Nashville Music Group would like to welcome everyone to the CMA Music Festival 2015. From writing to performing to producing, there is no doubt that we love what we do, but it would all be for nought if not for one thing…the fans. And that is what this week is all about.

Way back in 1972 the Country Music Association begot Fan Fair. Legend has it, (and by “legend” I mean the Wikipedia page), that the event was created to discourage fans from bombarding the annual DJ convention in fall. Held at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium in April the inaugural Fan Fair garnered 5,000 attendees over four days. The following year it was moved to June for better weather.

By 1982 the congregation had grown enough to warrant a move to Tennessee State Fairgrounds. In 1996, the 25th anniversary year, Garth Brooks’ booth became so overrun that he reportedly signed autographs for 20 straight hours to facilitate every fan.

2001 saw more big changes for the festival as it was reassigned to a long weekend (Thurs-Sun), rather than during the week and was moved to multiple downtown Nashville sites as a full on street festival. LP Field, both Nashville Convention centers, Bridgestone Arena and Riverfront Park, all host performances by country’s biggest stars. Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Maddie & Tae, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett….the list of this years artists goes ever and anon.

Pop-up shops, giveaway booths, free stages, and meet & greets are set up all along Nashville’s iconic lower Broadway in addition to the plethora of bars, restaurants, and shops music city is famous for.

With attendance now breaking over 80,000 the CMA Music Festival is the premier event for country music fans and professionals. That’s right, you will catch me there too. Because at Nashville Music Group, we never stop being fans.

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