With multiple stages and hundreds of acts to choose from, CMA Music Fest could turn the most loyal fan into a raging lunatic. You had the usual suspects: Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton playing at LP Field. Amongst the more notable performances, those that were beyond the norm, had to have been Tim McGraw and Faith Hill singing Meanwhile Back At Mama’s, a very well-penned song and even better performed live with two people obviously in love.
Eric Church brought plenty of bad attitude to the proceedings. He then proceeded to put on the best (albeit short) set of the week. Blazing through Outsiders, Beer In My Hand, Church then brought out tour mate Lizzy Hale (Halestorm) for a searing rendition of That’s Damn Rock n Roll. Church made going to LP Field worth it.
But there is more to CMA Music Fest than the LP Field shows. The Riverfront Stage had some amazing sets by, amongst others, Colt Ford, Eric Paslay and Uncle Kracker. At the Riverfront Stage, fans have a chance to chill by the Cumberland River and really get a feel for what the artist is trying to attain.
Moving up Broadway you come a across a stage out in front of the Bridgestone Arena where you get a bit of a ‘rocky’ feel musically. Will Hoge showed the crowd why he is the Nashville Troubadour will renditions of Even If It Breaks Your Heart (yes, he wrote that) and his blue collar anthem Strong. Hoge is a smart revelation in this business. No holds barred.