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In order to better serve our members and the Country Music community, many of whom are still working remotely during this time, CMA will continue to distribute CMA Close Up digitally. This format will allow CMA to provide readers with relevant, up-to-date stories right to their inboxes. CMA Close Up has and will continue to educate, inform and celebrate those in and around our Country Music community through storytelling.

Honoring the Touring Legend,
Randy “Baja” Fletcher

Randy “Baja” Fletcher, touring veteran and the first ever recipient of the CMA Touring Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, passed away today, August 27, 2021.

“Today our community is mourning a leader and mentor to many in our industry. Our hearts are with his daughters and family, as well as his numerous road families through the years. His influence has reached generations of artists and crew personnel. He played an integral role in some of Country’s most pioneering tours and supported the careers of some of the most celebrated Country Music icons. His impact is far-reaching. He will be dearly missed.”—Sarah Trahern, Country Music Association CEO

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CMA CLOSE UP MAGAZINE | JUNE 2021

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Kane Brown – Creating Worldwide Beautiful
  • The Spotlight: Shy Carter
  • Magic Moments: A Music Industry Journey with Jim Beavers
  • Thinking on Their Feet: How Three Members of the Touring Community Created Unique Solutions During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • “To Teach Is to Love”: How the CMA Foundation’s Mentor M.E. Program Fuels Passion for New and Veteran Teachers
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