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CMA Fest Day 4 Wrap-Up

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Okay, sorry for the delay. I am all rested up from CMA Fest, and thought we’d go ahead and wrap-up day 4. We spent a majority of the sizzling-hot day down at Riverfront for a day of great music that included Dustin Lynch (dang, who knew he had that bod!), Thompson Square, Craig Wayne Boyd, Phil Vassar, and Canaan Smith before heading down to the Budlight stage to catch a big of LoCash.

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That evening, we wrapped-up LP Field with the iconic and awesome Neal McCoy(yes, he still can shake), Cole Swindell, Darius Rucker, Eric Church, Keith Urban, and Brad Paisley. It was an awesome night! Hot but awesome!

You can see all of our pictures here.

CMA Presents International Artist Achievement Award to Brad Paisley


Backstage during CMA Music Festival’s closing night, Keith Urban and CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern presented Brad Paisley with the CMA International Artist Achievement Award.

“Brad is such a tremendous ambassador for Country Music around the world,” said Trahern. “His undeniable talent, wit, and charm transcend borders and speak to the heart of the format – in any language.”

“I think Country Music works as one of the best ambassador type things you can do in an art form. When you send art forms of music overseas, it’s obviously something people flip out over and love, but I don’t know if it reflects real life like our format does. Any time you see people in Sweden loving Country songs and what they say and buying into what we are as artists, they’re seeing the real America I think. In that sense we have an obligation as a format to try and get this everywhere we can so they don’t think we all wear spandex,” Paisley added with a chuckle.

Formerly the International Touring Artist 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 being the recipient of this award in 2011, Paisley has remained dedicated to including the international marketplace in his schedule. In 2014, he headlined the C2C Festival in London and Dublin, as well as recorded the special “Brad Paisley & Friends” for BBC Radio 2 before going on to headline shows in Norway and Sweden.

Through international honors and events including CMA World GlobaLive! and the expansion of the CMA Songwriters Series in Canada, Dublin, London, and Paris, CMA seeks to recognize and empower its international membership and Country Music fans globally.

Keith Urban Named Ambassador for Music Matters Initiative

Keith Urban performs in partnership with the CMA foundation and Notes for Notes at the CMA Close Up Stage at AT&T U-Verse Fan Fair X on Thursday, June 11 in downtown Nashville.


CMA and the CMA Foundation unveiled its new “Music Education Matters” campaign during CMA Music Festival and announced that superstar Keith Urban will be the first national ambassador for the program, which provides musical instruments and teaching support to programs serving inner-city youth.

“Music is not only powerful, it’s magical,” said Urban. “It has the ability to bring people together, to inspire, calm, enhance creativity and intelligence, and to improve concentration. There is nothing like seeing the genesis of the relationship between an instrument and a child or young adult. I’m so honored and proud that the CMA Foundation has given us this opportunity to be a part of something that can have such a positive effect on so many young lives.”

Getting instruments into the hands of children is not just something that Urban has championed through the years, but is something he’s supporting with a personal donation. He is contributing 60 Keith Urban guitars complete with amplifiers, strings, and picks to five Music Education Matters partner programs across the country including programs in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, and San Francisco.

“Several of these programs have instruments that were provided by the Foundation, but thanks to Keith’s generosity some of our most ambitious and talented students will have a guitar to take home for practice and improving their skills,” said Ron Samuels, Chairman of the CMA Foundation Board of Directors. “This donation is life changing and central to our message that Music Education Matters.”

“I am extremely grateful for Keith’s generosity and his commitment to advancing music education,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “I have witnessed the difference an instrument makes in the development of a child. Just imagine if someone hadn’t put a guitar in Keith Urban’s hands.”

Young performers from Metro Nashville Public Schools – one of the recipient programs – participated in the announcement at the AT&T U-verse® Fan Fair X in the Music City Center. Students from JFK Middle School and Antioch High School surprised Urban with a rendition of his hit, “Days Go By” and four, high school guitar students from Nashville School of the Arts joined Urban and his band for a performance of Urban’s new single “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

“I have witnessed first-hand the effect a musical instrument can make in the life of a student,” said Linda Friend, a Metro Music Specialist at John F. Kennedy Middle School. “Rex Yape, a 2014 graduate of Antioch High School, was first provided with recorders through CMA while just a young performer in the Antioch-based ‘Renaissance Kids.’ During his sophomore year, while auditioning on recorder for membership into the Tri-M Music Honor Society, one of the judges suggested that Rex might make a fine oboe player. On Monday morning of the next week a brand new CMA oboe was presented to Rex. Rex used that oboe to audition for All-State and to play as a member of the Curb Youth Symphony. Rex has just completed his first year at the Curtis Institute of Music, undeniably one of the top music institutions in the world, and is looking forward to a career as a professional musician, something that would not have been possible without the generosity of CMA.”

The guitars will be distributed to five separate in-school and after-school programs including Notes for Notes, which constructs and operates recording studios in Boys and Girls Clubs nationwide. The CMA Foundation has funded studios in Atlanta, Austin, Brooklyn, Detroit, Nashville, and San Francisco, with plans to expand into other markets in 2016.

“Everyday youth in our studios are getting their hands on instruments but thanks to Keith we will be able to gift these guitars to our most dedicated players to take home and shred into their musical dreams,” said Phil Gilley, CEO/ Co-Founder Notes for Notes.

CMA Fest Day 1 Recap


Day one of CMA Fest was awesome. Unfortunately, we were a tad unorganized and got our days mixed up, but we still go to experience a lot of what the festival has to offer.

First we hit the Hardrock Stage to check out a favorite band of ours, Halfway to Hazard. If you haven’t seen these guys, you’re missing out. Awesome live show!

Then we caught a small bit of the iconic Kentucky Headhunters, who still sound freaking amazing by the way.

We decided to check out a brand spankin’ new band, Unbrakeable at Plush. This is Keith Urban’s former long-time guitar player Brian Nutter and his wife Blake. These guys are certainly one’s to watch.

After that we headed into the Fan Fair X to see a special announcement about Keith Urban being the ambassador for the new Music Matters initiative.

We also caught Craig Campbell and Maddie and Tae at Riverfront before checking out Kelsea Ballerini at the HGTV Lodge (who we loved so much and are buying her album as we speak).

Of course we headed to LP Field to check out the ever amazing Alan Jackson along with Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley, and Rascal Flatts.

It was a hot, sweaty, sticky, stinky and fun day! Tomorrow, more of the same… Can’t wait to share all of our adventures with you! See all our photos here!

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