SHORT BUT SWEET: SATURDAY’S BMI TAILGATE PARTY

SHORT BUT SWEET: SATURDAY’S BMI TAILGATE PARTY

“Takes tough skin to walk in the boots we’re in”, sang Jukebox Mafia members as they opened up the BMI Tailgate Party late Saturday afternoon.

The seeds of Jukebox Mafia were planted during one of the regular Monday night Whiskey Jams at Nashville’s Winner’s Bar. The performances of Dave Fenley and Josh Hoge in particular caught the eyes of Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, who were in the audience. Lambert was so impressed that she signed them on sight to open for her on the road in 2014, where the duo was joined by Adam Flöhmeyer and Ryan Fowler.

Fowler’s banjo playing and guitarist/beat boxer Fenley gave CMA Fest fans a spectacular display of their skills and helped them see how Monday night’s at the Winner’s Bar go down.

“Although we look over 60 we still look good,” said Brett Warren as he turned and bent over for the audience to view see his nicely toned bottom. Following Jukebox Mafia, Brett and his brother Brad Warren performed three songs and gave fans a few laughs in between.

“We usually get a standing ovation,” said Brett before they begin performing. “All you have to do is ovate because you’re already standing,” added Brad.

With a distinguished record as songwriters, the Warren Brothers closed by inviting the crowd sing along with “Highway Don’t Care,” the smash they’d penned with Mark Irwin and Josh Kear for Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift.

Following a brief appearance by rising singer/songwriter Brent Cobb, the stage was closed down before scheduled sets by Chris Lane and Brett Eldredge due to severe weather warnings.