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PT 2: BILLY JOE SHAVER REFLECTS ON FAME AND FAITH

PT 2: BILLY JOE SHAVER REFLECTS ON FAME AND FAITH

In Part 1 (CLICK HERE), as his friend and ex-wife Wanda Lynn Shaver tended to his ailing knee, Texas legend Billy Joe Shaver reminisced for CMACloseUp.com about his emergence as a songwriter through Waylon Jennings’...Read full article... »

Producer Robert Deaton Takes Us Inside “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock”

Producer Robert Deaton Takes Us Inside “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock”

Producer Robert Deaton knows better than anyone how challenging, complex and exhilarating it can be to capture the best of CMA Music Festival and trim it down to three hours of killer television. The results...Read full article... »

PT. 2: BACKSTAGE AT CMA FEST WITH LITTLE BIG TOWN’S KAREN FAIRCHILD

PT. 2: BACKSTAGE AT CMA FEST WITH LITTLE BIG TOWN’S KAREN FAIRCHILD

Our conversation with Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town resumes in this second installment of her CMACloseUp.com interview. In Part 1, she shared some background on her group’s second stint as hosts of the three-hour...Read full article... »

CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES BLOWS INTO THE WINDY CITY

CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES BLOWS INTO THE WINDY CITY

On Wednesday night, July 30, five songwriters brought their guitars to Joe’s Bar in Chicago to play their old songs, new songs and songs that are so recent they haven’t even been titled yet. Such...Read full article... »

VIDEO: “SONGBIRD” DOLLY PARTON BECKONS VISITORS TO EAST TENNESSEE

VIDEO: “SONGBIRD” DOLLY PARTON BECKONS VISITORS TO EAST TENNESSEE

Nine-time CMA Award winner Dolly Parton helps shine the spotlight on her home state by appearing in an original video created by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. The clip features an exclusive, acoustic performance...Read full article... »

PT. 1: BACKSTAGE AT CMA FEST WITH LITTLE BIG TOWN’S KAREN FAIRCHILD

PT. 1: BACKSTAGE AT CMA FEST WITH LITTLE BIG TOWN’S KAREN FAIRCHILD

The most action-packed night on the Country Music calendar begins at 8 PM ET/7 PM CT on Tuesday, August 5. For three solid hours, ABC Network Television will broadcast “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,”...Read full article... »

AWARD OF MERIT PHOTO TEAM TO CAPTURE CMA FEST

AWARD OF MERIT PHOTO TEAM TO CAPTURE CMA FEST

The Country Music Association has selected five students for the Photography division of the 2014 CMA Close Up Award of Merit team. Candidates for the Award of Merit were chosen based on submission of their photography...Read full article... »

AWARD OF MERIT JOURNALISTS TO COVER CMA FEST

AWARD OF MERIT JOURNALISTS TO COVER CMA FEST

The Country Music Association has selected five students to be recipients for the Journalism division of the 2014 CMA Close Up Award of Merit. Candidates for the Award of Merit were chosen based on submission of...Read full article... »

CMA IS “THINKING COUNTRY” AT THE CHEVY RIVERFRONT STAGE

CMA IS “THINKING COUNTRY” AT THE CHEVY RIVERFRONT STAGE

CMA and Chevrolet today creatively unveiled the names of the artists appearing on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage at CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville, June 5-8, 2014. Led by CMA Director of Creative Services Amanda Eckard,...Read full article... »

PHOTOS: 2014 CMA ARTIST LUNCHEON

PHOTOS: 2014 CMA ARTIST LUNCHEON

Following yesterday’s announcement of new Country Music Hall of Fame members Hank Cochran, Ronnie Milsap and Mac Wiseman, Milsap and Wiseman participated in a discussion during the 11th Annual CMA Artist Luncheon attended by CMA...Read full article... »

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