Sponsored: And That’s A Wrap On #ATTCMAFest!


WHEW! What a week in Nashville, Tennessee at CMA Fest! NashvilleGab was honored and privileged to partner with AT&T, DirecTV, and Audience Music throughout the week, hosting a star-studded lineup of artist interviews and covering incredible performances at the Chevy Cruze Park Stage at Walk Of Fame Park.

With four exciting days of nonstop activities, blue skies, and blazing sunshine, it would be impossible to pick out our “favorite moments.” Instead, we would love to share with you all some things we learned at #ATTCMAFest‘s Chevy Cruze Park Stage:
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No. 1 artist Mark Wills has an amazing sense of humor, which makes him an absolute blast to interview. He is so personable, descriptive, and talkative that sometimes he even misses an interviewer shooting out a pun on his own lyrics and stops himself in his tracks with an appreciative “smarty pants!” Oh, and speaking of pants — he’s a fan of autographing “big” granny panties.


If we are talking about personable artists who are good for many laughs, the multi-talented Kristian Bush makes the list. We are admittedly fans of Kristian and he is a huge fan of Lindsay Ell and Natalie Stovall. In fact, he is so enamored by these talented ladies that he invited them to join him for “KB & Friends” at the CMA Close Up Stage at Fan Fair X over the weekend.


Speaking of Lindsay Ell, we learned that she is a champion at the game “Heads Up.” Once her touring life slows down a bit, there is a very good chance we will be hitting the road to participate in tournaments — we are that good together.


While we are on the subject of “Heads Up,” we must give a nod to a duo that won our hearts this weekend, Native Run. Yes, we had a fantastic time playing the game with them, but the more important heads up here was the danger of sequins. If you ever see Rachel in shiny clothes, know this: she’s probably covered in painful scratches!

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Oh duos. How they can play off each other and play for each other all at once. Halfway To Hazard has that innate ability to pick on one another, but will join together in an instant in brotherly love. This especially holds true in a celebrity death match situation — one in which they would challenge Montgomery Gentry if given the chance. Minus the dangerously sized Montgomery.

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Julie Roberts also talked to us a little bit about dangers…while running the hiking trails of Nashville. One of her friends evidently ended up with a baby owl on her head and it wouldn’t fly away. Obviously the only logical thing to do in that situation is to keep on running! We’re planning a trail date with Julie soon and will have to keep our eyes wide open.julie-roberts

Another artist who talked to us a bit about the great outdoors is Chuck Wicks. We already knew the gorgeous singer, songwriter, radio show personality, and “Ryan Seacrest of Country Music” was a triathlete, but what we didn’t know is that his tan is real! Consider it a souvenir from his recent Hawaii Ironman race.


In sports-related talk, we learned that one artist is quite the good sport: Mo Pitney. During our interview, sound check was going on in the background, so our relationship with Mo is founded on screaming at one another for the greater good of media and social media. Luckily, we all came out of the situation as friends.

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We also found a friend in the hilarious and energetic Clare Dunn. Not only is she absolutely rocking and influenced by some incredible classic artists (including Bob Seger, with whom she toured!), but she feels deeply. So deeply that she can be said to have “all the feels.”


Since we are talking about feelings, Jason Michael Carroll was involved in hurting mine. That’s right. He and my colleague/co-host, Ashley, clearly communicated prior to our interview, circulated a wardrobe memo, and left me out of this plan. Check out the twins and the outcast:


Truth be told, no outcasts existed this weekend and the theme of the entire CMA Fest four-day event was coming together to bring amazing artists and music to country music fans. Not only did we walk away with these lessons learned, but we leave this year’s festival with lasting friendships. One of our favorite things we learned is that the people from AT&T, DirecTV, and Audience Music are some of the best in the business, and we are thrilled to have gotten to know them over the course of the week.

As the brilliant Jessica Farrar tweeted: “We came. We snapped. We tweeted. We conquered #ATTCMAFest.” And we did it along side the best!

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This post was made possible through our partnership with AT&T. All opinions expressed in the post are our own and not those of AT&T.

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