Tim McGraw Hosts CMA Fest’s ‘Rock’-in’ TV Special
This year's appearance marked Tim's first time at Music Fest since 2001, when he made a surprise showing during friend Kenny Chesney's performance at LP Field. His last official appearance was in 2000, the last year the event was called Fan Fair and took place at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
This year, Tim not only performed Thursday night at LP Field, he signed autographs, posed for pictures and mingled with his fans. He was also seen out and about throughout the event, filming introductions and spot pieces for the television special. The filming continues through Sunday, the final day of CMA Fest.
"Because of touring and other commitments, I have not been able to be here the past few years," Tim said at a press conference prior to his performance at LP Field. "This year, it all worked out so that I could be here. I plan to have a fun time hosting the special."
The special will include an overview of the CMA Music Festival, from performances to autograph sessions and other activities, all taking place in downtown Nashville. The event took over Music City just six weeks after a major flood devastated the area and had many of the businesses and venues used for the festival fighting water damage and scurrying to get equipment functioning and doors open for the thousands of visitors who pour into town for the event.
While there's no official list of entertainers who will be on the special at this time, it always includes highlights from the various stages. Among the artists who will perform throughout the festival are Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Billy Currington, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McrBride, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and the Zac Brown Band.
'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock,' will air September 1 at 8:00 PM (ET) on ABC.