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CMA Music Festival: Another Perspective

Well, another CMA Music Festival has come and gone! Can’t believe the week flew by so fast, but it was a fun one and actually not as hot as it usually is, too. Very thankful for that, let me tell you!

Started off the week of CMA Music Festival with the annual CAA (Creative Artists Agency) BBQ in their brand new, beautiful offices located in the penthouse of the Suntrust building next to the historic Ryman Auditorium. Had the chance to stop by for a little while for some great food, drinks, and enjoyed running into friends while out there. Mixed in with the crowd were Kip Moore, Jesse Lee, Jennifer Wayne of Stealing Angels, Jana Kramer, Hot Chelle Rae, Chase Rice, and sure many more I didn’t see. It was crowded! Thanks to CAA for the invitation to join them and see their new offices!

Thursday

First thing this morning, headed over to Tin Roof on Music Row for the A.M. Jam by our friends at Black River Entertainment! Craig Morgan started out introducing the first artist, Glenn Templeton, followed by Sarah Darling, and long-time friends, Due West.  Each gave a short acoustic performance.  Great performances by all!

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Julie Roberts performing

Next, headed out to the festival to see Julie Roberts perform on the Bud Light Stage in front of Bridgestone Arena.  Loved seeing Julie “do her thing” on the stage in front of hundreds of fans. Love the traditional sound that she is known for!

Then, we were off to the “You’ve Been Sentenced” celebrity/charity event at Hard Rock, which featured celebrities like: Buddy Jewell, Julie Roberts, Jeff Bates, LoCash Cowboys, Keith Burns, and many more.  I still have NO IDEA how to play that game, what the rules were, not a CLUE! It was a card game and formed sentences.  Nope, not a clue what was going on, but everyone seemed to be having a good time! If anyone wants to explain it to me, maybe I will understand now! Ok, probably not…

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Heidi Newfield

Caught Neal McCoy’s show at Riverfront stage.  That guy is always full of energy, entertaining, and even climbed up the side of the stage to the very top.  Fun show!

From there, I headed over to Jana Kramer’s CD release party at aVenue off of 3rd ave.  She did an acoustic set of most of the songs from her album.  Jana’a always entertaining and charming on stage.  Many One Tree Hill fans were present, that was obvious! The place was packed and Jana gave a great performance.  She’s another one of our favorites on here, if you couldn’t tell! Be sure to look for her album in stores and you can buy it right now on iTunes, too, if you don’t want to wait! You won’t regret it, it’s a great album

Then, I caught Miss Willie Brown at the Bud Light stage.  They were ok.  Not really that crazy about their music, but they were energetic on the stage and others seemed to enjoy them.

Friday

This was my favorite day out of all of them because it featured performances by a some of my favorites: THE FARM, Jesse Lee, and Gloriana.

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Gloriana performing on Riverfront stage

Caught Gloriana at the Riverfront stage.  Loved seeing their full set and their harmonies were flawless, as usual.  Great to hear that their new single that was recently featured on The Bachelorette is doing so well for them on the charts.  Highest ranking single of their career and almost top 10 right now.

Then, headed over to the Hard Rock to catch another friend, David Bradley, on the acoustic stage.  David’s always charming with his British charm and never disappoints with his performances.

Went over to the convention center for a bit to see what was going on over there with the artists signing before heading back over to the Hard Rock to catch another friend and favorite, Jesse Lee, do an acoustic performance.  It was short, but sweet! LOVE Jesse who is always fun to watch perform! She’s got lots of personality and the vocals to match.  I just want to be able to catch her doing a full band show one of these days soon.  I’m sure it’s amazing!

Ended the day with THE FARM.  I loved seeing THE FARM do a full set on the Riverfront stage, which is where I mainly stayed during the festival.  If you haven’t heard or seen them, check them out if they pass through your town and you can also hear their single “Home Sweet Home” on the country charts right now.  It’s broken into the top 20 and still climbing! LOVE these guys! Good people and incredibly talented! Their show is high energy, too, with Damien even doing a backflip on the stage.  Loved the whole thing and these guys are going to continue to WOW audiences as people get a chance to see them this summer touring, I’m sure of it!

