Nearly All Of Davidson County’s 37,200 Hotel Rooms Are Booked For CMA Fest

CMA Fest is quickly approaching and it’s safe to say fans are excited for the long-awaited return of the star-studded…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 1, 2022


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CMA Fest; Photo by Caitlin Harris, CMA

CMA Fest is quickly approaching and it’s safe to say fans are excited for the long-awaited return of the star-studded event. 

Tens of thousands of country music fans from all over the world are expected to flock to Music City for CMA Fest 2022 after the event was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. 

After seeing record crowds in 2019, CMA Fest is poised to return bigger and better than ever before. 

Davidson County, Tennessee, home to the city of Nashville, has nearly 37,200 hotel rooms and according to a report from Nashville’s WKRN, nearly all of the county’s hotel rooms are already booked for the festival. 

“I think there’s really some pent-up demand for people to come back, and I think the excitement is unbelievable,” Leesa LeClaire President & CEO of the Greater Nashville Hospitality Industry told News 2. 

The return of CMA Fest will give a welcomed boost to Nashville’s economy. 

“The bars, the restaurants, the boutiques, the hats, the museums. I think there is a great variety of activities for people to do and see while they are here. I think the museums will benefit from this, the parks. I think people will take advantage of what we have to offer and we have a lot to offer,” LeClaire added. 

She also pointed out that Nashville has an even larger supply of hotel rooms than ever before. “As we know, a lot more hotels have opened since 2020 and we seem to be absorbing those that the demand is filling even the new supply of hotels, so it’s very exciting.” 

Dierks Bentley, Elle King; Photo Courtesy CMA, ABC
Dierks Bentley, Elle King; Photo Courtesy CMA, ABC

CMA Fest officially kicks off on Thursday, June 9, and runs through Sunday, June 12. A full list of artist appearances, performances and more can be found on the official CMA Fest website.

The nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium will be filmed for CMA Fest, a primetime concert special airing Wednesday, August 3 on ABC. Dierks Bentley and Elle King will host.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.