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Once again CSO has
stepped into the musical montage that is the CMA Music
Festival, still, far better known as “Fan Fair.” It is what
it is, a chance each year for country music fans to gather
in one place and celebrate the music they love performed by
the artists they love even more.
Even though the
“official” festival didn't start until the Kickoff Parade on
Wednesday, events w2ere already taking place Monday night in
Music City USA! Jim Weaver attended the Aristo Media CMA
Global Artist Party at the Stage on Broadway. Unfortunately
Jim missed a large portion of the show because while the
others were performing inside, he was on one of the two
buses outside interviewing the other artists before or after
their performance. Of what Weaver did see, he was impressed,
the show was hosted by Jace Everett who has a new CD coming
out at the end of this month. The performing list included
Australians Kirsty Lee Akers, 2009 Telstra Road To Tamworth
winner Peter McWhirter, and Aussie Super Sister group the
McClymonts. Weaver says, “Kirsty and Peter did a fantastic
job tonight but the McClymonts proved why they have won so
many awards in the country music field down under, they're
fantastic”. Other great performances were turned in from
Canadian Victoria Banks, New Zealander Ashley Cooper, Colm
Kirwan from Ireland and the United Kingdom's Lucie Silvas.
Canadian George Canyon wrapped up the show and had a great
turnout of fans to cheer him on. “All in all it was a great
night in Nashville,” says Weaver, “a super way to kickoff
Fan Fair for CSO.”
The audio interviews below were all recorded
on one of the two tour buses parked outside The Stage, due
to the busses running there is more background noise than we
would normally like. We apologize for that, but there was
nothing we could do about it.
Jace Everett hosts the Aristomedia Global Artist Showcase at
The Stage Monday night.
Ashley Cooper with her manager
Back row l - r: Brooke McClymont, Samantha McClymont,
Mollie McClymont, George Canyon, Colm Kirwan, Peter
Kirsty Lee Akers.
Front row l - r: Jace Everett, Ashley Cooper, Victoria
Banks, Lucie Sylvas.
Kirsty Lee Akers
Ashley Cooper and fiancé.
Kirsty Lee Akers
Victoria Banks practices her set with friend and backup
singer Mary Sue Englund.
Victoria Banks performs inside The Stage.
The McClymonts perform inside the Stage.
The McClymonts make this guy one happy pedal steel player!
George Canyon performs.
Tuesday night was
dedicated to the memory of a great woman by the name of
Loretta Johnson who passed away earlier this year after a
long battle with cancer. Loretta was one of the famed
Johnson sisters, the creators of IFCO, the International Fan
Club Organization. For decades these sisters did more to
help promote country music around the world than just about
anyone, and the stars turned out to help with those medical
bills that accrue from a long illness. There's no way you
could fit all these stars on a billboard but I have enough
Table-o-goodies... lots of autographed stuff for the
Moore & Moore
Author Lisa Wysocky onstage with host Keith Bilbrey.
Steve Hall with Shotgun Red
Lynn Anderson drags Michael Peterson back on stage.
Lynn Anderson with Jack Green
Lynn Anderson drug Michael Peterson back to the
stage for a rousing rendition of Rose Garden,
and you can see it in the video below.