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Billy Ray Cyrus Premieres New Movie “Like a Country Song” in Nashville

“It all starts with a script, and the script is the story of redemption.”

photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images

As part of his contributions to CMA Music Festival week, Billy Ray Cyrus walked the red carpet at the Regal Green Hills 16 cinema on Thursday evening (June 5) for the premiere of his latest film, Like A Country Song.

Billy Ray Cyrus

The film, directed by Johnny Remo and filmed by SkipStone Pictures, also stars Joel Smallbone, Jennifer Taylor, Kerry Knuppe, Gregalan Williams, BooBoo Stewart, and even country great Larry Gatlin.

Billy Ray plays the role of Bo Reeson, who is the father of up and coming country singer Jake Reeson (Joel Smallbone) who struggles with addiction, partying and letting his ego demolish relationships in his life, including his professional path. Through prayer and faith, the family attempts to put their broken pieces back together.

“It all starts with a script, and the script is the story of redemption,” Billy Ray told Country Weekly while conducting interviews along the red carpet Thursday.

“My character, Bo, has made some mistakes. He’s a salt-of-the-earth kind of guy who’s been around the block a time or two, but he doesn’t give up. He doesn’t give up on his dreams, his faith or vision to go full circle in the story of redemption. That’s what I loved about the script.”

Collin Raye

Joining Billy Ray for the special evening was country star Collin Raye who had a special young lady on his arm, his 10-year-old granddaughter, Mattie.

Besides supporting the actors in the film, Collin was also there to cheer on the movie’s producer/music supervisor, Tammy Hyler, who many may remember from the singer’s “My Kind of Girl” video. “Tammy has been a friend of mine for 22 years, and we used to date once upon a time ago,” Collin told Country Weekly from the red carpet. “My No. 1 song, ’I Can Still Feel You,’ she wrote it. So we’ve been together a long time and really close. I’m just so proud of her. When she first told me about this [movie] idea a while back, I remember thinking I hope that works out, and here we are. I wouldn’t have missed this.”


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