For Fans of Veteran Country Artists, The Budweiser Forever Country Stage is Where to Camp During CMA Fest

by VVN Music

Everyone seems to focus on the Nissan Stadium stage during Nashville's CMA Fest because of the superstars who play there, but for fans of veteran country artists, there's a much better place to hang out.

The Budweiser Forever Country Stage is located on the lawn behind the Ascend Amphitheatre in the Cumberland River Greenway and is the home of artists from the 80's, 90's and 00's. A few of the artists even date back to the 70's including Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers band and two groups that started on the pop charts before going country, the Bellamy Brothers ("Let Your Love Flow") and Exile ("Kiss You All Over").

The Forever Country Stage schedule (veteran artists in bold):

  • Thursday, June 7
    • 11:00 - Billy Dean
    • 11:45 - Shenandoah
    • 12:30 - Bellamy Brothers
    • 1:15 - Little Texas
    • 2:00 - Lonestar
    • 2:45 - Restless Heart
    • 3:30 - Terri Clark
    • 4:15 - Lorrie Morgan
  • Friday, June 8
    • 11:00 - Wade Hayes
    • 11:45 - Keith Anderson
    • 12:30 - Ty Herndon
    • 1:15 - Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band
    • 2:00 - Michelle Wright
    • 2:45 - Heidi Newfield
    • 3:30 - Daryl Worley
    • 4:15 - LeRoy Parnell
  • Saturday, June 9
    • 11:00 - Honky Tonkin' With Tracy Lawrence
    • 12:30 - Mila Mason
    • 1:15 - John Berry
    • 2:00 - Jamie O'Neill
    • 2:45 - George Ducas
    • 3:30 - Forever Country, Never Forgotten: A Tribute to Those Lost From Country Music
  • Sunday, June 10
    • 11:00 - Terry McBride
    • 11:45 - Andy Griggs
    • 12:30 - Exile
    • 1:15 - Mark Wills
    • 2:00 - David Bell
    • 2:45 - Joe Diffie
    • 3:30 - Mark Collie
    • 4:15 - BlackHawk
Of course, veteran artists are hitting the Nissan Stadium stage including Darius Rucker on Thursday while Charley Pride opens the show on Friday, Lee Ann Womack and Keith Urban are on Saturday's lineup and Ricky Skaggs opens on Sunday. 





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