Martina McBride Remembers Her First CMA Fest 20 Years Ago

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Can you believe it’s already been 20 years since [lastfm]Martina McBride[/lastfm]’s first CMA Music Festival (back then it was still called Fan Fair)? She’s come a long way from 1991 to having “Teenage Daughters” now. We caught up with Martina in Nashville, and she told us all about her first trip to the Fair Grounds and the incident that inspired her to write “Teenage Daughters.”

When was your first CMA Music Festival or Fan Fair?

I think it was ’91, and I just signed that year. I came and signed at the RCA booth for a few hours, and then the next year I had my own booth and performed on the show.

How much of “Teenage Daughters” is based on your life?

I wrote it, basically, about my life. The morning that I wrote the song, John had taken Delaney, my 16 year-old, to school, and he came home and said “what’s up with you and Delaney?” I said, “I don’t know what you mean.” He said, “she said, ‘Mom hates me.'” And I just said, “What?!? I have no idea. I must have said something this morning that she took the wrong way.”

So I was writing with the Warren Brothers that day, and I went in and told them the story, and I said it’s such a trip to have teenage daughters—you go from being the center of their universe to that, and we wrote a song about it.

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