11 Phrases Heard at Home During “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” (Explained in GIFs)

The night can only be explained in GIFs…

1. “What? No? You’re not going to watch it with me?”

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2. “It’s starting! Get in here”

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3. “Is that Miranda Lambert AND Carrie Underwood!?”

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4. “The guys are out of the room! I can finally dance to this female anthem!”

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5. “I’ll be right ba—wait I love this song!”

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6. “Ahh! This song is awesome!”

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7. “Why aren’t you dancing to my favorite song?”

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8. “I’m hungry. I need some grub. Coming through!”

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9. “I just saw the photo I posted using #CMAfest on TV!”

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10. “I told you not to post that photo of me!”

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11. “I’ve been waiting all night for this song!”

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DON’T MISS THE SHOW TUESDAY, AUG. 5 AT 8|7c ON ABC!

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The 27 Best Photos from #CMAfest

CMA’s 12 photographers captured hundreds of amazing photos during the 2014 CMA Music Festival. Of those photos, here are the best, most epic shots!

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1. Luke Bryan’s moves ain’t got nothin’ on Alabama’s Randy Owen!

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2. Capturing this shot made wasting a perfectly good beer well worth it!

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3. It wouldn’t be CMA Fest without Dierks giving us a little flex of his gun!

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4. Apparently Luke Bryan has levitating powers?

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5. Meet Tim McGraw and jumbotron Tim McGraw.

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6. This picture captures what CMA Fest is all about.

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7. What a great action shot of Great American Country’s Farm Kings bowling in Fan Fair X.

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8. Craig Morgan climbs the rafters on the Riverfront to wake the crowd up on Friday morning of CMA Fest.

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9. Hunter Hayes surprises fans with a random pop-up performance Downtown Nashville.

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10. Sometimes the lighting aligns perfectly!

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11. There were plenty of opportunities to capture a high-energy rock face from Eric Church during his LP Field set.

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12. With all that hair blowing in the summer night breeze, this shot had to be captured!

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13. Holding a guitar with lights and smoke in the background always makes for an epic photo…

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14. …while peering into a crowd of thousands of screaming fans.

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15. And then, the crowd parts to a beautiful blonde in front of purple lights…

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16. …and then another beautiful blonde bombshell appears!

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17. This aerial shot of the CMA Close Up Stage in Fan Fair X captures the attendees swarming to see Charles Esten of ABC’s “Nashville.”

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18. Frankie Ballard worked the crowd on the Riverfront and ended up in the audience singing to the fans!

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19. Another beer sacrificed for an epic photo!

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20. The rain created an awesome glow effect around Keith Urban’s ninja-like guitar playing!

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21. ‘Murica!

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22. It’s always mesmerizing to look at a sea of fans in Downtown Nashville!

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23. Charlie Daniels tearing up his fiddle… literally!

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24. Thomas Rhett pumped up the crowd for his first LP Field performance!

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25. And it looks like the crowd pumped him up too!

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26. Zac Brown is lookin’ “All Alright” in the gleam of the spotlights.

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27. Magical!

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DON’T MISS THE SHOW TUESDAY, AUG. 5 AT 8|7c ON ABC!

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nprfreshair:

Cowboy Jack Clement was a prolific producer, songwriter, arranger, and talent scout.  He only made three albums of his own, the last of which is the new For Once and For All, executive produced by T Bone Burnett.  Ken Tucker reviews: 

Cowboy Jack Clement – the “cowboy” nickname was always something of a joke; he once said, “cowboy boots make my feet hurt”—was a colorful character as well as a first-rate songwriter and producer. Clement told music historian Peter Guralnick that Shakespeare and PG Wodehouse were influences on him as significant as any country or rock & roll artist, and since he wrote tunes for Johnny Cash called “Dirty Old Egg-Suckin’ Dog” and “Flushed from the Bathroom of your Heart,” I’m inclined to believe him. He also wrote some of the finest pure-country songs ever. 

Member of the Country Music Hall of Fame

“We’re in the fun business. If we’re not having fun, we’re not doing our job.” ~ Cowboy Jack

Celebrating a Decade of Songwriting Genius

The CMA Songwriters Series will return to Chicago at Joe’s Bar on Wednesday, July 30 at 8:30 pm to continue its outstanding 10 year legacy. The event will highlight artists Charlie Worsham, Striking Matches, and host Bob DiPiero. Tickets can be found here.

