It was quite a week.
If you were here, I hope you enjoyed our beautiful weather and our southern hospitality. Oh yes, and our music. We had it coming at you from all sides. If you weren’t here this year, maybe you can come next time. There’s nothing quite like it.
“It”, of course, is the CMA Music Festival…an almost week-long celebration of all that makes Nashville “Music City USA.” And I was involved from the get-go.
I appeared on two Grand Ole Opry shows Tuesday night, rode in the opening day parade on Wednesday morning, and performed on the Countriest Of The Country show Wednesday night. Friday, I met folks and signed autographs at the Roper Western Wear booth inside the Convention Center and later at the Opry Originals store on Broadway. Friday and Saturday nights were Opry nights again, and then on Sunday night I was invited to sing a couple of songs onstage during the closing concert at LP Field. Some 60,000 or so of my closest friends were in attendance.
I’ve always enjoyed performing in the more intimate settings of smaller auditoriums and theaters than in the arenas and large outdoor venues, mainly because I think those type places are more suited to my songs and my style of entertainment. But I’ll have to admit it was quite a rush knowing that 120,000 eyes were focused on me at one time. I’ve seen fireworks shows with fewer explosions than the barrage of flash cameras that greeted us when we broke into our first song. It may have been a bit outside my comfort zone, but I could probably force myself to get used to it!
For those of you who have been to Nashville for Fan Fairs and CMA Festivals in the past, you would have absolutely not believed our weather. You probably remember the temperatures being in the nineties and the air muggy and rainy. But not this time. The temperatures topped out in the eighties, and the only rain was a fairly brief shower on Sunday afternoon. The Chamber of Commerce outdid itself on this one.
It’s a little time-off for me the next few days as I recuperate from a minor medical procedure and get geared-up for our songwriter shows in Los Angeles and Phoenix later in the month. From there it’s up to Canada and shows in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
Summertime. Fun time. I hope our paths will cross somewhere along the way.
All my best,