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Country music continues to have a strong presence on the music tax which has been translating into being sales.
Artists have the fans to thank and they don't forget it.
Steve Moore is -- CEO of the Country Music Association he joins us with more re happy you.
Great thanks for having me -- -- look at me so how's the country music industry hold -- up.
Well I'll tell you what -- the fans are bullish on country music I'll tell -- that.
-- what is is it about country music fans they seem to be more dedicated than the average.
Fan across the board I know the big country music festival is coming up in attendance is expected to be as robust as ever.
Our attendance is going to be fantastic this year -- -- to your question you know over the years the country music fans have always been the most loyal.
-- -- the artists throughout the years they continue support.
Their particular artist and the format so we've we've seen tremendous growth in the format.
As indicative by a lot of things are going on it and the music today with American Idol and some of the super starter playing stadiums today so it's very robust actually.
Why is that because you know there are some challenges out there people ought to pay so much money for the gallon of gas these days the unemployment pictures.
Is quite depressing -- people still willing to shell out dollars for things like that Country Music Association -- -- I mean are you able to charge the same for a ticket this year vs last say.
-- actually our ticket prices have remained fairly constant we -- like some changes throughout the year and in the scaling.
Of the stadium shows that we do but we also offer a lot of free music on the various stages throughout downtown Nashville.
But yes are our ticket prices remain constant and one point is that.
Although the the economies -- little bit tough we've noticed that the fans are awaiting a little bit later to make those purchases but listen.
They're not -- -- go that their country music and the opportunity to see these artists to be close to home and get autographs.
And come to the what is probably the longest running music event in the United States were experiencing our fortieth anniversary of fanfare this year actually.
You mentioned earlier American Idol how -- the boost has that been Kelly Clarkson right isn't involved -- she's singing in a country.
A country do wet Carrie Underwood a winner.
Tremendous tremendous support well anytime you have.
That many eyeballs on an artist and expose their music obviously it makes them an impact.
In the marketplace.
We're thrilled to have those artists you know through that medium but.
The story as you know country radio still vibrant.
In the United States we've still over 2000 active.
Radio stations playing country music so.
It is it is still a very by ever format.
Well we certainly hear that Steve Moore thank you so much for -- and good luck with the festival.
I hate it.
Great thanks for having me they.
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