Lainey Wilson, Cody Johnson & More Reveal Their First Concerts Ahead Of The CMT Music Awards

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Everyone remembers their first concert.

Whether you were barely able to walk or are older, the memories of the bass drum thumping in your chest and the crowd’s roar as the artist takes the stage never fade.

Some of today’s biggest names were seeing country music’s biggest names back then as their first concert.

Lainey Wilson’s first concert was Tim McGraw, Ashley McBryde first saw The Chicks, and Carly Pearce’s first was Wynonna at 10.

Madeline Edwards had a trifecta for a first concert with Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, and LeAnn Rimes.

Midland’s Mark Wystrach hit us with a curve ball as his first concert was MC Hammer.

It’s crazy how your first concert can shape the way you look at live music.

This first concert lineup is solid, and it’s fun to hear some of our favorite artists sharing that their artists’ inspirations were some of the first concerts they went to.

Honorable mention for great red carpet moments was Carly Pearce responding to what she looked forward to most tonight.

“My performance with Gwen Stefani, duh.” 

In a similar light, we have been taking polls on Twitter of the best concerts so far in 2023.

Be sure to chime in.

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