ABC Celebrates ‘CMA Fest’ 2022 Television Special

ABC celebrated CMA Fest 2022 in a remarkable television special, recapping the events from earlier this summer. Check it out below.


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After a long, but necessary two-year hiatus, CMA Fest returned to Nashville, taking place from June 9 to June 12 with the biggest acts in the genre performing at Nissan Stadium over the four-night event. The three-hour television special aired on ABC last night (August 3), targeting the country fans who could not attend in-person or who wanted to relive the music-filled weekend. The dynamic duo of Dierks Bentley and Elle King hosted the action-packed program. 

The “KB”s, Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini, opened the show, performing their current, upbeat singles “Like I Love Country Music” and “Heartfirst,” respectively. Both songs are currently in the top 40 on country radio. Brown and Ballerini both performed later as well, singing “One Mississippi” and “Half of My Hometown.” Thomas Rhett was next, singing his latest number one hit, “Slow Down Summer.”

After several newer songs, it was time to flashback to 2013; Darius Rucker performed his classic country hit, “Wagon Wheel.” Rucker stopped singing to allow the 65,000+ fans to shout the final chorus. Bentley was next, and performed his biggest hit to date, “Drunk on a Plane.” Bentley brought Billy Ray Cyrus on stage to sing Cyrus’ crossover hit, “Achy Breaky Heart” on the 30th anniversary of its release. 

Cole Swindell was next to take the stage—he sang his nostalgic tune, “She Had Me At Heads Carolina.” After, Lainey Wilson made her debut on the CMA stage to sing her and Swindell’s number-one collaboration “Never Say Never.” Swindell’s good friend, Luke Bryan was up next. He kicked off his set with his hip-hop blended-bluegrass hit, “Kick The Dust Up.” The other Luke, reigning CMA-Entertainer of the Year, Luke Combs followed with a performance of his current top-10 single “The Kind of Love We Make.” He concluded his set with the energetic, “Beer Never Broke My Heart” which really got the crowd fired up.

The show’s mood changed when Carly Pearce expressed her sorrow in the death of her childhood icon, Naomi Judd. To honor her legacy, she brought out her daughter and bandmate, Wynonna Judd to sing their 1984 hit, “Why Not Me.” Judd told the band to lower the music so she could hear the crowd sing the “La la la” part of the bridge.

Bentley took the stage again to introduce his co-host, Elle King, who gave an animated performance of her collaboration with Miranda Lambert, “Drunk and I Don’t Want To Go Home.” After, Ashley McBryde joined her to sing King’s 2015 number one pop hit, “Ex’s and Oh’s.” After the commercial break, Jason Aldean sang “Trouble With A Heartbreak” and Old Dominion performed their uplifting, top-20 single, “No Hard Feelings.” Lead singer, Matthew Ramsey broke up his little xylophone during the final chorus, an instrument you rarely see on the country stage.

Zac Brown Band performed their boot-stomping single, “Out In The Middle” right before Rucker took the stage again to sing what is undoubtedly one of the most popular country songs of all-time, “Chicken Fried” with the GRAMMY-winning group. Later Carrie Underwood took the stage to sing her 2012 hit, “Good Girl” and her current single, “Ghost Story.” From two of the most-established acts in the industry to one of the newest, Parker McCollum made his debut on the CMA Fest stage, performing “To Be Loved By You.” Russell Dickerson also made his CMA Fest debut this year—he performed “Love You Like I Used To” later in the show.

Brothers Osborne brought skeletons on stage for their performance of the song of the same name. John Osborne always provides a little bit of flare to the live show, adding an electric guitar solo at the end of the song. Lady A brought the good vibes with their new tune “Summer State of Mind” before performing the song that started it all for the trio, “Need You Now” with special guest, Breland. Before the final chorus, the band stopped playing to let the audience harmonize the lyrics.

Dustin Lynch and MacKenzie Porter performed their number one collaboration “Thinking ‘Bout You” on a stage in the middle of the audience. After Aldean gave a fiery performance of “She’s Country,” Rhett closed the show performing a medley of past hits such as “Get Me Some of That,” “It Goes Like This,” and “Vacation,” concluding three hours of high energy country music performances that will definitely make you want to attend the festival in-person in 2023.

If you missed the special, you can catch a replay of it on or on Hulu. Tickets to CMA Fest 2023 are on sale now! 

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future CMA Fest Announcements.

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Who is Performing at 2022 Seven Peaks Festival? Full Lineup Revealed…

Dierks Bentley’s 2022 Seven Peaks Music Festival returns to Villa Grove, Colorado, September 2-4th. Check out the ful lineup revealed below.

