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Friday, July 19, 2013 – Press conference interviews recorded during the 2013 CMA Music Festival at the Nightly Concerts at LP Field in June will be released via Twitter (@CMAmedia) and CMApress.com beginning Monday.

Hosted by reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town, "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" airs Monday, Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. eastern on ABC.

The artists and dates are:

Little Big Town - July 22

Taylor Swift - July 29

Lady Antebellum - Aug. 5

Dierks Bentley - Aug. 6

Hunter Hayes with Jason Mraz - Aug. 7

Luke Bryan - Aug. 8

Kip Moore - Aug. 9

Filmed June 6-9, "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" features behind-the-ropes access and interviews, day-in-the life segments, late-night jams, performances and collaborations. This is the 10th anniversary of the special.

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