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Krista from THE FARM

Highlight of the day:  Seeing THE FARM and Jesse Lee perform!

 

Saturday

Started out the morning at the Riverfront stage seeing Love and Theft followed by Kip Moore.  Enjoyed both of these shows.

Love and Theft are always good to see, plus enjoy their music.  Stephen is always entertaining to watch and shows a lot of personality.  Just a really fun guy!  Eric? Not so much.  He always manages to look bored on the stage and like he’d rather be anywhere but there at the moment.  Like their music, but would like to see them both be equally as entertaining.

Then, they were followed by Kip Moore.  He seems very at ease on the stage and was fun to watch.  Love his music and glad that he’s now experiencing some success with his chart-topping single.  Hope it continues for him!

Spotted in the front row of the crowd were a whole bunch of girls dressed in red sundresses hoping to capture the attention of Kip.  Watched his video a few too many times, I guess!

Wandered off out into the festival a little and then back to see Casey James for the first time.  First off, best hair out there and such a cutie! Glad to get THAT off my chest.  He was highly entertaining and great musicianship!

Following Casey was Heidi Newfield on the Riverfront.  Loved her performance! She’s always high energy! I was afraid she was going to have a wardrobe malfunction in that peacock dress, though! I don’t imagine the guys would have minded that so much! She had on a peacock dress with fishnets.  High octane attire for a high octane show, I guess! lol

Finished up the day at the convention center.

 

Sunday

Started out Sunday at the TJ Martell Ride for a Cure event.  It started off with breakfast at Mickey Roo’s in Franklin.  I was thinking was going to be able to get some interviews like last year, but with the actual ride being cancelled due to the rain, things were thrown off a bit for everyone.  Couldn’t be helped and no one’s fault, just bad weather throwing things off for everyone and making the best of it. The pre-jam was going on in there and I got to LISTEN to an interview by Good Morning America just too busy in there to conduct any myself.  So, for me, it was kind of a let down, but the breakfast was nice and it was fun running into Lauren Alaina, Dean Alexander, and Little Big Town out there.  I just opted out of the concert since it was raining and would be out in the mud.  Just wasn’t quite up for that.  I am glad to hear that the event was still a success for the charity raising over $55,000!

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Photo credit: Randi Radcliiff/Little Big Town and Lauren Alaina


Back to the Riverfront stage at CMA Music Festival I went (See? I said I spent most of the week there!) and saw Sunny Sweeney do her thing! I just love her Texas attitude and her whole Texas sound.  She’s a lot of fun on the stage and just shows a lot of sass!

Then, off to see Jason Michael Carroll perform at the Bud Light Bridgestone stage.  I had a hard time keeping up with him on stage with my camera because he moves so much! Love his voice and he puts on a great show!

Followed by Mandy Barnett at the same stage.  Mandy’s both an incredible vocalist and a class act all around.  Very gracious and down-to-Earth.

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Kip Moore

Then I was off to see Jana Kramer perform a full band show at the Riverfront stage.  Jana’s both sassy and classy! Such a sweet person and dynamic performer.  Only wish great things for her!

Well, that is a wrap for me! I ended up letting Courtney, who you’ll be hearing from on here, use my nightly LP stadium passes.  She got some great shots and since she was gracious enough to help us out for the week, thought she’d enjoy them.  Me? I was WORN after those long, hot days! So, you’ll be hearing more about those nightly shows and seeing some great shots soon! Plus, I’ll be putting together a little video of highlights from the week for you all to enjoy and post more pictures.  Now, I guess I’m still recovering from all the fun of CMA Music Festival! WHEW!

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Muve Music And Country Music Gives Back At CMA Music Festival

Cricket’s Muve Music® Connects Country Artists and Fans at CMA Music Festival
~ Cricket Sponsors Music City Gives Back Country Showcase with Wrangler and Daily Artist Meet and Greets at the Country Music Association Music Festival ~
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn., – June 4, 2012 – Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, is going country and taking its popular Muve Music service to Nashville’s 2012 CMA Music Festival.  Muve Music will be kicking off the four day music festival by sponsoring the “Music City Gives Back” event benefitting the American Red Cross. The innovative music service is also inviting fans to connect with country music’s top artists throughout the week with artist meet and greets, special playlists, an interactive booth in “The Buckle” on Broadway in downtown Nashville and more.  Muve Music is the first music service designed specifically for a wireless phone with approximately 600,000 customers to date.
 
