Early Music Fest Events: Radio Remotes, Bowling, Fishing And More

(L-R): Julie Talbott, Exec. VP of Affiliate Marketing, Premiere Radio Networks; Reba McEntire; Tammy Genovese, Chief Executive Officer, CMA

(L-R): Julie Talbott, Exec. VP of Affiliate Marketing, Premiere Radio Networks; Reba McEntire; Tammy Genovese, Chief Executive Officer, CMA

Reba McEntire was the surprise guest at last night’s (Tuesday) orientation session for the radio stations participating in the Premiere Radio Networks’ Official CMA Music Festival Radio Remote. During CMA Music Festival, McEntire will perform on the Nightly Concerts on the VAULT™ Concert Stage at LP Field on Thurs., June 11.  That afternoon she will also sign autographs in the Greased Lightning® Fan Fair Hall for the first time in 13 years.

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Photo: Alan Mayor

The fifth annual “Lonestar & Friends Strike Out For The Kids” was held Monday (6/8) at Hermitage Lanes. At the sold-out event, fans bowled alongside Country artists to raise money and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Among the numerous celebs participating at the GAC sponsored party were Justin Moore, Bo Bice, Chris Young, Buddy Jewell and Meagan Mullins.

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(L-R): WMBA Officers: Kama Upton, Brandi Simms, Betsy Walker and Cindy Collins

(L-R): WMBA Officers: Kama Upton, Brandi Simms, Betsy Walker and Cindy Collins

The Women’s Music Business Association (WMBA) has declared today “I’m So Music Row Day.” Members and supporters of the organization will be sporting T-shirts with the slogan on the Row and throughout the CMA Music Festival Kick-off parade this afternoon.

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(L-R): Marty Smith, Bill McGuire and Eric Church

(L-R): Marty Smith, Bill McGuire and Eric Church

The Porter Wagoner Memorial Artists & Anglers Fishing Tournament, which pairs country music artists with professional anglers for a day of fishing, took place yesterday at Percy Priest Lake. Eric Church, ESPN NASCAR reporter Marty Smith and champion shotgun marksman Bill McGuire won the grand prize. In just its second year, the event grew from 27 to 37 boats, with other artists including Emerson Drive, Rodney Atkins,  Katie Armiger, Trent Willmon, Bo Bice and Carter’s Chord.

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