One-of-a-kind collaborations are a hallmark of Country Music’s Biggest Night™ and this year that tradition continues with pairings that will be announced each week leading up to the big night on “one-of-a-kind” Wednesdays.
The announcements launch this week with Thomas Rhett teaming up with rock band Fall Out Boy to perform during “The 49thAnnual CMA Awards” airing live Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.
Rhett and Fall Out Boy will be sure to get the audience in the groove and on their feet as they come together to perform a special collaboration.
Rhett is a nominee in the New Artist of the Year category. CMA previously announced the collaboration of Eric Church with iconic Country rocker Hank Williams, Jr. for a world premiere of Williams’ new Nash Icon release “Are You Ready For the Country,” as well as performances by critically-acclaimed CMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
Winners of “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is tabulated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Tuesday, Oct. 27 (6:00 PM/CT).
“The 49th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer andPaul Miller is the Director. The CMA Awards will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
Fans can get more information on “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” and sign up for CMA emails and exclusives, including a full nominee recap, by visiting CMAawards.com.
CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Thomas Rhett’s sophomore effort TANGLED UP (The Valory Music Co.) debuted on the Billboard 200 chart with more than 76,000 in first-week units. Its chart-topping lead single “Crash and Burn” simultaneously receives Platinum certification by the RIAA, leading into performances this week on the outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live! (10/7) and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (10/7).
“It’s been cool to finally get feedback from the fans this week,” said Thomas Rhett. “There’s so much freedom in knowing we’re on the same page and they’re just as excited about this new music as I am. I’ve always felt like we were pretty in-sync with what we are into, but now I’m on this crazy adrenaline high and could not be more pumped.“
The “booty-shaker” album that People selected as a "Top Pick” of the week continues to earn applause from critics for Thomas Rhett’s “impressive, confident ability to mix and mingle with different genres on his sophomore release” (Yahoo!).
“Mixes the classic vibes of a throwback record with the range and excitement of new-school arrangements.” - Rolling Stone
“With its R&B influence and grooves, the song pushes the boundaries of country music.” - The Tennessean
“So eclectic—it’s almost like a mixtape with [his] voice as the common thread.” - Parade
“With each single he’s released since his debut in 2012, Rhett has gotten closer to his niche in country music: a retro, soul-inspired danceable mix of arena-sized tunes and hooky melodies.” - Associated Press
“Maybe we should just call it what it is: good music.” - North West Indiana Times
Last week, Thomas Rhett released the “sultry and vulnerable…hit out of the gate” (All Access) “Die A Happy Man” as the follow-up to his four consecutive No. one hits. Currently on the road where his “high-energy all the way” (El Paso Times) live show has “the audience dancing all the way up in the rafters of the stadium,” (Billboard) Thomas Rhett will begin headlining the CMT Tour kicking-off Oct. 29 in New York City. For a full list of upcoming appearances and tour dates, visit www.thomasrhett.com.
Thomas Rhett has emerged as one of country’s most promising young artists – a standout among a crowded crop of acts” (Billboard) and will continue to lead the pack with his sophomore effort TANGLED UP (The Valory Music Co.) out Sept. 25. In celebration of the new music, on Sept. 23 Thomas Rhett will host a record-breaking concert event “Tangled Up in Texas" with a full set of new music and his chart-topping hits at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Beginning today at www.TRTangledUp.com, fans can purchase an event package that includes entry to Thomas Rhett’s performance, optional “Tangled Up” game entry, an event T-shirt and a digital download of his upcoming album TANGLED UP.
“Going into album release surrounded by some of my biggest fans is exactly how I want to kick off that week,” said Thomas Rhett. “That paired with the fact that we get to play new music at one of the most iconic stadiums in the world is going to be wild.”
Doors to AT&T stadium will open at 4:00P before fans will literally get “tangled up” to set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the largest game of TWISTER®. Hosted by NASH FM’s Shawn Parr, NASH Nights will broadcast live from the event all night long including Thomas Rhett’s 7:30P concert on the stadium field. All children under the age of 12 will be able to attend for free.
In the tradition of the annual CMT On Tour, Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett intend to deliver a set that surprises fans and leaves no one in their seat when “CMT On Tour: Brett Eldredge & Thomas Rhett – Suits & Boots” kicks off this fall. The headliners revealed the list of cities and dates for the 14th annual fall tour today, which officially kicks off October 29 in New York City. Rounding out the tour as special guest and the only female is Danielle Bradbery, season four winner of The Voice.
Fans can expect a high-octane set from the pair as Eldredge and Thomas Rhett both have a lot to celebrate. CMT on Tour is the first headlining tour for Eldredge and Thomas Rhett, and the pair currently dominates two of the coveted Top 10 spots on the country charts. The guys are also each set to launch sophomore albums this fall—Eldredge will release IllinoisSeptember 11, while Thomas Rhett’s Tangled Up is out September 25. The guys discuss potential names for the upcoming tour in a fun clip released today at CMT.com:
“Thomas Rhett and Brett are well on their way to becoming the superstars of our format. As they both celebrate back-to-back No. 1 singles, we’re beyond excited to have them co-headline the CMT Tour this year,” said Leslie Fram, SVP of Music Strategy, CMT. “On top of that, it’s an honor to celebrate and support Danielle Bradbery as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country.”
The first on sale date for CMT on Tour is scheduled for September 11. For more information as it becomes available, visit cmtontour.cmt.com and join the conversation on social using #CMTonTour. The full list of tour dates and cities follows.
New York, NY at Terminal 5
Salisbury, MD at Wicomico Youth & Civic Center
Salem, VA at Salem Civic Center
Bangor, ME at Cross Insurance Center
Hampton Beach, NH at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Kingston, RI at Ryan Center
Dodge City, KS at United Wireless Arena
Kearney, NE at Viaero Events Center
Sioux City, IA at Tyson Events Center
Pikeville, KY at East Kentucky Exposition Center
Independence, MO at Independence Events Center
Youngstown, OH at Covelli Centre
Fairfax, VA at EagleBank Arena
Bethlehem, PA at Sands Casino
Kalamazoo, MI at Wings Stadium
Toledo, OH at Huntington Center
Chicago, IL at Rosemont Theatre
** More dates to be announced