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Cracker Barrel has become a home for country music and Americana, so it’s only fitting for the restaurant to be a part of 2012 CMA Music Fest. Thanks to Cracker Barrel, fans will have the opportunity to meet artists, catch performance and win prizes from artists who have participated in Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program.
“The success of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store exclusive music program is really due to the passion of the fans,” explains the program’s marketing manager, Julie Craig. ”We want to have a chance to meet them and say thank you, as well as introduce new fans to the great music available at their local Cracker Barrel.”
Representatives from Cracker Barrel and the Cracker Barrel exclusive music program will be on location at both Fan Fair Hall as well as Riverfront Park throughout the festival:
Thursday, June 7:
Dailey & Vincent Autograph Session 11:30 – 12:30 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Cracker Barrel Booth
Josh Turner Autograph Session 2 – 3:00 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Cracker Barrel Booth
Jason Michael Carroll You’ve Been Sentenced Game Show 2 – 4:30 PM Hard Rock Cafe
Eden’s Edge Autograph Session 4 – 5:00 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Cracker Barrel Booth
Friday, June 8:
Jason Michael Carroll Autograph Session 10:30 – 11:30/ 12:30 – 1:30 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Cracker Barrel Booth
Oak Ridge Boys Autograph Session 2 – 3:30 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Cracker Barrel Booth
Saturday, June 9:
Teddy Gentry & Best New Nashville: Autograph Session 11:30 – 2:30 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Cracker Barrel Booth
Teddy Gentry, Garrett Steele, 3 Lanes Crossing, Amber Shalene & Chip Davis
Jason Michael Carroll Performance – Durango Stage 11:30 – 12 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Acoustic Corner
Jason Michael Carroll Autograph Session 12:00 – 1 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC WSM-AM Booth
Sunday, June 10:
The Grascals Autograph Session 10 – 11:00 AM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Cracker Barrel Booth
Jason Michael Carroll Autograph Session 11:00 – 12:00 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Cracker Barrel Booth
Bucky Covington will be partying with his most-devoted fans on Wednesday, June 6, at Whiskey Bent Saloon in Nashville. Tickets to this event were a hot commodity and the party was sold-out within hours. Due to the overwhelming response, Bucky has opted to extend the party with a free, full-band show later that same night.
The sold-out fan club party will begin at 8:30pm for ticket holders and will include autographs, a fan Q&A, an acoustic performance and the opportunity to mingle with Covington. Following this intimate event, the downstairs area of Whiskey Bent will open to the public for a free, full-band performance that will start around 10:30pm.
Fans that aren’t in Nashville can get their Bucky Covington fix by listening to his new single, “I Wanna Be That Feeling,” off his forthcoming album “I’m Alright.” For more info on Bucky, check out: www.buckycovington.com.
Keepin’ It Country would like to extend our deepest thoughts and condolences to Dierks Bentley and his family with the passing of Dierks’s father Leon Bentley. Leon passed away on Friday, June 1st, in Phoenix, surrounded by family. He was 88.
In light of his father’s passing, Dierks cancelled a performance on Saturday night in Washington D.C., as well as Wednesday’s fan club part for CMA Music Festival. According to CMT.com, he will resume his tour schedule on June 9th in Detroit and will appear at LP Field on June 10th.
Dierks tweeted, “my dad died yesterday. it was an honor to comfort him as he left us. thank you fans for the time and understanding.” He also shared this moving photograph.
Hunter Hayes will hit Nashville next week during CMA Music Festival for several appearances and live performances. Hunter will kick off the week on Wednesday, June 6th at the 2012 CMT Music Awards. On Thursday, June 7th at 11 am, Hunter will sign for fans at The Warner Sound booth inside the Nashville Convention Center. Following the signing, Hunter and his band will perform at 6PM at Downtown Nashville’s aVenue. Hunter has billed his nearly two-hour set list “Music City’s Most Wanted.”
On Saturday June 9th, Hunter will share the stage with country music stars Eric Church, Luke Bryan, and Faith Hill. To wrap up his week in Nashville, Sunday, June 10, Hunter will make a stop at the Martin Guitar tent on Broadway at 1:30PM. He will then head to a sold out “Coffee Break Experience” with fans later that afternoon.
If you are unable to make it to CMA Fest, have no fear. You, too, can get your fill of Hunter soon. Hunter will be featured in the upcoming new episode of CMT Crossroads: Joe Walsh and Friends, starring Joe Walsh from The Eagles, accompanied by Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Luke Bryan and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. The artists will perform Walsh’s hits and Eagle’s classics. The show premieres on Saturday, June 23rd at 11 PM ET.
For more information and a complete rundown of Hunter Hayes’ CMA Festival activities, please visit www.HunterHayes.com. Let us know if you are heading to CMA Fest and what Hunter events you plan to attend!
Fans of Katie Armiger who haven’t had the opportunity to check her out on tour yet are in luck. The songstress has added over twenty-five new dates to her “Get Smart Tour,” which is sponsored by Great American Country (GAC). The tour will end up hitting over fifty major cities across the U.S. with a stop at the Bud Lught Stage at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8th for CMA Music Fest.
