Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Country Music News International June 12. 2012

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BRAD PAISLEY TAKE CMA INTERNATIONAL ARTIST ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT HOME http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/06/brad-paisley-take-cma-international.html

Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves Deliver Howling Debut at the 2012 CMA Music Festival http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/06/angel-mary-tennessee-werewolves-deliver.html

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Young is only artist to host a virtual meet & greet from sold-out shows in Indianapolis and Chicago

June 11, 2012 – Nashville, TN– After meeting and greeting with fans for more than nine hours on Thursday (6/7) at CMA Music Festival between signings in Fan Fair Hall and the full capacity crowd at his fan club party, RCA Recording Artist Chris Young had to leave home to play a full weekend of shows including stops in Indianapolis, Chicago and Detroit. Despite the miles between them, the Grammy-nominated singer still wanted to do more to show his appreciation over the four-day festival to the people who have loyally supported his music and career.

While waiting to take the stage for Miranda Lambert’s “On Fire” tour in Indianapolis on Friday (6/8), Young employed Netwave Technology so that he could spend another hour hosting a virtual meet & greet with his fans back in Nashville. As fans waited in line at Young’s booth at CMA Music Festival, the singer video chatted with each person individually and signed a digital photo. He later took to twitter and announced a surprise Skype session with CMA Music Festival attendees for Saturday (6/9) from Chicago’s Wrigley Field, where later than night he played for an estimated 35,000 country music fans. Young was the only artist this year to host a virtual meet-and-greet from Fan Fair Hall at CMA Music Festival.

2012 continues to be a banner year for RCA Recording Artist Chris Young. In addition to burning up the road with Miranda Lambert and her “On Fire” tour, Young recently landed his fifth consecutive #1 single and posted two RIAA certified Gold singles. His newest single, the title track to his recently released album NEON, is currently climbing the charts at country radio.

ABOUT CHRIS YOUNG: 2012 has started off with a bang, as ACM Male Vocalist nominee Chris Young continues to notch more career accolades. The year began with a sold-out headlining show, a performance on the popular syndicated daytime program The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the kick-off of the “On Fire” tour with Miranda Lambert, ACM nominations for Male Vocalist and Single of the Year and most recently, his fifth consecutive #1 for “You.” The list continues to expand with three RIAA GOLD certified singles and a GOLD album for his sophomore release, The Man I Want To Be. The prior year saw nominations for CMA New Artist of the Year along with his first Grammy nod. He won Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Single of the Year at the 2011 American Country Awards and has made seven national TV appearances since the release of his third record, NEON, on July 12, 2011. With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice-of-life songs, Young has emerged as a favorite of fans and critics alike.  For tour dates and all the latest information on Chris Young, visit www.chrisyoungcountry.com and follow him on Twitter @ChrisYoungMusic.



NASHVILLE – While participating in a press conference backstage at LP Field on Thursday, June 7 before his performance at 2012 CMA Music Festival, Brad Paisley was surprised when CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore presented him with the CMA International Artist Achievement Award.
“Brad is an outstanding ambassador for Country Music around the globe,” said Moore. “CMA is proud to present him with our International Artist Achievement Award.”
The CMA International Artist Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a U.S.-based artist who contributes to the awareness and development of Country Music outside the United States.
Since 2000, Paisley has performed in Canada, Europe, and Japan. In 2010, he played in London for the first time and performed in front of two sold-out audiences at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire before travelling to Norway for the Notodden Musikk Festival. In 2011, he played a highly acclaimed show at the O2 Arena in London; three sold-out shows in Ireland; and four shows in Scandinavia where he performed in front of a combined total of more than 40,000 fans.
Previous winners include Bellamy Brothers, Dierks Bentley, BR5 49, Brooks & Dunn, Dixie Chicks, Lonestar, The Mavericks, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, and Dwight Yoakam.  

Brad Paisley was presented with the CMA International Artist Achievement Award at LP Field on Thursday, June 7 before his performance at 2012 CMA Music Festival.(l-r) CMA Chief Executive Officer, Steve Moore; Brad Paisley; and Sony Music Nashville Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and CMA Board of Directors Chairman, Gary Overton
Photo credit: Caitlin Selle/CMA.
Brad Paisley meets legendary Cuban musician Pancho Amat backstage at LP Field before his concert as part of 2012 CMA Music Festival. (l-r) CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore, guitarist Dayron Ortega, Brad Paisley, and Cuban artist Pancho Amat.
Photo credit: Christian Bottorff/CMA.



ERIC CHURCH performs at LP Field/CMA Music Fest, Saturday, June 9, 2012
Photo Courtesy: Ed Rod

“Springsteen” RIAA-Certified Platinum; Debut Album, Sinners Like Me, Certified Gold

Nashville, TN – His arena-headlining “The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour,” has sold over 450,000 tickets thus far in 2012, and now Eric Church finds his third single, “Springsteen,” from critically-acclaimed record, CHIEF, topping the charts at No. 1.  His prior single, "Drink In My Hand," marked his first career No. 1 record; both songs were co-writes for Church.  In addition, "Springsteen" also celebrates over one million in sales this week, officially reaching RIAA Platinum certification as his debut album, Sinners Like Me, reaches Gold status selling over 500,000 copies worldwide.

SPIN Magazine  named CHIEF their No. 1 Country Album of 2011 and "The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour" a Top 20 tour of 2012: “Church offers that rarest of combos — impeccable songwriting and musicianship, plus genuine ornery attitude, and his anthemic, Boss-inspired can of corn, 'Springsteen,' is the finest addition to the doomed exurban-bandana-romance catalog since Steve Earle's I Feel Alright rebirth.” Rolling Stone said, “Name-checking "Born to Run" and "I'm on Fire," the tough North Carolina country singer pays tribute to the Garden State's greatest rocker – and the memories of teenage romance his songs evoke.” American Songwriter added, “It’s about music in general, and the singular ability a pop song has to anchor us to a place and time, no matter how fleeting or carelessly discarded that moment may have been. Which is the genius of “Springsteen,” really.”  Maxim proclaimed, “If the American flag could sing, it’d probably sound like this” when referring to the hit. 

