The Country Music Association has released the initial artist lineup for its 48th annual CMA Fest® in downtown Nashville. CMA Fest will take over downtown Nashville for four days with a range of big, classic and up-and-coming country artists on Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, June 9.
The Nissan Stadium openers:
Two student groups from Nashville School of Arts will perform the National Anthem during CMA fest– the first kicking off the Chevy Riverfront Stage Thursday morning, followed by a second group performing Thursday evening at Nissan Stadium. Additional artists will perform the National Anthem at the stadium including Lindsay Ell, Runaway June and Jimmie Allen. Miranda Lambert will lead MuttNation’s Mutt March on Thursday, June 6 from 8:30-10:30am. The parade of pups will start at Nissan Stadium, down across the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge into Walk of Fame Park.
Nissan Stadium Stage will feature the headliners for this year’s concerts, including performances by Eric Church, Brett Young, Chris Janson, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Marren Morris, Old Dominion, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Nissan Stadium hosts nightly concerts and requires a ticket. There are only 300 level seats available, so get your tickets here.
The Chevy Riverfront Stage includes performances from 10am- 5:15pm by A Thousand Horses, Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen, Danielle Bradbery, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Jordan Davis, Devin Dawson, Jessie James Decker, Gavin DeGraw, Russell Dickerson, Eli Young Band, Lindsay Ell, Tyler Farr, Gone West, Riley Green, Hunter Hayes, Walker Hayes, High Valley, Home Free, Ryan Hurd, LOCASH, Maddie & Tae, Ashley McBryde, Scotty McCreery, Eric Paslay, Carly Pearce, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Mason Ramsey, Michael Ray, Tyler Rich, Runaway June, Dylan Scott, Granger Smith, Mitchell Tenpenny, Morgan Wallen, Aaron Watson, and Billy Currington.
The Budweiser Forever Country Stage will have performances from 11am-4:45pm daily. The lineup features some of the biggest names in Country Music such as Keith Anderson, Deana Carter, John Carter Cash, Joe Diffie, George Ducas, Charles Esten, Andy Griggs, Halfway to Hazard, Ty Herndon, Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence, Little Texas, Lonestar, The Marshall Tucker Band, Kendell Marvel, Neal McCoy, Montgomery Gentry, Lorrie Morgan, The Nelsons, Jerrod Niemann, Jamie O’Neal, The Road Hammers, Ray Scott, Shenandoah, Sister Hazel, Ricky Skaggs, Kiefer Sutherland, Thompson Square, Uncle Kracker, Mark Wills, Rita Wilson, Darryl Worley and Pam Tillis.
The Chevy Breakout Stage will have performances from 11:10am–4:55pm on Thursday, June 6 and 10:30am–4:55pm Friday through Sunday at the Walk of Fame Park. The lineup will highlight rising artists including Carlton Anderson, Tenille Arts, Kassi Ashton, Drew Baldridge, Chris Bandi, Kelleigh Bannen, Bailey Bryan, Austin Burke, Dillon Carmichael, Adam Craig, Travis Denning, Cale Dodds, Adam Doleac, Clare Dunn, Brooke Eden, Filmore, HARDY, Jillian Jacqueline, James Barker Band, Austin Jenckes, Brett Kissel, Love and Theft, Tegan Marie, Steve Moakler, Muscadine Bloodline, Brandon Ratcliff, Brandon Ray, Teddy Robb, Noah Schnacky, Dylan Schneider, Seaforth, Smithfield, Matt Stell, Sweet Tea Trio, Tenille Townes, Rachel Wammack, Waterloo Revival, The Wild Feathers and Carter Winter.
