COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK,” AIRING MONDAY AUG. 12


REIGNING CMA VOCAL GROUP OF THE
YEAR LITTLE BIG TOWN TO HOST SUMMER’S HOTTEST CONCERT EVENT, “CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL:
COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK,” AIRING MONDAY AUG. 12 ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK 

NASHVILLE
– Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town will host
the summer’s hottest television music event when the ABC Television Network
airs “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” on
Monday, Aug.
12 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET)
.

“It’s an incredible honor to be
hosting this year’s CMA Fest,” said
Karen Fairchild of Little
Big Town. “We could not be more excited about the party that’s going to break
out at LP Field every night!”

Little Big Town members Fairchild, Phillip
Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman,
and Jimi Westbrook
first entered the music scene more than 13 years ago
with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good As Gone,”
and the Grammy-nominated single “Little White Church.” The quartet’s fifth
studio album 
Tornado was released on Sept. 11,
2012 and debuted at the top of the
Billboard Country
Chart where it stayed in the No. 1 position for five consecutive weeks. The
album, which is certified Gold, was produced by Jay Joyce and includes the double-Platinum-selling,
No. 1 hit single “Pontoon” and the follow up single and title track “Tornado,”
which also reached No. 1. Their current single, the emotionally-charged “Your
Side of the Bed,” is at radio now and quickly climbing the charts.

Collectively,
the group has earned more than 25 award nominations and has taken home the trophies
for CMA Single of the Year (“Pontoon”) and CMA Vocal Group of the Year, and
a Grammy Award for Best Country Group/Duo Performance (“Pontoon”). The foursome
has played in front of more than four million people to-date and recently wrapped
“The Tornado Tour,” their sold-out headlining tour across the U.S. and
Canada. They will join Keith Urban on tour later this summer.

Filmed
during CMA Music Festival
Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, the special
features many of today’s most exciting Country Music stars as they hit the stage
during the four-day party and celebration of America’s music. The annual event
is unlike any other, with autograph signings in the new Fan Fair X, live music
on 11 stages, more than 450 artists and celebrities, and a guest list of 71,000
avid singing-and-dancing-till-dawn fans.

The special first
aired in 2004 and is marking its 10
th anniversary
in 2013. This is the ninth time ABC will broadcast the special – which invites
the whole country to America’s largest Country Music celebration. Artists appearing
in the television special have not yet been announced. The special will air on
ABC through 2021.

Artists performing as part of the sold-out Nightly Concerts
at LP Field during 2013 CMA Music Festival include
Gary Allan,
Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line,
Hunter Hayes
, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert,
Little Big Town, Kip Moore, Jake
Owen, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood,
Keith Urban,
and Zac Brown Band. Several
legacy acts are performing, too, including
Lee Greenwood,
Tracy Lawrence, The Oak Ridge Boys,
and Randy Travis. Brett Eldredge;
Gloriana; Lorrie Morgan
and Pam Tillis; and The
Oak Ridge Boys are scheduled to perform the national anthem.

Fans
can stay in the loop by visiting
CMAfest.com, the official website of CMA Music Festival, where
they can sign up for the CMA Exclusive e-news. Fans can also connect with CMA
at
Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic, Pinterest.com/CMAworld, and Instagram.com/CMA_Country_Music_Association.

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced
by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of CMA.
Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. Bud Light is the Official
Beer of the CMA Music Festival. Pepsi is the Official Soft Drink of the CMA Music
Festival. Transitions® Adaptive Lenses: the Official Eyewear of the CMA Music
Festival. American Airlines is the Official Airline of CMA Music Festival. Bad
Boy Buggies are the Official UTV of the CMA Music Festival.

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