Nashville, TN—CAO Cigars announces that it will serve as an official partner at the blockbuster CMA Music Festival on June 7-10, 2012 in Nashville.

CAO will have a big presence at the event, with two separate locations including a luxury cigar lounge boasting VIP views of the Riverfront daytime stage. Featuring a personal appearance and photo ops with country music’s celebrity emcee/ CMA Music Festival fan favorite/premium cigar connoisseur Two Foot Fred, the swanky cigar lounge will also feature meet and greets with CAO Brand Ambassador Rick Rodriguez who will be on hand to share details about the upcoming new collection of CAO Cigars, aptly called “Concert.”

  “CAO was originally launched in Nashville, so music is in the brand’s DNA,” commented Alan Willner, vice president of marketing for General Cigar, parent company of CAO Cigars.  “Since the music occasion is a perfect opportunity to enjoy a premium, hand crafted cigar, we are happy to be part of the CMA Music Festival. It’s the perfect venue for us to continue CAO’s ties with music. We look forward to welcoming country music fans to our relaxing lounge environment and to sharing the premium cigar lifestyle with them.”

Nashville’s own UPtown’s Smoke Shop will work in partnership with CAO, selling an array of handmade CAO cigars to consumers of legal smoking age who visit either of the two CAO areas during the CMA Music Festival. Visitors to the CAO lounge will also have a chance to enter the CAO Photo Booth to take away souvenir photo strips from the event. For the technically savvy country music fan, photos can be uploaded onsite to Facebook or Twitter.

Two Foot Fred said, “UPtown’s is my favorite cigar shop, hands down. It’s my pleasure to make the appearance for them at the CAO booth as my way of thanking them for the great customer service they’ve shown me over the years.”

CAO will post live updates leading up to, during and just after the CMA Music Festival. Visit the brand’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for up-to-the minute details, celebrity sightings and more.

About CAO Cigars

CAO cigars are produced by General Cigar Co. Inc., a division of Scandinavian Tobacco Group, which manufactures and markets handcrafted cigars for the premium market. Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar’s skilled artisans produce Macanudo®, Cohiba®,  La Gloria Cubana®, Punch®, CAO, Partagas®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur® and several other leading premium brands in the company’s Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan factories. In addition, the company cultivates proprietary tobacco which is used exclusively in its blends. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City. Based in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through tobacconists nationwide and also exports select products to 62 countries. For more information, please visit

About CMA Music Festival

CMA Music Festival is the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience – a celebration of America’s music – that takes over downtown Nashville June 7-10 with non-stop concerts on multiple stages with a vast and varied roster of artists. CMA Music Festival is a four-time winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).

About Two Foot Fred

Fred Gill, aka Two Foot Fred, gained national attention for his work with Big & Rich as part of the MuzikMafia. As an emcee and performer, he has toured extensively with the duo and has performed onstage with artists such as Kenny Chesney, Larry the Cable Guy, Tim McGraw and Brooks & Dunn and was a cast member on CMT’s MuzikMafia TV. He has also appeared on CMT’s Gone Country and Barely Famous: The Warren Brothers. His other TV work includes appearances on Las Vegas, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Blue Collar TV, among others. Fred’s wild rise to fame has been chronicled in his inspirational autobiography titled “Two Foot Fred: How My Life Has Come Full Circle.  For more information, please visit


®  Macanudo, Cohiba, La Gloria Cubana, Punch, Partagas, Hoyo de Monterrey, Excalibur and Club Macanudo are registered trademarks of General Cigar Co. Inc.

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