Church penned the song with bandmate Jeff Hyde, who also co-wrote his hit "Smoke A Little Smoke," and Nashville songwriter Ryan Tyndell.  The record was produced by Jay Joyce and has earned 2012 ACM and GRAMMY nominations.

Church, who made his LP Field debut appearance at CMA Music Fest on Saturday night, announced his fall leg of “The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour” last week with special guests Justin Moore and Kip Moore. Stay tuned to www.ericchurch.com for all details.

Steel Guitar News June 12. 2012

Hello fellow players, I received this letter and feel pretty bad that I slighted Mr. Zumsteg. Bruce is a pretty historic builder and has built outstanding steel guitars on a one by one basis over the past 36 years. Getting to know Bruce personally over this time, he has become a very close personal friend that I certainly do not mean to slight. His guitars are of excellent quality in design, workmanship and have been played at one time or other by almost every great player in the world. There are many of them being played today by famous players we have all heard play. I have sold many Zumsteel guitars over the years and have always found them to be of the highest caliber. Bruce Zumsteg is a very deep thinker and great designer. He is extremely tasteful person when it comes to building as fine a steel guitar as one could build in this day and time. I would like to share with all my readers the letter which Bruce has sent to me. His guitars definitely deserve more than an honorable mention. He is an astounding person, friend and designer. Here is his letter. June 4, 2012 Dear Bobbe, I just read your article in the latest issue of the Pedal Steel Guitar Newsletter (May 2012) on the history/evolution of the steel guitar/pedal steel guitar. I enjoyed your article very much. I’m so glad you are documenting and sharing all of the vast history of our instrument and its players that you have accumulated over the years. Please keep up the good work. However, I really feel that you left out a chapter. In 1976, before the Emmons LeGrande was in the picture, the market was clamoring for an Emmons style and size guitar, i.e. a compact body, mica covered, with an aluminum neck, but with an all-pull scissor-like changer that provided shorter and easier pedal action, and that allowed easier set-up changes and additions. That year, I came out with that very guitar. In all fairness, the Franklin and Mullen guitars came out at about the same time, although the early Mullen guitars were much more like a Sho-Bud than an Emmons. Since that time many guitars have come and gone. (You and I both know how the JCH was born, as we witnessed the dis-assembled Zumsteel on Jimmy’s work bench at the same time.) All of the similar designed guitars that followed are modeled after Zumsteel (JCH, Fessenden, early MCI from the ‘80s; Rains, Rittenberry, Justice, Russler, and numerous others that never made it from the last 15 years or so.) None of these models were modeled after a GFI. I feel that the light weight designs such as Carter and GFI fall into a different category from the above. Also, they came out long after Zumsteel was born. Bobbe, I mean no disrespect. I guess I just felt like my 36 years of effort and contributions to this instrument deserved at least an honorable mention. I hope your health issues are better, and that things are going well for you. Your friend, Bruce Z I’m sure some of you out there know Bruce as well or better than I do so you know what I’m saying when I compliment him on his taste, personality and building skills. I’m honored to have Bruce as a very close friend. Check out our monthly specials at http://www.steelguitar.net/monthlyspecials.html and we’ll try to save you a lot of money. Your buddy, Bobbe www.steelguitar.net sales@steelguitar.net www.youtube.com/bobbeseymour Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday


TV Program Taping in Pineville, KY June 19
Includes:  Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, Marty Raybon, Audie Blaylock,
Mike Scott, Cumberland River, Common Strings
and students from the Cumberland River Academy
Pineville, KY (June 11, 2012) -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce “Christmas: The Mountain Way” - a live performance musical show that showcases Christmas and its traditions in the Appalachian Mountains.  The program, which is being filmed for broadcast on national cable network BlueHighways TV, will be shot at the historic Bell Theater in Pineville, KY, a community nestled in the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia on June 19, 2012 before a live audience.
The show is the brainchild of Rural Rhythm Records owner Sam Passamano, Jr., longtime music business veteran Tony Spinosa and artist/producer Steve GulleyChristmas: The Mountain Way” will bring together some of the finest performers in Bluegrass, Country and Roots music for a night of traditional Christmas music and stories. 
The Bell Theater will be turned into a Christmas wonderland for filming on June 19.  The show will be hosted by Mike Scott (Mike Scott’s Nashville Band, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition, Jim & Jesse, Bill Monroe) and feature performances by Steve Gulley; 2011 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley; Grammy winning artist Marty Raybon; acclaimed bluegrass vocalist and guitarist Audie Blaylock; Harlan, KY based national touring band and emerging artist Cumberland River; Bell County Kentucky's Common Strings; and students from the Cumberland River Academy
“Christmas is a very special time in our hearts and souls.  It connects us with family, friends and traditions passed down through the generations.  Over the years working with many artists with ties to the mountain community I have heard a strong recurring message about The Mountain Way.  We have asked some artist friends to help us put together a TV special filled with all the traditions, memories and cherished music that represents the charm, beauty and grace of Christmas: The Mountain Way,” commented Passamano.
Artist and producer Steve Gulley added: “Growing up in the East Tennessee mountains near the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, I learned early on the respect and reverence the people of the mountains hold for the Christmas holiday.  I’m proud to say that tradition still holds true today in the Cumberland Mountains that I love so dear.  Technology, money, commercialism and the ‘flavor of the month’ mentality that has evolved over the years for so many is replaced with old fashioned values, tradition, heritage and thankful praise.  I believe this videotaping will let the rest of the world get a glimpse of true Americana and allow the spirit of the season to shine through in the brightest of ways.  I’m proud to be a part of this production and share Christmas the best way I know…..Christmas: The Mountain Way.”
“Christmas: The Mountain Way” will air on BlueHighways TV during the 2012 Christmas season, with multiple airings in November and December. 
“BlueHighways TV is proud to be able to offer this star filled Christmas music special from this picturesque location, the Bell Theater in Pineville, KY”, says Stan Hitchcock, Chairman and CEO of the nationally distributed cable network.  “This will be a wonderful gift for our viewers who love bluegrass and mountain music.  We thank Rural Rhythm Records and their artists for making it available to us.”
Music from the program will be available on a compact disc. A special edition DVD will be produced featuring not only the live performance(s) but loads of extra features, including interviews with the artists, stories about their Christmas experiences and a behind the scenes look at the ‘Making of Christmas: The Mountain Way’.
Tickets for “Christmas:  The Mountain Way” taping June 19 are free and can be obtained online at BellTheater.com on a first come first serve basis.  Doors open at 3:00 pm and filming begins a 3:30 pm.  The Bell Theater is located at 114 West Kentucky Avenue, Pineville, Kentucky.

