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Frankie Ballard Attends Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR ALLSTATE - Zach Ness, front left, Rick Fairless, front right, and Frankie Ballard, middle, pose with the Guardians of the Ride at the Allstate Rider Protection Zone during the Sturgis Rally on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 n Sturgis, S.D. As part of the inaugural safety initiative, Allstate recognized the five safety advocates for their dedication to protecting riders in their communities and across the country. (Toby Brusseau/AP Images for Allstate)

 (Toby Brusseau/AP Images for Allstate)

This week country music star Frankie Ballard is attending his first-ever Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as part of Allstate’s Guardians of the Ride program, which honors riders for their dedication to motorcycle safety. An avid rider and motorcycle enthusiast himself, Ballard was on-hand to honor the Guardians and encourage fellow riders and drivers alike to make safety a priority.

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR ALLSTATE - Sturgis Rally attendee Braedon Phillips, middle, receives an autograph from country music star Frankie Ballard, right, as friend Dylan Cass observes at the Allstate Rider Protection Zone on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 in Sturgis, S.D. Ballard partnered with Allstate for their Guardians of the Ride motorcycle safety initiative. (Toby Brusseau/AP Images for Allstate)

(Toby Brusseau/AP Images for Allstate)

Ballard’s breakthrough album Sunshine & Whiskey contained three consecutive No. 1 hits – “Young & Crazy,” the platinum-certified “Sunshine & Whiskey” and the gold-certified “Helluva Life” – and helped take the singer-songwriter to a new level of popularity. His latest project, El Rio, features the Top 20 single “It All Started With A Beer.”

CMA Fest Day 2 Wrap Up!

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The CMA Music Festival is in full swing and day two was a scorcher. Temps easily reached the low to mid 90’s. Add that to the hundreds of thousands of sweaty bodies, the lack of shade along with the abundance of blacktop, and you’ve got a whole lotta sweaty, gross, stinky bodies willing to brave it all for a glimpse of their favorite star and some great music.

We got a late start yesterday, thanks to the heat, but still managed to take in a few shows. Riverfront rocked with performances from Chase Bryant and Thompson Square. If you’ve never seen Chase Bryant, you’re missing out, especially if you’re a guitar enthusiast because he can really tear into on. Thompson Square is adorable as ever, and their quirky style made them even more fun to watch.

Afterwards, we head over the Chevy Cruz stage to catch RaeLynn and Chuck Wicks before heading over to the HGTV Lodge to see Charles Kelley perform solo for fans. RaeLynn is adorable, and we can’t wait to see what music she’ll come up with next. Chuck Wicks, fresh from the Iron Man, has a great relationship with the crowd, looking at fans and getting personal with all those in eyesight.

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The nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium were a showcase of unique talent. Frankie Ballard ripped through the National Anthem via electric guitar solo before iconic Clint Black took the stage to perform hits and new music. Chris Stapleton proved why he’s Male Vocalist of the year, and rightly so. His low-key set had the crowd on their feet singing along to every word. Sam Hunt gave a show that I’m certain was fueled by an energy drink. He belted out hits like “House Party” and “Leave the Night On” while running around the massive stage and getting personal with the fans in the front. Eric Church, always a favorite, performed a much more understated set than years past, that was much too brief. Before bringing out legend Hank Williams Jr., Chris Janson got the crowd ready to party with “Buy Me a Boat” and Justin Moore performing “You Look Like I Need a Drink.” Hank partied hard and brought Chris Janson back out, showing the younger fans who Bocephus really is.Carrie Underwood closed out the show with a rocking set that included “Smoke Break,” “Church Bells” and more!

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Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt, Brett Eldredge & MORE: Mother’s Day Confessions


Mother’s Day is approaching, and everyone has a mom they love. Watch Chase Rice, Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt, Cassadee Pope, Eric Paslay, Brett Eldredge, Charles Kelley, Old Dominion, Kelsea Ballerini, Jennifer Nettles, Frankie Ballard and Michael Ray give their Mothers Day confessions to Taste of Country Nights’ Sam Alex.

CMA Music Festival Announce Even More Performers

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CMA Music Festival’s Nightly Concerts just got even bigger. CMA Announced via the CMA Music Festival app that Frankie Ballard, Clint Black, Charlie Daniels Band, Exile, Marshall Tucker Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ray Stevens, and The Oak Ridge Boys will perform as part of the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium.  

They join previously announced fellow Country Music stars Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Steven Tyler, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Hank Williams, Jr., and Chris Young who will perform during the Festival’s Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium. Artists and schedules are subject to change.

Country Music Hall of Famers The Oak Ridge Boys will sing the National Anthem for the opening night of the Festival. Ballard, Marshall Tucker Band, and Stevens will perform the Anthem on each of the successive nights.

Daniels, who was announced March 29 as a 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, will lead the charge with the first set Thursday night. Thanks to the announcement on the CMA Music Festival app, fans are already clamoring over the news that Black will perform Friday night with Nitty Gritty Dirt band joining the Saturday night lineup, and Exile hitting the stage Sunday.

The 2016 CMA Music Festival runs Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12 in downtown Nashville. While the Festival boasts numerous free stages and unique fan experiences, the most anticipated events are the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium, which sell out long before talent is announced.

This year’s app is now available in the App Store for iPhone and Android and includes features that allow fans to create individual concert schedules and be the first to know which of their favorite stars will be appearing on the various Festival stages.

Funds generated through CMA Music Festival ticket sales benefit music education. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $13.6 million to support sustainable music education initiatives across the country on behalf of the artists who participate in the event for free.

Fans who were not able to purchase tickets to the Nightly Concerts are still able to enjoy non-stop music, fan engagement, and artist experiences through numerous FREE stages and events across town and by experiencing Fan Fair X in the Music City Center.

Tickets to Fan Fair X are available now at (Fan Fair X admission is included in four-day CMA Music Festival tickets). Fan Fair X tickets are $10 per day or $25 for a four-day pass.

For the second year, fans will be able to purchase a four-day pass to the Fan Fair X that includes a general admission ticket to the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum that is good for use any day in 2016. The package deal is on sale now through Friday, June 10 and costs $39.95. The combination Fan Fair X/Country Music Hall of Fame tickets are available via the Country Music Hall of Fame website,, and will also be sold at their box office during the week of CMA Music Festival.

For upcoming announcements and all other info stay connected with CMA on,,,, and sign up for CMA Country Connection, CMA’s e-newsletter. Fans can also download the 2016 CMA Music Festival mobile app for iPhone or Android to view the latest artist lineups and to plan their Festival experience.

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