim Casey | NashCountryDaily

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