With CMA Fest approaching, CMA Fest has announced more stages See the lineup for the Close Up Stage Below!
Thursday, June 7th 2018
10:00am-10:45am Marine Corps band
11:00am-12:00pm Dierks Bentley (Artist of the day)
12:15pm-1:15pm Ricky Skaggs
1:30pm-2:30pm Song Suffaragettes
2:45pm-3:45pm The Making of Words with Sara Evans
4:00pm-5:00pm CMA Fest Match Game hosted by Adam Wurtzel
Friday, June 8th 2017
11:30am-12:30pm Luke Bryan (Artist of the Day)
1:00pm-2:00pm Good Ole Days With Storme Warren
2:15pm-3:00pm Bluebird Cafe Songwriters round featuring Jake Etheridge, Tenille Townes, Adam Hambrick
3:15pm-3:45pm TG Sheppard and Kelly Lang
Saturday, June 9th 2018
11:00am-12:00pm Dustin Lynch (Artist of the Day)
1:30pm-2:30pm Hunter Hayes
2:45pm-3:45pm From ABC to CMA With The Goldbergs’ Hayley Orrantia hosted by Mark Bright
4:00pm-5:00pm Song Suffragettes
Sunday, June 10th 2018
11:00am-12:00pm Kelsea Ballerini (Artist of the day)
12:15pm-12:45pm Bill Anderson and Bobby Bare – American Legends
1:00pm-1:45pm Ray Stevens Celebrating a 60 year career
2:00pm-3:00pm Restless Heart celebrating their 35th Anniversary
3:15pm-4:00pm Exile beating the odds surviving 55 years in music
4:15pm-5:00pm Naomi Judd – “How to survive anything”
Nightly Concert Lineup Announced Exclusively on ABC’s “Good Morning America”
Days of Social Media Posts Reveal More than 100 Artists Performing
Ticket Proceeds Benefit Music Education through CMA Foundation
NASHVILLE — After four days of social teases, the lineup for the 2017 CMA Music Festival is here! The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience takes place Thursday through Sunday, June 8-11 in downtown Nashville.
Monday through Wednesday this week, a different stage lineup was posted on CMAfest.com and the official CMA Fest mobile app as artists and fans alike posted their #CMAfest excitement and music education support on social media. Tweets and Instagram posts tagged with #CMAfest were compiled into a virtual mosaic image of the CMA Fest logo that was revealed following Friday’s big announcement of the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium lineup on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Taking the big stage are Country Music superstars Trace Adkins, John Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum,Miranda Lambert, Tracy Lawrence, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, andChris Young.
Check out the lineup below!
Thursday, June 8, 2017
8:00pm – Kenny Rogers
8:30pm – Brett Eldredge
9:00pm – Cole Swindell
9:30pm – Dierks Bentley
10:00pm – Miranda Lambert
10:30pm – Luke Bryan
Friday, June 9, 2017
8:00pm – Trace Adkins
8:30pm – Rascal Flatts
9:00pm – Sam Hunt
9:30pm – Kelsea Ballerini
10:00pm – Eric Church
10:30pm – Blake Shelton
Saturday, June 10, 2017
8:00pm – John Anderson
8:30pm – Maren Morris
9:00pm – Chris Young
9:30pm – Lady Antebellum
10:00pm – Thomas Rhett
10:30pm – Florida Georgia Line
Sunday, June 11, 2017
8:00pm – Tracy Lawrence
8:30pm – Darius Rucker
9:00pm – Chris Stapleton
9:30pm – Little Big Town
10:00pm – Keith Urban
10:30pm – Braid Paisley
A longtime fan favorite, the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage is back in 2017 with a packed lineup that will keep attendees rocking from 10:00 AM-5:15 PM each day. CMA Awards nominees Old Dominion will kick things off Thursday, June 8 (10:00 AM/CT). Additional artists hitting the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage are A Thousand Horses, Lauren Alaina, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Chase Bryant, Cam, Brandy Clark, Luke Combs, Easton Corbin, Russell Dickerson, Drake White and the Big Fire, Eli Young Band, Tyler Farr, High Valley, Home Free, Chris Janson, Jana Kramer, Chris Lane, LOCASH, Maddie & Tae, Neal McCoy, Scotty McCreery, William Michael Morgan, Joe Nichols, Jon Pardi, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Kellie Pickler, RaeLynn, Michael Ray, Chase Rice, Canaan Smith, Corey Smith, Granger Smith, Josh Turner, Aaron Watson, and Brett Young.
