Live Updates: The Music Universe at CMA Fest 2022

Interviews, show recaps and more from Music City

The 49th CMA Fest is in full swing in Nashville this weekend after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic. Reporter Matt Bailey is on the ground in Nashville, and will bring us updates from Lower Broadway all festival long. Interviews, show recaps, and more, live from Music City with some of country’s biggest and upcoming talent.

Check back here all weekend long for updates from Nashville’s biggest weekend!

Following CMA Fest, Matt visited the Opry Loves the 90s exhibit that runs through December at Acuff House. Check out our coverage.


Be sure to check back tomorrow and subscribe to The Music Universe Podcast where you’ll hear exclusive interviews we haven’t aired yet from CMA Fest with Caitlyn Smith, Lindsay Ell, King Calaway and TikTok star Thomas Mac.

The weekend wraps with interviews with Brenda Lee, Allie Colleen, Alex Miller and Makenzie Phipps.

Checking out Allie Colleen at the Glen Campbell Museum.

The afternoon kicks off with an interview with the wonderful and talented Lindsay Ell. Check out her interview exclusively on our podcast wrap tomorrow!

Final day at CMA Fest kicks off with interviews at the 40th Annual Sunday Morning Country Breakfast at the Grand Ole Opry which includes Brenda Lee.


We wrap the night with an interview from Everette.

Cole Swindell, Ingrid Andress, Randall King & Tyler Braden rocked the Ascend Amphitheater.

Catching the Warner Music Nashville performances at Ascend Amphitheater when the label announces Anna Avery as their newest signee. Congrats!

Luke Bryan drew massive crowd during chat at Fan Fair X.

Checking out Hayden Josheph’s performance at Glen Campbell Museum.

Interviews continue with Home Free and TikTok star Hayden Joseph.

We caught Caitlyn Smith performing at the Country Music Hall of Fame. We interviewed her yesterday but you’ll have to tune into The Music Universe Podcast next week to see her interview, along with a few others that we’ve been saving.

You just never know who you may run into at CMA Fest!

We had a chance to check out a performance from Tyler Reese Tritt.

Day three kicks off with interviews with Kimberly Kelly and Graelyn James.


Day two wraps with Johnny Dailey!

Day two afternoon updates include interviews with Belles and Brie Carter.

Day two continues with Tigirlily.

Day two kicks off with an interview from Uncle Kracker with many more on the way!


Lorrie Morgan Celebrates Grand Ole Opry membership

Lorrie Morgan celebrated 38 years as a Grand Ole Opry member on Thursday (June 9th) night, the first night of CMA Fest. The country star told the crowd that her father George was also made a member of the Grand Ole Opry on June 9th…in 1949! Her set included a tribute to new Country Hall of Fame inductee, her late husband Keith Whitley. She performed his hit, “When You Say Nothing at All.” She also sang “I Didn’t Know my Own Strength,” and closed with crowd favorite “Something in Red.”

Bill Anderson is also celebrating. His latest album comes out on June 10th, and his Hall of Fame exhibit, Bill Anderson: As Far as I Can See, recently debuted at the museum.

Other Opry performers included Mark Wills, Riders in the Sky, Tenille Arts, Riders in the Sky, and Scotty McCreery. Josh Turner closed out the rare Thursday Night Opry broadcast with “Your Man.”

It is always an honor to visit the home of America’s Music.


Interviews with Caroline Jones, Raleigh Keegan, Jordan Fletcher, David Nail, Jake Hoot, Filmore, and Hannah Ellis kick off Day One.

Jamie O’Neal delivers hits at Chevy Vibes Stage

The Australian-born Jamie O’Neal performed most of her fan-favorite hits during a 30 minute outdoor set in the afternoon on opening day of CMA Fest 2022. Her performance included “Trying to Find Atlantis,” “There Is No Arizona,” and “When I Think About Angels.” She also performed “Spin The Bottle” from her latest record. Fans who missed her this afternoon can see her this evening at 90’s Night at the Wildhorse Saloon on 2nd Ave.


Country Music Hall of Fame debuts new exhibits

Matt takes us inside the Country Music Hall of Fame. New exhibits shine light on the careers of Florida Georgia Line, and this weekend’s The Music Universe Podcast guest, Bill Anderson. Plus, find out which exhibit has closed after four years.

TMU kicks off CMA Fest at Country For a Cause

We chatted with several artists who turned out to 3rd and Lindsley on Wednesday (June 8th) to support Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The benefit is put on by the Country for a Cause organization. This was the first post-pandemic benefit. Artists including John Rich, Michelle Wright, and The Isaacs rocked a sold out crowd in a marathon three hour plus concert.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

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