CBS To Air ‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash’ with Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band, Dan + Shay & More

Fans across the United States will ring in 2022 in style with New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville Big Bash, a…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 9, 2021


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Dierks Bentley; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Fans across the United States will ring in 2022 in style with New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville Big Bash, a star-studded celebration airing on CBS. 

The special will feature performances from Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, Zac Brown Band and more from multiple locations around Music City, including Lower Broadway’s honky-tonks, bars and clubs. 

Featuring nearly 50 performances, New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash will include mainstage performances from headliners Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band and Dan + Shay live from Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The evening will culminate with the infamous drop of the Nashville Music Note and a massive fireworks display at midnight CT. 

“From the very beginning, our goal was for Nashville to be the Central Time zone celebration on national television and rival New York City,” said Butch Spyridon, President and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “We are thrilled to share music from our Nashville superstars in a national broadcast that will carry immense marketing value as we rebuild momentum as a global destination. We appreciate CBS for the decision to partner on this five-hour special. At the same time, our live event will continue to be the best party in the country to ring in the New Year, bringing fun to our visitors and revenue to the city.”

Executive produced by Robert Deaton and Mary Hilliard Harrington in partnership with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp, and directed by Sandra Restrepo, New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville Big Bash, will air on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+ on Friday, December 31 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT, 11:30 PM-1:30 AM, ET/PT. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.