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Even More Performers Added to CMA Must Festival: Country’s Night to Rock

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Just when you think it can’t get any hotter, more superstar performers have been announced for “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” airing Tuesday, Aug. 5th (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC.

Adding their chops and charm to the special are Luke Bryan, Eric Church with special guest Lzzy Hale, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum,and Blake Shelton with season 2 contestant of “The Voice” Gwen Sebastian.
Hosted for the second year by reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town, the special was filmed during the sold-out CMA Music Festival in June. The annual conclave is a four-day party celebrating America’s music in the epicenter of the format, Nashville.

Previously announced performers included Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.

The special first aired in 2004. This is the 10th time ABC will broadcast the special – which invites the whole country to America’s largest Country Music celebration. The annual special will air on ABC through 2021.

More Artists Added to “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock”

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Summer’s hottest concert special just got hotter with the addition of reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert – including a fiery duet with Carrie Underwood – to the star-studded lineup on “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock.”

The three-hour special airs Tuesday, Aug. 5th (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network and is hosted for the second year by reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town.

Filmed during the sold-out CMA Music Festival in June, which is a four-day party celebrating America’s music, the special also features stadium concert performances by Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, and Keith Urban; and a Late Night Jam at a Nashville club with Cole Swindell.

Previously announced performers included Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, and The Band Perry.
The special first aired in 2004. This is the 10th time ABC will broadcast the special – which invites the whole country to America’s largest Country Music celebration. The annual special will air on ABC through 2021.

CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock to Air in August

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Summer’s hottest artists will perform on “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” airing Tuesday, Aug. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network and hosted for the second year by reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town.

Filmed during CMA Music Festival in June, the special features many of today’s most exciting Country Music stars, including Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, and The Band Perry, as they hit the stage during the four-day party and celebration of America’s music.

The special first aired in 2004. This is the 10th time ABC will broadcast the special – which invites the whole country to America’s largest Country Music celebration. The annual special will air on ABC through 2021.

The Aug. 12, 2013 airing of “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” (8.3 million and 2.0/6) dominated its three-hour time period, beating CBS (6.1 million and 1.5/4) by wide margins in viewers (+36 percent) and young adults (+33 percent). The “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” spiked over 2012’s telecast (5.7 million and 1.5/4 on 9/17/12) by 46 percent in viewers and by 33 percent in Adults 18-49. In fact, the 2013 special drew the biggest-ever audience on ABC and equaled a seven-year high in Adults 18-49 (since 2006). ABC began airing the annual program in 2005.

Make sure to check out all of CMTT’s photos from CMA Fest on our Flickr page here.

Brett Eldredge Brings His Couch Sessions to CMA Fest

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Brett Eldredge is known for posting “couch sessions” on YouTube. What better way to connect with his fans than to take the couch sessions off the computer screen, and perform them in front of a live audience? The event was hosted by Warner Records in downtown Nashville on Friday, June 6th during CMA Fest week. Eldredge played several songs from his debut album, “Bring You Back,” and told stories about how some of his songs came to life.

Before he had singles soaring to the top of the charts, Eldredge began his career as a songwriter, playing at many song writer nights. In honor of that, he made the event just like a songwriter night and shared the stories behind different songs he wrote. He explained how his current number one single, “Beat of the Music” came to life.

“It’s a weird story and it involves things that swim,” said Eldredge.

He went on to explain how he and his brother were in a tropical area and took out a dingy boat to feed pigs with a bucket of slop. On their way to the pigs, they spotted a boat in the distance with a beautiful girl on board –only to be disappointed to find she was accompanied by two large gentlemen. If this description sounds familiar, it’s because it is a scene out of his “Beat of the Music” music video.

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Other songs in Eldredge’s set included “Where to Park,” “On and On,” “One Mississippi,” “Mean to Me,” “Gotta Get There,” “Don’t Ya,” and “Raymond,” –which he wrote about his grandmother as a ways to cope with her Alzheimer’s diagnosis. He also included a fabulous rendition of Al Green’s “Stay Together,” as well as Bob Segar’s Night Moves.

The Country Weekly Kick-Off Concert During CMA Fest Proves Fun for All

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The Country Weekly Kick-Off Concert benefiting Musicians on Call started CMA Fest week off on the right foot. The intimate event was so intimate that Pete Griffin, the President of Musicians on Call, personally thanked each individual who purchased VIP tickets (as they cost a pretty penny) for donating and attending. The event took place at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge on Tuesday, June 3rd with Chuck Wicks acting as both host and opener, followed by Frankie Ballard, and Kip Moore.

Wicks opened the show with a few comedic comments, warming the crowd up and getting them ready for a night full of amazing music. His set included hits, “Stealing Cinderella,” “All I Ever Wanted,” and current single, “Us Again.”

Frankie Ballard

Ballard followed and kept the energy going. He killed the audience with his rendition of Bob Segar’s “Old Time Rock and Roll,” singing and dancing around the stage like a scene out of “Risky Business.” Other songs included “Drinky Drink,” current hit, “Hell of a Ride,” and a catchy tune that talks about having to be make mistakes and try things out when you are young in order to become old and wise, entitled, “Young and Crazy.”

Kip Moore

An outstanding performance by Moore rounded out the evening. He sang songs from his debut album including fan favorite “Crazy One More Time,” “Reckless,” “Beer Money,” and “Fly Away,” in which Moore explained the three stages of a break up. The first being when you mope around the house sad, the second when you become angry that you wasted time on this person, and the 3rd, Moore explained how he felt this way when he was 21 and living in Georgia and got to the point where he didn’t give a “hoot” any more –although “hoot” is a nicer term than the word he used!

One of the funnier moments of the evening was when Moore forgot the lyrics to the title track of his first album, “Up All Night.” After singing the first verse with an impressive a cappella, Moore paused with a look of confusion on his face when it came time for the second verse. He asked a fan to look up the lyrics on her phone. Once he saw them, the words came flooding back. Never a dull moment with this guy.

Moore included tunes that will be on his upcoming album including, “Break My Heart*,” “What I Do*,” “Backseat*,” and current single, “Dirt Road.” He also sang songs for the first time in front of an audience and politely asked the crowd to put their phones away as he did not want these songs to get out on social media just yet. The songs included, “Comeback Kid*,” and “My Baby’s Gone.*”

The Georgia native closed the show with “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” after joking around about hashtags and selfies –neither of which Moore participates in which somehow makes him even more likeable. Moore, along with Ballard and Wicks, helped raise approximately $17,000 for Musicians on Call, aiding in the effort to bring live and recorded music to individuals in health care facilities.

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