Warner Music Nashville recording artist Worsham released his debut album Rubberband in 2013. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music, Worsham made his Grand Ole Opry debut at just 12 years old. The accomplished musician co-wrote every song on Rubberband including the Top 20 hit “Could It Be” and has also had a cut by Dierks Bentley (“Heart of a Lonely Girl”). The Mississippi native has toured with Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, and Taylor Swift and was recently named a CMA Music Festival “Must-See Act” by RollingStoneCountry.com.

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Striking Matches is a duo made up of Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmermann. Paired by a professor at Belmont University to perform for a classroom full of guitar majors, they have been writing and performing together ever since. Their self-titled EP was released in October 2012 and was named among iTunes “Best of 2012.” Featured on NPR and in the Wall Street Journal, the pair have already appeared on the Grand Ole Opry more than 15 times, opened for some of the biggest names in music, and had five songs featured on ABC’s hit television series “Nashville.”

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Through the course of ten years, there have been both hit-makers and stars-to-be which have graced its stage and shared their stories behind the songs we love. What follows are only a few of the countless iconic moments that have helped establish the event’s legacy within the music community.

1. Eric Church- November 2, 2010

Eric Church got personal with the Songwriters Series crowd taking the opportunity to be a songwriter, instead of an artist, for the night as he shared the true stories behind the songs. Heartfelt memories turned into fan favorites had Church and fellow songwriters disregard a set-list and elect to play requests. The following year, he was nominated for three new artist awards including the CMA’s New Artist of the Year. Today he sits at the top of the charts with smash hits like “Drink in My Hand” “Springsteen” and “Give Me Back My Hometown.”

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2. Kenny Chesney- August 25, 2011

An intimate setting like the Club Royale in Boston my not be a familiar atmosphere for Kenny Chesney anymore, but he seemed relaxed and at home as he sat back in his chair and enjoyed the event just as much as the fans in the audience. The voice behind 22 chart-topping songs said, “I came to town as a songwriter and always consider myself a songwriter first.” They later went on to share the stories behind the hits like “Out Last Night” “Strawberry Wine” and “Live Like You Were Dying.”

3. Carrie Underwood- June 31, 2012 

Carrie Underwood hit the Songwriters Series stage for the first time in 2012. Joined by Brett James, who wrote “Jesus Take the Wheel” and “Cowboy Casanova”, Luke Laird, who wrote “So Small” and “Undo It”, Hillary Lindsey, who wrote “Just a Dream” and “Last Name”, and last but not least, Bob DiPiero, who has composed numerous top hits. This was an unforgettable, as the sold out crowd was privileged to see Carrie Underwood in an intimate setting and seen as an equal amongst the other songwriters. Since her debut in 2005, Carrie Underwood has sold more than 14 million albums and has won over 120 awards. 

4. Miranda Lambert- June 11, 2013

The Songwriters Series returned to Boston and Miranda Lambert was along side Kip Moore and other featured tune smiths. At the time, Lambert was the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the year and song of the year winner for “Over You”. On this iconic date, Miranda Lambert was able to share her story behind the music in the personal, acoustic setting. Fans all around the world viewed the show via a live stream on CMASongwritersSeries.com.

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10 Ways CMA Fest Saves the Day

10. Too much head-banging?

Get your hair fixed-up and a make-up touch-up at the Chevrolet tent in Fan Alley!

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9. Thirsty?

Ahhhhh… Thanks, Lipton!

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8. Hot?

Step into the Red Roof Inn misting tent!

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7. Hungry?

Free Pizza from Hunt Brothers Pizza in The Buckle!

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6. Thirsty Again… and Tired?

Step up to the Mountain Dew Kickstart tent for a surge of energy!

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5. Too Much Sun?

You got your sunglasses, water bottle, pens for autographs, BUT WHAT ABOUT YOUR SKIN? Coppertone has you covered in The Buckle with free sunscreen samples!

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4. Tired?

Snap out of it! Hit up the Dunkin Donuts tent for a free sample of iced coffee.

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3. Sweet Tooth

Blue Bell Ice Cream always brings smiles with free vanilla samples!

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2. Too Much To Tweet

Thanks to AT&T U-verse, Chevrolet and Great American Country, there are power outlets scattered throughout the footprint so recharge your phones and get back to sharing your #CMAfest experience!

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1. You’ve Partied Pretty Hard…

You deserve a break. Relax in a Samsung Galaxy hammock and listen to live music!

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