Day Four of the 2014 CMA Music FestivalBy William Simpson • Jun 9th, 2014 • Category: Festivals, Live Show Reviews
Article and Photos by William Simpson
We knew it was inevitable but the last day of the 2014 CMA Music Festival arrived. The rains from the night before had left the area and in its wake was a nice cooler day for fan to enjoy their favorite artists.
The festivities for the day began at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage with Terri Clark playing a selection of her many hits. Following Clark was the hit group Gloriana. Then to the stage were a couple of fan favorites in country rapper Colt Ford and Corey Smith before country legend Lonestar played to a full house. Next up was a couple if second generation performers who are legend in country music in their own right. Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis have been touring the country under the moniker of Grits and Glamour. The ladies put on the best show of the day in front of the Chevrolet Riverfront crowd. Closing out the day was Uncle Cracker samdwiched in between two young hot artists Jon Pardi and David Nail.
The Samsung Galaxy Stage many good performers such as Sam Hollyman from the UK, The Nelson, Julie Roberts, Laura Bell Bundy and others. Across the street at the Bud Light Stage the show opened with Bucky Covington fresh off he fan party the night before. One half of the duo Steel Magnolias, Joshua Scott Jones also thrilled the fans around noontime. Jamie Lynn Spears, sister of pop superstar Brittney, showed she fan that she also have a lot of talent. Also hitting the stage showing their wares was Sundy Best, Robin Meade, Morgan Fraizer, Austin Webb, Home Free, and Aaron Watson.
Inside the Fan Fair X building fans got to ask questions to Lady Antebellum and before the day was over listen to live interviews of Charlie Daniels and The Oak Ridge Boys. Taking a break from the sun, the Durango Music Spot Stage was grace by such acts as Lesley McDaniel, Mandy Barnett, Sweethearts of the Rodeo and a last minute addition of David Frizzell. Fans wanting autographs could walk around all the booths of the new artists that are trying to get their music out to the fans as well as get autographs from more established artists such as Jason Michael Carroll. Outside the Fan Fair X building Chevrolet had setup a location with their new lineup of cars that the fans could test drive. Favorite rides appeared to be the new Corvette and the new Camaro that can go from 0-60 in less than 2 seconds.
The night time shows at LP Field opened with The Oak Ridge Boys singing the national anthem before the show kicked off with again with a legend in The Charlie Daniels Band. Daniels is an amazing musician and started right off showing how a fiddle is to be played. He has a new album released in April called “Off the Grid: Doin’ It Dylan”. He played “Tangled Up In Blue”. And of course he could get out without playing one of the greatest songs ever, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” with great participation form the audience. Next up was hot new artist Thomas Rhett who played his hits “Something to Do with My Hands”, “Beer with Jesus” and his brand new single “Make Me Wanna”. With his talent writing songs and performing, Rhett has a bright future ahead of him. The next group to perform has really made a name for themselves in country music, Lady Antebellum is establishing a nice catalog of songs that the audiences can sing along to. Lady Antebellum thrilled the crowd with hits such as “Downtown” off their latest album “Golden” and “Need You Now”. Following Lady A was another young superstar in Hunter Hayes. He put his guitar playing and piano playing skills on display. He also thrilled the audience with his title track from his latest album, “Storyline”, “Tattoo” from that same album and “I Want Crazy”. The Zac Brown Band was the next band to perform and had one of the best sets of the entire festival. He played an oldie in David Allen Coe’s “You Never Even call Me By My Name”. From their vast catalog, the band played “Sweet Annie”, “Colder Weather”, and “Chicken Fried”. The crowd also launched hundreds of beach balls into the air for Brown. In the middle of the set Zac invited Richie Sambora formerly of Bon Jovi to the stage. With Sambora sporting a double neck acoustic guitar, they broke into amazing version of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive.” The Zac Brown Band is a hard act to follow but if anyone can, it would be Brad Paisley. Brad opened with “Water” and played hits such as “Ticks”, River Bank”, “Mud on the Tires.” He even grabbed the cell phones of those in the front row and took selfies so they would have last memories of this night. The 2014 CMA Festival ended with Paisley telling the fans that they are the greatest fans in the entire world, then he lit into “Alcohol”.
Another successful CMA Music Festival has come and gone. It was a fun experience for the fans as well as the artists. Another winner was the city of Nashville with so many fans coming into town from all over the world. We will see everyone again this time next year.