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Take Your #CMAFestGuess

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The Country Music Association (“CMA”) Fest lineup for LP Field will be revealed to the world on March 19th, and, until that date, CMA decided to have a little fun with the fans! CMA is giving fans the first crack at guessing the artists playing the big stage in 2014.

Clues for LP Field artists will be posted each weekday, beginning today, Monday, March 3rd through Tuesday, March 18th, on CMA’s official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

 

To stay up-to-date on the #CMAFestGuess clues:

1. “Like” CMA on Facebook and “Follow” CMA on Twitter and Instagram;
2. Check every weekday for clues;
3. Tag and retweet to get a little help from your friends; and
4. Use the hashtag #CMAFestGuess.

Sign up for the CMA Fest e-mail list, CMA Exclusive, to get the answers to the clues a day early before the official lineup is revealed on Wednesday, March 19th!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Dee Jay Silver

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In today’s music, it is common to hear a remix of some of your favorite songs; even heartfelt power ballads have turned into dance hits with the help of some of music’s most talented DJs. And just when you thought DJ’ing couldn’t become anymore unique, enter Dee Jay Silver, the first DJ to be signed to a major Nashville record label. Dee Jay has played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, but has ultimately found his home in Nashville. Whether he is touring with Jason Aldean and playing in sold out stadiums, performing on the American Country Awards, or remixing the work of some of country’s best known artists, Dee Jay is bringing his talents to the fans of country music in a myriad of ways. Dee Jay took some time out of his day of “bad television” while he recovered from the ACAs in Las Vegas to talk with me about his music, his favorite tour stop to date, and his future plans (which included getting back to Nashville stat!). 

DVR Alert: Carrie Underwood..almost everywhere

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Be prepared to catch Carrie Underwood almost everywhere on your televisions next week. She’ll be making a major TV blitz to promote her brand new live concert DVD “The Blown Away Tour: Live.”

She’ll kick off her appearances Monday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America. Later that night on ABC, she’ll be part of the broadcast of “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock,” which was taped back in June in downtown Nashville, Tennessee during the music festival.

On Tuesday, she’ll make a guest appearance on “LIVE! With Kelly and Michael.” Check local listings for airtime of that morning talk show in your area.

Carrie’s DVD features 100 minutes of live footage from her Blown Away World Tour. She played to over one million fans during her 112-show, 110-city tour around the world.

Check out a preview of her DVD below and let us know if you’ll be getting a copy:

VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson World Premieres “Tie It Up” at CMA Fest

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As we posted yesterday, Kelly Clarkson took the stage at LP Field last night during CMA Fest to world premiere her new single “Tie It Up.” The single art shows her coyly tied to a male companion, while wearing a bridal gown and veil, her real engagement ring on display. On the track, Clarkson mixes her typical powerhouse bluesy rock voice with cute lyrics about tying the knot. The song was written by Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Arrison, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne.

Give a listen to the song below and let us know what you think! (Personally, we enjoy the “Woo”-s on the chorus!)

Carrie Underwood Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary as Grand Ole Opry Member

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Carrie Underwood celebrated a career milestone last night with her five-year anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The Opry honored Underwood last night with a video presentation highlighting her incredible five-year run.

Underwood said, “It’s so hard to believe it’s been five years, but what an amazing five years it has been. Just watching that video, I was getting a little teary-eyed, thinking about how I felt when all of that was happening. And I still feel that blessed and that honored to be on this stage.”

As a token of the event, the Grammy Winner was presented with a commemorative print by Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. He said, “You have far surpassed the high expectations we had when we brought you into the family, and we know it is going to continue into the future. You are not only so good for country music, you are so good for the Grand Ole Opry, and you are so good for America. We appreciate all that you do.”
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Underwood will return to the Opry stage on July 5 & 6, 2013.

Photos by Joel Dennis.

Kelly Clarkson Reveals New Country Single Title & Cover Art

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Riding on the success and acclaim of “Don’t Rush,” country music’s favorite adopted pop star, Kelly Clarkson, took to Twitter today to reveal the title and cover art for her new single, “Tie It Up.” Although not much is known about the track (yet), Clarkson will be premiering it at LP Field tonight during her set at CMA Fest.

The cover features Clarkson in a wedding dress and veil, her hand tied to someone else’s. Just a hunch, but we’re thinking this tune has a little something to do with her rumored October wedding to fiance Brandon Blackstock. Stay tuned for more!

Darius Rucker not invited to CMA Fest

Darius Rucker.

Here’s some news that might be surprising to country fans. Darius Rucker won’t be appearing at CMA Fest this year… because he wasn’t invited. Fans looking to catch a performance from the Hootie & The Blowfish frontman are in luck: he’ll be performing at the CMT Awards this year during CMA Fest week, and he’ll also be holding his annual St. Jude’s benefit show at the Wildhorse Saloon on June 3rd. His “Darius Rucker & Friends” concert is sold out.

The Grand Ole Opry member let fans know himself that he wasn’t invited this year via Twitter:

@TES112980: @dariusrucker Are you going to be at CMA Fest this year?” Not invited

 

Darius is currently promoting his latest single “Wagon Wheel,” from his new album “True Believers” which is now available at both digital and physical retailers.

Are you disappointed to find out Darius wasn’t invited to be part of CMA Fest this year?

Little Big Town to host CMA Music Festival Special

Little Big Town.

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?

Fan Fair X to debut at CMA Fest this year!

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Things are getting just a little more exciting for country music fans heading to Nashville this year for the world’s biggest country music festival. CMA Fan Fest announced yesterday the addition of brand new features, including Fan Fair X, in the brand new Convention Center during the annual event from Thursday, June 6th until Sunday, June 9th.

Fan Fair X will be the new home for artist autograph signings, exhibits, live broadcasts, a marketplace, and the lifestyle home for country fans during the festival.

CEO Steve Moore shared:

“The relationship between our artists and the fans is at the very heart of what this event was founded on, and we continue to embrace that legacy with Fan Fair X. By moving to the Music City Center, we are able to provide more opportunities and activities to enhance this treasured experience for the fans.”

Country superstars Lady Antebellum are the first announced acts for Fan Fair X. They’ll perform the special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 6th. Hillary Scott said:

“I’m looking forward to being in the new Music City Center. We’re really excited to be given the opportunity to merge our ‘PING PONG & SONGS’ event with Music Fest and this new fan experience CMA is creating. Now that fans from all over the country will be able to play ping pong against us, Charles and Dave are going to have to brush up on their skills! All the money we raise at our booth will go to LADYAID – it’s going to be so fun for us and for the fans!”

Are you excited for CMA Fan Fest this year?  Did you get your tickets yet? Who else do you want to see added to the Fan Fair X lineup?

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.