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CMA Music Festival - Fan Fair 2009 - CSO Scrapbook

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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
and fiancé.


Back row l - r:  Brooke McClymont, Samantha McClymont, Mollie McClymont, George Canyon, Colm Kirwan, Peter McWhirter and
Kirsty Lee Akers.
Front row l - r: Jace Everett, Ashley Cooper, Victoria Banks, Lucie Sylvas.

Peter McWhirter

The McClymonts

Kirsty Lee Akers

Ashley Cooper and fiancé.

Colm Kirwan

Kirsty Lee Akers

Victoria Banks practices her set with friend and backup singer Mary Sue Englund.

Lucie Sylvas

Colm Kirwan

Victoria Banks performs inside The Stage.

Peter performs.

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 room here:

 Samantha McClymont


Brook McClymont


Mollie McClymont


Table-o-goodies... lots of autographed stuff for the auction.


Billy Yates


Annie Sims




Moore & Moore


Buddy Jewel


Charlie McCoy


Pierre Lorry

Author Lisa Wysocky onstage with host Keith Bilbrey.


Steve Hall with Shotgun Red


Tommy Cash


Linda Davis


David Church


Jack Green


Andy Griggs


Michael Peterson


Lynn Anderson


Lynn Anderson drags Michael Peterson back on stage.


Lane Brody

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.

Brian White

Ty Herndon

David Ball

Ricky Lynn Gregg
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