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Little Big Town to host CMA Music Festival Special

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Rising star country group Little Big Town have a pretty big job ahead of them. They’ll be the hosts for this year’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock television special on ABC. There is no exact airtime or airdate for the special, but it will be aired on ABC this August.

The television special features live performances recorded at this year’s CMA Fest by the top names in the industry in front of thousands of fans at LP Field in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

Watch the video announcement of this year’s hosts below. Are you going this year?

CMA Music Festival Adds Artists to 2013 Lineup

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Nashville’s yearly CMA Music Festival has just added more fabulous country stars to this year’s lineup at LP Field! Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band are the artists just announced, adding to previous lineup of Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town.

“We have an amazing lineup of talent for this year’s Festival,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “I know our fans will be entertained and enthralled to see our annual family reunion of the best and brightest performers in the industry.”

This years fest will take place on June 6-9 in downtown Nashville, TN. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000, or 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378). Ticket prices range from $135 – $350 plus fees.

More artists will be announced soon…stay tuned for details! More info can be found over at cmaworld.com.

Rascal Flatts Invites Fan Club Members to Soundcheck Performance at CMA Music Festival

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On Sunday, June 10th, approximately a hundred of Rascal Flatts’ fan club members were treated to an All Access viewing of their soundcheck for their LP Field performance that night. After the soundcheck, the guys met with every single fan and posed for a picture. Each fan also received an autograph picture afterwards. In addition to fan club members, children from the Make-A-Wish foundation were also treated to the soundcheck.

Below are some pictures that were taken during the soundcheck. Enjoy!

Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts during soundcheck - June 10, 2012

Photo Credit: Alisha Parramoure

Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts during their soundcheck before their LP Field performance.
Photo Credit: Alisha Parramoure

Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts during their soundcheck for their LP Field performance.
Photo Credit: Alisha Parramoure

Payton Rae Turns Heads at CMA Music Festival

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Payton Rae may only be 16-years-old, but the Internet phenom showed her star power in Nashville during CMA Music Fest last week. She wowed fans at the Hard Rock Cafe Stage, with both her voice and her fashion choice. Rae rocked a pair of pink Betsey Johnson dresses to show off her self-proclaimed “passion for fashion!”

In addition to wow-ing crowds, Payton was wowed by some of the performances she got to see. “All of the performances I saw this week were over the top amazing,” said Payton. “If I had to pick my favorites, I would have to say Carrie Underwood’s ‘Good Girl’ performance at the 2012 CMT Music Awards and Hunter Hayes’ show at LP Field.”

While Payton was setting the stage ablaze in Nashville, her new single, “Stomp The Fire Out,” hit country radio and all of the major video channels, including The Country Network (TCN), GACtv.com and AOL. The CMA highlighted Payton Rae on their blog, noting that the 16-yr old “Generation YouTube” Internet star “draws the next generation of @CountryMusic enthusiasts.” Payton is already a huge star on social media, with over 140,000 Twitter followers, 68,000 Facebook fans and over 6.6 million YouTube channel views in less than two years. 

While her single climbs the country charts, Payton Rae is preparing to hit the road on the 2012 Camplified Tour, beginning in July. The tour, which is in its 11th year, showcases emerging teen stars by bringing them to over 50 camps and putting them before over 50,000 campers between the ages of 6 and 17.

For more info on Payton, please visit: www.paytonraemusic.com.

Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves Deliver Howling Debut at the 2012 CMA Music Festival

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They may not be a household name yet, but country rebels Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves made their big debut at CMA Fest this year. They spent most of their time signing autographs and meetings fans at the Kentucky HeadHunters booth.

The band is certainly a family, made up of Angel Mary, and Christian and Antoine Wolf, who have only been officially a band on a mission since 2011. They have worked with Grammy-Award winning producer, Doug Phelps, who serves as both their mentor and a duet partner on their debut EP.

For Angel Mary, whose first single “Cowboy” is sure to create some buzz, appearing at CMA Fest was a dream come true. “We were so grateful to be a part of CMA Fest, said Angel. “Meeting fans is the best part of what we do and we owe everything to them!”

For more information on Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves, visit www.AngelMary.net.

The McClymonts Prep for CMA Music Festival

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The McClymont’s are climbing MusicRow’s Country Breakout Chart with their single “I Could Be a Cowboy” and are currently preparing to rock Nashville during CMA Music Festival. They will be hitting the Bud Light Stage in front of the Bridgestone Arena Plaza on Friday, June 8 at 2pm to 2:20pm to perform their chart climber. This show is open to the public.

