I got the opportunity from my friend, who had called me a couple of months ago and asked if I wanted to go to the CMT Awards. I don't really watch many award shows, and if I do, it is never live. I haven't had a TV since the age of 15 or so, and I can never seem to be in the right place at the right time to catch them. Or perhaps there is that rebel side of me that just really doesn't believe that music should have awards to them. But I know people enjoy the competition and the voting. It doesn't really matter to me. Not to say if I got one, I wouldn't be grateful that people would even think of me..but..it's just odd, isn't it? What is the purpose of music?
Anyway, trying to not get off track too much. My friend Mike from Riversong Acoustic Guitars asked if I wanted to be the A&R person for the company in Nashville, and of course I said yes. So we got passes. It was a wonderful thing to be able to see how they set up. We got there Sunday, and stayed, hung out. There were other artist reps from Taylor, Takamine, Godin, and PRS guitars. The whole point of them was to connect with their artists, to kind of make sure they play their instruments, to have some 'facetime' with people, and know if their presence. I felt blessed.
I was one of very few women, but my friend Leslie Framm was there. I was treated like royalty. The first couple of days were a bit rough, since catering doesn't make it easy for 'plant based' eating people with gluten allergies..so I walked down the busy streets, which were closed off to the public, and went to go get Acai bowls for Mike and I.
The streets were packed, and for some reason, the weather was hotter than I had ever felt it in Nashville. Close to the 100's. Which reminds me, I need to fix the AC in my car..lol
So finally on Tuesday, the artists started having rehearsals, so I got to see just about every artist rehearsing super close. I got to essentially walk right up to the stage and watch them. It was fascinating. My favorite part about it all was getting to see Keith Urban. Gotta love the guy. His energy is just infectious. He had so much fun. Brett Eldridge and Maren Morris were on the stage with him, and all having just as much fun. I'm not gonna lie, I was kinda wishing I was up there too. The only bummer was Chris Stapleton had a closed off rehearsal. But I get it. He seemed pretty shy, but like a wonderful person.
It was long days, a whole lot of walking and standing, talking, a lot of energy, but I am feeling blessed. It was a great time.