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Every Kind Of Star

Dierks Bentley and band perform at the 2018 CMA Fest

June 8, 2018

Once again, CMA Fest delivers on its mission of hosting country music’s biggest party. There are dozens of stages downtown (some within steps of each other) where every level of country performer can be heard. Newcomers sprinkle their sets with covers in an effort to get the steady stream of foot traffic to pause and pay attention. Acts that experienced their heyday back when people said “heyday” give their best efforts - often with a little more reverb in the mic. Acts with recent hits bake in the blazing afternoon sun and hope that next year, they’ll land a coveted night time performance slot at Nissan Stadium. That’s where the current superstars get the full backing of the CMA with LED screens and inclusion in the annual television special.

Check out photos of the variety of performances from the first day of CMA Fest. Stick with and we’ll bring you more coverage throughout the weekend.

Rural Lifestyle & Entertainment Shows
The affable and unassuming international singing star Daniel O’Donnell is one of Ireland’s best known performers – from Australia to Alaska.
Join popular polka performer Mollie Busta as she hosts the weekly “Mollie B Polka Party” on RFD-TV! The one-hour program features the nation’s top polka bands and a wide variety of ethnic styles produced on location at music festivals from around the country.
Ray’s Roadhouse is a weekly program featuring the music of Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel. Ray and his band Asleep at the Wheel has had a more than 50 year career in the music industry and over the years have earned nine Grammy Awards. The program also will feature guest performers such as Pat Green, Stoney LaRue and Kelly Willis.
First introduced to RFD-TV on Larry’s Country Diner, The Malpass Brothers, modern day troubadours, bring you their very own, brand-new show to RFD-TV. Viewers can enjoy traditional country music from the brother duo of Chris & Taylor Malpass, a featured celebrity guest on each episode, and loads of clever humor.
“The Marty Stuart Show” is a must-see during RFD-TV’s Saturday Night Music Row. Each exciting episode features Mr. Stuart and his band “The Fabulous Superlatives.” Episodes also feature his wife — “Country Queen,” Ms. Connie Smith—who has helped make the show a celebrated success.