CMA To Host ‘CMA Summer Jam’ with Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani, Thomas Rhett, Carly Pearce and More

The Country Music Association is bringing live music back to fans with the surprise announcement of CMA Summer Jam.  Taking…


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July 12, 2021


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Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani, Thomas Rhett, Carly Pearce

The Country Music Association is bringing live music back to fans with the surprise announcement of CMA Summer Jam

Taking place on Tuesday, July 27 and Wednesday, July 28 the two-night summer concert experience will take place live at Nashville’s open-air Ascend Amphitheater. The star-studded event will feature must-see performances and collaborations and will be taped to air as part of a three-hour primetime television special airing later this summer on ABC.

Artists confirmed to take the stage at Ascend Amphitheater on July 27 include Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton, Carly Pearce, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Lainey Wilson and Dwight Yoakam, while Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Jon Pardi and Thomas Rhett will perform on July 28.


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Additional details about the upcoming TV special will be revealed in the coming weeks. 

Tickets for CMA Summer Jam go on sale on Wednesday, July 14 starting at 10:00 AM/CT. For more information about tickets, visit

A portion of ticket sale net proceeds will benefit the CMA Foundation. Since its inception in 2011, the CMA Foundation has been committed to improving and sustaining music programs throughout the U.S. so all students have equitable opportunity to participate in a high-quality music education.

CMA Summer Jam marks the first new outdoor concert event for CMA in almost two years. CMA Fest is set to return in 2022

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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.