[lastfm]Billy Ray Cyrus[/lastfm] is no stranger to the CMA Music Festival or Fan Fair. As a 20 year vet of the industry he knows how to get the job done and what’s most important, and that’s the fans and our service men and women, of course. We caught up with Billy Ray in Nashville and he shared some memories going back to 1992 and told us all about his new album and welcoming the troops home.
When was your first CMA Music Festival or Fan Fair?
Well it was called Fan Fair then, and it was 1992, and it’s still just is fun today. It’s still about seeing those fans that are out there living the music, buying the music, and coming to the concerts. For me as an artist, it’s my chance to say thank you and show them a good time here in my home town.
Are there any faces you recognize from going back to ’92?
I see a lot of familiar faces, and that’s the great thing about country music. It’s music that has a great deal of loyalty.
What’s next for you?
I’ve got my new album called ‘I’m American.’ The entire album is a salute to our men and women in uniform. The first single is called ‘Runway Lights.’ It’s all about coming home and that celebration of a soldier coming home. It’s also the theme song of my new TV show called “Surprise Homecoming.” It’s on TLC.