Since I wrote a post a few days ago about the departure of the classic country stage “Durango Music Spot” at the annual CMA Festival, here’s a look at the new stage taking its place: Spotlight Stage lineup. I’m pleasantly surprised at the variety, including a few artists who were already on my assorted YouTube and Spotify playlists.
I’m unfamiliar with many of the acts, but there are traditional-leaning country acts from Alabama (Shane Owens, Red Marlow, Glen Templeton), folks from Louisiana (James Dupre, Karen Waldrup,etc), and Texas (Bobby Marquez,etc). Young traditional country acts include Presley & Taylor and EmiSunshine. There are good bluegrass-leaning options, too (Kyle Dillingham, Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith, Gal Friday). Joe Denim is funny, so there’s a good comedy choice. International artists include Marta (Poland), The Wandering Hearts (UK), and 8 Ball Aitken (Australia).
Here are some of the artists who will take the stage: CMA Spotlight Stage Spotify Sampler.
Also, I just won something called a “pop socket” in a drawing from Ole Red Nashville. I don’t know what to do with it, but since they’re nice enough to give me something, I’m pleased to share the lineup for the Spotify stage at Ole Red (which was created with help from the Grand Ole Opry, whose parent company Ryman Properties is also the parent company of the new Ole Red): Spotify Hot Country. These are free shows, and there are some very high-profile acts, especially Saturday night. Ten of the fifteen Saturday acts are female, which is quite different from some other festivals. So many things are going on at different venues at the same time that I’m not sure which things I’m going to try where, but I hope to at least stick my head in to see how the crowds are.