NASHVILLE – Summer’s hottest artists will perform on “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” which airs Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. on the ABC Television Network.
Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town will serve as hosts for the second year.
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 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.
Reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert – singing a fiery duet with Carrie Underwood – was added to the star-studded lineup.
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.
Last year’s airing of “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” dominated its three-hour time period, beating CBS by wide margins in viewers and young adults. The “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” spiked more than 2012’s telecast 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.
“CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” is executive-produced by Robert Deaton.