CMA Fest / Randy Travis

Inaugural Cracker Barrel Country Legend Award Presented to Randy Travis

Photo Credit: Tori Leggett for Cracker Barrel

Cale Dodds, Morgan Evans, Tegan Marie, Michael Ray, and Cole Swindell brought things to an exciting end as they closed out night three at the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater during CMA Fest.

Saturday night was made even more memorable by the presentation of the inaugural Cracker Barrel Country Legend Award to the one-and-only Randy Travis, an honor given to country musicians with over 30 years in the business including past partnerships with Cracker Barrel’s music program. Storme Warren of SiriusXM’s The Highway presented Travis with the special award. Cracker Barrel also made a $5,000 donation in Travis’ name to the CMA Foundation. To further celebrate the evening’s big honoree, Michael Ray performed a moving rendition of Travis’ hit song “Forever and Ever, Amen” during his set.

“Randy is so honored to receive the first ever Cracker Barrel Country Legend Award at CMA Fest 2018. Music education, in Randy’s opinion, is pivotal to a child’s development, so we thank Cracker Barrel for joining us in this passion by donating to Keep the Music Playing in his name,” said Mary Travis. “They could have picked any number of country icons for this award, so being chosen as the first is truly humbling.”

This night also marked the close of Cracker Barrel’s Rock With Us fundraiser, where every photo taken in a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store rocker at the festival and shared on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #CBMusic between June 7 and June 9 resulted in a $1 donation from Cracker Barrel to the CMA Foundation, culminating in a $15,000 donation from the brand.

You can see all of CMTT’s photos from 2018 CMA Fest on our Flickr page HERE.

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