Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!
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Team News Nashville came to cover the 43th edition of the CMA Music Festival, which was held from 5 to 8 June. This year’s CMA was perfect in every way and only a somewhat difficult weatherc temporarily delaying some concerts.
Joshua Scott Jones and Johnny Da Piedade
On site, we were able to conduct several interviews like Henry Paul and Dave Robbins Blackhawk group, and also that of Joshua Scott Jones former member of the duo Steel Magnolia without forgetting Mike Estes leader, singer and guitarist of the rock band Southern Skinny Molly, who will be on show at the Country Festival Craponne lineup in late July,
Mike Estes of Skinny Molly et Alison
You will soon discover the interviews listening to the Big Cactus Country. During this trip, we went to the annual show of Marty Stuart Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium, still very rich country music animated with humor by superstar Marty Stuart. A lot of surprises came with first delivery of the young Emi Sunshine, only 10 years old, and were pleasantly surprised with her powerful vocal talent and very country style.
Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt
The highlight of the evening was the eagerly awaited guest Travis Tritt. The occasion was more about talk and telling stories rather than singing! Despite this, his classics are always a pleasure to hear, especially a duet with Marty Stuart. Note also the presence of the very talented LeAnne Rimes and Connie Smith, who is none other than the wife of Marty Stuart and the cherry on the cake, the arrival on scene of the famous Soul Man Sam Moore, a great moment.
Marty Stuart and Connie Smith
In terms of the overall feel of the CMA Music Festival, we noticed that the real country music there was more present than in the previous year. On the stages of LP Field, River Front, the scene near the Bud Light Arena Bridgeston as well as the Samsung Galaxy Stage near the Country Music Hall Of Fame, one could admire real country or southern rock with such performers as: Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Alabama, Travis Tritt, The Cadillac Three, Blackhawk, Zane Williams,
Charlie Daniels Band
Marshall Tucker Band
Cadillac Three and Alison
the vocal quartet Raven Cliff, Wynonna, headlining the Country RDV Craponne Darryl Worley, Craig Campbell, Eric Pasley, Aaron Watson, the duo Pearce Avenue whose style guitarist and singer actually did make us think of Keith Urban and other nice surprises.
This year there were fewer young pop country and completely unknown artists than in 2013! After the massive invasion of Pop and Hip Hop Country flavor, will true country music return? Stay tuned! With regard to the concerts taking place in the evening at LP Field, one could navigate all superstars TOP 40 Nashville as Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, Luke Bryan, Georgia Florida Line, The Band Perry and many others, and the finding was with few exceptions rather distressing.
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
Florida Georgia Line
The Band Perry
The music was steeped in pop rap and Hip Hop R’n'B rhythms, but absolutely not developed country and one has the impression that all the songs were similar. It borders on the ridiculous when the star Tim McGraw this starts dancing while trying to imitate the game scene, Luke Bryan on reggae music, not to mention the appearance of the duo Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert on a pop song ultra aptly named “Something Bad”. It was really surprising, but mostly disappointing. Fortunately, the superb benefits of Zac Brown Band, the CBD, Travis Tritt, The Band Perry and Brad Paisley largely increased the level.
Zac Brown Band