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.

Martina McBride throws caution to the wind with her music and longtime love News Martina McBride throws caution to the wind with her music and longtime love , Senior Country Correspondent 12:00pm, April 28
Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind” contains all the advice every parent wants to give their kids News Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind” contains all the advice every parent wants to give their kids , Senior Country Correspondent 9:32pm, April 27
Scotty McCreery’s classic country voice is just perfect on this Merle Haggard hit News Scotty McCreery’s classic country voice is just perfect on this Merle Haggard hit , Senior Country Correspondent 9:03pm, April 27
Brett Eldredge just shaved his beard and the ladies have lost their minds News Brett Eldredge just shaved his beard and the ladies have lost their minds , Senior Country Correspondent 4:40pm, April 27
Flashback to Dolly Parton’s first-ever solo performance on the CMA Awards News Flashback to Dolly Parton’s first-ever solo performance on the CMA Awards , Senior Country Correspondent 3:35pm, April 27
Your heart will melt when you see Kelly Clarkson’s new family photos News Your heart will melt when you see Kelly Clarkson’s new family photos , Senior Country Correspondent 4:06pm, April 26
Vince Gill just delivered the most moving Merle Haggard tribute song at the Grand Ole Opry News Vince Gill just delivered the most moving Merle Haggard tribute song at the Grand Ole Opry , Senior Country Correspondent 10:53am, April 26
Kid Rock speaks out for the first time following the death of his assistant and close friend News Kid Rock speaks out for the first time following the death of his assistant and close friend , Senior Country Correspondent 9:49am, April 26
Kid Rock is mourning the sudden and tragic death of a dear friend News Kid Rock is mourning the sudden and tragic death of a dear friend , Senior Country Correspondent 10:10pm, April 25
Garth Brooks is spilling all kinds of fun tidbits about his love affair with Trisha Yearwood News Garth Brooks is spilling all kinds of fun tidbits about his love affair with Trisha Yearwood , Senior Country Correspondent 6:59pm, April 25
Watch Kenny Chesney reconnect with his classic country roots in a big way News Watch Kenny Chesney reconnect with his classic country roots in a big way , Senior Country Correspondent 6:39pm, April 25
Stylist to country artists reveals her secrets to a summerlike glow News Stylist to country artists reveals her secrets to a summerlike glow , Senior Country Correspondent 6:00pm, April 25
No one talks about P.M.S. like Dolly Parton talks about P.M.S. News No one talks about P.M.S. like Dolly Parton talks about P.M.S. , Senior Country Correspondent 2:28pm, April 25
Look what Sam Hunt and Kenny Chesney just cooked up on the first night of their tour News Look what Sam Hunt and Kenny Chesney just cooked up on the first night of their tour , Senior Country Correspondent 1:38pm, April 25
Chris Stapleton turned in the bluesiest Prince cover you’ll ever hear News Chris Stapleton turned in the bluesiest Prince cover you’ll ever hear , Senior Country Correspondent 7:14pm, April 24
Watch Thomas Rhett and Nick Jonas in action at this exclusive one-off concert News Watch Thomas Rhett and Nick Jonas in action at this exclusive one-off concert , Senior Country Correspondent 1:43pm, April 23
Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott has a new song that will reignite your faith and restore your hope News Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott has a new song that will reignite your faith and restore your hope , Senior Country Correspondent 9:36am, April 23
Jason Aldean just came through in a big way for the kids in his Georgia hometown News Jason Aldean just came through in a big way for the kids in his Georgia hometown , Senior Country Correspondent 9:31am, April 23
Please join Charlie Daniels in saying goodbye to yet another guitar master News Please join Charlie Daniels in saying goodbye to yet another guitar master , Senior Country Correspondent 4:10pm, April 22
Keith Urban might not be the guitar god he is today if it weren’t for Prince News Keith Urban might not be the guitar god he is today if it weren’t for Prince , Senior Country Correspondent 2:55pm, April 22
Merle Haggard’s son sings a song that captures how we all feel about losing the legend News Merle Haggard’s son sings a song that captures how we all feel about losing the legend , Senior Country Correspondent 12:36pm, April 22
Thomas Rhett’s ode to his lovely wife earns him a big spot on the small screen News Thomas Rhett’s ode to his lovely wife earns him a big spot on the small screen , Senior Country Correspondent 11:09am, April 22
Brantley Gilbert proclaims his love for three special ladies News Brantley Gilbert proclaims his love for three special ladies , Senior Country Correspondent 4:20pm, April 21
Watch Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott’s shocked reaction to the loss of a musical hero News Watch Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott’s shocked reaction to the loss of a musical hero , Senior Country Correspondent 3:30pm, April 21
Jake Owen just went on a tirade against a guy who really set him off News Jake Owen just went on a tirade against a guy who really set him off , Senior Country Correspondent 8:34pm, April 20
Who wouldn’t want to see Thomas Rhett in a Speedo? News Who wouldn’t want to see Thomas Rhett in a Speedo? , Senior Country Correspondent 4:20pm, April 20
Garth Brooks just dropped some major details on his undercover new project News Garth Brooks just dropped some major details on his undercover new project , Senior Country Correspondent 4:08pm, April 20
Keith Urban pays tribute to his late father in brand-new song, and we’ve got your sneak peek News Keith Urban pays tribute to his late father in brand-new song, and we’ve got your sneak peek , Senior Country Correspondent 1:55pm, April 20
Blake Shelton is headed to court to prove he isn’t headed to rehab News Blake Shelton is headed to court to prove he isn’t headed to rehab , Senior Country Correspondent 11:41am, April 20
This new Cam song offers the most wonderful way to keep those you’ve lost alive in your heart News This new Cam song offers the most wonderful way to keep those you’ve lost alive in your heart , Senior Country Correspondent 4:47pm, April 18