Located in Walk of Fame Park, the Chevrolet Park Stage will entertain crowds from 10:30 AM-4:55 PM daily with performances by Drew Baldridge, Ryan Beaver, Big Smo, Bailey Bryan, Kristian Bush, Ruthie Collins,Travis Collins, Adam Craig, Jacob Davis, Cale Dodds, Casey Donahew, Clare Dunn, Brooke Eden, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Evans, Ryan Follese, Ryan Griffin, Trent Harmon, Walker Hayes, Sundance Head, LANCO, Jon Langston, Jackie Lee, Love and Theft, Steve Moakler, Muscadine Bloodline, Kyle Park, Carly Pearce, Luke Pell, Mo Pitney, Maggie Rose, Runaway June, Adam Sanders, Jamie Lynn Spears, The Railers, The Swon Brothers, Michael Tyler, Walker McGuire, Morgan Wallen, and Waterloo Revival.
A top Festival destination to discover new artists, the Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe (10:45 AM-4:30 PM daily) will feature Abby Anderson, Chris Bandi, Risa Binder, Craig Wayne Boyd, Ashley Campbell, Colin Elmore & The Danville Train, Davisson Brothers Band, Fairground Saints, Filmore, Ben Gallaher,Haley Georgia, Jillian Jacqueline, Ryan Kinder, Trea Landon, Olivia Lane, Brandon Lay, Levon, Lillie Mae, Sean McConnell, Alyssa Micaela, Meghan Patrick,Jordan Rager, Brandon Ray, Restless Road, Tyler Rich, Dylan Schneider, Scooter Brown Band, Kalie Shorr, Jo Smith, Smithfield, Natalie Stovall, Tara Thompson, Walker County, Hailey Whitters, Alex Williams, and Carter Winter.
A limited number of tickets for the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium are still available at CMAfest.com or through the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST. Outdoor daytime stages including Chevrolet Riverfront and Park Stages, as well as the Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe, are free and open to the public.
Funds generated through CMA Music Festival ticket sales benefit music education. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $17.5 million to support quality, sustainable music education initiatives across the country on behalf of the artists who participate in the event for free, touching the lives of one million students. For more information, visit CMAfoundation.org.
CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 13th consecutive year the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.
CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of WSM, Incorporated and is used by permission.
Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris Each Receive Six Nominations;
Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw Each Receive Five Nominations;
Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton Each Receive Three Nominations
ENCINO, CA (February 16, 2017) – Nominations were announced today for the 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return to host for the second consecutive year. The ACM Awards® are produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Ten-time ACM Award winners and multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum announced the nominees in five categories, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Duo of the Year, and Vocal Group of the Year live today on “CBS This Morning.”“Entertainment Tonight” hosts Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier announced additional nominees on ETonline.com.
Keith Urban leads with seven nominations in five categories, including his seventh for Entertainer of the Year and 10th nod for Male Vocalist of the Year. Urban is nominated twice, as both artist and producer, in the Album of the Year category for Ripcord. He received an additional two nominations, for both artist and producer, in the Single Record of the Year category for “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” which is also nominated in the Song of the Year category.
“I’ve been a musician since I was 6 years old,” says Urban. “I just love writing songs, making records and touring. So for the ACMS’s to recognize RIPCORD in such a big way today is humbling. I share these nominations with everyone in my life who made it possible – and a BIG shout out to all of our fans, who came out to see us on the ripCORD tour. Can’t wait to play for you all again soon.”
Seven-time Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert received six nominations and is once again nominated in the Female Vocalist of the Year category. Lambert received her fifth nomination in the Album of the Year category for The Weight of These Wings. Lambert’s “Vice” received nods in the Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Video of the Year categories. Also, she received two nominations for “Vice” in the Song of the Year category, as both artist and songwriter.
First-time ACM nominee Maren Morris earned six nominations in four different categories. Morris received nominations in both Female Vocalist of the Year and New Female Vocalist of the Year categories. She is also nominated twice for Album of the Year, as both producer and artist, on HERO. Morris is twice nominated as both artist and producer in Single Record of the Year for “My Church.”
As if this week couldn’t get any better, SIX nominations for @ACMawards ?! This is so humbling and I am in some GREAT company. 😱😊
Reigning Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line leads group nominations with five nods, including their fifth nomination in the Vocal Duo of the Year category. Florida Georgia Line is also nominated for the second time in the Entertainer of the Year category. They received their second nomination in the Album of the Year category for Dig Your Roots. Also, they received nods for Single Record of the Year for “H.O.L.Y.” and for Vocal Event of the Year for “May We All” with Tim McGraw.
Sixteen-time ACM Award winner Tim McGraw received five nominations in four categories. He earned two nominations in the Single Record of the Year category, as both artist and producer, on “Humble And Kind.” Also, McGraw is nominated in the Song of the Year and Video of the Year categories for “Humble And Kind.” In addition, he earned his 13th nod in the Vocal Event of the Year category for “May We All” with Florida Georgia Line.
