Well, if there was ever any doubt that the format was in trouble, it was all washed away with the downpours we had during the CMA Music Fest (formerly FanFair).
Record numbers turned out to listen to great music, meet their favorite stars, buy t-shirts and celebrity auction items, and hang out with fellow country music lovers. However, the weather wasn't always so cooperative as we had rainouts, much like NASCAR experiences. ....only, we don't have to wait for the track to dry here. The huge Titans stadium was filled with fans who heard Brooks and Dunn and a little bit of the Reba show when they were told that a major storm was about to hit. Instead of going back home or to their hotel rooms, they ran for cover in the coliseum hallways or just held cardboard boxes over their heads or whatever they could find. Many were drenched, but most waited out the 3 hour delay when the music kicked back in after midnite, or so, to hear their favorites. Yep, that's why they say country music has THE MOST devoted fans! I think it'd be more appropriate to change the name of the annual event to the Country Music LOVEfest!
Wow! How about that Tony Stewart... did anyone think at the beginning of the season he could start up his own team... win the All Star race... win a points race and lead the points?
If they say they did they are lying... congrats to Tony and his team... like the new restarts? I do.
How about Kyle Busch... how about him slamming his trophy hand painted guitar on the ground after the race... how about Sam Bass recovering slowly from watching one of his works of art that took weeks to paint destroyed in seconds... ouch! PS