Muve Music fans are increasingly consuming country music on the service and are always on the lookout for the new up and coming artists and bands in the genre. As Muve Music’s overall catalog of songs continues to grow, the service is also expanding its library of country music to meet the ever-growing demand.  Country music fans are not only listening to popular hits by award-winning country music artists, but also leveraging Muve Music’s unlimited music download platform to discover new country music artists as well.
 
“Connecting artists and fans is what Muve Music is all about and we’re thrilled to bring that experience to CMA Music Festival this year,” said Geoff Edds, senior manager, label management and artist programs for Muve Music.  “We’re also excited to partner with Music City Gives Back to present a great night of Country music for fans while raising money and awareness for a great cause.”
 
Muve Music’s rapid growth and momentum is due in part to its unique platform that allows artists to directly reach their fan base through exclusive content and promotions.  The service has a 90 percent customer satisfaction rate and user engagement has exceeded expectations. In its first year, customers played 1.5 billion songs on Muve Music averaging 260 million songs each month.  With approximately 600,000 subscribers, Muve Music is now the second largest digital music subscription service in the U.S., and the first designed for the mobile phone with both the consumer and the artists’ needs in mind. 
 
“Muve Music rocks!” said country artist and upcoming host of the “Music City Gives Back” concert event, Rodney Atkins. “As an artist you want your fans to have easy access to your music and Muve makes it easy.”
 
Cricket Presents “Music City Gives Back”
Cricket has teamed up with Wrangler, Carl Black Chevrolet, and GAC to sponsor the second annual “Music City Gives Back” showcase benefitting the American Red Cross. The exciting event, hosted by Rodney Atkins in conjunction with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, was created to raise awareness and drive donations to the American Red Cross. As a lead sponsor, Cricket will be donating $50,000 to the cause.
 
The event is free to the public and will be held on Tuesday, June 5, at 5 p.m. on the outdoor stage on Broadway in downtown Nashville (between Second and Fourth avenues). Atkins will be joined on stage by an all-star lineup of top performing country artists including Clint Black, Thompson Square, Lee Brice, Josh Thompson, Jana Kramer, The Farm, Mallary Hope, and the Willis Clan. Donations to the American Red Cross can be made on-site and online by visiting http://american.redcross.org/musiccity.
 
 
Interactive Booth at CMA Music Festival, June 7-10, at The Buckle
Fans can experience Muve Music first hand at Cricket’s interactive booth located in the Buckle on Broadway in downtown Nashville. The booth located just outside the Riverfront stage will host fun giveaways throughout the week, and will be running a CMA Music Festival commemorative photo-op green screen experience where participants will be able to appear and share images of themselves with the likes of country sensations, such as Taylor Swift and Dolly Parton. Cricket will email the images real time so fans can post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram instantly.
 
In addition, a professional DJ will be on-site inviting attendees to karaoke their favorite country tunes. With lyrics displayed on a 52’ TV monitor, consumers can either request a song of choice to sing, or play the Cricket “Finish the Song” challenge. The booth will also feature an interactive Cricket Muve Music trailer with a phone demo and festival-goers will also have the ability to purchase their own Muve Music device right from the booth.
 
Cricket Hosts CMA Music Festival Artist Meet and Greets at The Buckle
Throughout the week, artists will be dropping by the Muve Music tent to meet with fans attending the music festival. During the one hour meet and greets, artists will be onsite to chat directly with fans, answer questions, and to share insights on country music and how it resonates with the digital mobile music industry. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to take photos or bring gear for autograph signings.
·         Casey James, Thursday June 7, 1 – 2 p.m.
·         Kristen Kelly, Thursday June 7, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
·         Jesse James, Friday June 8, 1 – 2 p.m.
·         JT Hodges, Sunday June 10, 1 – 2 p.m.

