“Only In America”
At the same time, Brooks says that artists give up a considerable amount of income to appear at the CMA Music Festival for free, since the June event is during a hot touring season. Meanwhile, similar Country Music events such as The Stagecoach in
Are the artists being greedy? Are the event sponsors greedy? Is the CMA greedy? I don’t have a clue, but I’m sure there will be a lot of healthy debate about this. CMA President Tammy Genovese says that, taken out of context, Kix’s complaint paints an inaccurate picture of the festival situation. And we have to believe her because “She’s Not The Cheatin’ Kind”.
The one thing everyone needs to keep in mind is that this is for the fans. Country music fans are some of the most loyal fans in all of music, and the main reason why this annual festival was called Fan Fair when it started. It is a way of saying thank you to them, without it costing the fans an arm and a leg to attend. Thankfully Brooks did not say, “let’s raise the ticket prices!”
What I do know is that, up until now, if you asked me about the CMA MusicFest, I’d say “It’s Getting Better All The Time”. But Kix Brooks' comments have cast a cloud over the festival, at least here in
This is all a little strange for an established event that the country music artists have always said they love because they can thank their loyal fans. After all, “That’s What It’s All About”.
So it seems the best thing to do is for CMA and the local
Of course, speaking of playing for free, remember you could “play” at this year’s CMA MusicFest for free, as CountryHound.com, Goo Goo Candy, and Southwest Airlines are bringing two lucky fans to the
So you can take some comfort that fans still like to “play” at CMA MusicFest for free!