Country Proud: Presented by The Nash News and RNBW in Partnership With CMT and CMA

The Nash News is proud to say we are presenting, along with RNBW Queer Music Collective, the first-ever LGBTQ+ event during a country music festival at this year's CMA Fest. Our weekly writer's rounds have been happening at the Assembly Food Hall in Nashville for the past several months, and the round scheduled for Thursday, June 9th will be a very special one. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and is partnered with CMT and CMA. Our lineup of artists from the LGBTQ+ community highlight a vital part of country music, as well as what's to come for the future of the genre.

The lineup includes:

Harper Grae

Rolling Stone Country called Grae, "a platinum-voiced country-pop singer with a flair for turning her harrowing past into high art." The singer-songwriter is known for songs such as "Muddy Water" and "Best For You."

Shelly Fairchild

Fairchild's debut album Ride from 2005 spawned rave reviews from critics and fans alike. She followed that up with the albums Ruby's Money and Buffalo. As a songwriter, she has written for acts like Tanya Tucker and Little Big Town.

Jessica Rose

Rose hails from the east coast and is a pop-country artist. Rose has opened shows for Carrie Underwood, Jimmy Buffet, Russell Dickerson, and Jimmie Allen.