I think I procrastinate on bringing things to you from CMA Fest 2015 because I do not want to let it end. But then again, by giving you bits and pieces as I go along may also bring back great memories for others. (I knew I would somehow make this logic work.) So today I am presenting a bit of a different twist to our “Music Video Monday” spotlight by giving you part One of some sounds of CMA Fest. ... read more!
Taylor, Madison and Logan Cain are not only singer-songwriters they are talented in their skills of playing guitar, piano, bass, harmonica, mandolin, drums and more. The Hartselle, AL natives heralds the passion for music for bringing them together as The Cains. Their harmonies are solid and touch country, soul, Americana and folk. The group released their debut album, “Stay On Board,” in October of 2014 and their debut single “Be Yourself With Me” hit radio. The single would produce a debut Top 50 on the MusicRow Country Breakout chart and garner the group MusicRow Magazine’s DisCovery Award – achievements almost unheard of for an independent act. ... read more!
The 2015 Country Music Festival (CMA Fest) drew a record-setting daily attendance of 87,000 fans this year. It was up 9.6 percent compared to last year. Festival goers braved the heat at the Riverfront Stage and for the first time in the festival’s history it hit capacity on Saturday afternoon with 25,000 loyal fans. Visitors this year came from all 50 states and 20 countries. The rise in digital participation was also predominant, not only from those not in attendance, but those who were in town who found the CMA Fest app very helpful in planning their events. The artists were also very active in getting their information out to the masses through the digital world as well. ... read more!
The City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game hit it out of the park once again. This year marks the 25th year of efforts to come together to Strike Out Cancer. Team iHeart was in the lead, fell behind, then rallied back in the final inning to beat Team Opry in a 6 to 5 win. The teams consisted of more than 20 Music and Sports Stars who stepped up for City of Hope. The clear winners were the patients with more than $200,000 raised for cancer research. ... read more!
Down home, hard-working, fun lovin, blue-collar folks. When you are country artist’s and write about life these are parts of the solid foundation of what country music is. Country duo Montgomery Gentry have never wavered from their roots and their insights into the life of such folks. This is made evident in their first new album in nearly four years, “Folks Like Us,” due to be released in stores on June 9th. ... read more!
There is a certain background standard per say on what a real country artist should have, they should love family, God, the USA, their friends, but most of all have strong faith in themselves to bring all these together in a country song. Josh Goodlett has all of the above and that is why this young man deserves our Wednesday’s Watch spotlight. ... read more!