[Video] CRS 2017 | Re-Living The Highlights & A Wrap-Up

CRS 2017 wrapped up after 3 days of music-filled fun in downtown Nashville on Feb. 22-24, 2017.

Held at the beautiful Omni Hotel in Nashville, CRS aka Country Radio Seminar is one of our personal favorite times of year.  It’s when country radio programmers, djs, and media outlets from across the U.S., and even from other countries, converge upon Nashville for 3 days filled with informational panels during the day, lunch performances, artist interviews, showcases, and label after parties.

Watch our fun highlight reel from the event below:

Days start fairly early in the morning and usually run well into the wee hours of the morning.  Sleep is at a premium and not much of it to be found on these days, but everyone figures they will catch up on their sleep after and just want to enjoy the fun without missing a beat.

Highlights for me were getting to attend the Sony “Girls Night Out” after hours event at a beautiful off-site location featuring “five guys” where some of us lucky ladies were treated to a special night of mingling with the five guys from always charming Old Dominion, dine on Five Guys hamburgers & fries, cupcakes, and open bar, then indulge in massages and manicures.  A welcome relief after a long day on our feet and we didn’t want to leave!

Another treat was the Cold River Records after-party featuring “Biscuits, Basketball, and (Drew) Baldridge” performing for us inside the Omni Hotel at Kitchen Notes restaurant as we enjoyed an open bar & dined on yummy homemade biscuits with chicken or pulled pork along with basically anything to top our biscuits with.  My personal favorite was the chocolate fondue sauce & the homemade preserves.   Drew was fun to watch perform who is known for his dancing as he entertained the packed crowd.  Loved the basketball theme to go with the current single, “Rebound” and southern fare to dine on as we enjoyed the evening.

We have an interview with him, so be on the lookout for that soon!

Thoroughly enjoyed Big Machine’s lunch and performances on the last day.  Personal favorites were A Thousand Horses, Delta Rae, and Midland, but all of the performers were great including Carly Pearce, Trent Harmon, and Maddie & Tae.

Always a treat was the yearly lunch at the historic Ryman Auditorium where we got to watch almost all of UMG Nashville’s roster perform one song each.  Personal favorite was Keith Urban who closed out the show with a montage of songs from many of the iconic artists who passed away in 2016 as a tribute, then performed his current hit, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” with Vince Gill & Chris Stapleton joining him onstage for a guitar jam.

Concluding the 3 days was the “New Faces” cocktail party were always enjoyable Olivia Lane performed, followed by the “New Faces” dinner & show featuring: William Michael Morgan, Maren Morris, Drake White, Jon Pardi, and Granger Smith.

The artists selected to perform at the “New Faces” dinner & show are voted on by who the radio attendees would most like to see perform live of the new artists in country.  It’s quite an honor and most that are featured each year go on to achieve huge success in their musical careers for many years.

Headed into the New Faces cocktail party! #CRS2017 #smile #party #cocktails

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What an amazing 3 days is was that is always packed full of fun, incredible musical performances, and goes by way too fast! Can’t wait for CRS 2018.  Already counting down the days until next year!


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