The tour began in March and will continue through November, and has already been a great experience for Armiger. “This tour has been incredible so far getting to meet and make new fans – and it only keeps getting better,” said Katie. “No artist can ask for a better outcome from a tour than for it to be a success that dates are continually being added. Thank you to everyone for all of your support, it’s because of all of you that this tour is what it is!”
The aptly named “Get Smart Tour” is Armiger’s first as a headliner and is hitting colleges, universities, fairs and festivals across the country. Armiger will be sure to play her hit songs including “Scream,” Kiss Me Now” and “Leaving Home,” while mixing in some new material that she’s been writing for her upcoming fourth album.
Amongst her repertoire as an acclaimed independent artist, Armiger was voted by fans as Country Weekly’s #1 hottest bachelorette. She has previously opened for the likes of Darius Rucker, Ronnie Dunn, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler, and Luke Bryan.
For more information and a full list of tour dates, check out www.katiearmiger.com.
Jana Kramer sent out an e-mail to her fans last night with a special surprise. Jana has leaked a new track from her upcoming album on iTunes for those of us who are eagerly and impatiently awaiting her June 5th drop date. “Good Time Comin’ On” can be found on iTunes now. You can click here to purchase your sneak peek at Jana’s album today!
If this is not enough to hold you over until June 5th, Jana will be performing on the Fox & Friends Summer Concert Series on June 1st. Make sure to check your local Fox station for an air date and time.
And, for those of you attending CMA Music Festival, Jana will be performing on the Chevrolet River Stage and having an album release party on June 7th. If you will not be present in Nashville, Tennessee, have no fear. Jana will be out on tour all summer – hopefully in a city near you! Keep checking back at her website, www.janakramer.com, for an updated tour schedule.
We here at Keepin’ It Country would like to congratulate Jana on her upcoming debut album! We know that this is just the beginning of a very successful career in country music!
With CMA Music Festival only weeks away, Julie Roberts has announced that she’ll open the evening concert at LP Field on June 9th with a performance of the National Anthem. Due to this exciting news, her fan appreciation party scheduled for 3pm will now begin at 11am.
Despite the time change, Roberts is full of excitement about June 9th. “My Fan Club Party is always my favorite event of my entire year! I cannot wait for Saturday, June 9! I am honored to have been asked to open Saturday night at LP field by singing our National Anthem,” Roberts says. “In order to do both the party and anthem, I had to adjust the time for the party a little and I pray that everyone can still come and party with me.”
Although all previously purchased tickets will be honored, fans can email Store@JulieRoberts.com to have their money refunded if they can no longer attend. An email will also be sent to all ticket holders, notifying them of the time change.
Roberts also launched the “Perfectly Perfect Package” this year to bring fans on stage for a special performance, and to her surprise, the packages have completely sold out. “I cannot believe so many of the Perfectly Perfect Packages were sold! This is something new I am doing this year and I think it’s going to be SO MUCH FUN singing with my fans actually onstage with me!,” she said.
We’re getting closer and closer to this year’s CMA Music Festival and GAC has just announced who will be signing at their booth this year! Check out who you can have a chance to meet below.
Thursday, June 7:
Please remember that autograph guidelines have changed for this year’s CMA Fest. Here is a highlight of how the new procedure works:
Fans will now enter a random drawing for the opportunity to meet various artists appearing in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall. You will be able to enter the drawing at CMAfest.com. between May 14 (starting at 10:00 AM/CT) and May 28 (ending at 5:00 PM/CT). You will enter in your contact information and then select from the list of participating artists singing autographs in the Hall. You may select as many or as few artists as you’d like to meet. Once you submit your entry, you will not be allowed to go back in and change it so choose carefully! Duplicate entries will not be considered and all winners will be notified by Friday, June 1 via email.
CMA will also have a limited number of tickets on-site at the Festival for those who can’t get to a computer to register ahead of time. For more information on this, please see the Fan Fair Hall page at CMAfest.com.
Not every artist participating in the Fan Fair Hall will be part of the autograph drawing. There will be many opportunities for patrons to obtain multiple autographs from artists by just walking around the Fan Fair Hall. So don’t lose hope if you don’t get picked!
The 5th Annual GAC Kick-Off Breakfast went on sale this morning and is already sold out! Taking place on Wednesday, June 7th, the breakfast will be sure to wake up country music fans to celebrate the start of CMA Fest, which starts on Thursday, June 8th. The breakfast will be held at the Country Music Fall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville at 7 a.m. (doors open at 6:30 a.m.). Ticket prices were $45 and include an intimate concert, full breakfast, admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame, plus a meet with greet with all of the scheduled performing artists – Josh Turner, Lauren Alaina, Thompson Square and Kip Moore.
All proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the non-profit Hall of Fame.
Lambert, a three-time winner of the ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, has been added to the lineup for Thursday, June 7.
Little Big Town will take to the LP Field stage on Saturday, June 9.
The CMA has also announced the singers selected to perform the national anthem before the start of each night’s concerts. They are: Nashville School of the Arts Madrigal Singers (June 7), The Oak Ridge Boys (June 8), Julie Roberts (June 9) and Sarah Darling (June 10).
The 2012 CMA Fest takes place June 7-10 in Nashville. Select tickets are still available. For more information visit the CMA Fest website HERE.