So it begins: Autographs, Concerts & Long lines
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It begins today with making sure we have our admission tag for the events to hang from our necks all day for the next 4 days. It's better than the wristbands we had to wear the whole time. At least these can be taken off although also more easy to lose. Also Included in our packets are pocket schedules of the events, Booklet that also has schedules & can be used for autographs, coupon booklet (for stores, hotels, etc.) & free admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame (worth $15) & a bag to put these things in. lol I also pack sunglasses, sunblock lotion ( for the Riverfront concerts)& CD covers for autographs & of course my digital camera & 3 memory cards. lol Bernie calls this "country music boot camp" because the past few years I've made her get up at 6am to get to the convention center to get into a line for another 1-2 hours to get into another line to try to meet a country star.
A little after 9am the doors to where the autograph sessions are held are open & the workers yell "no running" but most of these people don't listen. I walk fast & then almost in a jog to the booths of the groups I want to see most (Pinmonkey, GAC, CMT, Tower Records & Country Weekly) as I've already lost Bernie. She went to the right side to check out the situation over there. I see that RHETT AKINS is signing at 10am so I get in that line because I wanted him to sign my "Kiss my Country Ass" t-shirt that I forgot yesterday.
When we get here, your bags get searched but I've never had a problem. TRACY BYRD is on stage & we go down through the picture line in front of the stage to get pics of him. This is my favorite part of the experience. There is something to be said about being able to be in front of that stage & get CLOSE UP pictures of your favorite artists. The coliseum has a picture line also but you are hurried through it.
We walked back to the convention center & got in line to meet more artists. NEAL MCOY, JIMMY WAYNE, BILL CODY and PINMONKEY. I meet NEAL & he is so funny & nice. He just cracks me up! Bill Cody hosts shows on GAC & I had to ask him what he thought about HANK III. I go to meet JIMMY WAYNE and he tells me that I have BEAUTIFUL EYES! Well I was so Flustered by this because I have never had a man tell me that before.
Walked back near the Riverfront area to the HARD ROCK CAFE to eat. Did I mention that this involves TONS of walking! lol Also saw TRICK PONY perform. Walked back to the hotel to freshen up & then walked over to the coliseum (about 25 min) for the nightly concerts which included LITTLE BIG TOWN, PAT GREEN, BLAKE SHELTON, SARA EVANS, DIERKS BENTLEY (who was a surprise performance), GARY ALLAN, BROOKS & DUNN, HANK WILLIAMS JR & LYNYRD SKYNYRD. This was a great show! My personal favorites were LBT, Gary Allan & Brooks & Dunn. The big surprise was KEITH URBAN joined Brooks & Dunn for a song! NICOLE KIDMAN was backstage too! I went through the photo line & tooks about 100 pictures! lol