One of the best parts of Chevy CMA Festival is meeting different country artists. Most of the time, it's planned. You find out about someone signing at a booth and you check it out. There are some fans that will wait 10+ hours or camp out in front of the Nashville Convention Center to get an autograph from a superstar like Taylor Swift or Keith Urban. Those fans are a different breed, and I respectthe heck out of them, for their dedication to their favorite artists. But I prefer to meet up and coming artists, and spend most of the time listening to the great country music.
On Friday, I was on the shuttle to the Chevy CMA Festival from the Opryland Hotel, and I saw Cowboy Troy walk into the legendary Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. Myself and another festival-goer on the shuttle entered Tootsie's where Cowboy Troy greeted us and took two different photos.
The Chevrolet Riverfront Stage is a great experience. It's daylight and you have plenty of time to go through the photo line. You get a
great mix of seasoned country stars and up-and-comers. It's a great mix, and I personally prefer it over the shows at LP Field.
Throughout the festival, I try to talk to as many Chevy CMA Festival-goers as possible. I've met a ton of folks from the Northeast
(Massachusetts and Connecticut) and even watched the end of the Stanley Cup Finals Game 5 in a bar with some die-hard Boston Bruins
fans, before heading over to the Wildhorse Saloon for Blake Shelton's Fan Club Party.
I've met people from as far away as Australia and Holland. Every festival-goer has a story to tell, and each of them is interesting. I
had a 20-minute conversation about NASCAR before the LP Field Concerts, and that was kind of neat.
I plan on test driving and catching a Chevy over the weekend. I'm open to any and all suggestions on the vehicle I should choose for the tesdrive.