CMT Hits the Beach for Tortuga Music Festival

Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow and More Take Country to the Beach

The beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were packed with music fans for the annual Tortuga Music Festival this past weekend. Music breezed in from several ocean-side stages as many of country’s hottest acts performed to raise funds for ocean conservation awareness.

Backstage, CMT Hot 20 Countdown ‘s Cody Alan and Alecia Davis had a little lighthearted fun with some of the country stars hitting the beach.

“Backstage at Tortuga Fest, Cody Alan here with the one and only Dierks Bentley,” said the co-host of CMT Hot 20 Countdown.

“I like the way you said that, ‘T-O-R-T-U-G-A,’” the singer played along.

“Tortuga. You know what it means right?” Alan asked.

“Uh, Turtle, right?” Bentley replied, showing off his impressive Spanish vocabulary.

“Turtle, yeah!” Alan shot back in shock.

Davis caught up with Sheryl Crow just before her performance and asked the crossover artist who her favorite female country singers are at the moment.

“A lot of great females,” Crow said. “Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark. Kacey Musgraves, I love her. I know she’s getting a lot of accolades right now, but she doesn’t get played a lot, and I love her songs. I love Miranda [Lambert]. There are a lot of great female voices in bands [like] Lady Antebellum.”

When Alan ran into “Hey Girl” singer Billy Currington, the topic of Spanish vocabulary came up again.

“So, you know that ‘tortuga’ in Spanish is turtle, and they’re pretty slow,” Alan told Currington. “What’s the one thing that takes you the longest to do every day?”

“Getting up in the morning ’cause we’re late-nighters,” Currington smiled. “That’s just natural for us. We don’t ever go to bed until 3 or 4 a.m. But I really like to get up early in the morning. It just takes me a while.”

When Davis and Brantley Gilbert started talking, she couldn’t help but ask the singer to show a little skin.

“How many tattoos do you have?” she asked.

“I don’t know if you count this one as, like, one or several different ones, so I really don’t know,” Gilbert said.

“You’ve never counted?” Davis wondered.

“Well, I got one here, this one, all this. I got a chest piece, and I got a back piece,” he admitted.

“You’re a brave soul my man, brave soul,” Davis replied.

Finishing up, she asked Gilbert to sum up the weekend’s festivities.

“Finish my sentence,” Davis said. “This festival is like …”

“Hmm,” Gilbert pondered. “It’s like spring break with a bunch of guitars.”

For more from Tortuga Music Festival — including an exclusive interview with Eric Church — tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday and Sunday (April 19-20) at 11 a.m. ET/PT.