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CMA Music Fest opens

Thursday, June 5, 2014 – The 2104 CMA Music Festival kicked off today in Nashville with a slew of concerts and activities.

The CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert kicked off the event with Lindsay Ell, Tim Hicks and Small Town Pistols from Canada, and Morgan Evans from Australia. Rounding out the lineup were honky-tonk traditionalists Brazilbilly; Shooter Jennings performing with Waymore's Outlaws, his father Waylon Jennings' touring and studio backing band; three time Grammy-nominated bluegrass ensemble The Grascals and The Marshall Tucker Band.

Artist of the Day LeAnn Rimes cut the ribbon, officially opening AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X. Rimes performed and answered questions on the CMA Close Up.

Big & Rich opened the gates to admit fans to the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage and hit the stage for a concert. Admittance to the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage is free, but four-day ticket holders have an exclusive 45-minute, early-entrance window before the gates open to the general public.

Alabama, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw closed out the first day with The Nightly Concerts on the LP Field Concert. This was the first time Alabama played the festival in 20 years. Their set included "Dixieland Delight," "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," "I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)," and "Mountain Music." Rascal Flatts introduced its new single "Payback." Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore joined Gilbert for "Small Town Throwdown."

The festival continues through Sunday.

Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Stapleton shows his traditional roots – Chris Stapleton's All-American Road show feels like a singular mission to rid the genre of the bro country scourge that has plagued it for years. He came out with a blazing one-two punch of "Second One To Know" and "Without Your Love" and packed a stadium sized onslaught into a 9,000-seat arena. He never once veered from his... »»»
Concert Review: Jinks wins over fans, especially new ones – Cody Jinks asked the crowd a bit into his show how many had never seen him before. It seemed like Jinks has made a lot of musical inroads into the public's consciousness because roughly three quarters of the audience raised their hands to show that this was their first time. That probably made Jinks feel pretty darn good about how life has been... »»»
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