Blake Shelton Working On New Christmas Album

It's Christmas in June for Blake Shelton, who announced backstage at the CMA Music Festival on Friday night (June 8) that he's been in the studio all week working on a holiday album.
Fans who follow piano player, Gordon Mote, on Twitter may have been expecting this news. Gordon tweeted a picture of the two together Wednesday (June 6), writing, "Had a great day working on a new @BlakeShelton Christmas album. He's pretty fantastic!"
At around the same time, Blake posted a jovial introduction, joking, "Y'all meet my hair stylist @GordonMote!!! Follow the man!!!"


     Anita, Iowa...."On the road again, just can't wait to get on the road again....."  Sheila Everhart is the bass player for the dynamic duo 'Bob & Sheila' who doesn't sing, but often time, she can be heard singing the Willie Nelson hit as she steers the bus down the road.  "It's true," Sheila piped up, "I don't sing, but I play the upright acoustic bass and do a clog dance whenever the elder tells me.  (That would be Bob) We had two great shows over the weekend, the first one at the little opera house in Blairsburg, Iowa.  This is not a large opera house, seats about 150, and the acoustics are pretty incredible there. We set up the PA system, but after we got it up, we considered taking it back down because the sound is so neat in this building. We used it anyway, hoping we might get to go back and try a concert without it.  Bob is on this 100th birthday of Woody Guthrie kick, so that's what he started out with, but he harkened back to our early days when he would talk about the stories of where some of the most famous songs came from.  We used to do this at Silver Dollar City in Branson a lot, but not so much anymore, especially when we are playing with lots of other performers.  Anyway, that's what he did at the Blairsburg Opera House, and sure enough, a gentleman came up to him after the show and told Bob how much he enjoyed the 'lecture.' Bob just grinned and then shook his head.  Well whatever."
     "We had a nice crowd at the Blairsburg show," Bob added, "but the Fort Dodge show on Sunday night didn't do as well. Still had a nice audience, but the theater was pretty large, seats right at 400.  Shadric Smith opened the show with some of his brilliant original songs, and then we went on for about an hour and fifteen minutes.  Attendance was not so good, and according to the Webster County Museum curator, who arranged the show, "There was lots of other things going on in Fort Dodge this weekend, not the least of them being a "Hillbilly Daze" kind of thing that went over into Sunday.  They also made everyone go around to a back door to get into the theater because of construction, so it didn't work out very well.  It was super great however,  to see Dale & Caroline Eichor and Bobby and Joy Awe in the audience."
     "We've got another chance to rectify our self," Sheila added, "It's Bob's birthday June 16, (no, he's not 100 yet) and we'll do a show at the Phoenix Theater in Neola at 7pm.  He doesn't want any gifts or stuff like that, he'd just as soon folks come and just spend the evening with us, and lots of other great players who want to be part of the little birthday get together.  Harriette Andersen and Kathy Graeve have promised to have a nice piece of birthday cake with each ticket purchased, so it should be kind of fun, like old days when folks just gathered together to enjoy some good old friendship and old-time music."
     "We actually had a pretty good budget lunch this week," Bobbie Lhea, the Everhart's daughter added, "there's a place in Fort Dodge called Tom's Hamburgers, and they had a broasted chicken dinner for $6, so we did super good.  Thanks dad."
     "Our next big show at the Oak Tree Opry in Anita," Bob added, "is Red Johnson, the Capitol recording artist who made a hit of 'There's A Grand Ole Opry Show Playing Somewhere.'  He's on June 15th, 7pm.  712-762-4363 for tickets.

Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves Deliver Howling Debut at the 2012 CMA Music Festival

Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves Deliver Howling Debut at the 2012 CMA Music Festival
AMTW on the red carpet at CMA Fest (Photo by Chad Lee)
(Nashville, TN) Country rebels Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves were thrilled to make their debut at CMA Fest 2012. The family made trio stayed busy signing autographs and meeting new fans Friday in the Fan Fair Hall at the Kentucky HeadHunters booth. AMTW also sported jewelry in the hall from the elite Santa Monica born brand King Baby. The Nashville Branch, King Baby South, recently opened a store in Nashville’s Gulch and endorses celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Rhianna, and Uma Thurman.
“We were so grateful to be a part of CMA Fest, said Angel. “Meeting fans is the best part of what we do and we owe everything to them!”
AMTW at the King Baby South grand opening
Kentucky HeadHunter front man and Grammy-Award winning producer, Doug Phelps shared the HeadHunter booth with AMTW for signing on Friday. Not only does Phelps mentor the group, but he also collaborated on two tracks and is featured on a duet on AMTW’s debut EP.
Angel Mary’s passion for the entertainment industry is undeniably identifiable. With multiple TV show appearances, movie roles, and campaign ads under their belts, taking the stage comes as second nature. Raised in Hendersonville, TN by a family engulfed in
music, the passion for performing only blossomed in Angel, Christian, and Antoine. Realizing quickly that family blood ran deep; the trio banded their musical talents together and made their career an official goal in 2011. Continuing to craft material for their full album and working hand in hand with the Kentucky HeadHunters, Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves is sure to turn heads with their debut single, “Cowboy.”
For more information on Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves, visit www.AngelMary.net


Hundreds of Artists, New Stages, and More Music Attract Thousands of Visitors to Nashville

