Darius to Join ABC's CMA Best of Fest on Thursday, July 9

Calling all Country Music fans! The Country Music Association is set to host two nights of the hottest Country Music this summer, bringing together your favorite stars for two epic events.

Country Music superstar Luke Bryan hosts “CMA Best of Fest,” a three-hour retrospective airing Thursday, July 9 at 8/7c on the ABC Television Network. The live concert experience features more than 25 unforgettable performances having aired on television over the last 16 years of “CMA Fest,” plus a brand new, not-to-be-missed performance with Bryan and special guest Darius Rucker. Artists appearing in the TV special include: Trace Adkins
Lauren AlainaJason AldeanKelsea BalleriniDierks BentleyGarth BrooksBrooks & Dunn
Brothers OsborneKane BrownLuke BryanKenny ChesneyEric ChurchLuke CombsBilly Ray CyrusDan + ShayLzzy HaleSam HuntJoan JettLady AMiranda LambertLil Nas XLittle Big Town
Tim McGrawMaren MorrisBrad PaisleyRascal FlattsThomas RhettDarius RuckerBlake Shelton
Carrie UnderwoodKeith UrbanDwight Yoakam and Zac Brown Band, with special appearances by 
Bobby BonesJim GaffiganKirk HerbstreitPeyton ManningLionel RichieRob RiggleGwen StefaniMichael Strahan and Rita Wilson. “CMA Best of Fest” is executive produced by Robert Deaton. Watch the ABC promo HERE

The festivities get started a week before on Wednesday, July 1 when chart-topping Country artists Jimmie Allen and Lindsay Ell host “CMA Summer Stay-Cay presented by Budweiser Nitro Gold,” a brand new, multi-hour live stream variety event. Fans can tune into CMA’s YouTube channel and Facebook page to catch more than 50 of their favorite Country acts coming together (while safely apart) for unique performances, atypical Q&As, games and much more during this fun and collaborative summertime celebration. Stay tuned as the full lineup will be announced in the coming days on the CMA Fest app and CMASummerStayCay.com

Both events celebrate the legacy of CMA Fest, the world’s longest-running Country Music festival taking place in Nashville annually since 1972, which was postponed this year due to safety concerns amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival will return to downtown Nashville June 10-13, 2021.