CMA Fest: Celebrates 50 Years of Fan Fair With New Documentary
The CMA Music Festival, a four-day music festival centered on country music, hosted each June by the Country Music Association (CMA) and partnership with the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Beginning in 1972 under the name Fan Fair, it has hosted the biggest names in country music and boasted some iconic moments such as Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner doing their last duet together before they cut ties in 1974. Garth Brooks made an unexpected appearance at the show in 1996 and signed autographs for fans for 23 hours straight! The event now draws over 400 artists and celebrities and even more fans with all proceeds going to benefit music education. This year, the event was filmed, and will be featured in the upcoming documentary CMA Fest: 50 Years of Fan Fair, available July 5 on Hulu.
Barbara Mandrell and Tommy Overstreet on stage during the 5th Annual Fan Fair 1976, The World’s Biggest Country Music Festival in Downtown Nashville.
The 75-minute documentary features never-before-seen archival content, CMA performances and interviews with some of country music’s most notable artists, including Bill Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, BRELAND, Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Shy Carter, Luke Combs, Vince Gill, Valierie Ellis Hawkins, Wynonna Judd, Miranda Lambert, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Mark Miller, Craig Morgan, Lorrie Morgan, Dolly Parton, Carly Pearce, Jeannie Seely, Blake Shelton, Frankie Staton, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Lainey Wilson, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young.