Here’s A List Of Every Song That Will Be Performed During ‘CMA Fest’ On ABC

CMA Fest will air on Wednesday, August 3 at 8/7c on ABC. 


Lauren Jo Black

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August 1, 2022


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MacKenzie Porter, Dustin Lynch; Photo by Josh Brasted/CMA

The countdown to CMA Fest on ABC is on! 

On Wednesday evening, August 3, fans across the nation will have the chance to relive CMA Fest during a three-hour special on ABC. 

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The music event of the summer will feature 30+ performances and surprise collaborations from some of Country music’s hottest stars, including Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Russell Dickerson, Lady A, Parker McCollum, Carly Pearce, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Lainey Wilson, and Zac Brown Band and more. 

Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Caitlin Harris, CMA
Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Caitlin Harris, CMA

As the excitement for CMA Fest builds, the Country Music Association has revealed the list of songs that will be performed during the three-hour special. 

To prepare for the upcoming special, Country Now has compiled a list of everything fans need to know and how to watch the ABC special. 

The CMA Fest ABC Special was filmed in Downtown Nashville at Nissan Stadium during the star-studded, four-day festival, which took place Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12.

How To Watch & When?

CMA Fest will air on Wednesday, August 3 at 8/7c on ABC. 

Dierks Bentley, Elle King; Photo Courtesy CMA, ABC
Dierks Bentley, Elle King; Photo Courtesy CMA, ABC

Who Will Host The Show?

Elle King and Dierks Bentley are co-hosting the three-hour special, which marks Bentley and King’s CMA Fest hosting debut.

“I’m thrilled we get to partner with Dierks and Elle as our hosts this year,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “They have such passion for the fans. I know the chemistry and camaraderie they bring to the stage will be felt by the millions of TV viewers around the globe.”

“We are excited to once again collaborate with our longtime partners at CMA for this summer’s must-see music event, ‘CMA Fest,’” says Rob Mills, Executive Vice President, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television. “With Dierks Bentley and Elle King hosting the evening, music fans everywhere can be sure to expect an unforgettable night featuring the biggest names in Country Music.”

Carly Pearce, Wynonna Judd; Photo by John Russell, CMA
Carly Pearce, Wynonna Judd; Photo by John Russell, CMA

What Songs Are Being Performed?

Jason Aldean – “She’s Country” and “Trouble With A Heartbreak”

Kelsea Ballerini – “HEARTFIRST” and “half of my hometown”

Dierks Bentley – “Drunk On A Plane”

Brothers Osborne – “Skeletons”

Kane Brown – “Like I Love Country Music” and “One Mississippi”

Luke Bryan - “Kick The Dust Up”

Luke Combs – “Beer Never Broke My Heart” and “The Kind Of Love We Make”

Billy Ray Cyrus and Dierks Bentley – “Achy Breaky Heart”

Russell Dickerson – “Love You Like I Used To”

Wynonna Judd with Carly Pearce - “Why Not Me”

Elle King – “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”

Elle King with Ashley McBryde – “Ex’s & Oh’s”

Lady A – “Summer State Of Mind”

Lady A featuring BRELAND – “Need You Now”

Dustin Lynch featuring MacKenzie Porter - “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Parker McCollum – “To Be Loved By You”

Old Dominion - “No Hard Feelings”

Thomas Rhett – “Slow Down Summer” and medley of “Get Me Some Of That,” “It Goes Like This” and “Vacation”

Darius Rucker - “Wagon Wheel”

Cole Swindell - “She Had Me At Heads Carolina”

Cole Swindell with Lainey Wilson – “Never Say Never”

Carrie Underwood – “Ghost Story” and “Good Girl”

Zac Brown Band – “Out In The Middle”

Zac Brown Band with Darius Rucker - “Chicken Fried”

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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.