The 2018 CMA Music Festival is not only fun for the country music fans, but also a blast for the artists themselves. Hundreds of entertainers take over Downtown Nashville to perform songs, meet their fans, and host incredible parties to show appreciation for all the country music community has done for them for the past year.
“Playing CMA Fest is a always great experience and we loved being on that stage. It’s a great space for the fans, great production, and great energy,” the band told us moments after performing for the crowd. “CMA Fest is more fan centered than probably any other festival that we’ve played and that makes the whole thing feel different in a good way. We have always been a band that embraced accessibility to the fans so it feels like home to us.”
Their favorite moment about performing live? Seeing people come out to listen to their music!
“For us it was cool to see people come out to see us [at shows] because they liked the last two records. But then all of a sudden, they hear us playing our older stuff like, “All For You,” “Change Your Mind,” or “Champagne High,” and say, “WOW! I didn’t know this was those guys!” It’s kind of weird, but when those dots get connected for people and that light goes off – its been a really powerful thing to see,” the band explained.
By next CMA Fest, the band hopes to be performing at the festival once again, while having even more support from their fans and major stations on country radio.
“We’ve had back to back Billboard top five country records without any real radio support, so it would be amazing to partner with someone and see what we could do with kind of push [by next CMA Fest]. CMT has shown us some love and it’s been a big lift, and radio would be a whole different level of that,” they told us.
You can catch Sister Hazel performing at venues all over the country this summer, with a full list of tour dates here.