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UPDATED: Another round of country stars take ice bucket challenge for ALS


UPDATED: Another round of country stars take ice bucket challenge for ALS

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Aug 15, 2014

The ice bucket challenge is sweeping the whole country, of course, but nowhere does it seem to be spreading faster than in country music circles, where artists are taking the challenge at a rate of several a day, sometimes more. The resulting videos are hilarious, with everyone having pretty much the same reaction to the stinging ice water.

What is the ice bucket challenge? In an effort to raise money and awareness for those suffering from ALS, people across the U.S. are pouring buckets of ice water over their heads, posting the videos online, and then challenging their friends to do the same within 24 hours. They’re also asked to make a small donation to the ALS Association at the same time.
Incredibly, “as of Thursday, the ALS Association … had raised $7.6 million in donations in two weeks,” reports The Wall Street Journal. “That compares with $1.4 million raised during the same two-week period last year.”
In our previous report on this topic, Nashville Edge shared videos of Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Cole Swindell, Justin Moore, Dustin Lynch and Chase Rice taking the challenge.
In this new round, we see Keith Urban taking the challenge with the assistance of baseball Hall of Famer George Brett.

Other new additions to the list of country stars to have successfully completed the challenge are Eric Church (who takes a really creative approach), Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw (who gets an assist from wife Faith Hill behind the camera and two of his daughters on bucket duty), Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town (also assisted by their children), Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Hunter Hayes (see his video in the media player above), Chris Young, Thompson Square, Jana Kramer and Maggie Rose. Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher took the challenge together. Also taking the challenge are Sammy Kershaw and Clay Walker. Perhaps the most creative take of all came from the Zac Brown Band.

Some of the artists who are on tour together teamed up to dump ice buckets on each other. Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett took turns while, on another tour, Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope traded ice bucket duties. Jennifer Nettles and Brandy Clark, who are touring together, also took the challenge together. Also teaming up were Taylor Swift and actress pal Jaime King.

FGL Ice Bucket Challenge from Florida Georgia Line on Vimeo.

Challenges are currently out to Garth Brooks, Jerrod Niemann, Kacey Musgraves, Tyler Farr, Ashley Monroe, Travis Tritt, Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie and "Nashville" star Charles Esten. Eric Church challenged George Strait to do it. And Randy Houser even challenged Kenny Rogers, which seems a bit mean given the fact that Kenny turns 76 this month!

Note: Kip Moore and Brantley Gilbert videos below are not safe for work due to language.

Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Scripps Media.