Catherine Lane

Weekdays Morning Show Co Host/Middays

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There are lots of nice things you can say about Luke Combs.  One of them is, he never forgets where he came from.  And last night, Luke Combs boss from Boone, North Carolina introduced him before his performance at the Grammy’s.  It was the quintessential full circle moment.

Luke was up for three Grammy awards last night; Best Country Album, Best Performance, and Best Duet (with Miranda Lambert).  He gave a beautiful, some say poignant performance of his brand new single “Going Going Gone”. But it was the introduction that had all of Boone and Blowing Rock tuning in.  There was another local “celebrity” there.

Luke asked Justin Davis to do the honors of introducing him.  Justin is the owner of the Town Tavern In Boone, North Carolina and Luke credits him for giving him his start.  Luke was a bouncer at  Town Tavern while he was a student at Appalachian State University.  He even lived there at the bar for a time and worked for Justin as a bouncer. And it came full circle last night when Luke Combs asked his former boss to attend the Grammy’s and play a part in his performance slot.

Justin playfully introduced Luke and said he wasn’t that great of a bouncer because he was just too nice and that he “never spotted a fake ID”. He went on to say how proud he was of Luke for going from playing for the Town Tavern’s crowd of 75 to the world’s biggest stages. Details from The Tennessean right here. Contributor: Part time Blowing Rock resident, Kelly Ray.

Congrats brother… our tickets just went up 💵💵💵

Posted by Brad Greene on Sunday, February 5, 2023


2023 Country Grammy Awards Winners

The 2023 Grammy Awards winners are already being announced in the Premiere Ceremony; three of the four country category winners are already in. A couple of country stars, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, got their very first Grammy win together.

Winners will be updated in real-time on the show, which will air on CBS starting at 8 PM ET. Luke Combs, Kacey Musgraves, and Chris Stapleton will be the performers on the show representing country music tonight (2/5). Shania Twain will be a presenter on the telecast.

  • Best Solo Performance - Country - WINNER Announced!

    Kelsea Ballerini – “Heartfirst”

    Maren Morris – “Circles Around This Town”

    Miranda Lambert – “In His Arms”

    Willie Nelson – “Live Forever” – WINNER – This makes eleven total Grammy wins for the the 89 year-old country legend.  He has been nominated for 56 Grammys in his long career, which started by writing one of country music’s all-time classics from the 1960s, Patsy Cline’s “Crazy.”

    Zach Bryan – “Something in the Orange”

  • Best Group / Duo Performance - Country - WINNER Announced!

    Brothers Osborne – “Midnight Rider’s Prayer”

    Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde –  “Never Wanted to Be That Girl” – WINNER For Carly, this is her first Grammy nomination and for Ashley this is her 6th nomination and her very first win. Both Pearce and McBryde were at the pre-telecast ceremony and accepted their award, Carly said in part, “I have known Ashley for a long time and I just wanted to sing a song with her and it has transended my wildest dreams.” Ashley said, in part, “It’s been so nice for our friendship. We did it together, thank you, thank you.”

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    65th GRAMMY Awards - Premiere Ceremony

    Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde accept the Best Country Duo/Group Performance award for “Never Wanted to Be That Girl” onstage during the 65th GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony at Microsoft Theater on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

    Ingrid Andress & Sam Hunt – “Wishful Drinking”

    Luke Combs & Miranda Lambert – “Outrunnin’ Your Memory”

    Reba McEntire & Dolly Parton – “Does He Love You” (Revisited)

    Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – “Going Where the Lonely Go”

  • Best Country Song - Winner Announced!

    “Circles Around This Town” – Maren Morris (co-writer)

    “Doin’ This” – Luke Combs (co-writer)

    “I Bet You Think Of Me” – Taylor Swift (co-writer)

    “It I Was A Cowboy” – Miranda Lambert (co-writer)

    “I’ll Love You Till The Day I Die” – Chris Stapleton (co-writer) – sung by Willie Nelson

    “Til You Can’t” – sung by Cody Johnson Grammy goes to the songwriter – WINNER

  • Best Country Album - Winner Announced!

    Ashley McBryde – Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville – 6 nominations – 1 win

    Luke Combs – Growin’ Up – 6 nominations – 0 wins

    Maren Morris – Humble Quest – 17 nominations – 1 win

    Miranda Lambert – Palomino – 27 nominations –3 wins

    Willie Nelson – A Beautiful Time – WINNER – This is Willie’s 12 Grammy win and his second tonight (2/5). Shania Twain announced the award and congradulated Nelson, who was not there. After the award was announced host Trevor Noah wished him well telling the audience that he knows the country music icon was watching.  Willie has been nominated for 56 Grammys. 


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