Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Faith Hill, reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Zac Brown Band have joined the performance lineup for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during 2012 CMA Music Festival. The event that USA Today calls "the crown jewel of Country Music festivals" will once again take over downtown Nashville for four days this summer, Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10, 2012.
2011 CMA Award winners Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, and five-time CMA Award winner Carrie Underwood were previously announced as performing at the legendary Festival, which has grown since starting in 1972 as Fan Fair® to become Nashville's signature music event. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
Bryan was nominated for CMA New Artist of the Year in 2010 and 2011. His most recent album is the Gold-certified tailgates & tanlines, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and features the Platinum-certified digital single "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)" and the Gold-certified digital single "I Don't Want This Night to End."
Church, who will make his debut performance on the Nightly Concerts at LP Field this year, was nominated for CMA New Artist of the Year in 2011. His most recent album is the Gold-certified Chief, which debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Billboard Country Albums charts, and features the Gold-certified digital single "Homeboy."
Hill returns to CMA Music Festival for the first time since 2008. She debuted her long-awaited new single "Come Home" on "The 45th Annual CMA Awards" in November. She is a three-time CMA Award winner, including Female Vocalist (2000), Vocal Event (1997 for "It's Your Love" with husband Tim McGraw), and Music Video of the Year (1998 for "This Kiss"). Her seventh new studio recording is set for an early 2012 release.
Lady Antebellum has won seven CMA Awards, including Vocal Group (2009-2011), Single (2009 for "I Run to You" and 2010 for "Need You Now," which also earned them an additional Award for producing), and New Artist of the Year (2008). Their current album is the Platinum-certified Own the Night, which debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Billboard Country Albums charts.
Paisley has won 14 CMA Awards, including Entertainer (2010), Male Vocalist (2007-2009), Album (2006 for Time Well Wasted), Horizon (2000), Musical Event (2004 for "Whiskey Lullaby" with Alison Krauss, 2006 for "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Dolly Parton, and 2009 for "Start a Band" with Keith Urban), and Vocal Event of the Year (2001 for "Too Country" with Bill Anderson, George Jones, and Buck Owens). He has also co-hosted the CMA Awards with Underwood for the last four years (2008-2011). His current album is This is Country Music, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and contains the Platinum-certi fied digital single "Remind Me" (his duet with Underwood).
Rascal Flatts has won seven CMA Awards, including Vocal Group of the Year (2003-2008) and the Horizon Award (2002). Their current album is the Platinum-certified Nothing Like This, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and features the Platinum-certified digital single "I Won't Let Go" and the Gold-certified single "Easy." Rascal Flatts, who is only one of four acts to have six consecutive albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart in the last decade, will release a new album later this spring.
Zac Brown Band has won one CMA Award in 2010 for New Artist of the Year. Their current album is the Platinum-certified You Get What You Give, which debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Billboard Country Albums charts, and features the Platinum-certified digital single "Colder Weather."
Fans can purchase their tickets through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or 1-(800)-745-3000. They can also purchase them by calling 1-(800)-CMA-FEST (262-3378). Ticket prices are based on the level of seating at LP Field for the Nightly Concerts, and range from $115 to $325 plus handling fees. A limited number of four-day parking passes for LP Field are also available, rangin g from $32 to $124 plus handling fees, depending on the size of vehicle.