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DIERKS BENTLEY AND ELLE KING TO HOST CMA FEST AIRING WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3RD ON ABC.

The Country Music Association announced today “CMA Fest,” the Music Event of Summer, will air Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 8/7c pm on ABC. The three-hour primetime concert special, bringing Country Music’s Ultimate Fan Experience to a national television audience, will be hosted by Dierks Bentley and Elle King.

“I’m thrilled we get to partner with Dierks and Elle as our hosts this year,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “They have such passion for the fans. I know the chemistry and camaraderie they bring to the stage will be felt by the millions of TV viewers around the globe.”

This marks both Bentley and King’s “CMA Fest” hosting debut. In addition to hosting, King joins the list of performers for the Nissan Stadium stage on Sunday, June 12. As previously announced, Bentley will also perform Sunday.

Filmed during Nashville’s four-day CMA Fest Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12, the television special features performances and surprise collaborations on stage at Nissan Stadium. 2022 marks the 19th consecutive year CMA has produced a summer concert TV special.

TYLER HUBBARD SAYS “5 FOOT 9” WAS A GOOD FOUNDATION FOR THE REST OF HIS MUSIC.

You may have guessed Tyler Hubbard’s new solo single, “5 Foot 9,” is about his wife Hayley, however after speaking to her when he got home from the writing session, he discovered he and his co-writers, Jaren Johnston and Chase McGill, shorted her about an inch.

“Well, I got to be honest. I have a confession. I missed it by about an inch. She’s actually 5’10”,” says Tyler. “I went home that night and said, ‘Babe, remind me again how tall you are exactly. You’re about 5’9”, right?’ She said, ‘Yeah, I’m 5’10”.’ And I thought, ‘Well, here’s a new song I wrote today. I’m sorry I cut you short by an inch, but I hope you like it.”

The Georgia native has been writing constantly, including as a co-writer on Little Big Town’s current single, “Hell Yeah.” In fact, he recorded 18 songs for his upcoming project, and “5 Foot 9” kept coming to the forefront as the debut single.

“That song is just a prime example of a great day in the writing room. I was writing it with Jaren Johnston and Chase McGill, great incredible guys and great writers, and a song that just sorta continued to make it to the top of the pile; one of 18 that I recorded, and I I love all of the songs just about equally, which made it very difficult. They all have a different purpose and a different feel, and it’s all a little piece of who I am and tells my story. But I think ‘5 Foot 9’ was a good launchpad and a good foundation for the rest of this music and what’s to come, and my story and where I’m at. And for me, it seemed appropriate. Something about this song felt nostalgic and familiar, but also very simple in the fact that it just reminds me to appreciate the little things in life and things that we, and myself especially, maybe take for granted at times. You know, all the things that I mentioned in the verses and then obviously just getting to sing about the good stuff in life and where I’m at right now and looking around and seeing yeah, my wife, but also my kids and my family, just the life that we’re living right now. We’re really in a sweet spot, and I’m reminded of where that comes from, so I’m hoping this song will do that for the fans.”

For the past decade, country fans have gotten to know Tyler Hubbard as the lead singer of the multi-platinum-selling, record-breaking duo Florida Georgia Line. Hubbard has written seven No. 1 hits for FGL (singing lead vocal on all 19) plus, he has written cuts for artists across multiple genres including Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Chris Tomlin, Nelly and Bebe Rexha.

With 19 No. 1 singles on country radio, countless awards, and sold-out tours, Tyler Hubbard has already had a remarkable career as a songwriter and as one half of multi-platinum duo Florida Georgia Line. Now ready for the next chapter, the Georgia-native and prolific songwriter has written well over 100 songs as he works towards his debut solo album release on EMI Nashville. The first song, “5 Foot 9,” is out now with more music expected throughout the year.

 

Audio / Tyler Hubbard recalls talking to his wife after getting home from the writing session of "5 Foot 9."

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Tyler Hubbard (5 Foot 9) 2 OC: …like it. :18
“Well, I got to be honest. I have a confession. I missed it by about an inch. She’s actually 5’10”. I went home that night and said, ‘Babe, remind me again how tall you are exactly. You’re about 5’9”, right?’ She said, ‘Yeah, I’m 5’10”.’ And I thought, ‘Well, here’s a new song I wrote today. I’m sorry I cut you short by an inch, but I hope you like it.”

Audio / Tyler Hubbard talks about why he thinks "5 Foot 9" is the perfect first single from his upcoming solo project.

