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Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, More Kick Off Country Radio Seminar

Performances set the pace for busy week of industry events.

photo by Rick Diamond/BMLG

Country radio programmers, music directors and on-air personalities from across the U.S. have converged on Nashville for the music industry’s annual Country Radio Seminar. And record labels, promoters, managers and publicists are hosting special events throughout the week that allow some of the country music’s biggest, brightest and sometimes newest stars to mix and mingle with these tastemakers.

The Cadillac Threee is joined by Thomas Rhett, Eli Young Band’s Mike Eli and Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley.
photo by Rick Diamond/BMLG

Among last night’s kickoff events was a massive concert from the Big Machine Label Group at Marathon Music Works, which included Rascal Flatts’ high-energy show complete with lights and doo-wop girls. The boys’ set included their current hit single, “Rewind,” along with past chart-toppers like “Fast Cars and Freedom” and “Life Is a Highway.”

Newcomers The Cadillac Three amazed with some dirty, swampy and gritty tunes from their upcoming album, including their single ”The South,” which brought label mates Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Eli Young Band’s Mike Eli to the stage for a foot-stomping, back-porch jam.

Mike Eli remained onstage while his Eli Young Band mates—James Young, Jon Jones and Chris Thompson—joined him. The Texas boys delivered a great set that was almost a history of their success. Their passionate performance featured previous smashes “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and “Crazy Girl,” along with their most recent hit, “Drunk Last Night,” and their new single, “Dust,” from the upcoming album 10,000 Towns.

Tim McGraw performs at the 2014 Big Machine Label Group show at Country Radio Seminar.
photo by Rick Diamond/BMLG

While Florida Georgia Line was scheduled to perform, the boys had to bow out as the duo’s Brian Kelley explained that his partner-in-crime and music had injured his back and was out of commission for the evening. Guests raised a shot glass of Fireball in Tyler Hubbard’s honor before the music resumed.

Fortunately, Tim McGraw was on hand to close things out with a sizzling-hot set that featured tracks from his most recent album, Two Lanes of Freedom, such as “One Of Those Nights” and “Truck Yeah.”

As guests exited Marathon Music Works, they each received Comfort Revolution luxury pillow to insure a good night’s rest in preparation for the next day’s hectic schedule.


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