NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Country music fans across the globe wait for this week and descend on Nashville by the thousands. The CMA Music Festival doesn't officially start until Thursday, but those fans have already shut down part of downtown.
On Tuesday, lower Broadway was jam packed with country fans. Thousands of people filled lower Broadway for a free concert with stars like Lee Brice taking the stage and folks couldn't get enough Nashville.
"We're really excited. In fact we were going to go do a few other things and we haven't moved from this spot. So we'll probably be here all night," said Chyrl Patton a County Music Fan.
That's just what the American Red Cross had hoped to hear. The only person working the crowd harder than the artists on stage is Tabitha Stackhouse. She was one of the volunteers out on the street collecting donations during the Music City Give Back concert. And country fans didn't hold back the dollars.
You'll find the same self-less situation up the street at The Stage. Once again this year singer Darryl Worley hosted the Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser.
"We have a real good time, but at the same time you have to stop every so often and say you guys remember why we're are here," said Worley.
The stars of the Music City Gives Back concert talked before the show about why they wanted to play.
"I think that we kind of all really pray for hit song, but it's really to use those songs to be a part of something like this," said Rodney Atkins.
A concert that shut down a road in the middle of downtown Nashville and brought out country fans who were willing to lend a helping hand.