ACM Awards co-host Dierks Bentley received three nominations, including his fourth nomination in the Male Vocalist of the Year category. Also, Bentley received his third nod in the Album of the Year category for Black, and his second nod in the Vocal Event of the Year category for “Different For Girls,” featuring Elle King.
Thomas Rhett earned three nominations, including his first in the Male Vocalist of the Year category. Also, Rhett received two nominations as artist and songwriter in the Song of the Year category for “Die A Happy Man.” The song won Rhett an ACM Award last year in the Single Record of the Year category.
Reigning ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Chris Stapleton is nominated in three categories. Once again, Stapleton is nominated in both the Male Vocalist of the Year category, and the Song of the Year category with “Tennessee Whiskey.” Also, Stapleton received a nod in the Video of the Year category for “Fire Away.”
Following is the list of final nominees. The Academy of Country Music’s professional membership selects the nominees and winners of the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen
Publishers: WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Music Of The Corn (ASCAP), HillarodyRathbone Music (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP), House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Spirit Catalog Holdings (S.a.r.l.), Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP)
· Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
Songwriters: Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur
Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc (BMI), Cricket On The Line (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI), Eastman Pond Publishing (BMI), Music of Big Deal (BMI), Nice Life (BMI), Frederic And Reid Music (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI), Brodsky Spensive Publishing (BMI)
· Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw
Songwriter: Lori McKenna
Publishers: Songs of Universal Inc (BMI), Hoodie Songs (BMI)
· Kill A Word – Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens
Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Dick, Jeff Hyde
Publishers: Emileon Songs (BMI), Little Louder Songs (BMI), Longer And Louder Music (BMI), Mammaw’s Fried Okra Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)
· Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
Songwriters: Dean Dillon, Linda Hargrove
Publishers: Universal-Songs Of PolyGram International (BMI), EMI Algee (BMI)
· Vice – Miranda Lambert
Songwriters: Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Smack Hits (GMR), Kobalt Music Group,
Ltd. (GMR), Anderson Fork In The Road Music (ASCAP), Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc. (ASCAP), Smackville Music (ASCAP)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY XFINITY [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]
· Fire Away – Chris Stapleton
Director: Tim Mattia
Producer: Jennifer Rothlein
· Forever Country – Artists of Then, Now & Forever
Director: Joseph Kahn
Producers: Nathan de la Rionda, Jil Hardin, Charleen Manca, Joanna Carter, Chandra LaPlume, Sarah Trahern,
· Andy Ritchie, Alison Mencer, Jimmy Holt WIVK-FM Knoxville, TN
· Jack Ryan WMYL-FM Clinton, TN
· Scott Wynn & Sarah Kay WQMX-FM Akron, OH
· Steve & Geoff KUZZ-FM Bakersfield, CA
· Steve & Gina in the Morning on Kat 103.7 KXKT-FM Omaha, NE
ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET
· Ben Butler and Arnie Andrews WCOW-FM Sparta, WI
· Brent Lane and Candy Cullerton WYCT-FM Pensacola, FL
· Jason and Ashley “The Q Crew” on Q100.3 KRWQ-FM Medford, OR
· Scotty Cox & Cara Denis KCLR-FM Columbia, MO
· The Roger & Carly Morning Show KORA-FM Bryan, TX
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET (tie within category increased nominees)
· KKBQ-FM Houston, TX
· KMLE-FM Phoenix, AZ
· KUPL-FM Portland, OR
· WIL-FM St. Louis, MO
· WKKT-FM Charlotte, NC
· WSOC-FM Charlotte, NC
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET
· KAJA-FM San Antonio, TX
· WQDR-FM Raleigh, NC
· WSIX-FM Nashville, TN
· WSM-FM Nashville, TN
· WUBE-FM Cincinnati, OH
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET
· CKRY-FM Calgary, AB
· KAWO-FM Boise, ID
· KUZZ-FM Bakersfield, CA
· KXKT-FM Omaha, NE
· WIVK-FM Knoxville, TN
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET
· KCLR-FM Columbia, MO
· KKNU-FM Eugene, OR
· KTHK-FM Idaho Falls, ID
· WCOW-FM Sparta, WI
· WXFL-FM Florence, AL
IMPORTANT NOTE: Awards counts for artists reflect categories in which they have been recognized as individuals or as part of their duo or group. In some cases, an artist may receive more than one nomination which factors into their official count. For example, Keith Urban received two nominations in the Album of the Year category—one each as artist and producer—because that category recognizes both.
Award recipients in each category are noted above parenthetically in the Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.
