Star Power Delivered as Festival Ends

Star Power Delivered as Festival Ends

Little Big Town on stage. Little Big Town on stage.

June 14, 2016

Nashville’s annual CMA Music Festival finished strong on Sunday, June 12, with Luke Bryan closing out the show.

Ray Stevens opened the night by singing the Star Spangled Banner, accompanied by backup singers. Read more about his performance, his new venue and some new projects.

Exile made their way back to the festival and are celebrating 53 years together as a band. The band were considered renegades in the early 1980s. Since then they have watched the country format grow and change “dramatically.” The band has had 10 number one records and continue to play the Grand Ole Opry.

Fan-favorites Little Big Town entertained the packed stadium. The band recently released their album Wanderlust, which puts a pop twist on their country music. Produced by pop phenom Pharrell Williams, rumors began that the band is leaving the country music format. But singer Kimberly Schlapman bluntly dismissed the rumors. “We wouldn’t leave country for anything,” she said in a press conference before the show.  

Country superstar and former American Idol judge Keith Urban also played the big stage on Sunday. He said, “Sunday night is a different kind of crowd.” 

Luke Bryan, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, finished out the festival. With his latest single, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day" about to hit number one, he said, “I never take that fun feeling of a big hit for granted. I always relish in that.”  The headliner also talked about the legacy that he wants to leave behind, “I just kinda want to be the guy that always lit up the room.”

The 2017 CMA Fest is scheduled for June 8-11.

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