How Nashville's New Year's Eve 'Big Bash' Revives Country Tradition

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Between the unforgettable year that was 2023 and the exciting prospects of 2024, Megan Moroney and Bailey Zimmerman are set to perform around 250 concerts, entertaining millions of pop-loving country music fans. While these fans...

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Between the unforgettable year that was 2023 and the exciting prospects of 2024, Megan Moroney and Bailey Zimmerman are set to perform around 250 concerts, entertaining millions of pop-loving country music fans. While these fans may know hit songs by Creed, Nelly, and Nickelback, they'll also have the chance to experience the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd at the "New Year's Eve Live: Nashville's Big Bash," broadcasted on CBS and Paramount+.

Lainey Wilson performs at Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Oct. 27, 2023.

While some may be concerned that younger fans might not recognize classics like "Ring of Fire" or "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain," the evolution of country music into a commercial powerhouse is hinged on the ability to captivate audiences with modern hits like Lainey Wilson's "Watermelon Moonshine," Megan Moroney's "Why Johnny," and Bailey Zimmerman's "Rock and A Hard Place."

Featuring over 50 consecutive performances, the New Year's Eve celebration will showcase the talent of Old Dominion, Elle King, Thomas Rhett, and many others, delivering almost 125 No.1 country radio hits worth of stardom.

Young Country Stars Shine in the Pop Spotlight

Megan Moroney performs “Tennessee Orange” at SESAC Awards Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023.

In a conversation with The Tennessean at The Stage, a popular Lower Broadway honky-tonk, Megan Moroney and Bailey Zimmerman express their amazement at the success they've achieved in the country music industry. Moroney, who rose to fame as a TikTok sensation with her hit "Tennessee Orange," is now opening for Kenny Chesney, while Zimmerman's bittersweet pop power ballads have earned him a spot on Billboard's all-genre Hot 100 year-end chart.

As they prepare for their performances at Bicentennial Park, these young stars recognize the timeless appeal of sad, vulnerable songwriting and look forward to their continued success in 2024.

Nashville's Premier Global Celebration Center

John Osborne and T.J. Osborne of Brothers Osborne perform on stage at PNE Amphitheatre on September 01, 2022, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

"Nashville is a premier global epicenter for celebrations," says John Osborne of the Brothers Osborne. Over the past five years, Music City has seen a significant increase in tourism, with visitors spending nearly 20% more annually. As Deana Ivey, President and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, explains, the Big Bash not only highlights Nashville's vibrant live music scene but also generates millions in direct visitor spending.

With performances by Cody Johnson, Parker McCollum, and other talented artists, the celebration offers a blend of country music's traditional roots and its appeal to a wider audience.

Texas Represents Country's Timeless Traditions

Cody Johnson and Reba McEntire perform during CMA Fest at Nissan Stadium on Friday, June 9, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Texas has long been associated with the wild and outlaw sensibilities of country music. Artists like Cody Johnson and Parker McCollum proudly embrace their Texas roots, injecting the genre with a unique blend of historical essence and crossover appeal. They represent the timeless traditions of country music while captivating both new and existing fans.

As Johnson and McCollum prepare for the "New Year's Eve Live: Nashville's Big Bash," their dedication to strong songwriting and constant touring underscores the importance of staying true to country music's original traditions.

Parker Mccollum is celebrating his newest single becoming certified gold in Nashville, Tenn. on Mar. 28, 2023.

In this pivotal moment for country music, where both newcomers and established artists take center stage, the industry's growth is fueled by a dynamic and authentic approach. As these artists prepare to ring in the New Year with their performances, they remain grounded in their artistry and committed to maintaining the rich traditions that have shaped country music.

People's Choice Country Awards 2024 will return to Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House

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