Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett to Host 'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock' 2016

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett to Host 'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock' 2016

Get ready to party! Two of country music's biggest male acts are teaming up to host one of summer 2016's hottest television music events. On WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 8|7c Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett will host CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock, a three-hour concert special on ABC. 

"I've played my heart out on every size stage at CMA Fest, from the crowds of 20 to the big stadium, because I love the energy of the festival and the country music fans so much," said Eldredge on Good Morning America where the news was announced. "And now I get to host the whole thing with one of my best pals. You can't beat that!"

"As a fan, CMA Music Fest was always the biggest event of the year for me. Some of my favorite memories are me and my buddies sitting in the nosebleeds watching our heroes play," added Thomas Rhett. "It's surreal and a huge honor to be hosting and performing on this stage."

The two singer-songwriters are more than qualified for the job as both currently have several hits on the charts. Eldredge recently celebrated his fifth consecutive No. 1 single, "Drunk On Your Love." It's the second single from his sophomore album "Illinois," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart upon its release. The 2014 CMA New Artist of the Year co-wrote and co-produced every song on the 12 set disc, which follows on the heels of his 2013 debut album, "Bring You Back." That album spawned three consecutive No. 1 singles, including the Platinum "Don't Ya," the Gold "Beat of the Music," which was the most played country song of 2014, and the Gold "Mean To Me." For more information on Eldredge, please visit:

Thomas Rhett  continues to break milestones after solidifying back-to-back Platinum No. 1 singles off his sophomore album, "Tangled Up" (The Valory Music Co.), with "Crash And Burn" and the record-breaking smash "Die A Happy Man." After marking five consecutive chart-toppers, the artist Noisey calls "one of Country's perennial 'next big things,'" delivers his latest single "T-Shirt," which has quickly escalated up the Top 10 at country radio. Thomas Rhett remains on the road this year with sold-out headlining dates and as direct support for Jason Aldean's "Six String Circus Tour." For a full list of upcoming tour dates and appearances, visit

This will be the 12th time ABC will broadcast the special filmed June 9-12 at the CMA Music Festival. The special features an inside look at many of today's most exciting country-music stars, as they hit the stage during the four-day celebration of America's music. The annual event is a unique experience filled with, with meet-and-greets in Fan Fair X, live music on 11 stages, more than 500 artists and celebrities, and a guest list of 87,000 avid singing-and-dancing-till-dawn fans.

Proceeds made from CMA Music Festival ticket sales for the Nightly Concerts and Fan Fair X benefit music education, reaching 1 million children across the United States. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $13.6 million to support sustainable music education initiatives across the country on behalf of the artists who participate in the event for free.

For upcoming talent announcements and all other info stay connected with CMA on,,,, "CMAsnaps" on Snapchat, and sign up for CMA Country Connection, CMA's e-newsletter. This year's app is now available in the App store for iPhone and Android and includes features that allow fans to create individual concert schedules and be the first to know which of their favorite stars will be appearing on the free stages throughout the Festival.

Don't miss all the excitement when CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock airs WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 8|7c on ABC!