Luke Combs brings out Vince Gill for Vince’s “One More Last Chance.” pic.twitter.com/DpivZBopoE
— Blake Ells (@blakeells) June 9, 2023
Mark your calendars and join us in celebrating 50 years of Fan Fair with the original documentary film “CMA Fest: 50 years of Fan Fair” Wednesday, July 5 on Hulu. The documentary tells the story of the world’s largest and longest-running Country Music festival, CMA Fest, featuring exclusive interviews with many of Country Music’s most notable artists including Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and more! Watch the official trailer.
CMA Fest: 50 years of Fan Fair Official Trailer
2023 was a special year for CMA Fest. The festival marked its 50th iteration, and the anniversary celebrations were everything we hoped they would be!
The aim of giving country music fans a dedicated place to hear and meet some of their favorite artists has never been greater. While the weather disrupted proceedings, CMA Fest 2023’s star-studded line-up was still absolute fire. With incredible performances from the likes of Reba McEntire, Jason Aldean, and Luke Combs, plus guest appearances and inspiring milestones, this was a festival that few are going to forget!
Whether you wish you could be back in Nashville or couldn’t make it this year, join SiriusXM as we look at some of the greatest moments of CMA Fest 2023.
Day One — Thursday, June 8
The festival’s first day got off to a ripping start, with stellar performances from a variety of acts. Lainey Wilson, MacKenzie Porter, Bailey Zimmerman, and Ryan Griffin all took to the stage to dazzle the audience.
Fans also saw Luke Combs deliver a fantastic set. Alongside his own tracks, he also performed Vince Gill’s 1993 hit “One More Last Chance” alongside Gill himself.
Thursday night held a special significance for Carly Pearce in particular. She’s actively participated in CMA Fest every year since relocating to Nashville 13 years ago, and she finally achieved her dream this year: performing on the Nissan Stadium “big stage.”
I moved to Nashville 13 years ago this year & have been a part of #cmafest every year since. Thursday night, I got to finally cross off playing my own set on the “big stage” that I’ve hoped & prayed I’d play one day. Hey dreamers— dream the big dream… sometimes it all works out… pic.twitter.com/0pz69rwSxG
— Carly Pearce (@carlypearce) June 10, 2023
Day Two — Friday, June 9
The second day of the festival also featured a surprise set by Jelly Roll, who received the Pandora Billionaire award for achieving 1 billion streams on the platform!
we heard ya'll are loving @JellyRoll615's takeover! he sure has great taste in music. (plus he gives the best hugs). we caught up with him at @CountryMusic fest when he became a @pandoramusic billionaire! CONGRATS, JELLY! listen to his takeover here: https://t.co/auGxQ7WRvM pic.twitter.com/VU9WZlNQaO
— Octane (@SXMOctane) June 10, 2023
The day also coincided with the launch of Carrie Underwood’s very own SiriusXM channel, Carrie’s Country. She joined Buzz Brainard at The Music Row Happy Hour, where attendees helped her count down to the launch of the channel.
.@Carries_Country is officially HERE and we got to countdown its launch with @carrieunderwood LIVE at MRHH from @Margaritaville! Listen to her exclusive channel here: https://t.co/U4C4Kta5Qg pic.twitter.com/rPy5PA3XiB
— SiriusXM The Highway (@SXMTheHighway) June 10, 2023
CMA Fest “Artist of the Day” for Friday, Reba McEntire, surprised fans by joining Cody Johnson onstage at Nissan Stadium. The pair blew the audience away with an awe-inspiring performance of McEntire’s 1986 hit “Whoever’s in New England.”
— brianmansfield (@_brianmansfield) June 10, 2023
Love was in the air throughout the weekend too, and Elle King helped with that — literally. Promoting her upcoming album, Come Get Your Wife, she used her status as an ordained officiate to marry two couples onstage. Who says romance is dead?
Day Three — Saturday, June 10
Singer K. Michelle, who has pivoted from R&B to country music, also paid tribute to the late Tina Turner with a heartwarming cover of “Nutbush City Limits.” The tribute was particularly fitting as Turner wrote the song to commemorate her hometown of Nutbush, TN, which is only a few hours away from Nashville.
— K.Michelle (@Kmichelleblog) June 12, 2023
During his set, Jason Aldean hyped up his yet-to-be-named 11th studio album. Fans enjoyed a performance of “Try That in a Small Town,” and Aldean even stopped by Pandora for a chat before taking to the stage.
— Pandora (@pandoramusic) June 11, 2023
Day Four — Sunday, June 111
Despite an incredible start, Sunday’s festivities were temporarily halted due to severe weather. Strong winds, lightning, and thunderstorms compromised the safety of fans and artists, with outdoor performances suspended. But thankfully, once the worst of the weather cleared, the day continued without a hitch!
Fans celebrated 50 years of CMA Fest with some of the biggest names in country music. Ashley McBryde, Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, and Luke Bryan were just some of the acts that took to the stage to close out the festival.
— Nissan Stadium (@NissanStadium) June 12, 2023
Experience CMA Fest at home with The Music Event of Summer hosted by Dierks Bentley, Elle King, and Lainey Wilson on Wednesday, July 19, at 8/7c on ABC. Listen to your favorite country songs on The Highway (Ch. 56).
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