See Pics of Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert & More From CMA Fest Night Three
There was no shortage of superstars on the Saturday night lineup of CMA Fest. The evening’s show was headlined by…
Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert; Photos by Andrew Wendowski
There was no shortage of superstars on the Saturday night lineup of CMA Fest.
The evening’s show was headlined by Tim McGraw. Joining him at Nissan Stadium was Dierks Bentley, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert with Pistol Annies, Brett Young and Billy Ray Cyrus.
The evening kicked off with a memorable performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” from Runaway June. Following the National Anthem performance, Kassi Ashton, Travis Denning and Jameson Rogers, the current CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship recipients, had the opportunity to make their debut performances at Nissan Stadium during CMA Fest.
Surprises once again ruled the show, with the biggest being a performance of “Old Town Road” from Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban. Fans immediately rose to their feet and sang along to every word.
In addition to performing a number of songs with Pistol Annies, Lambert surprised fans by performing a brand new song called “Locomotive.”
Bentley delivered a solid performance and brought out rising star Tenille Townes to sing “Different For Girls” as well as a medley of songs made famous by women in country music. He also took a moment to send his love to fellow country star Granger Smith and his family, who are mourning the tragic loss of their 3-year-old son, River. He dedicated his touching song, “I Hold On” to the family.
McGraw closed out the night and delivered the final surprise when Combs joined him to sing “Real Good Man.”
See photos from the third nightly concert at Nissan Stadium below.
CMA Fest 2019 continues through Sunday. The festival is being taped for a three-hour concert special that will air Sunday, August 4 at 8/7c on ABC. Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini and Bobby Bones will co-host the event.
CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship recipients: Kassi Ashton, Travis Denning and Jameson Rogers
Billy Ray Cyrus
Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith Urban
Miranda Lambert with Pistol Annies
Lauren Jo Black
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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.