CMA Music Festival

Season 1 Episode 3

2006 CMA Music Festival

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 24, 2006 on ABC

Episode Recap

Kenny Chesney surprised fans Leslie Shepard and Kacy Hagerty with a surprise trip after his performance at "Good Morning America" in New York City. Leslie and Kacy were invited by Kenny to fly back to Nashville where they would be his guests at the CMA Music Festival. They traveled with him in his private jet and limos to Nashville. Once there at Kenny's performance he invited them onstage for a chorus of "Summertime."

Sara Evans helped Sean Marks propose to girlfriend Kristen Wright. Sara helped Sean pick out an engagement ring, and during Sara's performance Sean proposed to Kristen. She said yes.

Brad Paisley hijacks a tour bus full of tourists. While on there he shows them some of his favorite Nashville spots. They pick up Little Jimmy Dickens, steal Dolly Parton's newspaper and hand out pages to the tourists.

LeAnn Rimes surprised Ryan Autrey a U.S. Marine who lost his left arm below the elbow in Iraq. After that he was hospitalized for a year and he still battles daily with short-term memory loss. Himself with then pregnant wife Stephanie had troubles financially, then already had a young son. Their truck had also been stolen. LeAnn is a supporter of Veteran's charities. She invited Ryan and Stephanie backstage to meet her during her performance, she surprised them with a brand new Chevy Tahoe that was filled with baby gifts for them.

For bride-to-be Melissa Stephens her best friends Molly Hooper and Amy Bailey threw her a bachelorette party. Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland surprised them with a girls night out. Later on in the night Kristian Bush the other member of Sugarland went along for the night.

John Corbett's first peformance was at this years CMA Music Festival 2006. John gave viewers a birds eye view from a helicopter of the festival, as well as fans on the street. Billy Ray Cyrus, Little Big Town, and Joe Nichols give cameo performances. Autograph signings from artist booths were also shown along with a snapshot of John's performance on the Riverfront Stage.

Paige Hemmis of Extreme Makeover Home edition suprised lucky fans to meet their favorite stars behind the scenes. The stars include Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, and Wynonna Judd.

The two hour show also included performances by

Trace Adkins

Jason Aldean

Gary Allan

Dierks Bentley

Brooks & Dunn

Kenny Chesney

Sara Evans

Miranda Lambert

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Martina McBride

Montgomery Gentry

Brad Paisley


Carrie Underwood

Hank Williams Jr

Wynonna Judd.