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Eric Lee Beddingfield | "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock"
For the past five years, singer/songwriter Eric Lee Beddingfield has been the most played independent country artist on American secondary radio. Among his many accomplishments, Beddingfield has posted four consecutive top 20 singles on the Music Row Charts, making him the first independent artist in history to do so.
Within a short two-year period, Eric accumulated over 100,000 spins on the Music Row station panels, was named “Artist To Watch” by Billboard Magazine, and “Independent Artist of the Year” by Music Row Magazine. Ending 2012 in style, Beddingfield made his Grand Ole Opry debut alongside one of his most admired role models, George Jones. The two collaborated in the performance of Eric’s song, “The Gospel According To Jones”, which sadly was the last video recorded by Jones.

Ironically, this talented musician stumbled into music in an effort to fill a void after suffering a career-ending injury while playing football at Georgia Southern University. The transition seemed to come easy, as Eric’s father was a spirited band musician as well. Eric decided to approach the music scene in the same manner that he took to the field as a former linebacker: with tenacity and no-mercy. A band was formed and shortly after earning the honor of “Top Original Country Act” in Georgia, as well as one of the top five unsigned acts in the national Jim Beam Talent contest, Eric decided to make the move to Music City.

Now known as “ELB” (Eric Lee Beddingfield) and after 12 years of heavy touring, Eric is one of the best-kept secrets in the world of country music. He has written and performed alongside legendary artists such as Dolly Parton, George Jones, Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule) and Rickey Medlocke (Lynyrd Skynyrd), and teamed with Kent Wells (Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire) to produce his second album released in 2010. Without loosing momentum, Beddingfield has spent the remainder of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 in the studio collaborating with legendary singer/songwriter/producer John Rich, and released his new single “I Just Wanna Play” in April of this year.

June 7, 2014 12:00 pm CHEVY ACOUSTIC STAGE – Saturday

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