If you’ve been following the Country Music Association (CMA) #CMAFestGuess on social media the past couple of weeks, you already know who is performing during the LP Field Nightly Concerts at this year’s CMA Music Fest June 5-8 in Downtown Nashville. If not, keep reading because we’re about to reveal each of the 20 artists.
Posted to Facebook on Monday, March 3
Luke Bryan’s clue kicked off #CMAFestGuess with a bulldog puppy holding a lightsaber. Georgia native Luke Bryan is a huge UGA Bulldogs fan and he shares the same first name as Darth Vader’s son, Luke Skywalker. Star Wars fans got that pretty quickly.
Posted to Twitter on Tuesday, March 4
Who likes movie quotes? We don’t know if Gary, Jay and Joe Don have seen the 1994 family comedy “The Little Rascals,” but it features the one and only Reba, who you may have thought was the answer to this clue. The tweet is a quote from the movie where Alfalfa is pretending to write a nasty letter to his love, Darla.
THE BAND PERRY
Posted to Twitter via Vine on Tuesday, March 4
A Perry here, a Perry there, a Perry everywhere. This Vine video featured celebrities with the first or last name Perry.
Posted to Instagram on Wednesday, March 5
Tim McGraw’s clue sure stumped some of you. Tim recently starred in the Academy Award® winning movie, “The Blind Side,” the story of Baltimore Ravens football star Michael Oher’s inspiring and unlikely story. The number 74 represents Oher’s jersey number.
Posted to Facebook on Thursday, March 6
We hope you’re good at brain teasers, because this one wasn’t easy! This clue was inspired by Keith Urban’s hit song, “Put You in a Song.” So, look closely, we put the word YOU in the middle of the word SONG.
Posted to Twitter on Friday, March 7
If you’ve been to CMA Music Festival before, you know that there are plenty of unexpected surprises throughout the four days. Last year, Hunter Hayes wanted to surprise the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage attendees with a few songs, so his slot was advertised as a made-up band named Thunder Locomotive.
LITTLE BIG TOWN
Posted to Instagram on Monday, March 10
For this clue, we added some beautiful harmonies to a boring BLT sandwich to make it a Little Big Town (a.k.a. LBT).
MIRANDA LAMBERT AND BLAKE SHELTON
Posted to Facebook on Tuesday, March 11
Country’s favorite couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have been the reigning CMA Male and Female Vocalists for the past four years. Miranda always hits the stage with her custom pink microphone while Blake is a hunting enthusiast. We figured this is how the CMA Awards statues would look if designed by Blake and Miranda.
Posted to Instagram on Wednesday, March 12
Forget modern-day gaming, who misses playing The Oregon Trail in the ’90s? You had to keep your crew alive in the frontier days by hunting for game, feeding your oxen and keeping your wagon maintained by, perhaps, purchasing a new… Wagon Wheel. This clue was inspired by Darius Rucker’s popular cover of the Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.”
Posted to Facebook on Thursday, March 13
Brad Paisley has had a career of successful songwriting, with a diverse catalog of deep love songs to tongue-in-cheek tunes. This clue creates a visual of Brad’s hit, “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” about a man who chose fishing over his woman.
Posted to Twitter on Friday, March 14
Eric Church’s follow up album to his 2012 CMA Album of the Year Chief is titled The Outsiders. “The Outsiders” is also a title of a 1967 book by S. E. Hinton that was made into a film in 1983 starring Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez. The tweeted clue is a quote from the book/movie.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
Posted to Twitter on Monday, March 17
This Florida Georgia Line clue may have required some geographical knowledge. The line down the middle separates each state’s state flower, bird and tree. Florida: Orange Blossom, Northern Mockingbird, Cabbage Palmetto. Georgia: Rosa Laevigata, Brown Thrasher, Live Oak.
Posted to Facebook on Tuesday, March 18
If you’re a Jason Aldean fan, you probably know that he loves baseball. He turned down a baseball scholarship to become a Country singer. A photo of a baseball player may not have been enough to make a good guess, so we slapped a Jason mask on it from “Friday the 13th.”
Posted to Instagram on Tuesday, March 18
We had to throw an easy one at you toward the end. Sound it out now…
ZAC BROWN BAND
Posted to Facebook on Tuesday, March 18
They are as caged as the bird…
DIERKS BENTLEY, BRANTLEY GILBERT, THOMAS RHETT and CHRIS YOUNG were announced via the video below released today (Mar 19th). The nightly schedule is as follows. Please note that artists are listed in alphabetical order by first name and not performance order. Lineup is subject to change without notice.
- Thursday, June 8th: Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw
- Friday, June 9th: Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry
- Saturday, June 10th: Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Little Big Town
- Sunday, June 11th: Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett, Zac Brown Band
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.