The ABC Television Network presents “Rascal Flatts: Nothing Like This Presented by JCPenney.” One of the best touring acts in country music with over 6 million concert tickets sold, Rascal Flatts will film a live music special from the Xcel Energy Center this Friday, January 21st in St. Paul, Minnesota. The show is being filmed during a regularly scheduled date on their “Nothing Like This” tour, which launched this past weekend. “Rascal Flatts: Nothing Like This Presented By JCPenney” airs Saturday, March 12 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
George Flanigen will direct the special and Robert Deaton will executive-produce.
In her first-ever appearance at the CMA Awards, Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow will make her live Country Music singing debut on “The 44th Annual CMA Awards,” Wednesday, November 10 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Paltrow performs the title track from her forthcoming feature film, “Country Strong,” and is joined in her CMA Awards performance by legendary singer Vince Gill. RCA Nashville will release the original motion picture soundtrack to “Country Strong” on October 26.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, along with Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester, star in the big-screen drama, “Country Strong,” set to hit theaters this winter. Written and directed by Shana Feste and produced by Tobey Maguire and Jenno Topping, “Country Strong” hits theaters in Los Angeles and Nashville on December 22, 2010, and nationwide on January 7, 2011.
Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 44th Annual CMA Awards” airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Previously announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Underwood, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift. In addition, special duet performances will feature top nominee Lambert with Sheryl Crow in a tribute to Loretta Lynn’s 50th Anniversary as a recording artist, and Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson.
“The 44th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul Miller is the director and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
Summer heats up when ABC heads to Nashville to take you to the hottest music event of the year – “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock.” Filming Thursday through Sunday, June 10-13, today’s most exciting Country Music stars will hit the stage during a four-day party and celebration of America’s music for a special that will air WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Some of the artists already announced to appear at LP Field during CMA Music Festival include Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Billy Currington, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band. Taylor Swift will host a free 13-hour fan meet and greet event during the Festival at the Bridgestone Arena, which includes a short acoustic performance.
“Our announced lineup this year is the strongest ever and a Country Music enthusiast’s dream bill,” said Steve Moore, Chairman of the CMA Board of Directors.
The annual event is unlike any other: four days, 30 hours of autograph signings, 100 hours of live music, hundreds of artists and celebrities, and a party list of thousands of avid, singing and dancing-till-dawn fans. This is the sixth time ABC will broadcast this special, which invites the whole country to America’s biggest Country Music bash.
Originally started as Fan Fair(r) in 1972, the legendary event has featured performances by every major star in the format. What started with 5,000 fans has grown to a daily attendance of more than 56,000, representing every state and more than two dozen foreign countries. The primetime television special, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” debuted in 2004 as a two-hour special highlighting the Festival and Music City. In 2005 the special moved to the ABC Television Network.
“CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” is executive-produced by Robert Deaton and directed by Gary Halvorson. The 2009 CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.