Little Big Town return as ‘CMA Music Fest’ hosts

Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town return for the second year to host the summer’s hottest television music event when the ABC Television Network airs CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock on Tuesday, August 5th from 8-11pm ET/PT. CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.

“We could not be more excited to be coming back as hosts for CMA Music Fest,” exclaimed Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet. “Last year was incredible and we can’t wait to be back in LP Field surrounded by 50,000 screaming fans!”

Bandmate Karen Fairchild added, “Country music truly has the most dedicated fans in the world and we’re looking forward to spending another four days with them.”

“It is great to have Little Big Town back to host Country’s Night to Rock,” said Deaton. “They have impeccable timing, a terrific sense of humor, the respect of the artistic community, and the admiration of the fans. They are the perfect ensemble cast to host this special.”

Filmed during CMA Music Festival Thursday through Sunday, June 5-8, the special features many of today’s most exciting country music stars as they hit the stage during the four-day party and celebration of America’s music. The annual event is unlike any other, with autograph signings in the new AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X, live music on 11 stages, more than 450 artists and celebrities, and a guest list of 80,000 avid singing-and-dancing-till-dawn fans.

“We could not be more excited to be coming back as hosts for CMA Music Fest.”

The special first aired in 2004. This is the tenth time ABC will broadcast the special – which invites the whole country to America’s largest country music celebration. Artists appearing in the television special have not yet been announced. The special will air on ABC through 2021.

The August 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.

Artists performing as part of the sold-out Nightly Concerts at LP Field during 2014 CMA Music Festival include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Chris Young, and Zac Brown Band. Several legacy acts are performing, too, including The Charlie Daniels Band, Sara Evans, Travis Tritt, and a special guest performance. Performing the national anthem at LP Field will be Danielle Bradbery, Home Free, and young musicians from the W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School, which is a beneficiary of The CMA Foundation’s Keep the Music Playing music education charitable campaign.

The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience began in 1972 as Fan Fair, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. More than 40 years later, the now legendary Festival has become the city’s signature music event. In 2014, CMA Music Festival will host visitors from every state and 21 foreign countries.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.