2008 CMA Music Festival

Below is CountryHound's Fan Guide for the 2008 CMA Musicfest. The CMA Music Festival, originally known as Fan Fair, provides hours and hours of live entertainment.  The 2008 four-day celebration is no different!    

2008 CMA MusicFest Performers
Faith Hill First performance since 1998's Fan Fair
Alan Jackson Has won sixteen CMA Awards
Carrie Underwood Reigning CMA Female VocalistPerformed every year since becoming 2005's American Idol
Dwight Yoakum First performance since 1988's Fan Fair when he performed with Buck Owens at the Nashville Fairgrounds
Sugarland Reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year 
Taylor Swift Reigning CMA Horizon Award winner
Jewel Debut performance at CMA MusicFest
Miranda Lambert Four-time CMA Award nominee
Rodney Atkins CMA Horizon Award nominee
Josh Turner Four-time CMA Award nominee
Kellie Pickler CMA Horizon Award nominee and American Idol alumni
Lady Antebellum Debut appearance at CMA MusicFestWill play in Nightly Concerts at LP Field

  Scheduled Artists for CMA MusicFest 2008Greased Lightning Daytime Stages

Thursday, June 5Keith Anderson, Bellamy Brothers, Luke Bryan, Tracy Byrd, Carters Chord, Mark Chesnutt, Emerson Drive, Adam Gregory, Jypsi, Lost Trailers, Richie McDonald, David Nail, Heidi Newfield, James Otto, Danielle Peck, Phil Stacey, Aaron Tippin and Chuck Wicks
Friday, June 6Eric Church, Cowboy Crush, Crossin' Dixon, Ashley Gearing, Jennifer Hanson, Heartland, Sarah Johns, Lonestar, Neal McCoy, Lorrie Morgan, Megan Mullins, Jake Owen, The Road Hammers, Crystal Shawanda, Ashton Shepherd, Fisher Stevenson, Emily West and Chris Young
Saturday, June 7Katie Arminger, John Berry, Lee Brice, Eli Young Band, the "Honky Tonk Tail Gate Party with Buddy Jewell, Ray Scott, Trent Willmon and Mark Wills," Randy Houser, Emma Mae Jacob, Justin Moore, Michael Martin Murphy, Minnie Murphy, Jasmine Rae, Mica Roberts, The Roys, Jeffrey Steele, Doug Stone, Mel Tillis, Trailor Choir, Jimmy Wayne, Whiskey Falls, and Darryl Worley
Sunday, June 8Charlie Allen, T. Graham Brown, Laura Bryna, Carolina Rain, Drew Davis Band, Whitney Duncan, Jimmy Fortune, Ty Herndon, LoCash Cowboys, Rockie Lynne, Raul Malo, Mel McDaniel, Oak Ridge Boys, Jamie O'Neal, Rissi Palmer, Rio Grand, Sunny Sweeney, Bryan White and Billy Yates

 Scheduled Artists for CMA MusicFest 2008Hard Rock Outdoor Stage

Thursday, June 5Kyle Wyley, Shawna Russell, Jason Brown, Indian Rodeo, The Clark Brothers
Friday, June 6Colt Ford, Bailey Grey, Ash Bowers, Jason Matthews, Whiskey Falls
Saturday, June 7Tommy Joe Wilson, Zane Lewis, The Wrights, Cody McCarver, Mark Wills
Sunday, June 8Gloriana, Billy Block & Friends, Two Timers, Brother Trouble, Brittini Black

Over the years, many hit recording artists, as well as the up-and-coming acts, perform at CMA MusicFest, including big names like Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, the Dixie Chicks, Brad Paisley, and so many more.  Even non-country artists have appeared at the Nashville festival, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Los Lonely Boys, and Paul McCartney. CMA MusicFest Events & Activities Music fans of all ages can participate in a variety of activities.  Free shuttle service is available between the various venue sites.

  • CMA Music Festival kicks off with a parade and block party during the Wednesday Experience!
  • Extensive Autograph Sessions  -  Country Music artists spend several hours each of the four days visiting with their loyal fans, signing autographs, and posing for photos.  This “Meet-And-Greet” is one of the most popular festival attractions!
  • Chevy Music Stage  -  offers interactive music displays in the Sommet Center Plaza.
  • The Fun Zone  -  features country music exhibits and giveaways.
    • Bobby Labonte autograph signing on Thursday hosted by Super 8 Motel
    • USO, Borders and CMA will team to collect CDs, books and DVDs to send to troops.
  • Chevy Sports Zone  -  Fans can watch their favorite celebrities compete in unusual sporting events.
    • The Outdoor Channel's DockDogs® will have a competition in its 25,000 gallon mobile pool from Thursday, June 5, to Sunday, June 8.
    • A special celebrity edition of the Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge will be held Thursday, June 5
    • Steve Azar hosts "The Celebrity Sports Challenge presented by Glacèau Vitaminwater®" on Friday, June 6. Following the Sports Challenge Outdoor Life Magazine will host a game-calling contest.
    • The Fiesta Celebrity Grilling Challenge featuring Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis will begin Saturday, June 7, at 2 p.m.
    • Singers and champion bull riders will team up in the CBR/RFD-TV Celebrity Bull-Riding Challenge Saturday, June 7.
    • The CMA Music Festival BBQ Championship begins with all-day cooking Saturday, June 7. Judging will be the following afternoon.
    • "The Third Annual New Holland/Michael Peterson Celebrity Tractor Race" starts Sunday, June 8, at 11:30 a.m.
  • See which young performer sings best to become the next Music City Rising Star.
  • McDonald’s®-Dr Pepper® Family Zone  -  bring the kids for arts and crafts, interactive inflatables, face painting, games, and more.
    • Ronald McDonald interactive magic show once daily Thursday, Friday and Sunday
    • Borders celebrity storytelling each day with free books for the first 50 children
    • YWCA Celebrity Auction Saturday, June 7; Emceed by Steve Virginia with appearances by Lady Antebellum, Tennessee Titan Cortland Finnegan and many others.
    • Family Zone picnic on Sunday
  • Nightly fireworks displays and after-hours entertainment add even more fun to the four-day agenda.
  • Gretchen Wilson, Randy Travis, and Taylor Swift will be spotlighted during the CMA Celebrity Close Up presented by GAC, Thursday, June 5, at the Ryman Auditorium.

 Pre MusicFest PerformancesNeed an appetizer to get you ready for the 4 glorious days of CMA MusicFest?  Well, the CMA provides plently of performances to choose from:

  • Road To The CMA Music Festival Presented By Tetley® Iced Tea  -  Ten cities welcome Darryl Worley and Jennifer Hanson in April and May to get the local fans ready for the Nashville extravaganza.  Check our news report about the concert tour for the CMA Preview Tour Schedule.
  • 5th Annual CMA Global Artist Party  -  Country Music artists from Austrailia, Canada, Belgium, Ireland, and The Netherlands will perform in Downtown Nashville on June 2.
  • Marty Stuart's 7th Annual Late Night Jam - Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Charlie Daniel Band, and Gretchen Wilson are among the acts scheduled to perform on June 4 to benefit MusiCares. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
Thanks to all who entered ourCMA MusicFest Giveaway!Congratulations to Jerry Mazur of Buffalo, NYwho will be our lucky guest for this year's Fan Fair.Check back often for Festival updates!!