Maren Morris took CBS This Morning behind the scenes of her recent Houston Rodeo performance last week — both her biggest show to date and one of her most memorable, since she was nearly nine months pregnant.
Speaking candidly with co-host Anthony Mason, the Texas native opens up about playing to more than 60,000 home-state fans, and what it feels like to get on stage with a baby due any day. “I’m hoping he stays in there for at least 24 more hours, then he can fall out,” the superstar says with a chuckle.
Strolling down memory lane, Morris also talks about doing things her own way, sharing throwback videos and photos of her first gigs as a 10 year old with a too-big guitar. She also discusses the ongoing struggle to get more women featured on country radio — remarking on her single, “The Bones,” becoming the first multi-week Number One for a solo female since 2012. So what does she thinks that means?
“I could be optimistic here, cautiously,” she says, “but I think it’s turning for the better.”
Later on, the award-winning phenom also talks about joining the country supergroup The Highwomen and what she expects from touring with a baby. The charm of pregnancy may have worn off, she admits, but she still hopes to forever remember this special time.
“I can’t wait to look back on this footage from tonight, years from now and show him, this is what I did,” Morris says of her almost-here son. “Before you were here, you were my duet partner through the whole thing.”
Looking ahead, Morris leads all nominees for the 2020 ACM Awards with five nods (the show is set to air April 5), and her RSVP: The Tour kicks off in June. She and husband Ryan Hurd expect the birth of their first child March 30.