NASHVILLE – CMA Music Festival set a new attendance record in 2012 with daily attendance topping 71,000 fans, a 9.2 percent increase over the 65,000 in attendance in 2011 and a sell out for the third consecutive year at LP Field. Tickets for 2013 CMA Music Festival, which will be held Thursday through Sunday June 6-9, are on sale now.
The increase was attributed to expanded seating at LP Field for the nightly concerts and mild temperatures that drove increased attendance in the free event and concert areas downtown.
“Third time’s the charm and to achieve a sell out for a third straight year and increase attendance says a lot about the strength of this event, the dedication of our fans, the support of our industry and local community, and the popularity of our music and artists,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
Attendance figures for 2012 include four-day ticket packages, promotional and single night tickets, as well as attendance in non-ticketed free areas and events. In all, more than 450 artists performed more than 200 hours of concerts.
Week-long mild temperatures in Nashville resulted in increased attendance in the numerous free areas including The Buckle, Fan Alley, public events, and concert venues. In fact, there was record attendance on Friday and Saturday at Chevrolet Riverfront Park with more than 25,000 fans attending the free concerts throughout each day on the sloping bank of the Cumberland River. Crowds for the new BIC® Soleil Bella® Beach Stage were strong and attendance at the Bud Light Stage on the Bridgestone Plaza increased over 2011. The new BMI Stage at LP Field was bustling each evening as crowds entered the stadium for the nightly concerts.
“Eighty percent of our four-day ticket holders come from outside of Tennessee,” said Moore. “What we are seeing is gains with our locals who are coming out to support our free areas in increasing numbers.”
According to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, the direct visitor spending generated by CMA Music Festival in 2011 was $30 million, a $6 million increase over 2010 making the Festival the top annual generator of tourist income in Nashville. And it appears that 2012 was a boon to business again. Figures for 2012 will be released by the NCVB at a later date.
"More stages, more music, and more fans. This event outperforms itself every year and at every level and the ‘halo’ effect lasts all year long," said Butch Spyridon, President of the NCVB.
“For us, the Grand Ole Opry and CMA Music Festival go hand in hand,” said Melissa Fraley Agguini, Director of Retail, Opry Originals on Broadway, which premiered its Accessories Bar this year. “Although we are open year-round, we definitely see a peak during Festival week. This year we brought in extra staff and added security due to the number of artist autograph signings in-store. And while we had increasing traffic throughout the week, Sunday was our largest day because people feel they can carry what they purchase directly home, and the Country fans definitely love us for our unique apparel and accessory offerings.”
“The CMA Music Festival has been everything as advertised,” said Brian Pedrick, Manager, Bailey’s on Broadway. “Money-wise, CMA Music Festival increases about 400 percent of the normal business we do here downtown in a week.”
“We’ve tripled our inventory for these four days, and it was much needed,” said Linda Gorby, Manager of Boot Country on Broadway. “The store has been packed nonstop.”
CMA Music Festival benefits downtown businesses, but it also supports music education in Music City. The artists and celebrities participating in CMA Music Festival donate their time. They are not compensated for the hours they spend signing autographs and performing. In appreciation of their exhaustive efforts, The CMA Foundation donates proceeds from the event to music education on the artists’ behalf through CMA’s Keep the Music Playing program. To date, CMA has donated more than $6.1 million to the cause.
CMA’s valued corporate partners are contributing to this worthy and important initiative, too.
For the third consecutive year, longtime partner Chevrolet invited music industry professionals to a pre-Festival Industry Test Drive. Held at CMA on June 1, the event featured a wide variety of Chevrolet cars and trucks. For every test drive, Chevrolet donates $25 to the Keep the Music Playing program.
"Another great year at the CMA Music Festival where Chevrolet's support of Country Music, engagement with passionate music fans, and offerings of multiple Chevrolet activities made for a fun, multi-day experience for fans and customers alike," said Phil Caruso, Manager, Chevrolet National Promotions. "CMA Music Festival is good example of how Chevrolet continues to play a role in popular culture and the lives of many musical artists and their fans."

Corporate brand partnerships are a key element to the marketing, fan experience, and financial support of the Festival. Nearly 50 different brands participated in the CMA Music Festival generating a combined activation and consumer engagements of more than 1.25 million – an increase of nearly 40 percent over numbers for 2011 (900,000). These various engagement elements included product sampling, dedicated registrations and sales leads, as well as brand impressions.

“This year more than 15 new brands – including AT&T, BIC, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Emerald Coast Vacations, Jelly Belly, Jack in the Box, Cracker Barrel, Bad Boy Buggies, and Cabot Cheese – participated at the Festival with dynamic consumer activities,” said Sheri Warnke, CMA Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “The Festival is always a fan favorite thanks in no small part to the commitment that our partners make to delivering an outstanding fan experience.”
"Pepsi, on a regional, national and even global scale, enjoys and seeks out innovative partnerships with companies and associations that share our values and vision for integration into daily lives of families and individuals alike,” said Tawni Fite, Pepsi Americas Beverages Mid Atlantic Region Food Service Marketing Manager. “We are passionate about creating quality beverages for every taste, activity, and occasion, while enriching  our consumer’s experiences by capturing the excitement of now and encouraging people to live each moment to the fullest, the concept behind our first-ever global campaign launched last month, ‘Live for Now.’ For this reason, we couldn't be more excited about teaming up with CMA. 
“CMA is passionate about bringing a quality, wholesome product into the homes of music fans everywhere and enriching their lives through music,” Fite added. “It's summertime in the U.S.A., and what could be more enjoyable for families everywhere than to enjoy cool, refreshing Pepsi beverages and wholesome, fun music brought to you by the CMA?  Pepsi and CMA, a perfect partnership, one which we hope to grow for years to come.” 
“CMA was a natural fit for Hunt Brothers Pizza,” said Kurt Solsvig, VP, Marketing, Hunt Brothers Pizza. “As a Nashville-based company we’ve always been interested in Country Music, and Hunt Brothers Pizza consumers are also huge Country Music fans, so a partnership with CMA seemed like a great way to leverage our common strengths and reward our loyal fans. The results were phenomenal. We achieved more than $600,000 in media coverage, received more than 21 million impressions, and more than doubled our following on Facebook.”
CMA Music Festival, which started as Fan Fair® in 1972, is about the fans and their relationship with the artists and the music.
The theme is universal and in 2012, Festival attendees came from all 50 states and two dozen countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and the U.K.
“Martin Guitars has enthusiasts from all over the world which was evident by the performers in our Martin Jam Tent; from Japan, Cuba, France, Germany, Holland and the U.S.A. all strummed their finest tunes at the CMA Music Festival,” said Amani Duncan, VP Brand Marketing, CF Martin & Co., Inc.
Tickets for 2013 CMA Music Festival, which will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, are available now.  
Fans can order tickets by calling the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. To purchase tickets online, visit www.ticketmaster.com. Prices do not include applicable handling fees. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable. Four-day ticket package categories correspond to different levels of seating at LP Field. Children 3 years and younger are admitted free.
Gold Circle (sections A-E) - $350
Floor - $250
Lower Level Premium - $250
Lower Level - $200
Club Level Premium - $200
Club Level - $160
Upper Level Reserved - $135
Upper Level General Admission - $125

