The CMA (Country Music Association) has announced “a night of the hottest country music” to take place on 1 July, when stars Jimmie Allen and Lindsay Ell host the first-ever CMA Summer Stay-Cay presented by Budweiser Nitro Gold.
The collaborative event, scheduled for 6pm ET that day, is a mult-hour live stream variety show that will be hosted on CMA’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Allen and Ell will introduce more than 50 country acts, who will come together, while safely distanced, for “unique performances, atypical Q&As, games and much more.”
The full line-up for Summer Stay-Cay will be announced over the coming days on the CMA Fest app and at CMASummerStayCay.com. The event has been arranged to honour the legacy of CMA Fest, which is the world’s longest-running country festival and has taken place each year in Nashville since 1972. This year’s CMA Fest was sadly postponed because of safety concerns during the coronavirus pandemic, but it is due to return to downtown Nashville, with its usual host of personal appearances by major stars, between 10 and 13 June 2021.
Jimmie Allen, now Nashville-based but originally from Milton, Delaware, is currently on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with ‘This Is Us,’ his duet with Noah Cyrus. Allen’s ‘Make Me Want To’ held the chart record for longest climb to No. 1, in its 58th week, until that was recently overtaken by Travis Denning’s ‘After A Few,’ in its 65th.
Canadian artist Ell, born in Calgary, Alberta, had a hugely successful duet of her own, ‘What Happens In A Small Town,’ with Brantley Gilbert, which topped the airplay chart last November.
In other CMA news, the Association will also stage the CMA Best Of Fest, a three-hour retrospective, hosted by Luke Bryan, on 9 July. CMA Summer Stay-Cay merchandise is available at the event’s official website, which is also hosting a range of playlists including Chill Country, Work From Home, Country Patio Tunes and Lake Country.