Dierks Bentley and Live Nation’s Seven Peaks Musi Festival returns in its third edition with headliners Bentley and Morgan Wallen, with additional main stage performances by Boy Named Banjo, Ashley Cooke, Jordan Davis, Jackson Dean, Travis Denning, HARDY,  Kendell Marvel, Ashley McBryde, Old Crow Medicine Show, Caitlyn Smith, Rapidgrass, Alana Springsteen and Lainey Wilson. Friday night of the festival will kick off with a special stacked lineup of 90’s acts including Hot Country Knights, Tracy Lawrence, The Frontmen and Pam Tillis, while AYDAMN will be deejaying throughout the weekend. Passes will go on sale to the general public on April 22 at 12pm ET at

With fans previously traveling from 49 states and as far as Australia, festival-goers can expect an eclectic variety of outdoor adventures, excursions, surprise guests, and much more across three days. Follow further Seven Peaks Festival updates on Instagram: @sevenpeaksfest.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future country music festival announcements.

Check out all of the new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Who is Performing at CMA Fest 2022? Full Lineup Revealed…

The 2022 CMA Fest returns to Nashville, Tennessee June 9th-12th after being postponed for two years due to the pandemic. Chekc out the full initial lineup revealed below. Hundreds of country music artists are slated to perform across multiple stages with much more to be announced!

Fans can access a limited number of four-day passes, plus newly announced single night tickets, for the Nissan Stadium nightly concerts at or through the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST. CMA Fest is uniquely programmed with artists donating their time so a portion of ticket proceeds can be invested in high-quality music education programs throughout the U.S. via the CMA Foundation.

Taking the nightly Nissan Stadium stage this year are Country Music superstars Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Russell Dickerson, Alan Jackson, Lady A, Parker McCollum, Carly Pearce, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Lainey Wilson, Zac Brown Band and more.

The Chevy Riverfront Stage returns with a stellar slate of talent that will keep fans moving from 10:00 AM-5:15 PM each day with performances by Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen, Ingrid Andress, Tenille Arts, Priscilla Block, Danielle Bradbery, BRELAND, Blanco Brown, Callista Clark, Easton Corbin, Jessie James Decker, Travis Denning, Lindsay Ell, ERNEST, Morgan Evans, Tyler Farr, Larry Fleet, HARDY, Home Free, Ryan Hurd, LANCO, Chris Lane, Jon Langston, LOCASH, Maddie & Tae, Kameron Marlowe, Scotty McCreery, Niko Moon, Parmalee, Michael Ray, Tyler Rich, Jameson Rodgers, Dylan Scott, Elvie Shane, Matt Stell, Mitchell Tenpenny, Tenille Townes, Drake White and Lainey Wilson.

Taking the mic on the Dr Pepper Amp Stage at Ascend Park from 11:00 AM-4:45 PM each day are Rodney Atkinsfeat. Rod + Rose, Chris Bandi, Chayce Beckham, Shy Carter, Ashley Cooke, Adam Doleac, Sara Evans, Carter Faith, Filmore, Ryan Griffin, Caylee Hammack, Laine Hardy, High Valley, Willie Jones, Kidd G, Love and Theft, Chase Matthew, Kylie Morgan, David Nail, Jerrod Niemann, Drew Parker, MacKenzie Porter, The Red Clay Strays, The Reklaws, Runaway June, Sister Hazel, Caitlyn Smith, Conner Smith, Brittney Spencer, Thompson Square and Hailey Whitters.

Fans will get in the groove from 11:00 AM-4:45 PM daily, rockin’ to the Chevy Vibes Stage at Walk of Fame Park with performances by Cooper Alan, Kassi Ashton, Frankie Ballard, Laci Kaye Booth, Tyler Booth, Country Comeback Tour, Ashland Craft, Dalton Dover, Hannah Ellis, Josh Gracin, Andy Griggs, Ty Herndon, Tiera Kennedy, King Calaway, Chrissy Metz, Jamie O’Neal, Meghan Patrick, Frank Ray, Restless Road, Reyna Roberts, Lily Rose, SEAFORTH, Nate Smith, Alana Springsteen, Uncle Kracker, Chuck Wicks, Mark Wills, Rita Wilson, Darryl Worley, Chase Wright and Michelle Wright.

The Maui Jim Reverb Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza features a can’t-miss lineup of performances each day from 10:45 AM-4:30 PM including After Midtown, Roman Alexander, Abby Anderson, Avery Anna, BEXAR, Tyler Braden, Allie Colleen, Spencer Crandall, Jackson Dean, Madeline Edwards, Ian Flanigan, Jordan Fletcher, Ray Fulcher, Aaron Goodvin, Alex Hall, Noah Hicks, Jake Hoot, Andrew Jannakos, Caroline Jones, Kat & Alex, Erin Kinsey, Trea Landon, Triston Marez, Dylan Marlowe, Walker Montgomery, John Morgan, Catie Offerman, Robyn Ottolini, Teddy Robb, Jordan Rowe, RVSHVD, Sean Stemaly, Tebey, Temecula Road, Tigirlily and Lauren Weintraub.

