RARE COUNTRY AWARDS: Watch the recap of this year's award winners and live performances by Kane Brown, LANCO & RaeLynn

Senior Country Correspondent

Hunter Kelly

Rare Country’s Senior Correspondent Hunter Kelly has become one of country music’s top journalists, interviewing everyone from Taylor Swift to Garth Brooks as an entertainment correspondent and producer for ABC Radio since 2006. A permanent fixture backstage at the CMA Awards and ACM Awards for the past nine years, his exclusive interview content was distributed across ABC Radio’s platforms, as well as ABC News’ digital and television outlets. He also served as producer on ABC Radio’s country specials. Kelly’s prior stops also include Premiere Radio Networks and contributions to Billboard magazine.

Kelly graduated from the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Nashville’s Belmont University. He is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. He can be reached at hunter.kelly@rarecountry.com.

Chris Stapleton opens up about the big gift he’s giving himself this Christmas Features Chris Stapleton opens up about the big gift he’s giving himself this Christmas , Senior Country Correspondent 2:55pm, December 22
Kelly Clarkson shares a brand-new pic of her little sweater-loving angel News Kelly Clarkson shares a brand-new pic of her little sweater-loving angel , Senior Country Correspondent 1:04pm, December 22
Kane Brown shows off his lovely lady during this front seat singalong Performances Kane Brown shows off his lovely lady during this front seat singalong , Senior Country Correspondent 12:24pm, December 22
Take a moment to remember two of 2017’s biggest musical losses with this great performance Performances Take a moment to remember two of 2017’s biggest musical losses with this great performance , Senior Country Correspondent 2:35pm, December 21
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood let us in on their family Christmas traditions Features Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood let us in on their family Christmas traditions , Senior Country Correspondent 11:57am, December 21
Sugarland returns with a slow-burning new jam sure to excite their fans Music Sugarland returns with a slow-burning new jam sure to excite their fans , Senior Country Correspondent 10:50am, December 21
RaeLynn and her military hubby are spending some quality time together this Christmas Features RaeLynn and her military hubby are spending some quality time together this Christmas , Senior Country Correspondent 1:27pm, December 20
Scotty McCreery tells us how he and his fiancée are celebrating Christmas Features Scotty McCreery tells us how he and his fiancée are celebrating Christmas , Senior Country Correspondent 1:12pm, December 20
LANCO turns up the volume big time with this Rare Country Awards performance Features LANCO turns up the volume big time with this Rare Country Awards performance , Senior Country Correspondent 9:44am, December 20
Trisha Yearwood tells us how Garth Brooks pays tribute to her late mother every Christmas Features Trisha Yearwood tells us how Garth Brooks pays tribute to her late mother every Christmas , Senior Country Correspondent 3:00pm, December 19
Watch RaeLynn dazzle the Rare Country Awards crowd with this year-end performance Features Watch RaeLynn dazzle the Rare Country Awards crowd with this year-end performance , Senior Country Correspondent 10:39am, December 19
Anderson East weighs in on his country music future News Anderson East weighs in on his country music future , Senior Country Correspondent 4:35pm, December 18
Check it out as a country star helps makes this couple’s engagement happen Features Check it out as a country star helps makes this couple’s engagement happen , Senior Country Correspondent 3:26pm, December 18
Reba McEntire shares dinner and music with her pals Vince Gill and Amy Grant Features Reba McEntire shares dinner and music with her pals Vince Gill and Amy Grant , Senior Country Correspondent 1:14pm, December 18
Scotty McCreery will pack all his highs and lows into new album, “Seasons Change” News Scotty McCreery will pack all his highs and lows into new album, “Seasons Change” , Senior Country Correspondent 12:08pm, December 18
Thomas Rhett just released a bittersweet video with a surprise twist Videos Thomas Rhett just released a bittersweet video with a surprise twist , Senior Country Correspondent 10:59am, December 18
Country music’s newest newlywed comes clean about when she’s having kids News Country music’s newest newlywed comes clean about when she’s having kids , Senior Country Correspondent 2:51pm, December 15
Miranda Lambert shows off how she is getting ready for the Christmas holiday News Miranda Lambert shows off how she is getting ready for the Christmas holiday , Senior Country Correspondent 2:16pm, December 15
Here’s how Luke Bryan earned the Rare Country Awards Tour of the Year trophy Rare Country Awards Here’s how Luke Bryan earned the Rare Country Awards Tour of the Year trophy , Senior Country Correspondent 9:09am, December 15
We catch up with RaeLynn just before her big Rare Country Awards performance Features We catch up with RaeLynn just before her big Rare Country Awards performance , Senior Country Correspondent 5:05pm, December 14
LANCO caps off an incredible 2017 with a performance at the Rare Country Awards Features LANCO caps off an incredible 2017 with a performance at the Rare Country Awards , Senior Country Correspondent 4:05pm, December 14
A country newlywed sweetly sings a beautiful Christmas hymn Performances A country newlywed sweetly sings a beautiful Christmas hymn , Senior Country Correspondent 4:43pm, December 13
Get a front row seat to this country superstar’s wedding by the beach News Get a front row seat to this country superstar’s wedding by the beach , Senior Country Correspondent 1:06pm, December 13
Country artists weigh in on the surprising Democratic victory in Alabama News Country artists weigh in on the surprising Democratic victory in Alabama , Senior Country Correspondent 11:50am, December 13
Luke Bryan reveals the story behind his hilarious wardrobe malfunction News Luke Bryan reveals the story behind his hilarious wardrobe malfunction , Senior Country Correspondent 8:07pm, December 12
Luke Bryan’s memories of working with his dad are “what makes him country” Features Luke Bryan’s memories of working with his dad are “what makes him country” , Senior Country Correspondent 1:58pm, December 12
Garth Brooks has a challenge for Carrie Underwood’s husband, Mike Fisher Features Garth Brooks has a challenge for Carrie Underwood’s husband, Mike Fisher , Senior Country Correspondent 4:38pm, December 11
Trisha Yearwood got emotional as Garth Brooks serenaded her onstage for their anniversary Features Trisha Yearwood got emotional as Garth Brooks serenaded her onstage for their anniversary , Senior Country Correspondent 1:35pm, December 11
This country outlaw isn’t happy with the way his Luke Bryan comments were twisted in the press News This country outlaw isn’t happy with the way his Luke Bryan comments were twisted in the press , Senior Country Correspondent 12:05pm, December 11
Scotty McCreery shares the news his fans have been waiting so long to hear Features Scotty McCreery shares the news his fans have been waiting so long to hear , Senior Country Correspondent 11:46am, December 11