Free Music City Gives Back Concert, Meet & Greets Draws in Big Crowds at Ascend

Rodney Atkins' ninth annual benefit concert was headlined by himself and other country hitmakers including Carly Pearce, Michael Ray, Tyler Rich, Filmore and Willie Jones.

The event, made possible by Carl Black Chevrolet, raises funds for the W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville. The school provides students with music classes for just 50 cents.

Hours before the concert, country music fans braved the Nashville sun to line up for meet and greets with their favorite stars, like Brett Young, Trace Adkins and Phil Vassar. 

The concert helped kick off CMA Fest week in Music City, which runs from June 7-June 9.

Grace Jones