See a Sneak Peek of ABC’s ‘CMA Fest’ Special

Country music fans everywhere will soon have a chance to re-live CMA Fest 2019 when ABC airs its annual CMA…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 9, 2019


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Carrie Underwood; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Country music fans everywhere will soon have a chance to re-live CMA Fest 2019 when ABC airs its annual CMA Fest special.

Hosted by Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini with special guest host Bobby Bones, the three-hour event will air Sunday, Aug. 4 at 8/7c on ABC.

The show will feature performances from over 30 artists, including Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland, Old Dominion, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett and Brett Young.

Several superstar collaborations will also take place during the show, including Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini with The Chainsmokers, Brothers Osborne with Brooks & Dunn and Ashley McBryde, Brantley Gilbert with Lindsay Ell, Tim McGraw with Luke Combs, Maren Morris with Brandi Carlile, and Carrie Underwood with Joan Jett.

Ahead of the must-see television special, the Country Music Association and ABC are giving fans a sneak peek of the show with a new 30-second teaser. Check it out above.

Be sure to tune in to CMA Fest Aug. 4 on ABC.

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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.