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CMA Country Music Awards Festival

It is a busy and fun time of the year in Nashville as the CMA Music Festival has officially arrived in town. Tourists from all over the world have begun combing the streets of Nashville in search of filling their hearts with as much Country Music as humanly possible.

Yesterday, I had a chance to talk to Jim Ed about his experiences playing the festival over the years. Jim Ed informed me that before what was once known as Fan Fair, the festival was actually created as a DJ convention here in Nashville. These DJ conventions became so popular that the Country Music fans started flocking to Nashville in hopes that they could meet their favorite stars and watch them perform. As the DJ conventions popularity continued to grow, it eventually made sense to create a separate event known for bringing the artists and the fans of Country Music together. In 1972 the Country Music Association created Fan Fair.

So many legends have played the CMA Festival since its inception in the early 1970s. I asked Jim Ed how many times he’s played the festival. He told me that he played the very first DJ convention, and has played the majority of Fan Fairs, and CMA Festivals ever since. I wonder how many artists have played the festival more times than Jim Ed Brown?

I am officially ready for the festival as I have just returned from previewing Marty Stuart’s new album, Ghost Train. What a fantastic record! Marty and his band, The Fabulous Superlatives, were joined by legends Ralph Mooney and Marty’s wife, Connie Smith to create the album. Ghost Train is packed with nostalgia for Nashville, enhanced by the fact that the record was actually cut in RCA Studio B! After hearing the album, I took the chance to step over and shake the hand of Ralph Mooney, one of Country Music’s all-time great pedal steel players. “Moon” invited me to come see the band perform tonight. Like I said, I am officially ready for CMA Festival to begin!

Among many other performances, tomorrow I’ll be hitting the streets to see the “Classic Country Showcase” on the plaza outside of Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Jim Ed will be joined by Lynn Anderson, Gene Watson, Jeannie Seely and Helen Cornelius. After all the years of Jim Ed playing the CMA Festival, I wonder if he still gets any pre-show jitters?

Guest Host Bill Anderson On Country Music Greats Radio

Bill Anderson - Whisperin Bluegrass The Country Music Greats Show was recently visited by one of Country’s all-time great legends, Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry star, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson. Ol’ Whisper was gracious enough to fill in for regular host, Jim Ed Brown, while Jim Ed was out on tour.

When thinking about what he wanted to do for the shows, Whisperin’ Bill decided to do something Jim Ed is much too humble to ever do, and that’s to make Jim Ed and his wonderful music and career the focus of both shows.

We turned the tables on Jim Ed, Bill said on his website. This time, his listeners will be treated to an exclusive tribute to Jim Ed’s solo career and his career with Helen Cornelius, as well as The Browns. We’ll also be playing some old voice clips from Jim Ed’s career file. So even though Jim Ed’s not actually in the studio with us, many of his comments will be included in both weeks’ shows.

Whisperin’ Bill also provided the Country Music Greats Radio Show with some fantastic behind the scenes stories that are guaranteed to delight Jim Ed’s fans. Bill shared wonderful tales about Jim Ed and The Browns in between playing classic selections from Jim Ed’s award-winning career.