2012 CMA Music Festival Research Recap
With so many ardent Country Music fans in one place, opportunities abound for CMA to conduct research with this important consumer group.
“Understanding how fans experience Country Music is a priority for the industry,” said Karen Stump, CMA Senior Director of Market Research. “During Music Fest, attendees provided extremely valuable contributions to this understanding by eagerly participating in the variety of research studies we have going on.”
Top line research findings from the 2012 CMA Music Festival:
  • Average age: 38.5
  • 71 percent are college educated
  • More than 50 percent (53.2%) of attendees say they are listening to more Country Music now than they did two years ago
  • Satisfaction level is extremely high with 94 percent of the respondents stating they plan to return to next years’ Festival
Highlights of 2012 CMA Music Festival
The Eighth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade claimed Broadway from Tenth to First Avenue on Wednesday before an estimated 20,000 cheering spectators. Country Music Hall of Fame member Glen Campbell served as Grand Marshal. Little Big Town invited 40 lucky fans on their flotilla of four Premier pontoon boats and the Keep the Music Playing All Stars Marching Band, which is made up of high school musicians representing eight Metro Nashville Public Schools, made its second appearance in the parade.
Following the procession, the fun kicked into high gear with The Seventh Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party. An estimated 11,400 fans gathered at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage for the kick off with Little Big Town followed by full-tilt performances from Brazilbilly, Eric Lee Beddingfield, and LoCash Cowboys. Angie Johnson performed the national anthem.
Nightly Concerts at LP Field
The Nightly Concerts at LP Field featured 38 acts over four nights of star-packed shows.
Pre-show activities Thursday included pre-taped remarks from students who have benefited from the Keep the Music Playing program followed by a special performance with David Nail and the Nashville School of Arts Chamber Choir (under the direction of Walter Bitner). Nail and the students performed a moving version of Nail’s “The Sound of a Million Dreams” before the students performed the national anthem. Welcoming the audience was CMA’s Moore and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who declared, “Welcome to Nashville…If you’ve come a short distance or a long distance, we are thrilled to have you in Nashville. I hope in the next few days you experience all that Nashville has to offer.”
Performing Thursday were Jason Aldean, Glen Campbell, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, and Zac Brown Band. Hank Williams Jr. made a surprise appearance, joining Paisley on “I’m Gonna Get Drunk and Play Hank Williams.” Lauren Alaina and Kellie Pickler delivered acoustic sets.
“I started way back there at the top,” said Lambert, pointing to the high seats at LP Field. “How are y’all doing up there? Slowly over the years, I made my way down. I can’t tell y’all how much it means to me to be here as an artist with y’all singing back to me.”
“The amazing thing about Country Music is that while it’s all about reality, it still has the ability, between our music and beer, to help you forget what you want to forget tonight,” said Paisley.
The Band Perry, Brantley Gilbert, Ronnie Milsap, Jake Owen, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood performed on Friday. Randy Houser and Gwen Sebastian of “The Voice” performed acoustic sets and the national anthem was performed by the Oak Ridge Boys.
“Nashville, every single person that came from all over the country and the world, don’t think I can’t love you,” called out a jubilant Owen.
More reflectively, Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry told the audience, “You may not know this, but you have changed the lives of my brothers and me. Thank you, to each and every one of you.”
Performing Saturday were Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, and Kenny Rogers. Rodney Atkins made a surprise appearance, performing “Just Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Love and Theft and Kip Moore performed acoustic sets and the national anthem was performed by Julie Roberts.
“Nashville! Are you having the night of your life out there?” queried Bryan.
Church made his LP Field debut in 2012. “I just wanted to tell you that I’m having a really, really good time right now,” he exclaimed.
“What’s up, LP Field? I can’t tell you how cool it is that I can actually say that!” said Hayes, who also made his debut on the CMA Music Festival's LP Field stage.
The Sunday lineup featured Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, The Mavericks, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, and Rascal Flatts. Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild made a surprise guest appearance with Bentley. Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson and Steel Magnolia performed acoustic sets and the national anthem was performed by Sarah Darling.
Dedicating his song “Home” to the fighting men and women of the U.S. armed forces, Bentley said, “When we think about those guys in Afghanistan who traveled west, they fly across that ocean and they see that eastern seaboard for the first time and have that American flag on their sleeve, those guys must be thinking, what’s that song? Well, this is ‘Home.’ Let’s sing this song for them.”
“You guys got me here today, voting me through ‘American Idol,’ so I owe this to you,” said McCreery.
 “All I’ve ever wanted to do since I was 4 years old was sing,” said McBride, who closed the Festival Sunday night. “That’s all I wanted and that’s all I was good at. And you guys did this for me. Thank you for making my dreams come true.”
Thursday and Friday were hosted by GAC “Headline Country” host Storme Warren; Saturday was hosted by CMT “The Singing Bee” host/actress Melissa Peterman; and Sunday was hosted by CMT’s Evan Farmer.
BMI Tailgate Party
New at this year’s Festival was The BMI Tailgate Party. Located outside LP Field, the new stage featured a strong selection of BMI’s songwriters and artists warming up the audience and providing a popular pre-show destination before fans entered the stadium for the Nightly Concerts.
“This opportunity to partner with the CMA for the Tailgate Party was a natural fit for BMI,” said Jody Williams, BMI VP Writer/Publisher Relations Nashville. “Both organizations share a passion for championing great new artists, and together we can shine an even brighter light on the next generation of stars – and have a lot of fun doing it.”
