Little Big Town to host CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock

Little Big Town return to host "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" airing Tuesday, Aug. 5 on the ABC Television Network, Photo Credit: Kristin Barlowe

Little Big Town return to host “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” airing Tuesday, Aug. 5 on the ABC Television Network,
Photo Credit: Kristin Barlowe

Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town return for the second year to host the summer’s hottest television music event when the ABC Television Network airs “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” on Tuesday, Aug. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET). “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.

“We could not be more excited to be coming back as hosts for CMA Music Fest,” exclaimed Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet. “Last year was incredible and we can’t wait to be back in LP Field surrounded by 50,000 screaming fans!”

Bandmate Karen Fairchild added: “Country Music truly has the most dedicated fans in the world and we’re looking forward to spending another four days with them.”

“It is great to have Little Big Town back to host ‘Country’s Night to Rock’,” said Deaton. “They have impeccable timing, a terrific sense of humor, the respect of the artistic community, and the admiration of the fans. They are the perfect ensemble cast to host this special.”

Critically acclaimed Country group Little Big Town – consisting of members Fairchild,Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook – first entered the music scene more than 14 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 has been certified Platinum with sales of more than 1 million copies.

Tornado, produced by Jay Joyce, includes 2x Platinum-selling No. 1 single “Pontoon” and follow-up single and title-track “Tornado,” which also peaked in the No. 1 position. The Grammy-nominated track, “Your Side of the Bed” and fan-favorite “Sober” are also featured on the album.

Collectively, the group has earned more than 25 award nominations, including 15 CMA Awards nods. They have taken home CMA Awards trophies for CMA Single of the Year (2012, “Pontoon”) and CMA Vocal Group of the Year (2012, 2013). They have also won a Grammy Award for Best Country Group/Duo Performance (“Pontoon”) and an Emmy (Outstanding Original Song, “Good Afternoon”). Last year, the foursome completed their sold-out headlining tour, “The Tornado Tour,”which visited more than 25 theaters in the U.S. and Canada and also recently wrapped a tour with Keith Urban performing in more than 50 cities in North America.

Little Big Town recently completed their sixth studio album working again with producer Joyce. The first single off of the new album entitled “Day Drinking” will be available at iTunes June 2 and will officially hit Country radio June 10. The album is set for release later this year. For more information on Little Big Town visit littlebigtown.com

Filmed during CMA Music Festival, 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 AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X, live music on 11 stages, more than 430 artists and celebrities, and a guest list of 80,000 avid singing-and-dancing-till-dawn fans.

The special first aired in 2004. This is the 10th time ABC will broadcast the special – which invites the whole country to America’s largest Country Music celebration.