2012 CMA Fest Nightly Concerts: Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band & Brad Paisley

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Hello Country Music fans!

The 2012 CMA Fest has begun! The first night at LP Field on June 7 brings us the best of the best with performances by Glen Campbell, Miranda Lambert featuring Pistol Annies, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band and Brad Paisley.

Best Act Hands Down was definitely Lady Antebellum. It’s their constant commitment to quality performances coupled with vocal skills and overall class that keeps them in their own category. Each of their songs have a particular arrangement for going live, and when they do they add to the track without taking anything from it.

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My very own personal Act To Watch goes to the Zac Brown Band. This is a band that just seems to have fun on stage. Nothing about what they do sounds easy in the hands of anybody else, but when they sing or play it just seems like it was the easiest thing to do.

This doesn’t mean that the other performances sucked. Jason Aldean rocked the house as well as Miranda Lambert. Glen Campbell’s performance of his old hits were very well received. Brad Paisley is still one of the finest performers in Country Music.

And now, a Shades Of Taylor moment. Brad Paisley brings up Hank Williams Jr. to the stage during his performance of This Is Country Music. As I watched the screens with the usual clips of legendary country music artists from previous times, I realized that he’s added a couple of screens to the vintage with a couple of current artists. I recognized Carrie Underwood and then… I see he’s added another blonde up there. Written into the palm of her hand is the number 13. And just for that, Brad is the coolest of the cool in my book.

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Nashville Diaries: The Fan Fair Hall opens for the 2012 CMA Fest

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Hello Country Music fans!

Ask anyone that has lived in Nashville all their life and they’ll call it the Fan Fair. The name changed to CMA Music Festival once the CMA took over the organization. At the heart of it, it’s still a fan fair and one of the things you should do if you ever attend is go to the convention center.

I will be trying to walk a thin line here between showing the CMA Fest for new readers and not repeating the same topics from the Nashville Diaries last year.

This year the system is a bit more of a lottery, but up and coming artists still are willing to meet you without a ticket. Some lines have also kept the “hopeful” line meaning that should the artist have some extra minutes after all the ticket holders are done, some lucky fans from the hopeful line may still get to meet their star of choice.

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The Fan Fair Hall is an actual convention, with booths, merchandise, contests, promotions and a little bit of everything. It’s also where the country music artists attend the Meet & Greet lines that are so avidly sought by fans.

It also includes Country music memorabilia. For example, I found these dresses in the Big Machine Label booth that were worn by the Enchantress herself.

The first dress is from the 44th CMA Awards, the second one is from the Fearless Tour’s opening performance of You Belong With Me, the third one is from Love Story and the fourth one is the one she used for her opening monologue (la la la!) when hosting Saturday Night Live.

Yes, I have close up pics. I’ll probably have to get all the pics into a gallery soon, but that’s going to have to wait for when I have my broadband internet back.

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I also found the CEO of Big Machine Label, Mr. Scott Borchetta himself. I exchanged a few words with him and then asked for a picture. He was very kind to agree to that.

It wasn’t a Meet and Greet, or anything like that. He was just standing close to the Big Machine booth where he was going to do a Q&A session.

I told him a little of what I do here with my blog and he politely thanked me for supporting the Sparkly Dressed. I’ve met him before but if the first time ever we actually have a conversation. It was a bit surreal – meaning I still can’t believe I talked to the guy.

More from the CMA Fan Fair Hall soon! In the meantime, take a look a the Riverfront Stage below.

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Nashville Diaries: Mallary Hope’s 3rd Fan Club Party at Puckett’s!

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Hello Mallary Hope fans!

The Mallary Hope Fan Club Party took place at Puckett’s Restaurant on June 7, 2012. Of all the events that take place during CMA Fest week, I love this one the best because it’s far from a media event and obviously so close to Mallary’s personality. It’s a very intimate setting, but it’s open to everyone who says they want to be there. It’s inside a country restaurant which makes it feel like a family reunion a lot more than a fan club meeting.

The Hopester (yeah it was time I came up with my first nickname for her) charmed the crowd packing the restaurant with several songs. Feel free to correct me with the names, the order, and I’m sure I missed a couple here. She sang Daughter Of The South, You Don’t Deserve Me, Georgia Peaches, This is Me, You Don’t Know Me, The Locket and Black Widow. Yes, I was kinda hoping for Woman On A Mission, but I guess she’s saving that for later.

Mallary doesn’t mess around. Okey, she does but when she does it’s extremely funny and endearing. She’s always impecable on her vocals and her timing. With a powerhouse voice that would give anybody (and I mean anybody) a run for their money, you can also feel her tone charged up with whatever emotion is it that the song requires.

I was hoping to have at least a couple of videos from the party, but… ok, I won’t complain about the internet in hotels. I’ll have those ready when possible. You can, however, see the entire fan club party recorded on ustream.tv.

Update! The video clips are up!

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