This year’s CMA Fest, dubbed “The Music Event of the Summer,” returns for a three-hour ABC-TV special featuring once in a lifetime collaborations and performances this Wednesday (August 3rd). Dierks Bentley and Elle King will host the show, which was filmed at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium (home of the Tennessee Titans) during the 49th CMA Fest this past June.
The performances include Dierks’ smash hit “Drunk On a Plane,” as well as a cool collaboration with the iconic Billy Ray Cyrus on his debut single and ’90s classic, “Achy Breaky Heart.”
Carrie Underwood performs both her latest single, “Ghost Story,” as well as her hit single “Good Girl,” while Brothers Osborne turn in a performance of their fan favorite, “Skeletons.”
Luke Bryan performs is No. 1 hit, “Kick The Dust Up,” while Darius Rucker turns in “Wagon Wheel,” as well as a collaboration with the Zac Brown Band on “Chicken Fried.”
Parker McCollum makes his dynamic debut performing “To Be Loved By You.”
Other performers include Luke Combs, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Cole Swindell, Carly Pearce, Wynonna, Dustin Lynch, Lady A and others.
Catch all the action on Wednesday (August 3rd) at 8pm ET on ABC.
Audio / Dierks Bentley is co-hosting this year's ABC-TV special, CMA Fest, with buddy Elle King, and he's so happy that the festival was back in person after two years.Download
Dierks Bentley (CMA Fest 2022) OC: …host it. :22
“It was so great to be back (in person) at CMA Fest especially hosting it. After two years of CMA being away, CMA Fest being gone, those fans came back with a vengeance, so excited to party and hang out, so loud. So, for me to get a chance to not only play the show, but actually host it with my buddy Elle King, that is just, I just feel so lucky. That was so much fun and so looking forward to seeing the show air on ABC in August, and just so truly lucky to have a chance to host it.”
Audio / Luke Bryan talks about the "rowdy" experience he had during this year's CMA Music Fest.Download
Luke Bryan (CMA Fest 2022) OC: …experience. :56
“It was crazy. To leave the stadium and over 80,000 people and go straight to Blake’s bar for the Spotify event. And I got a little carried away. I never get to play rowdy bars anymore, so after I kinda got to roast Blake, I attempted to sing ‘Some Beach,’ and I did not know any of the words-sorry, Blake. Anyway, just being in his bar, I got in front of the crowd and I really kind of got caught up in the moment and played for maybe a little too long. But then, after I got done there, I ran across the street to my bar. I bought my whole bar a Two Lane (beer) and it was just a wild night and so good being in the mix in CMA Music Fest with all the fans doing a concert, bar hopping to Blake’s bar (and) my bar. It was a pretty crazy experience.”
Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about CMA Fest 2022.Download
Carrie Underwood (CMA Fest 2022) OC: …good time. :24
“Everybody is super-excited to be back at CMA Fest. It’s a staple in country music. It’s been going on for so many decades. I just feel like not having a proper CMA Fest was just kind of gut-wrenching. But people are excited-the fans are excited, the performers are excited, I’m excited, so it’s gonna be a good time.”