They said today was going to be the hottest day of CMA 2015 and they were right. Word to the wise: when the weather app on your magic rectangle tells you that it’s going to be high in the 90s, make sure to stay hydrated… with water.
Although the last day of CMA 2015 was indeed the hottest day of the event, I couldn’t return to Oakland without trying some Nashville barbeque. On my way to lunch I caught the last two songs of The Marshall Tucker Band. As luck would have it, they closed with my two favorite MTB songs: “Fire On The Mountain” and “Can’t You See,” the latter of which also happens to be the number one thumbed-up Southern rock song on Pandora.
After filling up on pulled pork, I sluggishly strolled to the Plaza Stage where I just barely caught Sarah Zimmermann from Striking Matches playing one of the most intensely searing hot guitar solos I’ve seen all week. I soon learned that being loaded down with smoked swine and potato salad has its advantages as I found a chair in the shade and caught a set by The Lacs. Their moniker is an acronym for Loud Ass Crackers, which makes perfect sense when you consider that their sound is an interesting hybrid of Southern rap and Southern Rock (a subgenre that has recently been coined “hick-hop”). They opened with “Field Party” and got the crowd raising their beers in the air and bobbing their heads along to the rhythm. Before following that up with the strip club anthem “Wylin’,” Clay “Uncle Snap” Sharpe told
As entertaining as they were, I thought it would be fun to bookend my CMA 2015 experience the same way I started it, so I slipped out and headed back over to Robert’s Western World where I got to watch a band called Rachel Hester & The Tennessee Walkers cover some of my favorite old honky-tonk hits, no better way to cool down from the final, hot, hot, day at CMA Festival. Nashville, you did well!