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Mar 20

CMA Music Festival Announces LP Field Concert Lineup

CMA Music Festival Announces LP Field Concert Lineup

Luke Bryan photo by Joseph Llanes, courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

The performers for the sold out Nightly Concerts at LP Field during the 2014 CMA Music Festival have been announced. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Chris Young and Zac Brown Band will all take the stage June 5-8 in downtown Nashville.

“CMA Music Festival is proud to have these fantastic artists perform on the LP Field stage,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “The fact that tickets sold out for the Nightly Concerts at a record-setting pace speaks to what Country Music Fans have come to expect from CMA Music Festival and we feel strongly that this line up delivers on that promise.”

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Mar 18

Darius Rucker Announces Fifth Annual “Darius and Friends” Benefit Concert

Darius Rucker Announces Fifth Annual "Darius and Friends" Benefit Concert

Darius Rucker photo by Jim Wright, courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media.

Darius Rucker has announced he will hold his fifth annual “Darius and Friends” benefit concert on June 2 in Nashville at the Wildhorse Saloon. The Darius and Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament will take place June 3 with both events benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Last year the charity concert, auction and celebrity golf tournament raised more than $95,000.

An exclusive pre-sale for last year’s ticketholders will begin on March 19 at 11 a.m. CT with general ticket sales opening at 11 a.m. CT on March 21. A fifth consecutive sell-out is expected and so fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early. Tickets will be available through the Wildhorse Saloon box office 615-902-8200 x.1, WildhorseSaloon.com, and DariusRucker.com.    Continue Reading

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Mar 18

CMA Rebrands & Expands Global Artist Party During CMA Music Festival

CMA Rebrands & Expands Global Artist Party During CMA Music Festival

Australian Country Music artist Natalie Howard performs at the 2013 CMA Global Artist Party at The Stage during 2013 CMA Music Festival week in Downtown Nashville. In 2014, the CMA Global Artist Party will be called the CMA World GlobaLive concert and held Monday, June 2 on a free, outdoor stage on Broadway. Photo Credit: Karen Hicks / CMA.

The Country Music Association has announced plans to rebrand and expand the annual Global Artist Party held during CMA Music Festival in June. The announcement was made by CMA CEO Sarah Trahern during the Second Annual International Marketing Summit at The O2 in London. “The Summit was the perfect platform and this was the ideal audience to announce the strategic growth of the international showcase from a club gathering to a main-stage event,” she said.

Presented under the “CMA World” global brand, the CMA World GlobaLive concert will take place Monday, June 2 at 6 p.m. on a free, outdoor stage on Broadway in downtown Nashville. The concert will be open to the public and feature performances by country artists from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and the U.K. The concert began in 2004 as the Global Artist Party. Continue Reading

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Feb 28

CMA to Announce LP Field Performers for 2014 CMA Music Festival Via Social Media March 3

CMA to Announce LP Field Performers for 2014 CMA Music Festival Via Social Media March 3

CMA Music Festival at LP Field. Photo by Bennett Farkas, courtesy of the CMA.

CMA will utilize social networks to announce LP Field performers for the 2014 CMA Music Festival starting Monday, March 3. Every weekday from March 3-18, CMA will post clues on its social media platforms allowing fans to speculate and anticipate who will be performing during the Nightly Concerts at LP Field.

A full announcement of the LP Field lineup will follow the #CMAFestGuess social media campaign on Wednesday, March 19.

“We have a very strong, dedicated, and loyal social media audience,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “They are the ones who are constantly engaged with the Festival, so of course we want to let them be the first to find out who will be performing this year. Their passion for the music makes CMA Music Festival the world’s premier Country Music festival.”

A mock movie trailer announcing the campaign will be released on CMA’s social pages Sunday during the Oscars ceremony. “As the Oscars will be one of the largest nights of the year for social engagement, we felt it the perfect time to announce this innovative social campaign to our fans,” said Damon Whiteside, CMA Senior Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships.

Followers can use #CMAFestGuess to track the virtual clues. With more than two million followers across CMA’s social media platforms, Country Music fans are proving that they are digitally engaged and Internet savvy. The 2013 CMA Awards, which aired Nov. 6 on ABC, was the most tweeted-about television event of that week. Continue Reading

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Feb 18

CMA Music Festival Sells Out 15 Weeks in Advance

CMA Music Festival Sells Out 15 Weeks in Advance

CMA Music Festival at LP Field. Photo by Bennett Farkas, courtesy of the CMA.

It’s still a mystery as to which artists will be performing at Nashville’s LP Field during CMA Music Festival June 5-8, but that hasn’t stopped fans from snatching up four day ticket packages to the Nightly Concerts at LP Field to guarantee they won’t miss a night of country’s biggest music festival. Tickets sold out at a record-setting 15 weeks in advance of the 2014 CMA Music Festival.

“Tickets to LP Field sold faster than ever before – a record nine weeks sooner than in 2013 – and before we announced a single artist performing during the Nightly Concerts,” CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern said. “I think that speaks volumes about the strength of this Festival, the premium experience we provide to the fans, and the popularity of our format.”