Cricket Connects Country Music Fans through Social Media
Cricket will be keeping music fans up to speed on the latest CMA Music Festival news with a large screen in the booth displaying Twitter activity in real time. Country music fans are encouraged to follow Cricket and Muve Music online on Twitter (@cricketnation) and Facebook for the latest updates from the Music City Gives Back Concert and all the festivities at CMA Fest. Cricket will also share frequent updates on ticket giveaways, performances, artist meet and greets and more. Attendees can join the conversation real-time with hashtag #CMACricket.
 
Cricket Releases CMA Music Festival Playlists
In addition to providing contract-free, unlimited mobile music with Muve Music, Cricket is connecting current Muve Music subscribers with a Music City Gives Back playlist, featuring songs from all of the evening’s performing artists including Rodney Atkins, Clint Black, Thompson Square, and Lee Brice.
Furthermore, Muve Music subscribers will also be able to tune in to the festival’s top country performers with new and exclusive CMA Music Festival playlists.  Each of the four CMA Music Festival  playlists, launching daily from June 7 – June 10, will feature some of Muve Music’s most popular country artists, including Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and more.
 
The Muve Music Service
In January 2011, Cricket Communications became the first U.S. wireless carrier to offer consumers unlimited music as part of a wireless rate plan. For just $65 a month, Cricket customers across the country can now purchase the no contract wireless service that includes unlimited nationwide talk, text, web and unlimited music (full track downloads, ringtones and ringback tones) for their Cricket android smartphone. This innovative product offering is the first music experience designed specifically for the mobile phone; it provides a superior mobile experience with no download fees or monthly music subscriptions – it’s all included.
The Muve service was built for customers for whom the phone, not the computer, is the center of their digital life. With Muve Music, Cricket has eliminated the complexity found with other digital music services – there are no cables, no drivers and no synching required. Everything happens over Cricket’s nationwide 3G network to deliver a robust music experience to music lovers on the go.
 
How to get Muve Music
Muve Music is available on the Huawei Mercury, named the best prepaid smartphone in America by PC Magazine, January 3, 2012, as well as on the Huawei Ascend II, Samsung Vitality, ZTE Score and the ZTE Chorus at Cricket company-owned stores, online at www.mycricket.com and through select partner retail outlets. Additional accessories are available for purchase including premium headphones, an audio jack and Bluetooth adapter to connect to home and car stereos, either wired or wirelessly.   
 
With the ever-growing Muve Music song catalog, customers can choose from millions of songs featuring the hottest artists from thousands of record labels, which are distributed through Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music and global rights agency Merlin, as well as independents CD Baby, IODA, INgrooves, The Orchard and TuneCore.
 
For more information about Muve Music, visit www.muvemusic.com, and for Cricket’s dynamic device lineup, visit www.mycricket.com. To follow Cricket’s latest news and updates online, go to Facebook at www.facebook.com/cricketwireless and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cricketnation.
 
About Cricket
Cricket is the pioneer and leader in delivering innovative value-rich prepaid wireless services with no long-term contracts serving 6.2 million customers. Cricket offers wireless voice and mobile data services over the latest, high-quality, all-digital 4G (LTE) and 3G CDMA wireless networks. In 2011, Cricket launched its award-winning Muve Music® product, the first music service designed for a wireless phone that now has more than 600,000 customers. Cricket’s innovative products and services are available at Cricket branded retail stores, dealers, national retailers and at www.mycricket.com. For more information about Cricket, please visit www.mycricket.com
 

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Artist Red Carpet Arrivals, Fashion Show, Music, And Much More Added To Fan Fair Hall During CMA Music Festival

Individual Tickets to the Fan Fair Hall at the Nashville Convention Center Available for $25; $20 if Purchased With a CMA Music Festival Nightly Concert Ticket for LP Field

NASHVILLE – Live performances, exciting new events, lifestyle exhibits, and autograph signings are the centerpiece of the Fan Fair® Hall during the 2012 CMA Music Festival, which will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 7-10 in Nashville, Tenn.

“The unique bond between our artists and their fans has been the foundation of this event since it began as Fan Fair in 1972,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “And the epicenter of that relationship exists today in the Fan Fair Hall.”

“We are constantly looking for ways to enhance the experience for our fans and the artists and we have made several exciting changes and additions to the Fan Fair Hall this year that are sure to be popular with our attendees,”said Sheri Warnke, CMA Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing.

