Stars Describe the 'Magic' of CMA Fest

Stars Describe the 'Magic' of CMA Fest

Chris Stapleton at the CMA Music Festival Chris Stapleton at the CMA Music Festival

June 11, 2016

CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN is in full swing as country superstars and up-and-comers, perform from morning to night for tens of thousands of fans.

"It's a remarkable thing that you get to be a part of a mass of people that want to listen to music,” said Chris Stapleton, who had a successful year, bringing home CMA Awards, Grammys, and ACM Awards.

Sam Hunt, another country newcomer, agrees that CMA Music Festival attracts some of the best fans in the world. "They are the most passionate country music fans of all country music fans,” says Hunt. 

Brett Eldredge, who is co-hosting the CMA Music Festival with Thomas Rhett, is also a member of the Country Music Association’s Board of Directors and cares deeply about the festival's cause - music education. "I saw they were cutting budgets at a lot of schools,” said Eldredge, "I decided I'm going to do everything I can.”

Frankie Ballard kicked-off the second night with a Jimi Hendrix-inspired guitar solo of  “Star Spangled Banner.”  The rest of show included performances by fan-favorites such as Clint Black, Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt and Eric Church. 

One of the more memorable sets belonged to Hank Williams Jr. which included collaborations with country singers Justin Moore and Chris Janson.  Later on, Eric Church joined Hank Jr. on his hit "Family Tradition."

Country superstar Carrie Underwood closed out the show with a collection of her hits and songs from her album, Storyteller.


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