|Eulonia and Pat at Tootsies
From Tootsies we it the streets to check out some stores and to mingle with the thousands of other country music fans.
|Broadway Street...a few of our new friends...
So they all sit in this huge roped off area with ramps going down to the stage. Since we were directly across (and about a mile away) we had a great view of the happenings. I must first tell you, I really like Arnold (which is his real name but he doesn't use it onstage). His songs make me want to grab a chair and a margarita and hit the beach...forever. He's great. If he were about ten inches taller, had hair, and didn't appear to be a jerk, I'd be so into him. See, here's the thing...Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Charles Kelly (from Lady A), Luke Bryan and others were all great sports. They cheered and clapped for everyone and Carrie, Jason and especially Luke, were up and ready to shake hands and hug anyone and everyone who won an award. Just watching Luke Bryan put a smile on my face. He is so peppy and friendly they should have given him an award for sportsmanship.
|Kenny Chesney...oh I mean Arnold, chatting it up....
Kellie Pickler's date for the night was a Marine and his dog...so awesome to see her hanging out with him, petting the dog, and generally being an awesome person.
Artists from today:
Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts and Journey, Pistol Annies, Scotty McCreary, The Band Perry, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, Darius Rucker, Zack Brown, Lauren Alaina, and Jamie Johnson.