Tickets to the Nightly Concerts at LP Field are sold out, but there are numerous other entertainment and music stages, special events, and activities throughout downtown Nashville to enjoy during CMA Music Festival. “With the expansion of our autograph signings, concerts, and family events into the Music City Center – which we call Fan Fair X – local and regional residents have affordable, easy access to great entertainment with hundreds of our most popular artists,” added Trahern. Continue Reading

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Jan 30

CMA Keep The Music Playing Donations $1 Million to Nashville Public Schools

CMA Keep The Music Playing Donations $1 Million to Nashville Public Schools

(l-r) Eric Paslay; Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer; and Joe Galante, CMA Foundation Chairman of the Board present a $1 millon donation to Jay Steele, Metro Nashville Public Schools Chief Academic Officer; Shannon Hunt, Nashville Public Education Foundation President; and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. Photo Credit: Donn Jones / CMA

The CMA Foundation donated $1 million to benefit music education programs in Nashville public schools through the Keep the Music Playing campaign during the Fifth Annual CMA Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert hosted by Eric Paslay at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s new CMA Theater. The funds came from proceeds from the 2013 CMA Music Festival.

“CMA is extremely proud of being able to provide access to instruments for every child in Metro Schools on behalf of our artist community,” Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer, said. “A thriving music education program is an investment in the future and provides important motivation to keep children engaged and in school.”

The announcement raises CMA’s support of music education in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools to more than $7.5 million. Donations have been used to build music labs and purchase instruments and supplies for all Metro Schools through a partnership with the Nashville Public Education Foundation. The Keep The Music Playing program was created in 2006 to give back to the community on behalf of the hundreds of Country artists who perform and make appearances at CMA Music Festival each year for free. Continue Reading

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Oct 10

CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock Premieres October 13 on Great American Country

Little Big Town

Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

CMA Music Fesival: Country’s Night to Rock will make its cable premiere on Sunday, October 13 at 8/7c right here on Great American Country. Hosted by Little Big Town, the special was filmed during CMA Music Festival in Nashville in June and debuted on ABC in August.

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The three-hour concert special includes performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Kip Moore, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band and more. Continue Reading

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Aug 12

“CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock” Special will Integrate Fan Instagram Photos

Little Big Town hosts CMA Festival: Country's Night to Rock; CMA will use Instagram photos from fans

Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

The Country Music Association, along with ABC and Mass Relevance, will bring fan Instagram photos to primetime during “CMA Music Festival: Country’s NIght to Rock,” airing Monday, August 12 at 8/7c on ABC. Little Big Town will host the special.

“We are excited to be the first primetime network special that gives viewers the chance to be on national television using Instagram,” Ben Bennett, CMA Director of Digital Strategy, said. “Country Music fans have the chance to contribute to the special in a way that has never been done before. That’s an exciting moment in the history of this event.” Continue Reading

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Aug 7

A Q&A with Little Big Town, Hosts of ABC’s “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock”

Little Big Town hosts CMA Festival: Country's Night to Rock

Little Big Town photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of the CMA.

By Bob Doerschuk

© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

CMA’s reigning Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town, had settled into director’s chairs on the fourth floor of the Bridge Building. Although it hadn’t yet been announced on this day in early May, they were confirmed to host the three-hour special, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” airing 8-11 PM ET/7-10 PM CT, Aug. 12 over the ABC Television Network. They’re no strangers to performing at Music Fest, but this year would spotlight – and challenge – them as never before.

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Yet there were no signs of nervousness as cameras began to roll. Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook took to the subject at hand as the world has come to know them — with confidence, a feeling of unity tempered by their strong individual personalities, and with a sense of humor that could tickle any or all of them without warning into a few seconds of laughter.

How did you hear that you were being invited to host this year’s Festival special on ABC?

FAIRCHILD: I really don’t know how we got it, but we sure are glad we did (laughter). When we found out, we were just thrilled. Do you know how many CMA Fests this is for us?

SCHLAPMAN: The first one was 1999.

FAIRCHILD: That was at the (Tennessee State) Fairgrounds. We got to play two songs in front of Wynonna.

SCHLAPMAN: We had just gotten a record deal in May, and this was in June. So it was huge for us! It was one of the biggest things we’d ever done — well, obviously, we’d only had two months as a band (laughter). I just remember thinking, “Wow, we just know two songs!” Continue Reading

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Jul 11

CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock Airs August 12

Little Big Town

Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Little Big Town will host CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, set to air on ABC on Monday, August 12 at 8/7c. The three-hour special includes performances and appearances by a star-studded lineup as well as behind the scenes access to the  CMA Music Festival.

Artists appearing include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, the cast of Duck Dynasty, Nashville’s Charles Esten and Lennon and Maisy Stella, Hunter Hayes, Dancing with the Stars champion Derek Hough, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Kip Moore, Jason Mraz, Kacey Musgraves, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band. Continue Reading

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