Alabama announced last night via Twitter (@TheAlabamaBand) their triumphant return after 19 years to kick off the sold-out Nightly Concerts at LP Field Thursday, June 5 (8:00 PM/CT) during 2014 CMA Music Festival in Nashville.
Celebrating their 40th anniversary as a group, it has been 19 years since they performed at Fan Fair, now CMA Music Festival. The last performance of the band was in 1995 when the event was held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. The Country Music Hall of Fame members are the most awarded band in Country Music history with 230 accolades to their credit, along with 43 No. 1 hits, and 74 million records sold.
“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,” stated Alabama’s Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, and Randy Owen. “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.”
“The Nightly Concerts feature an amazing lineup of performers and provide a terrific opportunity for our fans to reconnect – or discover for the first time – artists who have contributed on a large scale to the foundation and success of the format today,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
Artists performing as part of the Nightly Concerts at LP Field include 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.
Several legacy acts are making appearances including Charlie Daniels Band, who last performed at the Festival in 2006 and last year the fiddle master performed with Brad Paisley during his set at LP Field; Sara Evans, who opened the Festival at Riverfront in 2013; and Travis Tritt, who last performed at the Festival in 2005.
Performing the National Anthem will be Danielle Bradbery, Home Free, and young musicians from the W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School, which is a beneficiary of The CMA Foundation’s Keep the Music Playing music education charitable campaign.
The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. More than 40 years later, the now legendary Festival has become the city’s signature music event. In 2014, CMA Music Festival will host visitors from every state and 22 foreign countries.