Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and More Kick Off CMA Fest’s Concert Stage

Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and More Kick Off CMA Fest’s Concert Stage

It was a beautiful night for the first CMA Fest Nissan Stadium concert of 2016. As the sun went down on downtown Nashville, the country music got turned up.


Charlie Daniels was the first to hit the stage— doing only what Charlie Daniels can do. In the middle of his set he stopped the show to bring the legendary Randy Travis out onto the stage. Randy was not able to perform, but seeing him back in front of a crowd was inspirational. Charlie went on to finish his set with a fiery rendition of “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”

Kelsea Ballerini was up next and kept the energy up with her back-to-back No. 1 hits, “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Dibs.” Introducing “Love Me Like You Mean It,” Kelsea said. “Backstage I was told that this song just became my first platinum single!”

Nissan Stadium Lineup, June 9

(in the order in which they appeared)

  1. Charlie Daniels with special guest Randy Travis
  2. Kelsea Ballerini
  3. Dierks Bentley with guest Elle King
  4. Miranda Lambert
  5. Rascal Flatts with guest Maren Morris
  6. SURPRISE GUESTS: Lady Antebellum and Cam
  7. Jason Aldean

Veteran CMA Music Fest performer Dierks Bentley played a few of his recent hits and current songs from his just-released album, Black. The set list included “Somewhere On a Beach,” “Freedom,” “Drunk On a Plane” and—with the help of musician Elle King—“Different For Girls.”

Miranda Lambert came out on the stage with her usual energetic flare, delivering “Fastest Girl In Town” with a loud and rockin’ sound. After playing “Baggage Claim” and “Mama’s Broken Heart” Miranda announced, “I’m gonna do one of my favorite cover songs of all time.” She then broke into “Willin’”, a song by Little Feat but made popular by Linda Ronstadt on her 1974 album, Heart Like a Wheel. Miranda followed that up by pairing Asleep At The Wheel’s, “Your Red Wagon,” with her hit “Little Red Wagon.”

Rascal Flatts started their set with fan favorites “Summer Nights” and “I Like the Sound of That.” Gary LeVox surprised the crowd saying, “Y’all ready for a very, very, very special treat? Miss Maren Morris!” Maren then burst onto the stage to perform her current Top 10 hit, “My Church,” with the Flatts boys. Following Maren’s performance, Gary, Jay and Joe Don kept the crowd going by performing a few of their familiar tunes— “Banjo,” “I Won’t Let Go” and “Life Is a Highway.”

In a surprise appearance, Cam and Lady Antebellum took the stage together to perform Cam’s smash hit “Burning House” followed by a stirring rendition of Lady A’s biggest hit, “Need You Now.”

Finally, at about midnight, Jason Aldean made it to the stage and said, “I know it’s a little late but sometimes the party doesn’t get started until midnight.” Jason cranked up the power and intensity of the whole night to a new climactic level as he tore through a selection of chart-toppers including “Tattoos On This Town,” “Take a Little Ride With You,” “Burning It Down,” and “She’s Country.”

photos by Jason Simanek

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Thomas Rhett Will Never Take Touring for Granted

Thomas Rhett Will Never Take Touring for Granted

Thomas Rhett is ready to hit the road and Bring The Bar To You in 2022!

Starting in June, Thomas will kick-off his Bring The Bar To You tour with back to back shows in Gilford, New Hampshire with openers Parker McCollum and Conner Smith.

After going through the last two years, Thomas says, “I’ll never take for granted being able to come see y’all and I’m so fired up to play some of these new ones that were made with these nights in mind. I have a feeling things are going to get loud – I’m counting down the days already!”

Photo Courtesy of Thomas Rhett