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ULM Alumna, Lainey Wilson to perform at the 2024 Country Music Association Festival (CMA) Sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Tourism June 6-9

CMA Fest 2014
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CMA Fest 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism are sponsoring the 2024 Country Music Association Festival (CMA Fest) in Nashville June 6-9 as part of the Louisiana Year of Music campaign.

“Music is one of the many reasons people visit Louisiana. It is part of our culture and we produce some of the best musical talent in the world. CMA Fest is the largest country music festival in the world so this is a great opportunity to showcase what we have to offer,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser.

The Louisiana Office of Tourism’s mobile welcome center will be located in downtown Nashville and display its musical petting zoo. The zoo includes accordions, fiddles, rubboards, triangles, and spoons. Guests are encouraged to pick up and play instruments to learn more about how Louisiana artists create their unique sounds. A photo booth activation also lets attendees pose with instruments.

Louisiana natives Lainey Wilson and Timothy Wayne are performers at the festival. Lainey Wilson won five awards at the 2023 Country Music Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. At the 2024 Grammy’s she took home the award for Best Country Album. In 2023, Lainey Wilson performed on Louisiana’s float in the annual Rose Parade®. Timothy Wayne is the nephew of Tim McGraw and a current student at Louisiana State University. He is working on his first studio album.

“We are so proud of our Louisiana music ambassadors, both past and present. Of course, Lainey’s popularity has exploded in recent years. Her hard work has paid off and we appreciate how she does not forget her Louisiana roots,” said Lt. Governor Nungesser.

Lt. Governor Nungesser will cap off his visit to Nashville by having dinner with Lainey Wilson at her new restaurant Bell Bottoms Up where she will be signing autographs.

CMA Fest includes eight stages that are placed throughout downtown Nashville for daytime events, with evening events held at Nissan Stadium. The festival welcomes up to 90,000 people a day during the four-day event.

To learn more about Louisiana’s Year of Music, visit

A native of West Monroe, Lexi is a junior at the University of Louisiana Monroe where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in communications.