So far during this year’s Country Radio Seminar, the annual gathering of radio executives in Nashville, the gatekeepers of the airwaves have been treated to dynamic late-night gigs from Steven Tyler, the Cadillac Three and Sam Hunt, and standing-O luncheon performances from Chris Stapleton and Darius Rucker. But tonight marks the centerpiece of CRS: the New Faces showcase.
A jumping-off point for tomorrow’s stars, the New Faces dinner gives young performers valuable stage time in front of those who hold the power to play their records. This year’s lineup includes Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Brothers Osborne, Chris Janson and Old Dominion, all of whom have been on their own hot streaks of late. For Ballerini, it’s been the release of her excellent new single “Peter Pan,” while Brothers Osborne scored a Number One with “Stay a Little Longer.”
Last year’s New Faces class included Hunt, Frankie Ballard, Eric Paslay, Cole Swindell and Maddie & Tae.