Five CMA Fest Surprise Duets We’re Still Obsessing Over!

16 June 2022 | 2:44 pm | Staff Writer

Nashville’s annual multi-day festival CMA Fest took place on June 9-12.

CMA Fest, the longest-running country music festival in the world, marked its grand return to Nashville this past weekend (June 9-12), following a two-year postponement due to the pandemic. With four straight days of sold-out shows and music discovery, the 49th edition of the legendary festival brought fans everything they’ve been waiting for!

And there was no shortage of surprise collaborations either! From Breland and Lady A, Dierks Bentley and Billy Ray Cyrus and more! These are the five CMA Fest duets we’re still obsessing over… and *low key* hoping they are recorded so we can listen to them all day long!


Breland and Lady A – Need You Now

Before their live performance at CMA Fest, Breland joined Lady A for an acoustic rendition of Need You Now. The Cross Country singer joked, “I think [our new band] is Lady A and B.”

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Dierks Bentley and Billy Ray Cyrus – Achy Breaky Heart

Dierks Bentley closed out night four of CMA Fest in style with a guest appearance from Billy Ray Cyrus, who hopped onstage with a performance of his 1990 smash hit, Achy Breaky Heart.

Ashley McBryde and Elle King – Ex’s and Oh’s 

As well as joining Dierks Bentley for a duet of Devil Went Down To Georgia, Elle King teamed up with Ashley McBryde for a performance of King's smash hit single Ex’s and Oh’s.


A little CMA Fest “Exes and Oh’s” for ya! With the best gals- Ashley McBryde and Elle King! #elleking #ashleymcbryde #exesandohs #cmafest #countrymusic #badcamerawork

♬ original sound - Presley Roan ❤️

Zac Brown Band and Darius Rucker – Chicken Fried

Darius Rucker sang Chicken Fried with Zac Brown Band. The band later brought out two special guests— Marcus King for Stubborn Pride and King Calaway for When I Get Home.


@Zac Brown Band & @dariusrucker singing #ChickenFried at CMAFest! 🤩🇺🇸

♬ original sound - All Country News

Carly Pearce and Wynonna Judd – Why Not Me

Before Carly Pearce welcomed Wynonna Judd to the stage to sing The Judd’s 1984 classic, Why Not Me, she reminded fans of how the mother-daughter duo shaped the country music genre.