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CMA Fest 2018!


was very fortunate to be credentialed for CMA Fest 2018.

Wednesday, 06/06/18

Our family loaded up and got on the road around 7 pm tonight. We got to hear the CMT Awards on the radio on the 9-hour trip down from Michigan to Tennessee. We finally arrived at our hotel just before 4 am Thursday morning, crawled into bed and slept all of four hours…

Thursday, 06/07/18

My day started off bright and early Thursday morning. I grabbed a breakfast sandwich across the street at Hardee’s and trekked from Hermitage to downtown Nashville to Music City Center to conduct several interviews that I had lined up.

Josh Gallagher was lucky #1 at 10:15 am; followed immediately by Adam Rutledge at 10:30 am. After a short break, I chatted with Kalie Shorr, followed by the humorous Uncle Si & the Sicotics. This trio had me in stitches from the get go!!! I immediately greeted Lexi Larsen afterward. Another quick break and interviewed Kyle Daniel.

Quick! Time to go grab some lunch while I can. The family picked me up and we traveled a few blocks over to Saint Anejo. It was a great choice! The four of us shared five tacos and it was more than filling. Time to get back to MCC for some back-to-back interviews from 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm. I welcomed Tim RushlowTim ElliottSandra LynnIrlene Mandrell and Glen Templeton into my comfy booth.

After another quick break, I chatted with Jeannie SeelyCaleche and concluded my interviews at MCC for the day with Brown & Gray.

I swiftly headed over to South / The Rusty Nail for Splice’s first ever Gig-n-Grub!

After a full belly, it was time to make my way over to the Wildhorse Saloon for The Concert for Love and Acceptance

I called it a night shortly before Terri, Tanya and Vince took the stage, headed back to the hotel to get some much-needed rest. But before doing so, while waiting for my ride, I trekked all over town to do some discovering. I spotted the Riverfront Stage, the Forever Country Stage……………………

Friday, 06/08/18

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I traveled over to Buddy Lee Attractions on Music Row for my first interview of the day with the lovely Risa Binder. By 10 am I was back at Music City Center to conduct some more interviews. First up was Waterloo Revival; followed by Kyle Dillingham and the Horseshoe BandPaul Bogart, Lucas HogeJames Dupre, Cowboy Troy, and Kaylee Rutland, before grabbing a (not-so) quick bite to eat from across the street at Baja Sexto inside the Country Music Hall of Fame.

After which I welcomed Olivia Ooms, and closed the afternoon of interviews at MCC out with Krystal Keith and Lance Carpenter

I ran as fast as I could from Music City Center to Maui Jim Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe to make it to my interview on time with the amazing Sweet Tea Trio.

I then I headed over to Margaritaville for my second Gig-n-Grub. Tired, and a full belly, yet again, it was time to make my way to Piranhas to check out Southern Halo and Sylvia.

While waiting for my family to Uber me back to the hotel, I scoped out downtown nightlife a little. I caught the tail-end of James Carothers playing at The George Jones.

This chick is tired!! Night, y’all!!

Saturday, 06/09/18

First thing on deck is Trisha Yearwood at the HGTV Lodge. Afterward, I headed back over to my well-used booth at MCC to catch up with Matt Rogers and Karen Waldrup, before heading upstairs to catch one of the few performances I was able to attend – Garth Brooks at the CMA Spotlight Stage.

From 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm I had the pleasure of getting to know The Young FablesRay ScottTenille ArtsSarah LawtonShane OwnesJohn Berry, and Marta.

A super quick trip to grab some ‘walking nachos’ street vendor, I ran back to MCC to meet Blue Honey and Lee Gantt.

Time to zoom across town for the third and final Gig-n-Grub I arranged for tonight at Pepperfire. I thought it would be the perfect location to meet up with Kendall Gary for our chat.

Sunday, 06/10/18

Sunday, oh, Sunday… I struggled to converse most of Saturday, and Sunday woke up with a non-existent voice. I pushed my two morning interviews to the afternoon in hopes that I would be able to talk by then. Unfortunately, I ended up having to reschedule all 11 Sunday interviews to phoners later in the week. To say that I was disappointed was an understatement.

The family and I checked out of the hotel and we made our way downtown to check out The Johnny Cash Museum and the Patsy Cline Museum. We toured downtown Nashville for a couple hours, in and out of the bars and other businesses. Even though I was sore, had no voice, and it was incredibly hot – we managed to have a good time. During this time we caught a bit of David Ball at Forever Country Stage, right before we got on the road to head home.

Special thanks to all the amazing folks I worked with – it was lovely to meet you and your clients!
117 Entertainment Group
2911 Media
Adkins Publicity
Aristo PR
Campbell Entertainment Group
Evolution PR
Kore PR
Notting Hill Music Group
PLA Media
Rogers and Cowan
Shock Ink
So Much Moore Media
Wendy Pearl PR
+ more! stay tuned!

Patrick James Band

Also stay tuned for coverage of:
Brennley Brown
Brett Kissel
Dallas Wayne
Denny Strickland
Doug Lawler
Dustin Collins
Emily Hackett
Jada Vance
Jesse Rice
Joe Hott
Kelsey Lamb
Lee Roy Parnell
Lewis Brice
Lockwood Barr
Muscadine Bloodline
Ry Bradley
Sara Spicer
Scooter Brown Band
Stephanie Quayle
Ty Herndon
Whey Jennings

THANK YOU for having Splice, Music City!  Your southern hospitality was wonderful and refreshing. I can’t wait to get back to Nashville! Hopefully sooner, rather than later 😉 I am looking forward to actually covering some events at all the stages I didn’t get to catch this year – Chevy Breakout Stage, Radio Disney Country Stage, Nissan StadiumCracker Barrel Country Roads Stage at Ascend Amphitheaterand Nashville Acoustic Corner Stage. Just please tell Mother Nature to cool it down a bit for #CMAfest 2019!

CMA Fest:

Stay tuned for an updated #SpliceCMAfest2018 #Spotify playlist of what we caught!

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