CMA MUSIC FEST HISTORY IS IN THE BAG

CMA MUSIC FEST HISTORY IS IN THE BAG
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CMA Fest fan Genette Kearns with personal “International Fan Fair Autograph Book” from 1992. Photo: Jaziree Smith/CMA

“Don’t lie, you’ve got it all figured out.”

Singing his first No. 1 single, “Don’t Ya,” Brett Eldredge closed his performance for fans Saturday inside the HGTV Lodge. Those who couldn’t make it into the venue gathered outside in Fan Alley, watching his performance on a big screen.

In addition to performing, the 2013 CMA Awards nominee for New Artist of the Year handed out “shiny wristband” autographs stood for photo ops.

Though they didn’t get the wristband, first-time Festival attendees Jen Kerman, 27, and Nicole Vukovich, 30, both from Cleveland, Ohio, loved watching Eldredge perform. “He was awesome,” said Kerman.

Unlike Kerman and Vukovich, CMA Fest fan Genette Kearns, 56, of Andalusia, Alabama, has a long history at CMA Music Festival. As she drew closer to Eldredge, she retrieved the personal “International Fan Fair Autograph Book” from a plastic zip bag that she kept from her first trip to the CMA Fest in 1992. Even with all the signatures she has collected on her Festival visits, Brett Eldredge’s was definitely worth her wait.