The Firestone Country Roads Stage will kick off performances starting 6:30pm daily at Ascend Amphitheater. The lineup includes Headliner Chase Rice, Jimmie Allen, Blanco Brown, Adam Craig, Lindsay Ell, Tyler Farr, King Calaway, LOCASH, Randy Houser and Runaway June. Brett Young will headline Firestone Country Roads Stage at Ascend Amphitheater on Friday night. Joining Young will be Bailey Bryan, Jordan Davis, Adam Hambrick, Caylee Hammack, Jillian Jacqueline and Mitchell Tenpenny. On Saturday, Hunter Hayes and Cody Johnson will co-headline the evening, joined by Ingrid Andress, Tucker Beathard and Ashley McBryde.
The Maui Jim Broadway Stage will entertain fans from 10:45am-4:30pm daily, with the “BMI Tailgate” performances Thursday from 2:45pm-5:10pm. The gates will open to the public at 9:45am each day, Thursday through Sunday. The lineup includes Colin Elmore, House Whiskey, Josh Phillips and Dan Smalley. Additional acts taking the stage include The Adelaides, Jay Allen, Roan Ash, Gabby Barrett, Stephen Carey, Troy Cartwright, Crowder, Kyle Daniel, Jaida Dreyer, Ross Ellis, Everette, Fairground Saints, Ray Fulcher, Noah Guthrie, Adam Hambrick, Levi Hummon, Hunter Brothers, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Lauren Jenkins, Willie Jones, King Calaway, The Last Bandoleros, Leaving Austin, Baylee Littrell, Hayley Orrantia, Drew Parker, Stephanie Quayle, Faren Rachels, Elvie Shane, Kalie Shorr, The Sisterhood Band, The Swon Brothers and Lainey Wilson.
The Nashville Acoustic Corner Stage will take place daily from 11am-4:40pm inside the NCVC Visitor Center at Bridgestone Arena. Thursday’s performances are presented by ASCAP and will feature Haley Mae Campbell, Seth Cook, Cross Atlantic, Jobe Fortner, Makayla Lynn, Jill Martin, David Ray, Maggie Renfroe, Joe Robinson and Anna Rose. Friday’s performances are presented by SESAC and will feature Blanco Brown, Nora Collins, Spencer Crandall, Erin Enderlin, Aaron Goodvin, Kelly McGrath, Tom O’Connor, Jake Rose, Scott Stevens and Jenny Tolman. The lineup for Saturday and Sunday includes Beoga, Jordan Brooker, Brown & Gray, Shy Carter, Robert Counts, Crawford & Power, Hannah Dasher, Larry Fleet, Kylie Frey, Tony Jackson, Angie Keilhauer, Cory Marks, Jaden Michaels, Emily Ann Roberts, Shane Runion, SixForty1, Tiera, Tyler Reese Tritt, Anna Vaus and The Wandering Hearts.
The HGTV Lodge will welcome Country Music’s hottest starts featuring live performances by artists including
Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen, Kassi Ashton, Tucker Beathard, Dierks Bentley, Danielle Bradbery, Devin Dawson, Barry Dean, Eli Young Band, HARDY, Walker Hayes, Home Free, King Calaway, Luke Laird, Brandon Lay, LOCASH, Scotty McCreery, Chrissy Metz, Steve Moakler, Old Dominion, Eric Paslay, Carly Pearce, Michael Ray, Tyler Rich, Tenille Townes, Morgan Wallen, Aaron Watson, Rita Wilson, Charlie Worsham and Chris Young, as well as special appearances by HGTV’s Steve Ford and Jasmine Roth. HGTV Lodge emcee will be Suzanne Alexander during the four-day event. Some select meet-and-greet sessions, as well as special performances in the HGTV Lodge and more, are only available to winners of the Ultimate Fan Experiences Drawing. Register here for a chance to win prizes, artist meet-and-greats inside Xfinity Fan Fair X, access to special performances and panels at the HGTV Lodge and more!
The outdoor daytime stages, Chevy Riverfront and Budweiser Forever Country are free and open to the public. Additional stage lineups will be announced in the coming weeks, along with Xfinity Fan Fair X activities.
The artists who perform during CMA Fest® donate their time, and proceeds from ticket sales help benefit music programs across the country through CMA Foundation.