The Journal Gazette
Friday, December 31, 2021 1:00 am

Country stars to bring in 2022

Jay Bobbin | Zap2it

Dierks Bentley typically spends New Year's Eve on a holiday skiing vacation, but not this time.

Along with many other country music stars, he'll help CBS get back in the Dec. 31 special-programming game. Starting in primetime and resuming after late local news tonight, “New Year's Eve Live: Nashville's Big Bash” will present Bentley, Zac Brown Band and Dan + Shay as headliners at the title city's Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Bobby Bones and “Entertainment Tonight's” Rachel Smith will serve as hosts.

“I have a vested interest in this town and in country music, and this spotlight is a big deal for us,” Bentley says. “I love watching the New Year's Eve shows with my kids and seeing the ball drop. People love country music, so it's about time we have a show coming out of here.”

Bentley will have plenty of peers on hand. The roster includes Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton and Cole Swindell. Holding to Nashville tradition, the drop of a “music note” will prompt fireworks at midnight Central time; the new year's East Coast arrival also will be marked.

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