Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thomas Rhett, and Lainey Wilson are the first artists confirmed to take part in CBS’ New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, to be broadcast live from Nashville on December 31. Rhett and Wilson will be making return appearances after starring in last year’s event.
As is traditional, the five-hour spectacular will take place at various locations around Music City, with the main stage located in Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Almost 50 performances will be part of the event, for which the rest of the line-up will be announced in due course. As usual, the special will culminate in the famous Nashville music note drop and fireworks, taking place at midnight CT.
Executive producer Robert Deaton comments: “Building on what we have established over the last two years by focusing on our artists, the fans and the vibrancy of downtown Nashville, this year’s lineup is shaping up to be our most exciting yet. We will celebrate 50 years of the iconic southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, the skyrocketing Lainey Wilson and country music superstar Thomas Rhett, with over a dozen artists and special guests still to be announced.
“Nashville is quickly becoming the destination for New Year’s Eve,” continues Deaton, “and we are honored that CBS wants to help us continue to show off our music and incredible city with a new multi-year deal!”
The special, to be directed by Sandra Restrepo, continues on CBS in a new deal covering 2023 and 2024, and will also be available to stream on Paramount+. It’s executive produced by Deaton and Mary Hilliard Harrington, in partnership with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.
Last year’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash also starred such artists as Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Flo-Rida, Riley Green, Ashley McBryde, Steve Miller, and The War And Treaty.
Watch Steve Miller and King Calaway playing “Jet Airliner” at last year’s New Year’s Eve Live.