CMJ’s Patrice Whiffen was down in Nashville to cover the 2013 CMA Fan Festival! Check out the photos above, and stay tuned as we post interviews with some awesome artists in Music City!
Below is a recap of the four shows at LP Field!
Tracy Lawrence kicked off the first night at LP Field in true country music fashion. Then Luke Bryan had all the ladies’ mouths on the floor as he danced around with his Elvis-style pelvic thrusts. He even invited a bunch of the ladies up on stage to “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).” Taylor Swift then took the stage in true Taylor style and had everyone singing along with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – like ever! Tim McGraw and Keith Urban joined Taylor on stage for their collaboration on the song, “Highway Don’t Care.” Eric Church sang a combination of deep cuts from his previous albums, along with some of his recent hits. Miranda Lambert and her crazy ex-girlfriend self rocked the stage to end the first night of the CMA Fan Fest at LP Field. She had the crowd going crazy over her rendition of ‘Mama’s Broken Heart.”
The legendary Randy Travis kicked things off tonight at LP Field. Kip Moore made his second appearance at LP Field this year and had all of the fans singing along to his new tune, “Hey Pretty Girl.” Girls went ‘crazy’ over Hunter Hayes and his vocals. Jason Mraz joined Hunter on stage to sing a duet on his tune (and Hunter’s new release), “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me.” Lady Antebellum rocked the show with a bunch of their hits, including their new hit, “Goodbye Town.” Little Big Town then had everyone singing along to “Pontoon.” Sheryl Crow made a guest appearance and sang her new tune, “Easy.” Blake Shelton headlined the show and had everyone singing along to his recent hit, “Boys Round Here.” He also debuted his new single, “Mine Would Be You.”
Brett Eldredge sang a beautiful version of the American national anthem before The Oak Ridge Boys brought us some country classics. Florida Georgia Line had the whole crowd singing along to their hit, “Cruise.” As a surprise guest, Lenny Kravitz took the stage and Jason Aldean joined him on stage for a few songs. Dierks Bentley hit the stage with his upbeat classics, but also performed his new softer ballad, “Bourbon in Kentucky.” Kelly Clarkson rocked it out on stage, after admitting how nervous she was to be up there. Jason Aldean joined Kelly on stage for their hit, “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” Trisha Yearwood sang “Ain’t Going Down Til The Sun Comes Up,” with Kelly in another guest appearance. Keith Urban headlined at LP Field and put on a fabulously interactive show that included him playing guitar as he walked through the crowd – and then he gave that guitar so some lucky fan!
A storm was brewing Sunday night in Nashville, so the concert at LP Field was cut a tad short, but it was AMAZING none the less.
Lee Greenwood kicked things off in old-school style at LP Field. Kix Brooks made a surprise appearance and explained that the CMA was raising money to build homes for veterans from the war in Afghanistan. Gary Allan performed a few old hits, plus his new single, “Pieces.” Brad Paisley then took the stage and had everyone holding up their cell phones with his light-show app. Charlie Daniels made a guest appearance on stage with Brad, and the two sang “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.” The two that stole the show were Maisy and Lennon Stella – the daughters of Rayna James on the hot show, “Nashville.” These two Canadian sisters, are the real life daughters of The Stellas, a Canadian country music duo. The girls sang the song, ‘Ho Hey’ by the Lumineers in a beautiful acoustic performance that had everyone cheering. The Band Perry rocked the stadium, before Jake Owen came out and sang his new single, “Anywhere With You.” Then Carrie Underwood closed out the show and had Brad Paisley join her on stage for their tune, “Remind Me.”