If three nights in June are any indication, the CMA Awards will once again be “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.” The 2013 CMA Music festival once again delighted the masses at L.P. Field in Nashville, TN. In addition to the usual suspects, the festival also included a few surprises.
Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and The Oak Ridge Boys entertained the crowd in true Nashville fashion on the last night of the festival. Scattered between the traditional country acts were two performers you wouldn’t expect to see at the CMA-”American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson and hard-rocking Lenny Kravitz.
Clarkson sang her hit “Stronger,” and was joined by Trisha Yearwood, who harmonized with Clarkson on Garth Brooks’ “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up).” The crowd was also treated to Clarkson singing “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Jason Aldean. The two perform the duet in their separate shows with the counterpart singer projected onto the stage. This was a chance to see them do the song together live.
Lenny Kravitz whipped out his radio-proven hits, including “Always on the Run” and “Fly Away.” Then he welcomed Jason Aldean to the stage. The crowd was asked whether they wanted Kravitz and Aldean to play country music or rock. Rock won. They ripped through inspired versions of Kravitz’s mega-hits. Aldean played lead guitar on “American Woman,” and he sang the lead vocals on “Are You Gonna Go My Way?”
Keith Urban brought down the house with his set. He tore through a short set that included as many of his hits as he could fit into the slot. He opened with “You Gonna Fly” and “Long Hot Summer.” Urban wasn’t on stage to speak, he was there to sing and pick guitar. He closed out his portion of the show with “Stupid Boy,” “Little Bit of Everything” and “You Look Good in My Shirt, which was complete with synchronized fireworks. Then he hopped off the stage and headed toward a tunnel exit. When he reached the exit, he gave his silver sparkle guitar to a nearby fan, jumped into a vintage pickup truck and split. What a way to make an exit! It’ll certainly be included during ABC’s broadcast of the CMA Music Festival next fall.
You don’t have to wait to read about the results of the CMA Awards. All you have to do is pick up a pair of tickets to “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.” You’ll get to walk down the red carpet with your favorite stars, see the entire show from VIP seats and mingle with the hit-makers at the exclusive afterparties. If you’re a real country music fan, what more could you ask for?