The CMA Fest Day 2: Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Keith Urban and Reba


There’s always one act that seems to stand out for me personally for a particular reason at LP Field. Often enough, it’s the act that I’ve never seen before. By no means am I implying they were “the best.” They just stood out for me. Consider it my own “breakthrough” award.

On opening night, that was definitely Jason Aldean. Last night, I would’ve said Sugarland. After being introduced by none other than Shania Twain, Jennifer Nettles and Christian Bush just owned the room. They had to redo a song because ABC needed another take. They would’ve been my choice for sure, but… Keith Urban took the stage. I saw him at the Cavendish beach music festival in 2010. The guy has just too much charisma to ignore. I’m going say it was a tie between Sugarland and Keith Urban.


Lady Antebellum played just a few of their songs. Their collection keeps growing. They didn’t forget I Run To You, Need You Know, Just a Kiss and they did play Own The Night which is their upcoming single. I wanted to finally hear Hello World live, but I guess I will have to wait for a full concert.

Reba was the closing act tonight, and time was already extended beyond decent, so I’m guessing that’s why she had to cut her act short. She did play her latest Turn On The Radio and even went with a new single When Love Gets A Hold Of You which she had to play twice to get a better take for the TV special.


Going back to earlier in the day (sorry, I like to talk about the latest first) I do like browsing the Convention Center while the Fan Fair is on to see if I catch a picture of anyone. That’s how I saw, but not meet, Rascal Flatts. It’s also a good place to hang around if you have nothing to do because 1) there’s always something going on and 2) it’s air-conditioned.

Here at the Swift Agency, one guy who is very, very far from being an expert at anything, are far from being an expert at the CMA Fest. I consider myself quite a rookie. Everyone has a different prerogative and I’ve Taylor-ed my experience omitting quite a few things. For instance, I’ve only gone once to the Riverfront Stage, and have not really done the early run for the tickets for the Fan Fair lines at the Convention Center. Don’t assume I really know what I’m doing here. Already I find myself fine-tuning some decisions for the next time.

The Outspoken One is in Detroit, Michigan tonight to play at the Ford Field. Here’s Taylor and Fergie during rehearsals for the Concert 4 NYC which had to be cancelled due to extreme bad weather to everyone’s dismay. The food meant to be sold at the concert was donated directly to the Robin Hood foundation.


Coming up in the Calendar:

  • June 11: Speak Now tour in Detroit, Michigan at Ford Field. Sold Out.
  • June 12: The CMA Music Festival closes in Nashville, Tennessee. Taylor Swift performs!
  • June 14: Speak Now tour in St. Paul, Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center. Sold Out.
  • June 15: Speak Now tour in St. Paul, Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center. Sold Out.

(Source:, Robin Hood)

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