Circle Network is bringing back more of your favorite artists like Sheryl Crow, Carly Pearce, Brett Young, Clint Black, and more in the new season of CMA Songwriters in a “guitar pull” setting.
Not familiar with a “guitar pull”?
It’s a Nashville music term used to describe a small group of musicians that sit around together, as they take turns playing their songs on the guitar. The second half of the phrase originates from only using one guitar among the circle of artists, which meant it had to be pulled from one to the other, so they could each take a turn playing their music.
The musicians of CMA Songwriters take it to a whole new level during the show. What makes this series so special is seeing some of the biggest songwriters and artists in the business working in this real-world environment. It’s basically a backstage pass to the makings of your favorite songs.
One episode features record label-mates Kane Brown and Luke Combs, who each got the chance to perform at the Franklin Theater in an intimate “guitar pull” with the songwriters behind their hits. Combs brings one of his “best friends in the world and favorite co-writers of all time,” Ray Fulcher, on stage with him to perform their hit “When It Rains It Pours.” He also invited Thomas Archer out to sing their first No. 1 song, “Hurricane.” The rest of his setlist includes “Don’t Tempt Me,” “She Got The Best Of Me” and “Honkytonk Highway.”
For Kane’s turn on stage, he chose to share the powerful story of his childhood, and the struggles he faced with poverty, racism and child abuse. Now, he is using his voice to advocate for those going through similar situations. One song in particular that stemmed from this time in his life is “Learning.” Later on, he’s joined by songwriter Josh Hoge to perform his first gold single, “Used To Love You Sober” and Tom Douglas for “Cold Spot.” Other performances of the night include “Found You,” and “What If.”
Tune into Circle TV Thursdays at 10/9 p.m. CT to see which artists will be participating in the guitar pull for the week.
Luke Combs and Kane Brown’s episode will air Thursday, April 7 at 10/9 p.m. CT on Circle TV.