Wednesday, July 13, 2011
– Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town were added to the list of performers appearing in the three-hour, primetime concert special: "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," airing Sunday, Aug. 7 on ABC.
"The strength of this television special, and the format, is the diversity of our stars and the depth of their talent," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "No matter what your taste, or which end of the country music spectrum you chose, you will find artists and performances in the special that will keep you entertained."
Bentley and Little Big Town join a concert lineup that included individual performances and one-of-a-kind collaborations including Alabama performing with Brad Paisley; Jason Aldean collaborating with Kelly Clarkson; a late-night jam with Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow; Josh Turner singing with "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery; "Idol" runner up Lauren Alaina joining Martina McBride; Gretchen Wilson with Big & Rich; and Alan Jackson performing with Zac Brown Band.
Previously announced performers include The Band Perry, Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.
Behind-the-ropes access is part of the special including interviews with The Band Perry, Aldean and Clarkson, Lady Antebellum, Swift and Shania Twain; a late-night jam at a downtown club with Luke Bryan; and a day in the life of McCreery and Alaina as they experience their first CMA Music Festival.