Billboard is hosting its first-ever Billboard Country Live inaugural conference featuring concerts and music industry panels June 6-7 in Nashville.
The first ever Billboard Country Live in Concert will take place at Marathon Music Works on June 6 with headliner Jelly Roll and Nate Smith to open. The inaugural Country Live in Conversation is set for the following day (June 7), a one-day ticketed conference for fans and industry insiders that kicks off with an intimate Q&A with Garth Brooks. The conference will also feature a number of sessions featuring country acts discussing issues in country music today.
Among the other artists taking part are Carly Pearce, Bailey Zimmerman, Brian Kelley, Lauren Alaina, Megan Moroney and Lady A’s Hillary Scott.
“We’re thrilled to launch the first year of Billboard Country Live with acts that have something to say and sing about,” says Melinda Newman, Executive Editor of Billboard, West Coast and Nashville. “From Jelly Roll performing in a small setting to discussions with some of the biggest names in country, it’s our privilege to highlight the tremendous talent that thrives in Nashville with premier programming we hope will bring people back for years to come.”
The June 7 Billboard Country Live in Conversation will also feature a Q&A with Jelly Roll, as well as a Women of Country panel with Scott, Pearce, Lily Rose and Madeline Edwards. Zimmerman and Moroney will be joined on The Future of Country panel by Smith and Priscilla Block. With the CMA Fest kicking off June 8, a panel celebrating the 50th anniversary of CMA Fest will include artists who span the event’s half century including Kelley, Alaina, Terri Clark and Bill Anderson.
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A songwriter-in-the round session will present Jessie Jo Dillon, Nicolle Galyon and Chase McGill playing their hits and telling the stories behind their creations. Additional names are still to be announced and programming is subject to change.
Both events will be presented in partnership with Carnival Cruise Line, and tickets are available for purchase on May 12 at 9 a.m. CT at live.billboard.com.