CMA Summer Jam with Carrie Underwood, Gabby Barrett to Air on ABC

Carrie Underwood Performing Live With Guitar
photo credit: Carrie Underwood/Instagram

CMA will host CMA Summer Jam, a brand new, two-night summer concert experience live from Nashville’s open-air Ascend Amphitheater Tuesday, July 27 and Wednesday, July 28. Featuring performances and collaborations from Country Music’s hottest stars, the live event will also be filmed as part of a three-hour primetime television special airing later this summer on ABC.

Before the pandemic, ABC would air a special in late summer or fall featuring the best of the CMA Festival. But since the Country Music Association cancelled the huge festival two years in a row, and COVID restrictions are finally lifting, a scaled down concert event will do for now. 

In the meantime, a TON of our favorite singing show alums, including Carrie Underwood, Gabby Barrett, Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton and more are set for the special. American Idol judge Luke Bryan and The Voice’s Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani will also perform. 

See the FULL List of CMA Summer Jam performers below

Artists taking the stage at Ascend Amphitheater on July 27 include Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton, Carly Pearce, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Lainey Wilson and Dwight Yoakam, while Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Jon?Pardi and Thomas Rhett will perform on July 28. Details about the television special, including additional performances filmed at other locations in downtown Nashville, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for CMA Summer Jam are on sale Wednesday, July 14 starting at 10:00 AM/CT. For more information about tickets, visit A portion of ticket sale net proceeds will benefit the CMA Foundation. Since its inception in 2011, the CMA Foundation has been committed to improving and sustaining music programs throughout the?U.S.?so all students have?equitable opportunity to participate in a high-quality music education.

CMA Summer Jam marks the first new outdoor concert event for CMA in almost two years. 

While COVID-19 capacity restrictions have been lifted in the city of Nashville, CMA continues to follow guidance from local, state and federal authorities as well as unions and guilds to ensure the safety of all staff, performers and attendees. CMA is a proud partner of VAX4LIVE, a national campaign encouraging music fans to get the facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more at

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