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CMA Music Fest 2011 Stadium Concerts Photos Part 2 of 4 – Nashville, TN – LP Field – 6/10/2011 (Photos)

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    Posted on 7/23/2011

    Lady Antebellum - CMA Music Fest 2011

    Lady Antebellum - CMA Music Fest 2011

    It was the second night of the CMA Music Festival 2011, the Friday Night Stadium Concerts with a lineup of arena headliners.  On the bill was Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, and a couple of surprises!

    Check out the Photos taken by Concert Blast’s Brian Hasbrook.

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      U2 Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Vanderbilt Stadium – 7/02/2011 (Podcast 213)

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        Posted on 7/18/2011

        U2 Stage - Nashville, TN - Vanderbilt Stadium

        U2 Stage - Nashville, TN - Vanderbilt Stadium

        It was a muggy July Saturday evening in Nashville, TN, but the 45,000 rock music fans that gathered in Vanderbilt Stadium to see U2 perform didn’t seem to mind at all.   Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson were there to capture the live U2 concert experience in person to bring the excitement to the fans in their audio podcast. 

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          CMA Music Fest 2011 Interviews and More Events – Nashville, TN (Podcast 212)

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            Mike Arnold Interviews Lauren Alaina

            Mike Arnold Interviews Lauren Alaina

            Posted 7/10/2011

            During the CMA Music Festival 2011, Concert Blast conducted various interviews at various events and more in this audio podcast. 

            This podcast is focused on the CMA Music Festival 2011 Events.  Not the stadium concerts, but the other events.  The coverage includes the Montgomery Gentry Fan Club Party, The Fan Fair Booth signings, The Celebrity Softball Game to raise money for the City of Hope Cancer Research Center, Riverfront Park Concerts, and the Wildhorse Saloon.

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              Elvis Presley Graceland Sound Seeing Tour – Memphis, TN – (Podcast 211)

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                Posted 7/4/2011

                Alicia Dean Gives Audio Tour of Graceland

                Alicia Dean Gives Audio Tour of Graceland

                When Mike Arnold and Brian Hasbrook of Concert Blast traveled to Memphis, TN to cover the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, they were also invited for an escorted personal tour of the home of Elvis Presley.  Brian Hasbrook and Mike Arnold received a personal escorted tour from Alicia Dean from the PR department of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

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                  Elvis Presley Graceland Tour Photos – Memphis, TN – (Photos)

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                    Posted on 7/3/2011

                    Brian Hasbrook and Mike Arnold at the Home of Elvis Presley - Graceland

                    Brian Hasbrook and Mike Arnold at the Home of Elvis Presley - Graceland

                    When Mike Arnold and Brian Hasbrook of Concert Blast traveled to Memphis, TN to cover the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, they were also invited for an escorted personal tour of the former home of Elvis Presley.  Brian Hasbrook was on hand to capture some photos of some of the rooms and the grounds.

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                      CMA Music Fest Review – LP Field Stadium Concerts Part 1 – Nashville, TN – 6/9/2011 (Podcast 210)

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                        Posted on 6/29/2011

                        Brad Paisley In Concert - CMA Music Festival 2011

                        Brad Paisley In Concert - CMA Music Festival 2011

                        It was our annunal return to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN.  On this first night of the Stadium concerts, Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, and James Downing were on hand to cover the best event in Country Music. Special guest host Charity Taylor also joined the staff as a helper on this night of fun. 

                        Providing the entertainment on this night were; Zach Brown Band (with very special surprise guests Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Amos Lee, and others), Brad Paisley (with his special surprise guest Alabama), Jason Aldean (with special surprise guest Kelly Clarkson), Sara Evans, and Easton Corbin.

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                          CMA Music Fest Photos – LP Field Stadium Concerts Part 1 – Nashville, TN – 6/9/2011 (Photos)

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                            Posted on 6/29/2011

                            Jason Aldean In Concert - CMA Music Fest

                            Jason Aldean In Concert - CMA Music Fest

                            It was our annunal return to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN.  On this first night of the Stadium concerts, Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, and James Downing were on hand to cover the best event in Country Music.  James Downing provided the photos on this particular night of pure fun! 

                            Providing the entertainment on this night there were; Zach Brown Band (with very special surprise guests Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Amos Lee, and others), Brad Paisley (with his special surprise guest Alabama), Jason Aldean (with special surprise guest Kelly Clarkson), Sara Evans, and Easton Corbin.

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                              STYX and YES Co-Headling “Progressive U.S. Tour” Announcement (Blog)

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                                Posted 6/27/2011
                                STYX and YES "PROGRESSIVE U.S. TOUR" ANNOUNCEMENTSTYX and YES "PROGRESSIVE U.S. TOUR" ANNOUNCEMENT

                                Multi-platinum rock band STYX joins forces with the world’s most quintessential prog-rock band YES for a summer tour extravaganza.  These two monster rock bands will embark on the 22-city “Progressive U.S. Tour” starting July 4th and concluding August 3rd in Mountain View, CA.  Tickets will go on sale starting the weekend of April 8th.

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                                  Stella Parton Interview – Dolly Parton’s Sister’s Book and CD ‘Tell It Sister, Tell It’ (Podcast 209)

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                                    Posted 6/22/2010

                                    Stella Parton with Mike Arnold and James Downing

                                    Stella Parton with Mike Arnold and James Downing

                                    As part of the CMA Week coverage, Mike Arnold and James Downing had the priviledge to have a conversation with the “Legendary Maverick”, Stella Parton. 

                                    This interview was conducted at the Parlor Studio on 16th Avenue (Music Row area) in Nashville, TN (although they met in the studio, the interview was conducted using the Concert Blast equipment).  There is lots of humour and a few serious moments in this interview as Stella describes her new book, “Tell It Sister, Tell It” and the CD (with the same name) that has songs which go hand in hand with the book.

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                                      ZZ Top Concert Review – Nashville, TN – The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel – 6/5/2011 (Blog)

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                                        Posted on 6/21/2011

                                        ZZ Top In Concert - Nashville, TN - Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons

                                        ZZ Top In Concert - Nashville, TN - Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons

                                        Written by James Downing

                                        When I was 15 years old my dad got me a job riding in an 18 wheeler on a route with a guy and helping him unload boxes at each of his stops in Tennessee and Kentucky. One thing made me excited about this job was that the truck driver had 2 boxes of eight track tapes that he carried with him on his route each day. I could not wait to see what he had in the box. The first morning of the job I asked if I could look at his tapes. When I opened the first box he reached over and pulled out a tape and said something like “Let’s go down to Texas.” I told him I had better call my parents if we were going to Texas because they just thought that we were going to Kentucky. He laughed and said “No man, this is ‘That Little Ole Band From Texas’ ZZ Top, you ever heard them?” I told him no as he pushed the tape into the player and the first song that played was “Just Got Paid” I was a fan after that first song. After that day I listened to the local FM station and heard a lot of songs by ZZ Top and found out they were very popular. I went to several of their shows and loved their music more with each album.

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