It’s hard to believe that CMA Fest has already come and gone. This year was incredible. From the incredible amount of music that started flooding Nashville to the wild and crazy fans that took over the streets, there was literally entertainment around every corner. I was lucky enough to get to take party in the chaos in the best possible. If you missed my Tweets and Instagram posts, I’m happy to say I’ll be showcasing some of my favorite moments on the blog over the next few days.
Day one of CMA Fest started with the ribbon cutting at Fan Fair X, presented by Little Big Town, who were surrounded by fans on all sides. Once that finished, I rushed down Broadway, knocked back a bloody mary, and went right into the HGTV Lodge to check out Kip Moore. It was his only show of the fest, but it was well worth it. All acoustic and intimate, it was exactly the kind of show any real Kip fan would want to attend.
In desperate need of air conditioning and some beautiful female vocals, I headed down to the Country Music Hall of Fame to take in the CMT Next Women of Country songwriters round. Featuring RaeLynn, Angaleena Presley, Danielle Bradbury, CAM, and Kelsea Ballerini; it was a solid hour and a half of beautiful women and stunning songs. After a little reprieve from the heat in air conditioning, I ran over to the Hard Rock stage to see one of my favorite up-and-comers, The Cains. It was so exciting to see a crowd full of people surrounding them, exactly what I could have hoped for! We took a little break for lunch before heading over to Warner Sound to celebrate the release of Gloriana’s new album Three! Though we weren’t able to see the band perform, we did get a little insight into the writing behind much of their new album.
Then it was time to get dinner and head on over to LP Field. The line-up was stellar, and I made it just in time to check out Rascal Flatts, who had the audience lit up like the stars in the sky. Directly following them, Dierks Bentley came zooming onto the stage like a bat out of hell. He put on an unforgettable, energetic performance that speaks to who he is as a person. Heartfelt, passionate, and excited about sharing music with his fans. This was right when the Beach Ball section let loose, as well, making for a truly memorable set that I’m probably never going to forget.
You can find even more pictures from CMA Fest at my Facebook page now!