Hours for the Fan Fair Hall are Thursday through Saturday June 7-9 from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM/CT; Sunday, June 10 from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM.

Each day new names are being added to the list of celebrities signing in the Fan Fair Hall including Lauren Alaina, Bill Anderson, Lynn Anderson, Laura Bell Bundy, Bucky Covington, Cowboy Troy, Billy Dean, Donna Fargo, Colt Ford, William Lee Golden, Jack Greene, Casey James, Joey + Rory, The Lacs, LoCash Cowboys, Manuel, The McClymonts, Scotty McCreery, Robin Meade, Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Joe Nichols, LuLu Roman, Matt Stillwell, Doug Stone, Two Foot Fred, Bryan White, Winfield’s Locket, Chris Young, and many more to be announced soon.

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Fans gather around the CMA booth in the Fan Fair hall during the 2011 CMA Music Festival. Photo Credit: Jim Hagans

Durango Acoustic Corner Broadcast by 650 AM WSM

CMA Music Festival is about music and the fans and you will find both in the Durango Acoustic Corner Broadcast by 650 AM WSM. For the first time in 2012, the Durango Acoustic Corner is moving to the floor of the convention center with seating for fans and continuous music.

Performances take place Thursday through Saturday, June 7-9 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM; on Sunday, June 10 from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. Schedule in order of appearance (subject to change):

Thursday, June 7 – Gene Watson, Georgette Jones, Lulu Roman, Riders in the Sky, Bryan White. Jesse Keith Whitley, James Wesley, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Black Lillies, Billy Dean

Friday, June 8 – The Roys, Bucky Covington, Janie Fricke, Gwen Sebastian, Buddy Jewell, T. Graham Brown, Carter’s Chord, Jimmy Fortune, Marty Raybon, Con Hunley

Saturday, June 9 – Dana Romanello, Jason Michael Carroll, Lonesome River Band, Heidi Newfield, Doug Stone, Mark Wills, Lynn Anderson, Teea Goans, Chase Rice, Joanna Smith

Sunday, June 10 – Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys, Chuck Wagon Gang, Sarah Darling, The Grascals, Due West, The McClymonts, Lesley McDaniel, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Fan Fair Hall Red Carpet

Fans get to be the paparazzi! An exciting new feature of the Fan Fair Hall in 2012 is the Red Carpet where fans can take photos of their favorite stars as they arrive to sign autographs throughout the day.

“Crowding around booths sometimes made it difficult to get a good photo of an artist, but with this new area with a raised Red Carpet, fans will have a much better opportunity to get that coveted photo of a favorite artist as they enter or leave the Hall,” Warnke said.

Wrangler Fashion Show

The Wrangler Fashion Show is the place for Country Music fashionistas to see artists modeling the hottest styles. Hosted by GAC personality Suzanne Alexander, the Wrangler Fashion Show will be held Saturday, June 9 (1:00-2:00 PM) at the Fan Fair Hall Red Carpet.

The Wrangler Fashion Show will be a showcase of Wrangler fashion with additional designs from Manuel, designer to the stars who is known world-wide for his embellished and embroidered motifs. Manuel will also be embellishing a two Wrangler items that will be auctioned after CMA Music Festival to raise funds for CMA’s music education campaign, Keep the Music Playing. Durango Boots will be providing footwear for all models.

Budweiser Supports Folds of Honor Foundation

As part of their Fan Fair Hall exhibit, Budweiser is continuing their 100+ year commitment to the brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces by partnering with the Folds of Honor Foundation to honor the sacrifices of the fallen and support their families through scholarships and other opportunities.

Budweiser is dedicating the 2012 baseball season to recognizing their sacrifices through the Walk-Off A Hero program; for every walk-off win, Budweiser will donate $5,000 to Folds of Honor. Budweiser is also pleased to feature special patriotic cans and bottles available in stores this summer.

Additionally, Budweiser will be donating a portion of sales (April 20-July 7) to Folds of Honor Foundation. These programs are all part of an effort to raise as much as $2.5 million. The partnership between the Folds of Honor Foundation and Budweiser will significantly expand the mission to help these deserving military families.

