Country music radio programmers descended on Nashville Monday morning (Feb. 2) for the first of three days, kicking off Country Radio Seminar (CRS), a three-day event where radio professionals, label exec, up-and-coming artists and country superstars converge to conduct industry business.
The annual event finds record labels showcasing their artists, new and veteran, in front of radio execs. That means there are a lot of parties taking place and a lot more shows.
On Monday night, Amazon Music held their own showcase, Amazon Music & CRS Monday Night Showcase, that featured hitmaker Jason Aldean. But Country Radio Seminar attendees got more than they bargained for when superstar Garth Brooks made a surprise appearance to join Jason on stage.
Garth walked on stage as Jasons performed his 2010 hit “My Kinda Party.” Shortly after, the two powerhouses were going toe-to-toe on a rambunctious duet of Garth’s mega-hit, “Friends in Low Places.”
The showcase, held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, also featured passionate performances by newcomers Jordan Davis and Jimmie Allen. Earlier in the evening, Jason headlined the Broken Bow Records Live event held at the Country Music Hall of Fame where each artist, signed to the label’s roster, performed one of their songs.
With a majority of country’s biggest stars in town for the event, you never know who will show up at any given moment.
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