OFFSTAGE: CMT Music Awards Rehearsals

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

Music is an art. That much, we all know. But when it comes to live televised performances, it becomes almost as much of a science. I had that epiphany yesterday (June 7) when I watched the rehearsals for the CMT Music Awards all day and all night. I watched the artists that I know as singer-songwriter types become fastidious experts on sound. This was not just a casual one-and-done kind of rehearsal. This was Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley saying, “Can you take the vocals down in my ear? And can you take the drums down a bit?” And Rascal Flatts moving their backing choir around the stage to make sure they came through loud and clear (and awesome). And Zac Brown requesting, “I need some snare, please.” And Sugarland doing their performance three times, to make sure it was 100 percent perfect. I know that it all starts with a song and the music is all that matters. But I also think it’s interesting to see the artists constantly honing their craft, right down to the tiniest little details.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.