The Fan Fair Hall Marketplace

Special mementos and unique fashions can be found in the Fan Fair Hall Marketplace featuring a variety of vendors including Apparel, The Charleston Soap Company, Dillards for the Reba Brand, Hillbilly Brand, Manuel, Mignon’s, Twisted Sisters, and more.

New Autograph Drawing

CMA recently announced new procedures for autograph seekers to enhance the overall Festival experience, improve safety, and make the process for securing a treasured autograph equitable for all Festival goers. The new system will be a drawing with online sign ups and advance notification, which will enable Festival goers to better schedule their time so they can attend concerts and take part in free events and activities rather than waiting in line in hopes of securing a signature. The advance sign-up system creates a level playing field for all fans to enter for their chance to win an autograph signing ticket.

Here is how it works: Individual booths will no longer distribute tickets for autograph signings each morning inside the Hall. Instead, fans will enter a random drawing for the opportunity to meet various artists appearing in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall. Patrons will enter this drawing in advance of CMA Music Festival via an online entry form at CMAfest.com. Entering the drawing is easy:

Go to www.CMAfest.com anytime until May 28 (ending at 5:00 PM/CT).
Patrons enter their contact information and then select from the list of participating artists signing autographs in the Hall.
Patrons may select as few or as many of the artists listed to be entered to win a ticket for each respective signing.
Once the entry has been submitted, it can’t be changed. Duplicate entries will not be considered.
All winners will be notified on Friday, June 1 via email.

The confirmation emails will contain detailed information on which artist(s) the fan gets to meet as well as the date, time, and location of the signings inside the Fan Fair Hall, plus instructions on where, when, and how to retrieve autograph wrist bands inside the Nashville Convention Center.

Tickets for the Fan Fair Hall

CMA Music Festival four-day ticket holders aren’t the only lucky ones with access to the Fan Fair Hall. Tickets to visit the Fan Fair Hall cost $25 per ticket, per day; $20 if purchased with a ticket to one of the Nightly Concerts at LP Field. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.com (http://www.ticketmaster.com/Country-Music-Festival-tickets/artist/1711387). Tickets will also be available at the Nashville Convention Center at the Commerce Street entrance beginning Wednesday, June 6 from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM.

CMA Music Festival is the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience – a celebration of America’s music that takes over downtown Nashville with non-stop concerts on multiple stages with a vast and varied roster of artists. CMA Music Festival is a four-time winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of CMA. Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. BIC is an Official Partner of the 2012 CMA Music Festival. Connect with CMA online at CMAfest.com, Facebook.com/CMA and Twitter.com/CountryMusic.

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CMA Presents Mayor Karl Dean With Chairman’s Award

NASHVILLE – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s many contributions to the music industry in Music City were recognized during a reception at CMA Tuesday night when Dean was presented the CMA Chairman’s Award by CMA Board Chairman Steve Buchanan.

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CMA Music Festival: Interview with Chase Rice

Well, I’m just now wrapping up all of my coverage of CMA Music Festival with this interview with Chase Rice!

Fans of the CBS hit reality tv show ‘Survivor‘ will no doubt remember Chase Rice from a recent season filmed in Nicaragua in 2010.  He was one of the last standing and runner-up for the grand prize of $1,000,000!

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Summer NAMM Report: All Star Guitar Night and Top 100 Dealer Awards

Steve Rutledge

I had the opportunity in July to attend my first ever NAMM events.  It actually was a very different experience for me because I’m used to covering events like CMA Music Festival that are centered around artists, whereas NAMM is about musicians and instruments.  Nonetheless, it was a very interesting experience.  The majority of music that I heard was all instrumental since this event is focused on the musicians.

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CMA Music Festival: Interview with Frankie Ballard

Yes, yes…I’m STILL trying to get caught up from everything I had from the CMA Music Festival! Just about there! I guess it’s good as long as I get the articles out before CMA Music Festival 2012, right?!? Anyway…

Do you want to know all about this awesome guitar-slinging singer who has been touring the country opening for such artists as: Taylor Swift, Uncle Kracker, and Bob Seger? The girls are going crazy for him, too, and it’s easy to see why! This Michigan-born artist is “a southern gentleman without the accent” (a friend once said that to me and certainly a great way to describe Frankie Ballard) and there’s so much more to like about him, too!

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