Little Big Town to Host CMA Music Festival TV Special

Nashville's gearing up for summer's biggest party, the CMA Music Festival, running from June 6-June 9. The festival always features a lineup of country's hottest acts at the Nightly Concerts at LP Field, and this year's stars include Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and many others. Little Big Town, the award-winning quartet of Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet, will have the extra honor of hosting this year's televised highlight special, CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock, Aug. 12 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

The special features performances from the LP Field stage along with highlights and behind-the-scenes clips from the CMA Music Festival. Artists appearing on Country's Night to Rock have not been announced. "It's an incredible honor to be hosting this year's CMA Fest," says the group's Karen Fairchild. "We could not be more excited about the party that's going to break out at LP Field every night."

Country Weekly has your complete guide to the CMA Music Festival, including the LP Field lineup, in the June 3 issue, on newsstands May 27.

(From left) Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Governor Bill Haslam, wife Chrissy Haslam, Phillip Sweet and Karen Fairchild
photo courtesy C2 Media Relations

Additionally, LBT is doing some big work in the world of philanthropy. The group recently gave an intimate performance at Rolling Hills Farm in Franklin, Tenn. that helped raise $115,000 for Blood: Water Mission, a non-profit that works to solve the HIV/AIDS and water crises in sub-Saharan Africa.

This was LBT's second concert in support of the charitable initiative. Guests in attendance included Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and his wife Crissy, Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney and his wife Tiffany, Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker and ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit among others.

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