CMA Music Festival is all about the fans. It gives them the chance to get up close and personal with their favorite artists. In turn, it also gives stars the chance to meet their fans one on one and let them know how much they appreciate their support. For Dierks Bentley, it’s also a chance to catch up with old friends. “I know a lot of the early fans by name, because we played a lot of shows at a lot of small venues where we’d be around a lot after the shows,” he said. “I’m not gonna say her name, but she has a dog print of Jake on her shoulder, with my name in the middle of the tattoo. That’s a big deal when somebody gets your name tattooed on part of their body. It’s kind of a scary thing, because it’s kind of a lifelong commitment.” Easton Corbin goes out of his way to say hello to fans, especially those he knows are diehards. “My fans mean a great deal to me,” he said. “I even have people come that I know every time, in this meet-and-greet line or maybe at that fence over there where you’re getting off the red carpet. I try to always make it a point to recognize those fans, and just let them know how much that I care and I appreciate them being here.” As for Scotty McCreery, he recognizes that fans are why he was given the chance to have a music career. It was his fans who kept him around week after week on American Idol. “My fans are incredible,” he said. “I tell them that every night on stage, and a lot of artists say thanks to the fans and ‘you’re the reason I’m here,’ but for me, it’s literal because they voted me through American Idol, they’ve been with me since then. They’ve helped make the album platinum, the album gold, come to my concerts. In a sense, I really owe all this to them.” CMA Festival is taking place June 5-8 in downtown Nashville and features hundreds of hours of live music and numerous chances to meet and greet their favorite artists. Visit our special CMA Music Festival section for photos, videos and more from the festival!