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Tune In: CMA Fest 2023 Television Special Airs Wednesday on ABC.


Dierks Bentley, along with Elle King and Lainey Wilson, host this year’s CMA Fest primetime television special. The three-hour show, airing Wednesday (July 19th), features amazing performances by some of today’s biggest country stars, as well as extraordinary collaborations, including Dierks, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Jordan Davis, Vince Gill, Tyler Hubbard, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban. Additional performances include Elle, Lainey, Jelly Roll, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, HARDY, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Avril Lavigne, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, Old Dominion, Carly Pearce, Jason Aldean, Ashley McBryde, Leon Bridges and Tanya Tucker.

For Dierks, CMA Fest week was one of reflecting back over his career, but also a chance for him to be a fan. “For me, it’s a magical week of reflection and being a fan. I’m playing, but also just like total fan mode,” he says. “I’ve always said I’m a fan of country music first and foremost, and this weekend is a great place to be a fan. It’s just the best of the best.”

Of his two co-hosts, Dierks had the best time working alongside them. “I get to co-host this with two of the funniest people I know – Elle King and Lainey Wilson. I mean, yes, talented beyond all talent, both incredible stylists vocally that sound like nobody else, great songwriters. You can list all that stuff. Whatever. Who cares? They’re funny. They’re so fun to be around. They make you laugh the whole time, so it doesn’t even feel like work. It just feels like this is ridiculous that I get the chance to hang out with these girls.”

Check out CMA Fest, dubbed the Music Event of the Summer, on Wednesday (July 19th) at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC. The special will also be available the next day on Hulu.

Alabama — “Mountain Music”
Jason Aldean — “Try That In A Small Town”
Dierks Bentley — “Gold”
Luke Bryan — “But I Got A Beer In My Hand”
Eric Church — “Smoke a Little Smoke”/ "Bad Mother Trucker”
Luke Combs — “Love You Anyway”
Dan + Shay — “Speechless”
Jordan Davis — “Buy Dirt”
Vince Gill and Luke Combs — “One More Last Chance”
HARDY featuring Lainey Wilson — “wait in the truck”
Tyler Hubbard — “Dancin’ In The Country”
Jelly Roll – “Need A Favor”
Cody Johnson — “’Til You Can’t”
Cody Johnson and Reba McEntire — “Whoever’s In New England”
Elle King featuring Miranda Lambert — “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”
Miranda Lambert and Leon Bridges — “If You Were Mine”
Miranda Lambert and Avril Lavigne — “Kerosene/Sk8er Boi”
Little Big Town — “Wine, Beer, Whiskey”
Ashley McBryde — “Light On In The Kitchen”
Tim McGraw — “Standing Room Only”
Jo Dee Messina and Carly Pearce — “I’m Alright”
Old Dominion — “Memory Lane”
Jon Pardi — “Your Heart Or Mine”
Carly Pearce — “What He Didn’t Do”
Darius Rucker — “Fires Don’t Start Themselves”
Tanya Tucker with Elle King and Lainey Wilson — “Texas (When I Die)”
Keith Urban — “Wild Hearts”
Lainey Wilson — “Watermelon Moonshine” 

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