In the latest episode of Pop Culture Weekly, Kyle heads to the West Lawn of the US Capitol for PBS annual A Capitol Fourth where he talks America, independence and new music with Lee Brice, Keala Settle, Gone West featuring Colbie Caillat and American Idol winner Laine Hardy.
Every year, PBS airs two very special patriotic programs that bring together stars of the stage and screen to honor the most amazing things about our country. While National Memorial Day Concert is often a more serious program honoring our men and women in uniform, A Capitol Fourth is a party celebrating America's birthday. The highest rated program each year on PBS, A Capitol Fourth is a fun celebration of the best of what America has to offer.
I spoke with country star Lee Brice, whose Rumor is the #1 country song in the US this week, about his latest success. Brice said, "For it to pay off with a big ole #1 song...has been awesome...We're taking it in and enjoying it." On his song American Nights, which he performed for A Capitol Fourth, he said, "It's on the record....It's not a single...The song in general...it encapsulates everything American, but not just today. Back in the day, my daddy growing up...and all that stuff I knew growing up."
Film and Broadway star Keala Settle performed her The Greatest Showman hit This Is Me to a roaring crowd. I asked her about how it felt to perform her inclusive smash hit on Independence Day at the nations Capitol. "It never gets old...Just being here, I feel like, represents a lot of people. And that's enough for me!".
You can watch A Capitol Fourth 2019 on demand at PBS A Capitol Fourth for the next week. Performances include Carole King, Vanessa Carlton, Lee Brice, Keala Settle, The O'Jays, Laine Hardy, Gone West featuring Colbie Caillat and more!