Digital Promotions Engage the Fans
Through digital and social media, CMA connected with more fans than ever during the 2012 CMA Music Festival. 
Digital planning and assistance tools included the CMA AWARDS & MUSIC FEST App (17,000 new downloads for the 2012 event); CMAfest.com and its mobile phone-optimized counterpart CMAfest.mobi; the Custom Schedule feature available via both the App and CMAfest.com, allowing fans to build their weekend schedule while viewing the totality of the entertainment options; the CMA MOB text alerts, which fans may opt in to by texting keyword FESTIVAL to shortcode 66937 (standard text and data rates apply); the official blog (blog.CMAfest.com); and social media channels Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic, YouTube.com/CountryMusicAssoc and Pinterest.com/CMAworld.
In 2012, CMA launched a Social Media Team, who in addition to tweeting and posting live happenings at the Festival, held daily games and contests to give away prizes such as Luke Bryan and Scotty McCreery meet-and-greet passes, LP Field Gold Circle seat upgrades, Fan Fair Hall CMA booth Fast Passes, and more. CMA's social audiences were notified of times and places of games, and contestants were selected from the groups amassed at each respective locale through activities such as dance-offs and Country Music trivia. Games included "Dancing on the Stars,” CMA's version of a cakewalk; "What Was I Thinkin'," CMA's take on “The Newlywed Game;” and "Man! I Feel Like a Woman," in which contestants played dress-up using non-clothing household items including table cloths and toilet paper. Each night, the Social Media Team capped off the evening passing out LP Field Fan Photo Line Fast Passes at random locations revealed via Twitter.
Nightly text-to-screen and tweet-to-screen promotions at LP Field were a hit during pre-show and set-change periods, resulting in more than 31,000 tweets and 22,500 texts sent to the Jumbotrons. Winners of text and tweet promotions won prizes including upgrade to the front row Chevrolet Best Seats in the House, and backstage meet-and-greets with artists including Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Faith Hill, Jana Kramer, Jake Owen, and Blake Shelton. Through these promotions, CMA's MOB climbed to nearly 165,000 members by the close of the Festival, while CMA's Twitter (@CountryMusic) followers increased nearly four percent Thursday to Sunday.
CMA's total aggregate digital audience now exceeds 1.4 million fans.
Chevrolet Riverfront Stage
“The party is here, baby!” proclaimed Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry as the 2000 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year opened their set and four days of music at the popular Chevrolet Riverfront Stage in front of one of the biggest opening day crowds on record – 14,500.
The stage bustled with a roster of outstanding performers delivering longer sets for the appreciative crowd. In all, 41 acts performed nearly 30 hours of concerts over the four days.
Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza
The audience at the Bud Light Stage at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza was enthusiastic and didn’t hesitate to demonstrate their appreciation for the 39 acts performing on the stage during 26 hours of concerts. The exceptional lineup included up-and-comers, established stars, and legends.
"The CMA Music Festival is one of the premier events for Country Music fans, and we're thrilled that Bud Light continued its role as the official beer partner in 2012," said Mike Sundet, VP, Bud Light. "We are also proud to have sponsored the new Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza, which was one of top destinations for live music throughout the Festival."
BIC® Soleil Bella® Beach
New to the Festival in 2012 was the BIC® Soleil Bella® Beach and Stage with a non-stop lineup of talent performing in the beach-like setting in Hall of Fame Park. In all 39 acts performed including Soleil Bella belle Sunny Sweeney. Volleyball, food trucks, interactive exhibits, cabanas, and a real sand beach with lounge chairs and umbrellas provided the perfect setting for the beautiful weather.
AT&T Uverse® with Cisco® Technology Fan Fair Hall
The state of continuous commotion that’s been the standard for Fan Fair Hall was back in force with more than 250 artists and celebrities appearing at the Nashville Convention Center. All exhibit booths were sold out in advance of the event. Artists meeting fans, posing for photos, and signing autographs in the AT&T U-Verse® with Cisco® Technology Fan Fair Hall included Lauren Alaina, Lynn Anderson, The Band  Perry, Laura Bell Bundy, Easton Corbin, Bucky Covington,  Billy Dean, Edens Edge, Eli Young Band, Sara Evans, Donna Fargo, actress Jennie Garth, Brantley Gilbert, Linda Gray and Josh Henderson from the upcoming TNT revival of “Dallas,” Hunter Hayes, Randy Houser, Brenda Lee, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Montgomery Gentry, Justin Moore, David Nail, Heidi Newfield, The Oak Ridge Boys,  Craig Morgan,  James Otto,  Gwen Sebastian, Doug Stone, Josh Turner, Mark Wills, and Chris Young, who also did a virtual meet-and-greet with fans on Friday.
New procedures for securing autographs were in place in 2012 making the Exhibit Hall safer and the process of getting a coveted signature fair for all attendees. The online drawing was created to improve safety, enhance the overall Festival experience, and make the process for securing an autograph equitable for all Festival goers.
“There was something cool about spending the night outside Fan Fair Hall before the first day,” admitted Andy Soto, 40, from Austin, Texas. “But the new system does make things a lot easier and a little bit safer for us all, too.”
Durango® returned to present the Acoustic Corner, which launched in 2004 as a showcase for independent artists, and featured 38 solo or group performers. The Acoustic Corner’s move to the floor of the Fan Fair Hall was extremely popular with fans and the area stayed packed throughout 20 hours of music. All performances were broadcast and streamed live by 650 WSM-AM Nashville.
The Wrangler Fashion Show on Saturday, hosted by GAC’s Suzanne Alexander, was a hit with spectators. Participants included Trace Adkin’s wife Rhonda Adkins and daughters Mackenzie, Brianna, and Trinity, members of Brassfield Aly, Kristy Lee Cook, Ali Dee, Dee Hilligoss, Rachel Holder, child actor Jet Jurgensmeyer, members of Parmalee, Michael Ray, Lizzie Sider, Bridgette Tatum, Tennessee Titans cheerleaders, Olympic bobsledder Jeremy Ware, Trent Willmon and other Festival fashionistas modeling the hottest styles from Wrangler, Durango boots, and additional designs from Manuel, designer to the stars who is known world-wide for his embellished and embroidered motifs. Manuel will be embellishing a few of the Wrangler fashions that will be auctioned off to benefit Keep the Music Playing. A few lucky fans won the chance to strut their stuff with the artists, compliments of Wrangler.
