If you’re heading to Nashville for this year’s CMA Music Festival, be sure to stop by Great American Country in the HGTV Lodge from June 11-14 for free performances and meet-and-greets featuring Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Kip Moore. And in between all that good country music, quash your hunger at some of our favorite Nashville eateries.
Spring is just around the corner and with the warm temperatures come music festivals! Whether you’re headed to Music City for the biggest country music festival of the year, to the West Coast for superstar artists and art, or down to Texas for some of the best indie bands around, there is an event for every playlist. Start planning now with these seven must-see festivals for 2015.
Little Big Town Returns to This Year’s CMA Festival
CMA Music Festival — Nashville, Tennessee
Set for June 11-14, the annual CMA Music Festival celebrates country music fans with four days of non-stop concerts, meet-and-greets, fan club parties, special events and more. Each day starts early with free concerts throughout downtown Nashville, continuing along River Front Park and leading up to star-studded concerts at LP Field each night.
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Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Did you make it to this year’s CMA Music Festival? Or, do you want to re-live the excitement all over again? CMA Country Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock airs August 5 at 8/7c on ABC, featuring performances from some of country’s biggest stars, as well as back stage access. Little Big Town will return to host the concert special.
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Nightly concerts featured country music stars Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley and The Band Perry, among others. CMA Music Festival took place June 5-8 in downtown Nashville, with hundreds of hours of live music and countless opportunities for fans to get up close and personal with some of their favorite artists.
Chris Young photo by Sheryl Nields, courtesy of Monarch Publicity.
Chris Young’s CMA Music Festival plans took an unexpected turn following his fan club party on Thursday night. After returning home, he was making a late dinner when he cut his left hand with a kitchen knife and was rushed to the hospital.
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Chris was first forced to cancel an autograph session scheduled for Friday, but planned to perform Saturday at LP Field as part of the Nightly Concerts as scheduled. However, he had to cancel the appearance after undergoing surgery Friday to repair the damaged tendons in his hand. He was released from the hospital Saturday morning but was unable to perform. Continue Reading
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert‘s good friends, Amie and Jolie Sikes, appeared throughout Friday night’s concert at LP Field to introduce artists and promote season two of Junk Gypsies. Helping the sisters with introductions were Farm Kings brothers Dan and Pete King. Concertgoers caught sneak peeks of the Junk Gypsies’ and Farm Kings‘ upcoming premieres on Great American Country.
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The Junk Gypsies introduced Miranda Lambert, for whom the Gypsies designed the Pistol Annies logo. The Shelton-Sikes relationship goes deeper than that, though. Blake and Miranda hired the Sikes sisters to design a funky, boho wedding reception in 2011.
Dan and Pete King joined the Sikes sisters and Storme Warren, host of Headline Country and The Collection, to open the show and introduce the evening performers. Later in the night, Dan and Pete gave fans an exclusive look at their new season, starting in August.
Sister network HGTV’s Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott, also made appearances to promote the new season of their show, airing June 8 on HGTV.
The new season of Junk Gypsies premieres Thursday, June 12 at 9/8c. Plus, enter for your chance to win $5,000 in our weekly Watch & Win giveaway throughout the month of June, and tune in to the Farm Kings season four premiere on August 14.
What better way to kick off CMA Music Fest than with a breakfast buffet, live music and a meet and greet with hot country artists? Great American Country welcomed 270 fans to a (very early) breakfast at Music City Center where Canaan Smith, Lauren Alaina, Dustin Lynch and Neal McCoy performed some of their most popular songs while guests sipped coffee. Following the performances, guests received signed photographs of the artists and interacted with them at an exclusive meet and greet at Fan Fair X.
Fans at the Breakfast also watched a special sneak peak of Great American Country’s newest programs. The Junk Gypsies‘ new season premieres June 12 at 9/8c, and follows the Sikes sisters on their newest venture: a teen home décor line. All-new episodes of Highway Cowboys and Farm Kings premiere in July and on August 14, respectively.
The Junk Gypsies and Farm Kings will make special appearances throughout CMA Fest, including the Breakfast on Saturday and LP Field on Friday night.
Did you attend one of our Great American Country Breakfast Series events? All of the photos will be ready no later than Tuesday, June 10 on gactv.com/breakfast. Thank you for joining us at CMA Fest!
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Dierks Bentley photo by Nino Munoz, courtesy of The Green Room.
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.” Continue Reading
The stars of Great American Country’s hit series Junk Gypsies and Farm Kings will co-host the CMA Festival’s Friday night concert at LP Field. Performers will include Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry and Eric Church.
Amie and Jolie Sikes
Farm Kings Dan and Pete and Junk Gypsies Amie and Jolie Sikes will also join our guests at the CMA Fest Great American Country Breakfast Series to introduce performers and discuss upcoming premieres of their respective shows. The King brothers will be at AT&T Fan Fair X and the HGTV Lodge on Friday, followed by the Sikes sisters on Saturday.
Social Media Maven Jessica Northey will host the morning concert series. Her weekly #CMchat features celebrity Q&A sessions, Facebook and Twitter discussions and Google+ hangouts. Forbes gave Northey the No. 3 spot on its list of Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers.
Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Country music fans from all over the world are Nashville-bound this week for CMA Music Festival. Set for June 5-8 in downtown Nashville, the festival features hours of live music and numerous opportunities for fans to get up close and personal with their favorite stars. As much as fans look forward to the event each year, country artists get excited about it too.
“Music Fest is like nothing else,” Darius Rucker said. “I say all the time that country music is the only genre that could have something like that. It’s truly amazing. When I come that weekend, people are everywhere, and they want to be your best friend. It’s always cool, and I love coming here.” Continue Reading
Alabama photo courtesy of Hot Schatz PR.
Alabama will return to CMA Music Festival for the first time in 19 years. The band announced via Twitter Wednesday night that they will kick off the sold-out Nightly Concerts at LP Field on Thursday, June 5. Celebrating their 40th anniversary as a group, the band last performed during the festival in 1995, when it was known as Fan Fair and held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
“We are excited and looking forward to performing as a group for the first time in 19 years at LP Field for CMA Music Festival,” the band said in a statement. “It has always been about the fans with us, and we realized that the best way to celebrate and share our 40th anniversary was to do what we do best – play live music for the fans that we love at the biggest Country Music festival in the world.”