Thursday, March 22, 2018 09:00 AM


The initial lineup for CMA Fest 2018 is out, and you might have guessed[1] that there isnt a massive shakeup in the billing. Not entirely unexpectedly, some stellar performers who you could identify as country (though they appeal to a broader audience) are not on the list, including Margo Price, Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell. (Though Isbell was proud to be nominated for a CMA[2],the fest isn't his bag[3].) A little more surprising may be the lack of Ashley Monroe and Kacey Musgraves, who both have new albums out soon, though a festival is not always the best place to debut material. Some notable mainstream artists aren't on the initial bill, either, like Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town and Maren Morris.

But looking at who isplaying, it seems the slow acknowledgement of voices from outside Music Row continues, as contributor Chris Parton pointed out in his analysis of the 2017 lineup[4]. This ...

News source: Nashville Scene

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