That same day, the Australian group will also participate in the 8th Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade which runs along Broadway in downtown Nashville. Later that evening, the girls will model legendary Manuel’s couture creations and perform at Dreamwest Magazine’s “Music & Fashion” at the Hard Rock Cafe. Their day won’t end their, as they will then head over to the Bridgestone Arena to walk the red carpet and enjoy the 2012 CMT Music Awards.

Mollie McClymont shared her excitement to return, “We can’t wait to get back to our fans in the U.S. and participate in CMA Fest again this year. We hope everyone will come see us when we are touring about doing the fairs and festivals this summer. Here we come America!”

On Sunday, the trio will make an appearance at the YWCA Celebrity Auction at the corner of Fourth and Broadway at 12:15 p.m. They will then head back to the Nashville Convention Center for a performance on the WSM Acoustic Stage at 1:30 p.m. This performance can be heard at WSM 650 AM and wsmonline.com.

Check out www.TheMcClymonts.net for updates, news and a list of tour dates that include a U.S. run from June 2- August 6.

Corey Wagar Hits Music City for the CMA Music Festival

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Rockin’ country phenomenon Cory Wagar is gearing up to kick off her summer with a new single coming to radio and several appearances during the CMA Music Festival.  This will be the American Idol contestant’s first time at the Festival.

I’m so happy to be a part of this crazy week that goes on in Nashville…I always dreamed that I’d be involved in the festival that is dedicated to the fans of country music. I can’t wait to meet everyone and thank them for their support!

So where can you find Corey Wagar during the Festival?  Here’s a list of her performances:

Wednesday, June 6th at 11am: CMA Music Festival Kick-off Parade

Thursday, June 7th at 3:30pm: Acoustic performance at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitors Center Stage, located in the glass tower of the air conditioned Bridgestone Arena.

Friday, June 8th from 2:30-3:30pm: Autograph Signing inside the exhibit hall at The Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Booth #330.

For all the latest updates and details on how to find Corey during CMA Music Fest, visit www.coreywagar.com.

CMA Music Festival Chevrolet Riverfront Lineup Announced

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The 2012 CMA Music Festival is creeping upon us (who am I kidding, we’ve all been counting down the days since last year), and now it’s time to officially start planning your daytime CMA Fest activities! 40+ names were announced today for the lineup at the Chevrolet riverfront stage, starting on June 7th at 10am. Kicking off the festivities at the riverfront will be Montgomery Gentry. The rest are listed below!

THURSDAY JUNE 7

  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Lee Brice
  • Colt Ford
  • Tracy Lawrence
  • Dustin Lynch
  • Neal McCoy
  • Craig Morgan
  • Jerrod Niemann
  • Randy Rogers Band
  • Josh Thompson
  • Uncle Kracker

FRIDAY JUNE 8

  • Craig Campbell
  • The Farm
  • Gloriana
  • Jo Dee Messina
  • David Nail
  • Oak Ridge Boys
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Sawyer Brown
  • Phil Vassar
  • James Wesley

SATURDAY JUNE 9

  • Laura Bell Bundy
  • Edens Edge
  • Casey James
  • Lonestar
  • Love and Theft
  • Kip Moore
  • Heidi Newfield
  • James Otto
  • Corey Smith
  • Mel Tillis

SUNDAY JUNE 10

  • Wade Bowen
  • Brett Eldredge
  • Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers
  • JT Hodges
  • Steve Holy
  • Jana Krama
  • LoCash Cowboys
  • Lorrie Morgan
  • Sunny Sweeney
  • Darryl Worley

Times for each artist will be announced soon, so stay tuned! You can purchase tickets for the CMA Music Festival here.

*Lineup by day courtesy of www.cmafestvip.com

The CMA Music Festival Lineup Grows Again!

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The already big CMA Music Festival just got a little bit bigger.  Today the Country Music Association announced the addition of four-time CMA Female Vocalist winner Martina McBride, the newly engaged Jake Owen and newcomer Hunter Hayes to the already star-studded festival lineup.

The performers join the previously announced Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, Scotty McCreery, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band.

All of those artists will be performing at the nightly concerts held at Nashville’s LP Field.  There are still four-day tickets available and can be purchased at the CMA Fest site HERE.   The 2012 CMA Fest takes place June 7-10.

The CMA Music Festival Lineup is Growing!

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The CMA Music Festival held in Nashville, TN every year is a big event for country music and it’s fans, and today the Country Music Association announced more artists who will be performing at the fest this year! Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, Scotty McCreery, and Blake Shelton are all new additions to the lineup, and will be joining previously announced performers Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band. All the artists above, plus more to come, will be performing at the nightly concerts held at LP Field.

Tickets for this year’s festival are selling out fast - GET YOUR TICKETS NOW if you don’t already have them!