The 47th CMA Fest wrapped up on Sunday, June 10, concluding four days of performances across 11 stages in downtown Nashville. Throughout the weekend, country music fans gathered in Music City to not only see their favorite artists perform, but also to connect with these artists and others from all over the world with the same love for music. Wanting to connect with his fans even more, Chris Stapleton visited his pop-up shop at The George Jones on the last day of the festival to give fans a memorable ending to the weekend. The signing took place inside the George Jones Museum, located on the second level of the venue.
Fans of both George Jones and Chris Stapleton likely remember Stapleton’s cover of “Tennessee Whiskey,” which paid homage to the song made a hit by Jones in 1983. The George Jones, the entertainment venue dedicated to the country music legend, hosted the pop-up shop all CMA Fest weekend. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, fans could shop, eat, drink and enjoy the venue’s perfect view of Riverfront Stage. The store introduced fans to new merchandise and unique collections such as custom YETI coolers, Louisville Slugger bats and more.
Despite his weekend full of performances at the 2018 CMT Music Awards, CMA Fest and more, Stapleton met with fans and signed merchandise for nearly five hours. This is reminiscent of how CMA Fest began in 1972, when it was known as Fan Fair and featured artists hosting day-long autograph sessions and meet and greets. Now, CMA Fest attendees can purchase passes to a similar event called Fan Fair X.
While most country music fans had to purchase additional passes to interact with their favorite CMA Fest headliners, fans of Chris Stapleton were able to conclude their CMA Fest weekend with a free and unforgettable experience with the artist at The George Jones.