Web Exclusive: Country’s Biggest Bash
A galaxy of stars and their fans—in record numbers—rocked Music City for the annual CMA Music Festival.
In the July 16 issue of Country Weekly, we took you to the exciting concerts, fan club parties and special events that were all part of CMA Music Festival week in Nashville. Check out a few more fan club parties below and share the fun.
Mark’s fans got a preview of his upcoming new CD at his fan club breakfast at The Rutledge. Mark took requests from the audience and performed a couple of new tunes, “Entertaining Angels” and “Take It All Out on Me.” “This is always one of my best days,” said Mark. “These are the people who truly support me and my music.”
|Tracy, Blake and Andy
share the stage
TRACY BYRD/ANDY GRIGGS
Tracy and Andy hosted their annual party at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon and drew a packed house. Their buddy Blake Shelton also showed up, and even though his objective was to “drink and watch my friends play,” he was gently coerced into performing his hit, “Nobody but Me.” Andy debuted his upcoming single, “Tattoo Rose,” while Tracy belted out hits like “We’re From the Country” and “Keeper of the Stars,” which he dedicated to a couple on their anniversary. The guys also auctioned off some personal items to raise money for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Chris definitely has some die-hard fans, as evidenced by the 350 who jammed the Gibson Showcase for his annual party. One of those fans, Jammie Allen, went the extra miles—she flew to Nashville from her home in Orlando that morning, attended the party, then flew back home that same evening. “This has been a special year for me,” Chris told the crowd. “And it’s mostly because of you guys. Your passion, your zeal, is unsurpassed—so hats off to you!”
|Connie and Marty|
MARTY STUART’S LATE NIGHT JAM
Marty has turned his fan club party into a benefit for MusicCares, an organization that aids musicians and artists who need help in difficult times. More than 1500 packed the Ryman Auditorium for an evening of diverse music by Porter Wagoner, Charley Pride, new star Eric Church, Pam Tillis and Marty’s wife Connie Smith.
[PHOTOS: Tanya Tucker by Joe Hardwick; Tracy Byrd and Andy Griggs by Randi Radcliff; Chris Cagle by Jason Moore; Mark Wills by Laura Farr/Admedia; Marty and Connie by Moose/Admedia]