The official red carpet pre-show for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards™ will live stream exclusively on Twitter on April 2, starting at 3pm PT/6pm ET. The pre-show will be available to logged-in and logged-out audiences on Twitter and connected devices.
Sponsors and partners for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards include Comcast and T-Mobile.
About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 52ND Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher and Tiffany Moon are executive producers for the Academy of Country Music.
The latest in the hit Country Faith music series, Country Faith Volume 2, was released on November 18th through Word Entertainment. The album proceeds Country Faith Volume 1 which was released back in December of 2013. This album features songs of today and from the past with well-known artists including Luke Bryan, LeAnn Rimes, George Strait and Phil Vassar.
The album features faith-based songs that were chosen by Deborah Evans Price. The album complements the popular book, Country Faith, which waswritten by Price. Price is an award-winning author/journalist who has worked with publications such as Country Weekly, CMA Close Up and AOL’s The Boot, along with various other publications. Price also has written for Billboard for 22 years, which just adds to her long list of accolades. During Price’s career she had the opportunity to interview artists such as Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney and Don Henley.
“I’m so excited about this collection of songs on Country Faith Volume 2,” says Evans Price. “The album opens with ‘Pray About Everything,’ Luke Bryan’s upbeat celebration of the power of prayer, and the project continues with such compelling songs of faith as Brad Paisley’s ‘When I Get Where I’m Going,’ Wade Hayes’ ‘What’s a Broken Heart for You,’ Brooks & Dunn’s ‘Believe,’ and many others. Country artists/songwriters have a unique perspective on faith and God’s grace, and I think listeners will find a great deal of comfort and inspiration in these powerful songs.”
In addition, Time Life Music will feature the Country Faith book in a national TV campaign in January for its new Faith, Hope and Country package featuring Bill Cody as host. Also, popular family restaurant chain, Cracker Barrel, will exclusively carry Country Faith Volume 2 in all of its 630 locations. Along with the 13 songs on the standard release, Cracker Barrel will carry the Cracker Barrel edition of Country Faith Volume 2. This special edition album will feature the two exclusive tracks, “God Sends A Train”by American Young along with “Give Me Jesus”by Mo Pitney.
We had the opportunity to interview Price recently and talk about the latest project which even has a new jewelry line you can shop here!
LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH EVANS PRICE
Country Faith Volume 2 overall is a perfect collection of faith-based songs that will strike the heart of anyone who listens. Each song tells a story about their faith in their own unique way over a series of various circumstances. Anyone listening to the album will be able to connect with the songs, along with strengthening their faith. There is something for everyone on the album, no matter their age or background. Keep on the lookout for future releases in the series as well as other albums by Word Entertainment.
Track Listing for Country Faith Volume 2
1. Luke Bryan – “Pray About Everything”
2. Michael Ray – “Real Men Love Jesus”
3) Wade Hayes – “What’s a Broken Heart For You”
4) Lee Ann Womack – “Stubborn” (Psalm 151)
5) George Strait – “I Saw God Today”
6) Brad Paisleyfeat.Dolly Parton – “When I Get Where I’m Going”
7) John Michael Montgomeryfeat.Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski – “The Little Girl”
8) Drew Baldridge – “Tractors Don’t Roll”
9) Brooks & Dunn – “Believe”
10) LeAnn Rimes – “I Need You”
11) Phil Vassar – “This is God”
12) Wynonna – “Live with Jesus”
13) Shenandoah – “Hallelujah for the Cross”
Cracker Barrel Bonus Tracks 14)American Young – “God Sends A Train”
15) Mo Pitney – “Give Me Jesus”
This was the 7th annual CMT Artists of the Year where Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton were honored. Kelsea Ballerini was presented with the Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Twain the Artist of a Lifetime award!
Our favorite Fiddle player and vocalist, Caitlin Evanson also performed during the tribute which highlighted 3 of Twain’s hit songs; “You’re Still the One,” “Any Man of Mine” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.” Twain also promised a new album that will be out soon!!!
Evanson told Variety Beat what it was like to honor such a legendary artist as she played fiddle, mandolin and sung background vocals for the tribute!
Most people aren’t an instant fan of the unfamiliar. Shania Twain had a whole new spin on country music that was so bold and unconventional. One of the things I’ve learned in my life is just how hard it is to stay true to your own voice when the world wants you to be…well, familiar. Shania had the guts to follow through on being Shania and inspire country music to take some risks and grow in incredible new ways. I was 19 years old, in Vancouver BC, watching those fiddle players that made me want to move to Nashville and follow that kind of dream too.
I wanted the mile-long ponytail, the attitude, and the smarts to write songs like that…so…yeah. Playing her songs at CMT’s Artist Of The Year show….In front of HER, was a little intimidating! But it was an honor i will never forget!