June 2007, Nashville. This was my 4th trip to the CMA Music Festival and my 5th visit to Nashville, TN. Once again the festival fell on my Birthday so I had to spend my birthday alone… but listening to great Country Music!
The highlight of this year’s festival was Reba McIntire’s performance on 7th June at LP Field. The new stage layout meant that my 4th row seat was right in front of the stage giving me some great views of the numerous acts that I saw during the four day event. Other great acts included Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Martina McBride and Alan Jackson to name but a few.
This was the first year that I didn’t visit the autograph booths, instead I spent each and every day down at the Riverfront Park, listening to lots of live music. After the shows at LP Field there are lots of bars to choose from… but my favourite is Roberts Western World, made famous by the band BR-549.
Anyone considering visiting for the CMA Music Festival should also get tickets for Marty Stuart’s Late Night Party at the legendary Ryman Auditorium. This show starts the day before the Festival and this year lasted a full 4 hours! Ending at 2am in the morning. Of the many acts Raul Marlo of Mavericks fame was especially good.
My visit to Nashville this year was preceeded by a few days down in Memphis. I won’t be back at the Music Festival in 2008 but maybe in 2009… until then take a look at this selection of just a few of the artists I saw in 2007. CMA Music Festival 2007 Photos
Prior to visiting Nashville I spent a few days in Memphis, TN, click here to read about Memphis.