CMA Fest is Back After Two Year Hiatus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WDEF) — Grab those cowboy hats and boots – CMA Fest is back!

The annual country music festival and fundraiser had to be canceled the last two years, because of the pandemic.

News 12 will be making the trip to Nashville Friday for the four-day event, which is the longest running country music festival in the world.

We caught up with some of the artists who’ll be performing.

CMA Fest features plenty of artists – from the Tennessee Valley’s own Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina, to the talented Ashland Craft, who’s toured with Riverbend Fest act Brothers Osborne, and before them, Zac Brown Band.

“I did not want the experience to end,” Craft said. “You find a cool group of people, and you just want to stick to them forever.”

Although most of the shows are free, some of the money raised from CMA Fest benefits the CMA Foundation, which supports music education for kids.

News 12 also caught up with Abbey Cone at the CMT Music Awards.

You can expect to hear her love songs from her latest EP on the CMA Fest stage.

“My EP is like full spectrum love, no matter where you find yourself on it – whether that’s losing it, or being in love, or missing someone, there’s a song for everyone on it,” Cone said.

Cone recently toured with Riverbend performer Brittney Spencer, and will join Maddie & Tae on the road this fall.

Callista Clark is only 18, but she’ll be taking CMA Fest by storm, with several performances, meet and greets, and a show on the Chevy Riverfront Stage on Sunday.

She tells us about her song “Gave It Back Broken,” which was released in April, and the music video for it just came out.

“It’s just about having your heart broken by the person that you trusted the most,” Clark said. It’s real sad, but I would like to say it’s equally powerful and strong too.”

You’ll also see Danielle Bradbery at CMA Fest, before she guest stars in MAY WE ALL the Musical at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center June 16. It’s produced by Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley.

“It’s something a little different than what I’m used to, but it’s all an experience, and I’m really excited to be a part of it, and glad that they thought of me,” Bradbery said.

News 12’s coverage of CMA Fest starts Friday at 5:30 p.m.

You can find more information about CMA Fest here.


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