Dust Off Those Boots: HGTV Lodge Returns to CMA Fest

Your favorite country music stars rocked the HGTV Lodge at the 2018 CMA Fest in Nashville, TN.

For four days in June, HGTV hosts some of the biggest names in country music in a cozy barn in the middle of downtown Nashville. Die-hard fans from across the country stuck it out in 90-degree heat to see their favorite musicians perform at the most intimate venue at CMA Fest. 

performs on stage at the HGTV Lodge at CMA Music Fest on June 9, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Photo by: Anna Webber

Anna Webber

Great American Country's Suzanne Alexander was our master of ceremonies all weekend long, introducing fans to A-listers like Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, Dustin Lynch, Luke Combs and more.

HGTV hosts Page Turner and Deron Jenkins from Flip or Flop Nashville, Dave and Kortney Wilson from Music City Fix, Leanne Ford from Restored by the Fords and the Property Brothers also showed up to party, Music City style.

The luckiest fans won a chance to meet their favorite artists and pose for selfies in front of our green living wall. 

It wouldn't be an HGTV event without a little shiplap. HGTV superfan and country artist Eric Paslay showed off some serious DIY skills and crafted us a Grand Ole Opry-inspired marquee sign to use as a backdrop in our interview area. Yes, he made it entirely by hand. Did we mention he's pals with Jonathan and Drew? 

We also had the opportunity to put the artists in the hot seat and ask some very controversial, hard-hitting questions, like "How do you pronounce 'pecan'?" 

The best glimpse inside the HGTV Lodge for fans who couldn't make it is still to come. Tune in to ABC on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 8|7c for CMA Fest, a 3-hour special featuring an exclusive performance by Midland from inside the Lodge!

HGTV Lodge at CMA Fest is one of the most unique fan experiences we offer up all year. If you haven't made plans to join us next year, what are you waiting for? 

Check out the #HGTVLodge hashtag on Instagram and our Instagram Story highlight to relive all the songs, the Q&As and the off-the-cuff moments that made this year's CMA Fest the most memorable yet! 

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