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Tyler Hubbard (5 Foot 9) 3 OC: …for the fans. 1:08
“That song is just a prime example of a great day in the writing room. I was writing it with Jaren Johnston and Chase McGill, great incredible guys and great writers, and a song that just sorta continued to make it to the top of the pile; one of 18 that I recorded, and I love all of the songs just about equally, which made it very difficult. They all have a different purpose and a different feel, and it’s all a little piece of who I am and tells my story. But I think ‘5 Foot 9’ was a good launchpad and a good foundation for the rest of this music and what’s to come, and my story and where I’m at. And for me, it seemed appropriate. Something about this song felt nostalgic and familiar, but also very simple in the fact that it just reminds me to appreciate the little things in life and things that we, and myself especially, maybe take for granted at times. You know, all the things that I mentioned in the verses and then obviously just getting to sing about the good stuff in life and where I’m at right now and looking around and seeing yeah, my wife, but also my kids and my family, just the life that we’re living right now. We’re really in a sweet spot, and I’m reminded of where that comes from, so I’m hoping this song will do that for the fans.”

MEMORIAL DAY LINERS 2022

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. However, by the turn of the 20th century, Memorial Day honored Americans who sacrificed their lives in all wars.

 

Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Memorial Day)

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“Hey guys, I’m Billy Currington. I just wanted to say thank you to all our servicemen and women and their daily service to our country.”

Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Memorial Day) 2

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“Hey! What’s up guys? We’re Brothers Osborne. We just wanted to send our thanks to all you service men and women and the ones who’ve gone before you for sacrificing time with your families, sacrificing your own needs and even sacrificing your lives so we can be free to do what we want to do. It means more than you’ll ever know.”

Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Memorial Day)

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“Hi Everyone! This is Carrie Underwood, please take time to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

Audio / LINER Catie Offerman (Memorial Day)

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“Hey everybody, this is Catie Offerman, taking time to remember those we’ve lost on this Memorial Day Weekend”

Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Memorial Day)

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“It’s Caylee Hammack, taking time to remember those we’ve lost on this Memorial Day weekend.”

Audio / LINER Chrissy Metz (Memorial Day)

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This is Chrissy Metz. Today we are taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes this Memorial Day Weekend.”

Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Memorial Day)

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“Hey, it’s Darius Rucker, and I just want to say a big shoutout and prayers to all of those we’ve lost this Memorial Day Weekend, you know all the folks that we’re remembering today. God bless you all, bless your families, enjoy the weekend and think about the ones you loved that you lost.”

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Memorial Day)

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“Hey everybody, this is Dierks Bentley. I just want to say thank you to the men and women in uniform on this day and every day.”

Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Memorial Day)

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“Hi! I’m Jon Langston. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”

Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Memorial Day)

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“Hey-I’m Jordan Davis, taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day weekend.”

Audio / LINER Josh Turner (thanks to military)

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“Hey! This is Josh Turner. I just wanted to say thank you to all of our servicemen and women for what you do around the world.”

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Memorial Day)

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“Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban. Now please take time to remember all those who sacrificed their lives during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

Audio / Keith Urban talks about the magnitude of Memorial Day Weekend.

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Keith Urban (Memorial Day) OC: …families too. :35
“It’s one of the things I comment on fairly regularly when we’re playing concerts, especially outdoor festivals, where I look around and think it’s  just amazing freedom to be able to do this, and it doesn’t effortlessly just come, you know? A lot of people are devoting their life, their entire life, to going out and protecting and defending and honoring their own calling. So, I feel immensely grateful for all of the men and women in the military, all in the armed forces, all around the world. The sacrifice they make, especially their families too.

Audio / LINER LBT (Memorial Day)

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“Hi! This is Little Big Town, take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Memorial Day)

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“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan. Please take time to remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day.”

Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Memorial Day)

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“Hey everybody. I’m Maddie & I’m Tae, and we’re Maddie & Tae. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”

Audio / LINER Parker McCollum (Memorial Day)

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“Hey everybody, I’m Parker McCollum, taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”

Audio / LINER Priscilla Block (Memorial Day)

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“Hey-this is Priscilla Block, taking time to remember those we’ve lost on this Memorial Day Weekend.

Audio / LINER Tyler Hubbard (Memorial Day Weekend)

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“Hey y’all, it’s Tyler Hubbard, taking time to remember those we’ve lost on this Memorial Day Weekend.”

Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Memorial Day)

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“Hey y’all—it’s Travis Denning. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”

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