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CMADuring CMA Fest 2018, Luke Bryan celebrated the tenth anniversary of his fan club “The Nut House,” named for the fact that the Georgia native grew up on a peanut farm.

As he told ABC Radio backstage at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, “It’s been a few years since I’ve had the opportunity to do a fan club party. So just being there with my guitar and it not being very formal, just me playing songs that I wrote five years ago that I don’t even remember [and] the fans interacting with me….I mean, it was a fun moment.”

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CMABrett Eldredge hosted one of the most unusual gatherings during CMA Fest year: a meet-up with his fans at a dog park. The Illinois native was surprised how many people showed up, though perhaps he shouldn’t be, given the popularity of his 2-year-old Weimaraner/Vizsla mix, Edgar.

So, at this point, Edgar’s the most popular dog in country music, right?

“He might be,” Brett tells ABC Radio. “I was trying to think about that the other day. I mean, it’s weird that a dog can be famous, but he definitely is…He hasn’t got a big head about it — yet.”

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CMACMA Fest is all about the fans, and for Cole Swindell, one of the highlights of the week was his fan club party.

“You know, it’s always one of my favorite times,” he told ABC Radio backstage at Nissan Stadium over the weekend. “Because you get to meet new fans you haven’t met. But then there’s also those familiar faces that you see. You know where they’re from, but they still make [it to] shows all over the country.”

“You know, this is what they look forward to all year,” Cole said of CMA Fest, “and they’ve got a lot of favorite …read more

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CMAFlorida Georgia Line celebrated the #1 success of both “Meant to Be” and “God, Your Mama and Me” this weekend with a party at FGL House in downtown Nashville.

Both Bebe Rexha and Backstreet Boys were on hand for the festivities, but even the world-famous pop stars couldn’t compete with the most popular girl at the party: Tyler Hubbard‘s nearly six-month-old daughter Olivia.

Liv, as her dad calls her, smiled, cooed and demonstrated her standing-up skills as the superstars did interviews before the party.

“Yeah, she seems to be pretty outgoing, likes to be around people, but she always has been,” Tyler says …read more

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Dierks Bentley’s current Mountain High tour features LANCO and Brothers Osborne, and backstage at CMA Fest this weekend, Dierks told ABC Radio that choosing those acts are all a part of his philosophy of creating the most fun summer tour experience possible.

“You know I’ve learned a lot from my kids. They get to go to camp every summer,” Dierks explained. “I’m like, ‘I wanna go to camp, too! So how do I go to camp?’ And you go to camp by surrounding yourself with great people.”

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You might think playing the main stage this weekend at CMA Fest would be Brett Young‘s most pressure-packed performance of the year. But you’d be wrong, because the California native recently found out his fiancée, Taylor Mills, expects him to sing at their wedding.

“If we get the venue we want on the date we want, it’s gonna be [at the] end of the year,” he revealed to ABC Radio backstage. “So it’s getting close.”

“And I didn’t think she would want me to sing,” he continues. “She’s at five shows of mine a week, and I …read more

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CMAJake Owen‘s come a long way since the first time he attended the country festival formerly known as Fan Fair. This weekend, he played his top-ten tribute to John Mellencamp, “I Was Jack (You Were Diane),” on the main stage at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. Back then, he was just starting out.

“The first year I was here, [after] I moved to town, I hadn’t even gotten a record deal yet,” he recalls. “So I just went over to the fairgrounds with some friends and drank some beers and watch Hank [Williams] Junior.”

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CMABebe Rexha spent CMA Fest week in Nashville hanging out with Florida Georgia Line, attending their number one party for their collaboration “Meant to Be” and joining the guys onstage at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. She even got her first-ever cowboy hat…from Dolly Parton’s hatmaker, no less. But while Bebe may be well-versed in country music now, things were quite different for her last year.

Bebe admits that when she walked into the studio the day “Meant to Be” was created, she didn’t know much about country music at all. How clueless was she? She …read more

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CMAMaren Morris’ bulldog puppy Pancake came to her from, of all places, Jon Pardi’s mom, who’s a dog breeder. According to Jon, it started out as a little fun project for her, but now it’s taken over her life.

“Yes, my mom is obsessed with English bulldogs,” he told ABC Radio backstage at CMA Fan Fest this past weekend. “It started off like, ‘I’m gonna breed some bulldogs! It’s gonna be fun!’ And it’s turned into that now, she has six bulldogs…it’s crazy!”

Jon laughs, “They’re like miniature cows running around that slobber and fart and snore. But …read more

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CMAIt’s been another big year for Chris Stapleton. Since he last played CMA Fest in Nashville, he and wife Morgane welcomed twin sons, and Chris had his first number one single with “Broken Halos.”

“You know, I’d written some number ones for other people, but never had one as an artist,” Chris told ABC Radio backstage at CMA Fest this past weekend. “And it meant so much to get to have that particular song go number one, because I wrote it with my dear friend Mike Henderson, who I was in the SteelDrivers with.”

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