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2016 CMA Fest recap – Day 3

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Day 3 of the 2016 CMA Fest brought just as much fun (and heat) as the previous days. Check out what shows we saw.

Bobby Bones & the Raging Idiots and the Wonderful Women of Country

If you were not at the Ascend Ampitheater for Bobby Bones & the Raging Idiots’ concert featuring some of country music’s best ladies including Hillary Scott, Lindsay Ell, Maddie & Tae, Danielle Bradbery and many more, you missed out on an incredible show! Bobby Bones & the Raging Idiots kept the audience entertained with songs off their comedy album, “The Critics Give It 5 Stars,” including “Starbucks,” a catchy rap that’s an ode to Starbucks lovers everywhere, along with “Every Day is a Good Day” that encourages us to always stay positive.

Lindsay Ell and Natalie Stovall performing with Bobby Bones at CMA Fest in Nashville, Tenn. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MAXEY

Lindsay Ell and Natalie Stovall performing with Bobby Bones at CMA Fest in Nashville, Tenn. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MAXEY

But the real stars of the day were the fabulous women of country music that are worthy of a superstar breakthrough, with each woman bringing her own unique style to the table. Natalie Stovall and Lindsay accompanied Bobby and the band by playing guitar and fiddle, respectively. Not only are these two impressive vocalists, they also are incredibly talented on their instruments. Bobby brought up Danielle Bradbery to perform her new song “Room for Two,” a sweet uptempo number that is sure to be a hit and showed off her beautiful, pure voice. Maddie & Tae wowed the crowd with their stunning harmonies on their new single “Sierra” and an amazing cover of the Fleetwood Mac classic “Landslide.” Cassadee Pope also presented new music from her EP, “Summer,” performing the title track that’s all about summer love. Lucie Silvas showed off her strong vocals on her haunting single “Letters to Ghosts,” along with a cover of Ariana Grande’s current hit “Dangerous Woman,” a perfect fit for her husky voice.

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum delighted the audience with the sweet “Beautiful Messes” off her new faith-based album she recorded with her family titled “Love Remains,” along with two Lady A favorites, “American Honey” (where she brought out sister Rylee for a duet) and the spunky “Downtown.” Lindsay is known for her killer guitar skills along with her vocal abilities, which she demonstrated flawlessly on a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and her 2015 single “By the Way.” Country music fans should really keep an eye on Natalie, who not only has incredible vocal range, but can also play a mean fiddle, particularly on “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” as Bobby sang vocals.

A truly fantastic show, this certainly served as one of the highlights of CMA Fest and we look forward to what these supremely talented ladies have in store.

Sarah Darling

Sarah Darling performing at CMA Fest in Nashville, Tenn. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MAXEY

Sarah Darling performing at CMA Fest in Nashville. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MAXEY

Fellow promising newcomer Sarah Darling took over the Durango Music Spot to perform songs off her new album, due out in early 2017. She opened with the lovely “Home to Me” and followed it up with a song from the new record called “Starry Eyes,” dedicating it to all those who are wild at heart. A personal favorite came in the form of the haunting and beautiful “Where Cowboys Ride,” a song about the longing for the true cowboy life, with Sarah calling it her “love letter to Wyoming.” She closed her set with the innocent “Haley’s Comet” that includes lyrics like “In the middle of the night, I’ll be staring at the sky…hoping there’s a place for me to shine,” encouraging listeners to chase their dreams no matter what.

Other sights include:

 While walking to the Music City Center to catch celebrity performances, we passed a swimming pool featuring “doggie” performances. There was a little contest for dogs jumping into the pool and a judge was measuring how far they could jump before they’d land in the water. What a sight to behold! And with the high temperatures, some owners had trouble getting their dogs to wait while the announcer went through his spiel. Still, it was great fun and the dogs seemed to really enjoy it!

Jamie Lynn Spears performing at the Cruze Park Stage. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MAXEY

Jamie Lynn Spears performing at the Cruze Park Stage. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MAXEY

And if you weren’t out seeking a hot dog vendor at lunchtime, you could find an all-star line up in the Music City Center on the CMA Fest Close Up Stage – with cool celebs like Lorrie Morgan and Mark Wills.  The CMA Game Show set had a full audience and they watched with anticipation as celebs participated in “The Match” game show. Aside from Lorrie and Mark, other celebs included JT Hodges, Olivia Lane, Kristian Bush and Bill Anderson.

Making our way throughout the convention center, which was packed with fans and artists alike from the first to third floor, we stopped at Loretta Lynn’s booth where they were featuring some great Loretta memorabilia, and you could win a gorgeous Loretta Lynn guitar by going online and registering here. Sadly however, Loretta wasn’t there because she unexpectedly lost her grandson, Jeffrey Allen Lynn, age 47, this past Thursday. Our hearts and prayers are with Loretta and her family as they are going through this sorrowful time.

Other events of the day included appearances by great celebs over at the Durango Music Spot. When we stopped by, we were honored to hear Jamie O’Neal singing her hit song, “There Is No Arizona,” to a vast audience of fans! We were also pleased to see our new friend James Robert Webb with a LONG line of fans waiting for his autograph. Congrats James! Great seeing you at CMA Fest 2016! On our way back out of the MCC we made a quick stop at a booth where our buddy, Lance Carpenter, was featured. Lance has penned a few hit songs for artists like Kelsea Ballerini and others! Go Lance!

We had to stop at the Cruze Park Stage outside just across the corner from the Music City Center, because Jamie Lynn Spears was to appear. Spears provided an excellent performance and complimented the audience, saying they were real “troopers” for enduring the heat and the 98-degree sun! Having penned the Jana Kramer hit, “I Got the Boy,” she included that in her performance list – and did a phenomenal job. And all the “troopers” in the audience were singing along with every word. And if you were to ask any one of the CMA Fest attendees, they didn’t mind taking a little heat to see their favorite artists. CMA Fest is certainly having another successful year!