It’s hard to believe that Feb. 22, just two weeks from today, will signal the official start of CRS 2012. There are plenty of exciting events on the docket, including the just announced UMG luncheon at the Ryman Auditorium and new performers added to seminar events.
The UMG luncheon, scheduled for Noon on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Ryman, will feature a large portion of the label’s roster including Lauren Alaina, Laura Bell Bundy, Easton Corbin, Mallary Hope, Josh Kelley, Scotty McCreery, Randy Montana, Kip Moore, Kasey Musgraves, David Nail, Randy Rogers Band, Canaan Smith, Chris Stapleton, Josh Turner, Drake White and Lee Ann Womack. Conference attendees will also be treated to a lunch in the Nashville Convention Center immediately preceding the event. More artists are expected to be announced soon.
Lauren Alaina will be pulling a double shift the same day. Before joining the UMG luncheon, she will perform the national anthem at the CRS 2012 opening ceremonies at 9 am. She will be accompanied by US Marine color guard for a presentation of the flag.
Additionally, singer-songwriter and Pistol Annie Ashley Monroe has been added to the WCRS Live! showcase on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 3:30 pm. She joins previously announced Matraca Berg, Natalie Hemby, and Lori McKenna for the BMI and Country Aircheck-sponsored event.
This year’s seminar will also feature CRSnet, a new on-site intranet service available to anyone inside the Convention Center with a WiFi-enabled device. Users will be able to access the service for downloads and streams from CRS sponsors and panelists.
CRS 2012 runs Feb. 22-24 at the Nashville Convention Center. $499 regular registration rate is still available here.