CMA Awards Week: Performance Spoilers Plus Interviews With Bo Bice, Danny Gokey, Josh Gracin, Casey James, & Carrie Underwood

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UPDATE: Added link to satellite video interview of Carrie and Brad with WHAM Rochester, featuring them flexing their biceps unaware that the cameras are rolling. It’s pretty funny. Scroll to the bottom of the post.
UPDATE 2: Added VIDEO of Casey James interview with ABC Action News. Scroll down after the jump. Casey says he gets to go back on “the show” and perform so I guess he’ll be performing on AI next season? He wants to have a single ready for that.
UPDATE 3: Added VIDEO interviews from WYCD Detroit with Josh Gracin, Danny Gokey, and Bo Bice. Also added AUDIO of a Josh Gracin interview where he calls out Kid Rock for his comments about Steven Tyler and AI.
UPDATE 4: Added AUDIO interview of WIRK West Palm Beach with Casey James. Also added more spoiler tweets from an Atlanta DJ.
UPDATE 5: Added AUDIO interview of WPOC with Danny Gokey and Josh Gracin.

Build up for Wednesday’s CMA Awards (8 PM Eastern on ABC) continues with more Idol radio interviews. CMA Awards Co-Host Carrie Underwood interviewed with Ryan Seacrest this morning and talked about hosting the show (she says she learned everything she knows about hosting from him!), Soul Surfer, and “Mama’s Song” which she will be performing tomorrow with her own mom in attendance.

Access Hollywood is reporting that in addition to performing “Mama’s Song” Carrie will open the CMA Awards joined by Keith Urban and Brad Paisley in a performance of “Songs Like This” from Carrie’s album Play On. That’s what they’re rehearsing in the above picture. Keith Urban’s bassist Jerry Flowers cowrote the song.

The CMA Awards air tomorrow on ABC at 8 PM Eastern. Check back for our live blog which will have comments, red carpet and performance pictures, and video of all the Idols!

After the jump, check out audio and video interviews with country radio DJs featuring Bo Bice, Danny Gokey, Josh Gracin, and Casey James plus the Carrie interview with Ryan Seacrest.

Ryan Seacrest Interviews Carrie Underwood

Josh talks about the album he has worked on and why he decided to write and produce it by himself.
WKLB Interviews Josh Gracin

Bo talks about his new album title ‘3, ‘ parenting, and getting acceptance from country radio.
WKLB Interviews Bo Bice

Danny talks about overcoming weather difficulties at a recent Boston gig and ending up with a magical moment in the studio. It goes along with his turning negatives into positives approach.
WKLB Interviews Danny Gokey

Casey James B104 Interview:

Casey James B104 Interview

More Danny interviews posted by Indigobunting:


WHAM Rochester satellite interview with Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. They flex their biceps and talk about hosting the CMAs and touring.

Casey James tells ABC Action News he’ll return to American Idol next season to perform.

WYCD Detroit interviews Josh Gracin


WYCD Detroit interviews Danny Gokey


WYCD Detroit interviews Bo Bice

Holy haircut Bo!!!!

WSSL Greensville interviews Josh Gracin and Josh Gracin calls out Kid Rock:
WSSL interviews Josh Gracin
By the way: Josh Gracin is running a contest to sing a duet with him on his new album that you can check out here.

WIRK West Palm Beach interviews Casey James
WIRK West Palm Beach Interviews Casey James

Not sure if he’s kidding but Atlanta DJ Cadillac Jack tweets:

Just talked to my mole at CMA rehearsals. Brad/Carrie/Keith start show w/ a parody of Bev Hillbillies song. McGraw presents Entertainer/Year

He also says

Jason Aldean/Kelly Clarkson duet (which you will hear TOM AM @ 7:10 with Jason joining us) will fall 1/2 through the show. #CMAs

WPOC interviews Danny Gokey
WPOC interviews Danny Gokey

WPOC interviews Josh Gracin
WPOC interviews Josh Gracin

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