All artist lineups are subject to change. Outdoor daytime stages are free and open to the public.  Additional stage lineups, including nighttime concerts at Ascend Amphitheater and Fan Fair X activities inside Music City Center, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Riverside Retreat is an exclusive destination along the Cumberland River offering guaranteed admission to the Chevy Riverfront Stage, where audiences attending the free daytime concerts often reach capacity. A number of additional perks will be available including shaded areas, misting stations, charging for mobile devices, discounts on select beverages, air-conditioned restrooms, yard games and more. Participating fans will have unlimited in and out access 9:00 AM – 5:15 PM each day during CMA Fest. The on-sale for exclusive Riverside Retreat access begins tomorrow, Wednesday, April 13, at Both four-day ($307) and single-day ($98) tickets will be available. Fees and taxes included.

Stay connected with CMA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future CMA Fest Announcements.

Check out all of the new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.


Summer 2022 Country Music Festivals Worth Traveling To

Festival season will be here before we know it! As the colder weather sets in and we start to plan ahead, we have compiled a list of country music festivals worth traveling to next Summer 2022, from right here, in New York to California, and everything in between.


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Stagecoach (April 29th-May 1st)

One of the biggest country music festivals in the country, Stagecoach kicks off on April 29th in the desert of Indio, California. The three-day event features everyone from rising artists to superstars in the country music genre, including entertainers like Luke Combs, HARDY, Jordan Davis, Tanya Tucker, and more. For more information click here.


Summer Festivals

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CMA Fest (June 9th- June 12th)

Arguably the biggest country music event of the year, CMA Fest is held in Nashville, Tennessee at Nissan Stadium. For 2022, the four-day extravaganza is being held June 9th- June 12th. Find tickets to the epic weekend at or just book your plane ticket to Nashville, and experience some of the many free shows held throughout the week! Expect to see the biggest names in country music on the stadium line-up, which will be announced sometime in 2022.


Summer Festivals

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Carolina Country Music Fest (June 9th- June 12th)

If Nashville is too far to travel, another great option is taking a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for Carolina Country Music Festival. The awesome beach festivities are being held June 9th through June 12th. Big names like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean have already been announced as 2022 headliners! For more information head to



Faster Horses Country Festival (July 15th- July 17th)

Michigan’s three-day country music festival is set for July 2022! Fans who love spending the weekend camping with good music will love this fun and exciting festival. The lineup has not yet been released, but the festival boasts past performers such as Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, and more. For more information head to


Summer Festivals

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Country Jam USA (July 21st- July 23rd)

The Wisconsin country music festival, Country Jam USA will take place this year July 21st through July 23rd. Country Jam USA has been a staple, during festival season for over 25 years, featuring popular artists such as Blake Shelton and Eric Church. Make sure to check out for more information, including tickets an camping passes.



Country Thunder (Wisconsin) (July 21st- July 24th)

The Country Thunder festival has expanded to five cities over the years; however, Wisconsin remains one of the favorites. This year, the festival boasts Morgan Wallen as their headliner for multiple cities. Tickets and more information for the four-day event are already available at

Summer Festivals

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Windy City Smokeout (August 4th- August 7th)

If you’re looking for some great country music, beer, and some good BBQ food, Windy City Smokeout might be your festival! The three day Chicago festival is being held August 4th through August 7th. For more information head and look out for tickets becoming available soon. Past headliners include Brett Young, Walker Hayes, and Kane Brown. 2022 artists will be announced early next year!


Country music lovers, make sure to check out one of these great festivals next Summer!

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming announcements and releases.

For music, check out the freshest new tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

CMA Fest 2021 Is Officially Canceled, Will Return 2022

For the second year in a row, CMA Fest is forced to cancel due to the ongoing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The annual event is set to return in 2022.

The Country Music Association released an official statement today, March 2:

“After thoughtful deliberation, we are saddened to share that CMA FEST will not take place in 2021. We know our fans near and far have hoped that the festival could safely return this summer, and while we are encouraged to see COVID-19 vaccines becoming more widely available, we still face several challenges that prevent us from bringing our fans around the world the CMA FEST experience they have come to expect. But rest assured, we have already started planning what will be the most epic celebration of Country music next summer. Mark your calendars for CMA FEST, JUNE 9-12, 2022!”

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming CMA Fest news in the coming weeks.