Country Weekly Kicks Off CMA Music Festival

(From left) Easton Corbin, Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson and Greg Bates
all photos by Kendra Gene Motycka

Did someone say party? Sure did. In fact, it was us!

Country music fans packed Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe last night (June 4) for Country Weekly’s annual CMA Music Festival kick-off party, hosted by GAC’s Suzanne Alexander and sponsored by Durango, Roper and Boot Barn. And while the drinks were cold and the food was hot, the four hot young country hitmakers who provided the entertainment might have been the biggest draw.

Chris Janson, Greg Bates, Dustin Lynch and headliner Easton Corbin took the stage, each performing their own country hits, and a few adding in some classic cover songs like Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” and David Lee Murphy’s “Dust on the Bottle.”

In addition to the fun time had by stars, fans and the Country Weekly staff alike, the party also had a purpose. Money raised from ticket sales went to benefit Musicians On Call, an organization that provides live music to the rooms of hospital patients who are unable to attend concerts.

Easton, who is one of the busiest young touring musicians in country music, embraced the opportunity to help MOC.

“I’ve never had the fortunate opportunity to be a part of that but I’m very thrilled that they asked me to come out and do this,” Easton told Country Weekly.

The event kicks off one of the biggest weeks in country music as CMA Music Festival hits Nashville. While they are looking forward to more performances this week, the performers at our show were anxious to meet the people who buy their records.

“I look forward to seeing my fans,” Chris told us. “My fans have been really good to me. They’ve been really loyal to me. I’m so thankful for them sticking by my side.”

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