CMA Fest: Inside the Parties, Concerts & Close Encounters
"We'll be sweating like pigs today."
– Brad Paisley, venting to reporters about the brutal heat in Nashville Thursday night before going on stage at LP Field
TEARS FOR FANS
– Hillary Scott, talking to PEOPLE about their annual fan club party where Lady Antebellum bandmate Charles Kelley had an emotional reaction
MEET AND GREET
"When I meet my fans it's not like meeting a stranger. It's sort of like saying hello to someone I already know is on the same page with me"
– Taylor Swift, telling reporters Sunday about the natural "camaraderie" she has with her fans
WONDER FROM DOWN UNDER
MOVIN' ON UP
"CMA music fest has a special meaning for me – the chance to come full circle and stand up on that stage and be the guy behind the microphone singing the songs and leading the party."
– Dierks Bentley, who first attended CMA Fest in 1995 as a volunteer, during a press conference
"Wish you could feel what it's like to look out at a stadium full of YOU."
– Sugarland, tweeting after performing at LP Field Friday night
"You'll get your money back at this point in the show!"
– Keith Urban, joking onstage after he and his band began the wrong song during a free sneak peak of his Get Closer Tour