The Country Music Association and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum joined forces Sunday (Sept. 25) to officially kick off festivities during Forever Country Live presented by Southwest Airlines, a free concert at Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville.
The show included performances from Charlie Worsham, The Time Jumpers (including Vince Gill), as well as a special guest appearance from Patty Loveless.
“The partnership between CMA and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in honor of our 50th anniversaries is a great reflection of the theme of The 50th Annual CMA Awards’ – Then. Now. Forever Country.,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “When CMA created the Hall of Fame, it was with the vision of preserving the heritage of the music that we are all gathered here today to celebrate. They’ve done an outstanding job fulfilling that vision and we look forward to another 50 years of promoting and preserving America’s music.”
Preceding Trahern’s remarks, Justine Avila, Music City Council Executive Director, shared official proclamations on behalf of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and State of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam proclaiming October as Country Music Month. Before kicking off the music, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Sharon Brawner emphasized the importance of October when, later in the month, the Country Music Hall of Fame will welcome Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster, and Randy Travis as its newest members during the annual induction ceremony.
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