CMA Music Festival Photo Roundup

Arista Nashville’s Brad Paisley took the stage in Nashville on Sunday night, June 8 to close out the 2014 CMA Music Festival.

Pictured backstage (l-r): Arista Nashville Promotion VP Lesly Tyson; Paisley; Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Gary Overton; Paisley’s manager, Fitzgerald Hartley’s Bill Simmons; and Sony Music Nashville Creative Services VP Scott McDaniel.

Pictured backstage (L-R): Arista Nashville Promotion VP Lesly Tyson; Paisley; Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Gary Overton; Paisley’s manager, Fitzgerald Hartley’s Bill Simmons; and Sony Music Nashville Creative Services VP Scott McDaniel.

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The annual Country Weekly Kick-Off Party Powered by NASH, held June 3 at Mercy Lounge in Nashville, raised $17,000 for Musicians On Call. The event featured Kip Moore, Frankie Ballard, and host Chuck Wicks. All proceeds benefit Musicians On Call‘s efforts to bring music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.

Pictured (L-R): CW's Jeff Meltesen, MOC's Dana Sones and Pete Griffin, CW's Lisa Konicki, Kip Moore, Chuck Wicks, Frankie Ballard and CW's Jon Freeman. Photo: Ed Rode

Pictured (L-R): Country Weekly‘s Jeff Meltesen, Musicians On Call’s Dana Sones and Pete Griffin, Country Weekly‘s Lisa Konicki, Kip Moore, Chuck Wicks, Frankie Ballard and Country Weekly‘s Jon Freeman. Photo: Ed Rode

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The Great American Country Breakfast Series at the AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X venue inside Music City Center featured performances by Natalie Stovall and The Drive, Laura Bell Bundy, RaeLynn, and new country boy band Chasin’ Crazy.

Pictured, left to right: Natalie Stovall, Pete King (Farm Kings), RaeLynn, Dan King (Farm Kings), Laura Bell Bundy, Jolie Sikes and Amie Sikes (Junk Gypsies). (Credit: Matt Blair

Pictured (L-R): Natalie Stovall, Pete King (Farm Kings), RaeLynn, Dan King (Farm Kings), Laura Bell Bundy, Jolie Sikes and Amie Sikes (Junk Gypsies). Photo: Matt Blair

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The fifth annual “Darius And Friends” concert to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was held June 2 at the Wildhorse Saloon. The concert, auction and golf tournament raised a combined total of $122,490. The benefit concert line-up included emcee Storme Warren and performances by Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band, Clint Black, Charles Kelley (of Lady Antebellum), David Nail, Cassadee Pope, Kenny Rogers, Corey Smith and Thompson Square, all backed by Rucker’s band, the Carolina Grey Boys.

The June 3 celebrity golf tournament included Colt Ford, JT Hodges, Tommy John, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Dustin Lynch, Derek Mason, David Nail, Jon Pardi, Eric Paslay, Keifer Thompson, tournament winners Henry Cho and Scott Hamilton and more.

Celebrity golfers support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at the annual "Darius And Friends" Golf Tournament on June 3. Photo: Randi Radcliff

Celebrity golfers support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the annual “Darius And Friends” Golf Tournament on June 3. Photo: Randi Radcliff

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Arista Nashville’s The Swon Brothers were among the artists heating up the free Chevrolet Riverfront Stage in downtown Nashville on Saturday as part of the 2014 CMA Music Festival.

Pictured (L-R): Sony Music Nashville’s Nick Barnes and Sarah Westbrook; Hill Entertainment Group’s Josh Hunter; Arista Nashville’s Lesly Tyson; Zach and Colton Swon; Hill Entertainment Group’s Greg Hill; William Morris Endeavor’s Risha Rodgers, and Sony Music Nashville’s Bob Foglia.

Pictured (L-R): Sony Music Nashville’s Nick Barnes and Sarah Westbrook; Hill Entertainment Group’s Josh Hunter; Arista Nashville’s Lesly Tyson; Zach and Colton Swon; Hill Entertainment Group’s Greg Hill; William Morris Endeavor’s Risha Rodgers, and Sony Music Nashville’s Bob Foglia.

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Miranda Lambert joined in the CMA Music Festival activities with a performance at LP Field in Nashville on Friday night (June 6).

Pictured (L-R): RCA Nashville SVP Promotion, Keith Gale; Shopkeeper Management's Marion Kraft; Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Gary Overton; Lambert; Sony Music Nashville’s SVP Marketing Paul Barnabee.

Pictured (L-R): RCA Nashville SVP Promotion, Keith Gale; Shopkeeper Management’s Marion Kraft; Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Gary Overton; Lambert; Sony Music Nashville’s SVP Marketing Paul Barnabee.

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Show Dog – Universal Music held its Second Annual Fan Appreciation Party this past week at the Silver Dollar Saloon. The event raised $4,890.00, which will benefit organizations Dreams With Wings and the Sarah Cannon Fund.

VIP tickets which included an exclusive gift bag and meet and greet with SDU artists Josh Thompson, JT Hodges, Krystal Keith, Joel Crouse and Native Run, were sold for $25 and general admission was $10. Each artist performed two acoustic songs for the crowd.

Pictured L to R are: Dreams With Wings Jennifer Morgan, Nancy Naiser (DWW client), Jenifer Frommeyer, Sarah Tackett, Show Dow Universal Music’s Joel Crouse, Krystal Keith, Josh Thompson, Label President Mark Wright, JT Hodges, Native Run’s Bryan Dawley and Rachel Beauregard, Sarah Cannon Fund’s Susan Earl Hosbach and Suzanne Zutter

Pictured (L-R): Dreams With Wings’ Jennifer Morgan, Nancy Naiser (DWW client), Jenifer Frommeyer, Sarah Tackett, Show Dog-Universal Music’s Joel Crouse, Krystal Keith, Josh Thompson, Show Dog-Universal’s Mark Wright, JT Hodges, Native Run’s Bryan Dawley and Rachel Beauregard, Sarah Cannon Fund’s Susan Earl Hosbach and Suzanne Zutter.

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Kristian Bush and Cumulus Media’s Charlie Cook connect backstage after Bush’s live concert performance at The Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on Friday (June 6) during the annual CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

Pictured (L-R): Streamsound Records Pres./CEO Steve Richardson, Streamsound Records VP/Promotion & Strategic Marketing Teddi Bonadies, Kristian Bush, Cumulus/Nashville Operations Manager Charlie Cook and Music Producer Byron Gallimore. Photo: Courtesy of Streamsound Records

Pictured (L-R): Streamsound Records Pres./CEO Steve Richardson, Streamsound Records VP/Promotion & Strategic Marketing Teddi Bonadies, Kristian Bush, Cumulus/Nashville Operations Manager Charlie Cook and Music Producer Byron Gallimore. Photo: Courtesy of Streamsound Records

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