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Country music fans were up early for the first official day of 2014 CMA Music Fest, and they brought their appetites—for food and music—to the 2nd Annual NRA Country Kegs and Eggs Breakfast, an event emceed by Country Weekly.
Nashville’s downtown Margaritaville listening room was filled to capacity with fans even more hungry to see their favorite stars than they were for the yummy eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits and gravy that were served up in steaming trays. And after a quick bite and a cup o’ Joe, the fun shifted into high gear when special surprise guest, Craig Campbell, kicked off the entertainment.
The avid fisherman, and last year’s cornhole champ, Craig treated the crowd to a sampling of songs including his recent hit, “Outta My Head,” and his current song, “Keep Them Kisses Comin’.” He also gave a quick chorus of daughter Preslee’s favorite song, “Let It Go,” from the movie Frozen, before ending with the crowd favorite “Fish.”
Josh Thompson followed Craig with a set, punctuated with his dry and hilarious sense of humor, that included favorites from his debut album like “Blame It on Waylon,” “I Won’t Be Lonely Long” and “Sinner,” but also performed songs from his new album, Turn It Up, including the title track and his newest single, “Wanted Me Gone.” Josh kept the crowd in stitches between songs, interacting with many familiar fans and passing off his guitar pick to one of the younger members of the audience.
Wrapping up the morning’s music was Love and Theft who kicked off their set with their debut hit, “Runaway,” then their current single, “Night That You’ll Never Forget.” And since Margaritaville’s upstairs listening room also houses a bar, the boys were treated to shots of Fireball between songs to toast the kick-off of the weekend of music and fun.
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