New in 2012 was the Fan Fair Hall Red Carpet, where fans got to be the paparazzi and photograph artists as they were entering or leaving the booths. Highlights of the Red Carpet included TNT “Dallas” stars Linda Gray and Josh Henderson posing for photos and addressing the enthusiastic crowd; Neal McCoy who serenaded fans; Gwen Sebastian, who did a somersault down the catwalk; and a surprise appearance by Luke Bryan with The Band Perry on Sunday.
“I try to make it to the Red Carpet at the CMA Awards,” said Geoff Brown, 51, from Minneapolis, Minn. “Having the same chance to see my favorites up close in Fan Fair Hall makes the Festival experience even better.”
Good Sports
A partner of CMA Music Festival, the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge Saturday morning game pitted two teams of Country stars against each other at Greer Stadium. The game ended in a 15-15 tie between Team “After Midnight with Blair Garner” (including Bucky Covington, Scotty McCreery, Robin Meade, David Nail, Tennessee Titan Dave Ball, and more) and Team Grand Ole Opry (Lauren Alaina, Brantley Gilbert, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, Tennessee Titan Jake Locker, and more). Proceeds from tickets to the game will be donated to City of Hope to fund research into curing cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
The grassy area south of Riverfront Park was home to several exciting events. On Thursday the Field & Stream Celebrity Total Outdoorsman Challenge showcased artists and a few lucky fans testing their skills in fly casting, archery, and air rifle shooting. The overall winner was Ty Brown (score 104) followed by Trent Willmon (score 102), and Mark Wills (score 97).
During Total Outdoorsman Challenge regional qualifiers, two of the participants shot the equivalent of a hole-in-one known as a “Robin Hood.” A Robin Hood is a once-in-a-lifetime event for an archer where an arrow is split by a second arrow.
Both Brian Newhouse 29, St. Charles Mo, and Chase Gibbs, 40, Brentwood Tenn., were shooting Bowtech Diamond brand bows at a distance of 25 yards, using carbon arrows. They accomplished the amazing feat on consecutive shots. 
Gibbs, a veteran big game hunter with a bow, said he has shot thousands of arrows, but the Robin Hood at the Total Outdoorsman Challenge was his first. “I’m pretty excited,” he said. “I’ve been hunting for 32 years and this is just about the most exciting event in archery I’ve ever experienced.”
High-flying four-legged athletes competed in Ultimate Air Dogs. The overall winner was Trout, a 3-year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever owned by Pat Trainor of Cherry Log, Ga. Trout’s leap measured 26 feet 4 inches.
Press Here
CMA credentialed more than 730 journalists, photographers, and videographers representing more than 230 domestic and international media outlets including: AOL Music/The Boot, Associated Press, BBC Radio 2 (UK), Billboard, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Canada), CMT, CMT Canada (Canada), Country Aircheck, Country Music Channel (Australia), Country Music People (UK), Country Weekly, Deutschlandradio (Germany), Dial-Global Radio Network, “E! News,” Envision Radio Network, FOX News Channel, FOX News Radio, GAC, “Good Morning America,” Gray Communications, “Headline Country,” “Inside Edition,” MSN.com, Music Row, Nashville Business Journal, NYT.com, People, Premiere Radio Network, Reuters News Service, RTL (France), Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Tennessean, “The Better Show,” “The Chew,” “The View,” The Travel Channel, TV Guide, United Stations Radio Network, UPI Newswire, US Magazine, USA Today, VH1, Yahoo!, and more.
International media outlets came from the following countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.  
Earlier this year, CMA designated 2012 as “The Year of Country Radio.” Broadcast professionals from more than 40 radio stations attended the event and many hosted the various event stages.
“Hosting a show at Music Fest is without question a career highlight of mine,” said Philip Gibbons of “The Philip Gibbons Show” on WGSQ-FM Cookeville, Tenn., who hosted on the Bud Light Stage. “CMA and Country radio have an outstanding partnership that continues to enhance and propel Country Music to new heights during the Year of Country Radio!! Great teamwork, CMA!”
“The opportunity to get up in front of the most passionate Country fans on the planet was invaluable,” said Billy Greenwood of “The Billy Greenwood Show” on WSIX-AM Nashville, who hosted on the Bud Light Stage. “This was the best CMA Music Fest to date – and all of the artists I talked to backstage agreed! We'll never take for granted the support we're given through CMA and look forward to another BIG party next year!”
"We've been hosting The Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on Friday afternoons for several years now, and this was the loudest and most enthusiastic crowd ever,” insisted Big D and Bubba of Clear Channel Radio’s syndicated “Big D & Bubba Show.” “We were surprised by the number of people who told us this was their first time and how many of them were already planning their next visit to CMA Music Festival.”
Safety First
CMA took numerous steps in 2012 to protect the safety of fans so they could fully enjoy the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience. Enhanced Information Booths were scattered throughout the downtown footprint with trained staff to serve the needs of a steady stream of visitors.
Medical tents and roving medical teams from Vanderbilt Medical Center, a nonprofit medical facility, were readily available for Festival goers needing attention for a variety of ailments including treatment of blisters and sunburns. In all, they logged 882 patient contacts with 14 ambulance transports. Vanderbilt LifeFlight also unveiled its new state-of-the-art transport helicopter, an AmericanEuro EC 130 Helicopter, during the event.
People Power
For the third year, CMA enlisted volunteers for the Festival. More than 460 people stepped up from across the country and around the world to volunteer their time to fill 822 positions including the Fun Team, shuttle drivers, managing lines at the Fan Fair Hall, as well as balloon and banner holders for the Kick Off Parade. The volunteers worked more than 10,000 hours.  

