CMA Best Of Fest: Everything You Need To Know

Tonight’s the night! The Country Music Association and ABC will be taking country music fans on a journey through the…


Andrew Wendowski

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July 13, 2020

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Luke Bryan, CMA Best of Fest; Photo by John Russell/CMA

Tonight’s the night! The Country Music Association and ABC will be taking country music fans on a journey through the past 16 years of CMA Fest performances with CMA Best of Fest.

The three-hour special, which begins at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT, will include 28 of the most memorable performances from the annual CMA Fest, which takes place in Nashville, Tennessee each summer as well as a brand new, must-see performance from Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker.

CMA Best of Fest celebrates the legacy of CMA Fest, the world’s longest-running country music festival that takes place in Nashville annually since 1972, which was cancelled this year due to safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival will return the weekend of June 10-13, 2021.

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Here’s everything you need to know about CMA Best Of Fest.

How To Watch:

CMA Best Of Fest will air Monday, July 13 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET) on the ABC Television Network or visit

Who is Hosting?

Country superstar, Luke Bryan.

Who Is Performing?

The star-studded performance lineup includes: Luke Bryan, Lady A, Garth Brooks, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Joan Jett, Trace Adkins, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Lzzy Hale, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lil Nas X, Maren Morris, Dwight Yoakam, Brothers Osbourne, Luke Combs, Brad Paisley, Sam Hunt, Kane Brown, Brooks & Dunn, Dierks Bentley, Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert and more, with special appearances from Bobby Bones, Jim Gaffigan, Kirk Herbstreit, Peyton Mannning, Lionel Richie, Rob Riggle, Gwen Stefani, Michael Strahan and Rita Wilson.

What Songs Are Being Performed?

  • Blake Shelton + Trace Adkins, “Hillbilly Bone” (2010)
  • Brad Paisley, “American Saturday Night” (2010)
  • Brooks & Dunn and Brothers Osborne, “Hard Workin’ Man” (2019)
  • Carrie Underwood, “Last Name” (2010)
  • Carrie Underwood + Joan Jett, Medley (2019)
  • Dan + Shay, “Tequila” (2018)
  • Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel” (2014)
  • Dwight Yoakam + Dierks Bentley, “Fast As You” (2018)
  • Eric Church + Lzzy Hale, “That’s Damn Rock & Roll” (2014)
  • Garth Brooks, Medley (2017)
  • Jason Aldean, “She’s Country” (2015)
  • Kane Brown + Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs” (2018)
  • Kelsea Ballerini, “Yeah Boy” (2017)
  • Keith Urban, “Wasted Time” (2017)
  • Kenny Chesney, “Summertime” (2009)
  • Lady A, “Love Don’t Live Here” (2008)
  • Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Keith Urban, “Old Town Road” (2019)
  • Little Big Town, “Pontoon” (2012)
  • Luke Bryan, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” (2012)
  • Luke Bryan + Darius Rucker, “Small Town” (2020)
  • Luke Combs, “When It Rains It Pours” (2018)
  • Maren Morris, “Girl” (2019)
  • Miranda Lambert, “Kerosene” (2007)
  • Rascal Flatts + Little Big Town, Medley (2011)
  • Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road” (2017)
  • Thomas Rhett, “Life Changes” (2018)
  • Tim McGraw, “Something Like That” (2010)
  • Zac Brown Band, “Chicken Fried” (2009)

The CMA Music Festival will return to downtown Nashville Thursday through Sunday, June 10-13, 2021, with a limited number of four-day passes on sale starting Thursday, Sept. 10 at 10:00 AM/CT at or by calling the CMA Fest box office at 800-CMA-FEST.

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Andrew Wendowski

Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a self-taught entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.