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.

Remember when Trace Adkins gave us a whole new appreciation for hot mamas? News Remember when Trace Adkins gave us a whole new appreciation for hot mamas? , Senior Country Correspondent 3:17pm, February 23
Blake Shelton’s country ways are really rubbing off on Gwen Stefani — and her kids News Blake Shelton’s country ways are really rubbing off on Gwen Stefani — and her kids , Senior Country Correspondent 1:55pm, February 23
Ouch! Kip Moore suffered a pretty serious onstage injury thanks to yet another crazed fan News Ouch! Kip Moore suffered a pretty serious onstage injury thanks to yet another crazed fan , Senior Country Correspondent 12:13pm, February 23
One of country’s brightest stars has been called home News One of country’s brightest stars has been called home , Senior Country Correspondent 5:22pm, February 22
Watching Thomas Rhett do pullups is the hottest thing you’ll see all day News Watching Thomas Rhett do pullups is the hottest thing you’ll see all day , Senior Country Correspondent 4:27pm, February 22
Miranda Lambert’s new beau Anderson East reveals how their epic snuggle sessions began News Miranda Lambert’s new beau Anderson East reveals how their epic snuggle sessions began , Senior Country Correspondent 3:01pm, February 22
Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett invite you to leave work early for a drink or two News Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett invite you to leave work early for a drink or two , Senior Country Correspondent 2:24pm, February 22
Zac Brown Band and Kid Rock have just the rocking pick-me-up you need right now News Zac Brown Band and Kid Rock have just the rocking pick-me-up you need right now , Senior Country Correspondent 6:24pm, February 21
Watching Thomas Rhett’s scary stage tumble will leave you gasping News Watching Thomas Rhett’s scary stage tumble will leave you gasping , Senior Country Correspondent 3:01pm, February 21
Is Carrie Underwood expanding the nursery backstage on the Storyteller Tour? News Is Carrie Underwood expanding the nursery backstage on the Storyteller Tour? , Senior Country Correspondent 6:18pm, February 19
Country group nearly derailed due to freak bus accident News Country group nearly derailed due to freak bus accident , Senior Country Correspondent 5:42pm, February 19
Chris Stapleton caps off a huge week with this insane performance in Nashville News Chris Stapleton caps off a huge week with this insane performance in Nashville , Senior Country Correspondent 11:58am, February 19
Flashback to the time Miranda Lambert got all sexy onstage with Kenny Chesney News Flashback to the time Miranda Lambert got all sexy onstage with Kenny Chesney , Senior Country Correspondent 2:56pm, February 18
The legendary Lee Ann Womack got dissed at the Grammys — and she’s pissed News The legendary Lee Ann Womack got dissed at the Grammys — and she’s pissed , Senior Country Correspondent 2:15pm, February 18
You won’t believe what Luke Bryan confesses to in a game of never have I ever News You won’t believe what Luke Bryan confesses to in a game of never have I ever , Senior Country Correspondent 3:18pm, February 17
Backroad Anthem sit down to reflect on the two-month anniversary of their lead singer’s death News Backroad Anthem sit down to reflect on the two-month anniversary of their lead singer’s death , Senior Country Correspondent 1:21pm, February 17
Take a listen to Thomas Rhett’s sultry Justin Bieber cover News Take a listen to Thomas Rhett’s sultry Justin Bieber cover , Senior Country Correspondent 3:40pm, February 16
Chris Stapleton showed off his country soul before a captivated Grammy audience News Chris Stapleton showed off his country soul before a captivated Grammy audience , Senior Country Correspondent 7:38am, February 16
Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt steam up the Grammy Awards with a sexy mashup News Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt steam up the Grammy Awards with a sexy mashup , Senior Country Correspondent 8:54pm, February 15
Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan trade shots at each other just hours before the Grammys News Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan trade shots at each other just hours before the Grammys , Senior Country Correspondent 10:57am, February 15
This is what happens when country stars share their unfiltered feelings on Valentine’s Day News This is what happens when country stars share their unfiltered feelings on Valentine’s Day , Senior Country Correspondent 3:47pm, February 12
We knew Carrie Underwood could sing, but we didn’t know she could do THAT News We knew Carrie Underwood could sing, but we didn’t know she could do THAT , Senior Country Correspondent 1:53pm, February 12
Carrie Underwood delivers a spiritual anthem to start your week off on the perfect note News Carrie Underwood delivers a spiritual anthem to start your week off on the perfect note , Senior Country Correspondent 12:21pm, February 12
ACM Awards favorite Mickey Guyton can sing — but she sure can’t bake Awards ACM Awards favorite Mickey Guyton can sing — but she sure can’t bake , Senior Country Correspondent 6:02pm, February 11
You can just feel Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s love for each other in their first-ever joint interview News You can just feel Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s love for each other in their first-ever joint interview , Senior Country Correspondent 2:23pm, February 11
Sam Hunt trades in his hip-hop influences for this stone-cold country Waylon Jennings cover News Sam Hunt trades in his hip-hop influences for this stone-cold country Waylon Jennings cover , Senior Country Correspondent 12:38pm, February 11
Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Chris Young rub shoulders with legends at Super Bowl 50 events News Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Chris Young rub shoulders with legends at Super Bowl 50 events , Senior Country Correspondent 6:34pm, February 7
Trace Adkins recalls the hilarious moment that made George Jones spit out his birthday cake News Trace Adkins recalls the hilarious moment that made George Jones spit out his birthday cake , Senior Country Correspondent 12:26pm, February 5
Chase Rice confesses all of his sins in this naughty new video News Chase Rice confesses all of his sins in this naughty new video , Senior Country Correspondent 4:09pm, February 4
Blake Shelton has absolutely had it with all the rumors surrounding him and Gwen Stefani News Blake Shelton has absolutely had it with all the rumors surrounding him and Gwen Stefani , Senior Country Correspondent 3:56pm, February 4