No other genre of music has a festival during which fans are any closer to the artists than at CMA Music Fest. And at the event's AT&T U-Verse Fan Fair X experience, country superstars got up close, personal and really candid with their fans. Artists of the Day at the CMA Close-Up stage included Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker and Chris Young, with all four performing and taking questions (nothing off-limits) from the audience. There were also songwriters' rounds, charity auctions and celebrity panel discussions on the large stage inside Nashville's Music City Center. And outside, anyone could be a star on the AT&T Country Deep Live Karaoke stage. Flip through Rolling Stone Country's best photos of Hayes, Little Big Town and a sea of fans at Fan Fair X.
Hunter Hayes was the first artist to play Friday morning at Fan Fair X.
Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town helped open Fan Fair X on Thursday morning.
Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town smiles at fans during the Fan Fair X experience at CMA Music Festival.
Hunter Hayes performed his new single, "21" adjacent a numeric topiary.
A fan poses with Hunter Hayes inside the Music City Center during Fan Fair X.
The AT&T U-verse Showcase Stage and Close-Up stage featured a variety of artists inside Fan Fair X, including the Railers (pictured here), Sara Evans, Chris Young, Casey James, Kristian Bush, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker and Jo Dee Messina.
Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman waves to a fan.
Fans perform country karaoke at Fan Fair X inside Nashville's Music City Center.
Coffee junkie Hunter Hayes meets a fan in front of his faux coffeeshop backdrop.
Throughout Fan Fair X, festival-goers used iPhones to capture photos of their favorite artists.
Hunter Hayes arrives for his performance at Fan Fair X.
Hunter Hayes fields questions from fans at Fan Fair X.
Hunter Hayes gives a heartfelt speech onstage at Fan Fair X.
Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman speaks during the group's Fan Fair X appearance.
Hunter Hayes waits to be introduced on the CMA Close Up stage at Fan Fair X.
An army of fans gathered for Hunter Hayes' appearance on the CMA Close Up stage.
Husband-and-wife members of Little Big Town, Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild, gave a particularly lively Q&A.
The spotlight was all Hunter Hayes' during his Fan Fair X appearance.
Hunter Hayes is a brand ambassador for Martin guitars. He played one of his favorite Martin acoustics at Fan Fair X.
Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town poses onstage at Fan Fair X.
Hunter Hayes performs an acoustic number during his CMA Music Festival appearance at Fan Fair X.
Hunter Hayes wraps up his Friday morning performance at Fan Fair X.
Little Big Town's Phillip Sweet takes questions during their opening day panel on Thursday at Fan Fair X.
Hunter Hayes waves to the fans upon taking the stage at Fan Fair X on Friday morning.
Hunter Hayes applauds his audience at Fan Fair X.