ABC Television Special

As previously announced, the Festival was filmed for a three-hour television special “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” airing Monday, Sept. 17 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) and hosted for the first time by Luke Bryan and The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer. The special was shot in high definition and will be broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
This is the eighth year the show will air on ABC. The primetime event debuted on the CBS Television Network in 2004. The special features stadium concerts and intimate club-like performances with behind-the-ropes access to the artists.
For up-to-the-minute information about tickets, travel information, schedules, artists appearing at 2013 CMA Music Festival and more, visit www.CMAfest.com. Sign up for CMA Exclusive, the official eNewsletter of Country Music, where fans get connected to Country and receive exciting updates about your favorite artists, contests, free stuff, and more. Join the free CMA Mobile Community by texting CMAINFO to 66937 (standard text rates apply).
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. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the CMA Music Festival. BIC is an Official Partner of the 2012 CMA Music Festival. Bad Boy Buggies are the Official UTV of the CMA Music Festival.  Connect with CMA online at CMAfest.com, Facebook.com/CMA and Twitter.com/CountryMusic.

Luke Bryan performs at LP Field in Downtown Nashville on Saturday, June 9 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival. Bryan, along with The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry, will host "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" airing Monday, Sept. 17 on ABC.
Photo credit: Donn Jones/CMA.

The Band Perry poses with Tawny Yeager from Clarksville, TN in the AT&T U-verse® with Cisco® Technology Fan Fair Hall on Sunday, June 10, at the 2012 CMA Music Festival in Downtown Nashville. The group's Kimberly Perry will co-host "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" with Luke Bryan. The special will air Monday, Sept. 17 on ABC.
Photo credit: Jim Hagans / CMA.

Blake Shelton performs at LP Field in Downtown Nashville on Friday, June 8 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival. 
Photo credit: Donn Jones/ CMA.

Miranda Lambert performs at LP Field in Downtown Nashville on Thursday, June 7 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival. 
Photo credit: John Russell/CMA.

Brad Paisley performs at LP Field in Downtown Nashville on Thursday, June 7 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival. 
Photo credit: John Russell/CMA.

Carrie Underwood performs at LP Field in Downtown Nashville on Friday, June 8 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival.
Photo credit: John Russell/CMA.

Faith Hill performs at LP Field in Downtown Nashville on Saturday, June 9 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival.
Photo credit: John Russell/CMA.

Eric Church performs at LP Field in Downtown Nashville on Saturday, June 9 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival.
Photo credit: John Russell/CMA.

LP Field during the nightly concerts on Friday, June 8 at the 2012 CMA Music Festival in Downtown Nashville.
Photo credit: Bennett Farkas/CMA.

Scotty McCreery meets Rachel McCall from Lizella, GA in the AT&T and Cisco Fan Fair Hall on Friday June 8 at 2012 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville.
Photo credit: Jim Hagans/CMA.

Martina McBride meets Michelle Brosso and Jenny Chew in the AT&T and Cisco Fan Fair Hall on Thursday, June 7 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival in Downtown Nashville.
Photo credit: Jim Hagans/CMA.

Linda Gray and Josh Henderson of TNT's Dallas greet fans in the AT&T U-verse® with Cisco® Technology Fan Fair Hall on Saturday, June 9, at the 2012 CMA Music Festival in Downtown Nashville.
Photo credit: Theresa Montgomery / CMA.

Fans enjoy theAT&T U-verse® with Cisco® Technology Fan Fair Hall in the Nashville Convention Center on Thursday, June 7 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival in Downtown Nashville.
Photo credit: John Russell/CMA.

Designer Manuel (center) participates in the Wrangler Fashion Show in the AT&T U-verse® with Cisco® Technology Fan Fair Hall on Saturday, June 9, at the 2012 CMA Music Festival in Downtown Nashville.
Photo credit: Theresa Montgomery / CMA.

Glen Campbell , 2012 CMA Music Festival Kick Off Parade Grand Marshal, greets fans on Wednesday, June 6, on Broadway in Downtown Nashville.
Photo credit: John Russell/CMA. 

Fans enjoy the 2012 CMA Music Festival Kick Off Parade on Wednesday, June 6, on Broadway in Downtown Nashville.
Photo credit: John Russell/CMA. 

Little Big Town performs at the 2012 CMA Music Festival Block Party at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on Wednesday, June 6, in Downtown Nashville.
Photo credit: John Russell/CMA. 

Montgomery Gentry kick off the performances at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage at Riverfront Park in Downtown Nashville on Thursday, June 7 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival.
Photo credit: Theresa Montgomery/CMA. 

Fans gather at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on June 7 at the 2012 CMA Music Festival in Downtown Nashville.
Photo credit: John Russell / CMA.

Cuban artist Pancho Amat performs at the Bud Light Stage at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza in Downtown Nashville on Saturday, June 9 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival.
Photo credit: Karen Hicks/CMA.

The stars of the new ABC Television Network series "Nashville" appear at the ABC Block Party in The Buckle at 2012 CMA Music Festival. (l-r) Sam Palladio, Hayden Panettiere, and Clare Bowell 
Photo credit: Donn Jones/CMA.

Fans enjoy The Buckle on Thursday, June 7 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival in Downtown Nashville.
Photo credit: John Russell/CMA.

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