2024 will come in with a bang in Nashville. Thomas Rhett and Lainey Wilson have been announced as headliners of New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, along with rockers, Lynyrd Skynyrd. The event, held at Bicentennial Park will be televised live on CBS and Paramount+.
“Building on what we have established over the last two years by focusing on our artists, the fans and the vibrancy of downtown Nashville, this year’s lineup is shaping up to be our most exciting yet.” says Executive Producer Robert Deaton. “We will celebrate 50 years of the iconic Southern Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, the skyrocketing Lainey Wilson and country music superstar Thomas Rhett with over a dozen artists and special guests still to be announced.
“Nashville is quickly becoming THE destination for New Year’s Eve, and we are honored that CBS wants to help us continue to show off our music and incredible city with a new multi-year deal!” he adds.
The news comes as both Rhett and Wilson are experiencing career highs. Rhett just wrapped up his Home Team Tour, which included back-to-back nights at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. He also released his 20 Number Ones album, which includes “Mamaw’s House,” a surprise collaboration with Morgan Wallen.
“Morgan and I were writing one day and he got a call from his Mamaw,” Rhett said of the inspiration behind the song. “We got to talking and realized we both had a ‘Mamaw’ growing up and so we decided to write a song about that. The song describes my grandmother’s and Morgan’s as well – we wanted to describe a small town piece of paradise.
“Growing up, I can remember going to both of my grandmothers’ houses in South Georgia,” he continued. “I learned so many life lessons there about hard work, manners, and respect. This song really hits home for me and I hope everyone feels the same.”
Wilson is also at an all-time high in her career, which includes celebrating her fifth No. 1 single, with “Watermelon Moonshine.” She also won three People’s Choice Country Awards, for Female Artist, Collaboration Song (for “Save Me” with Jelly Roll) and Video (for “wait in the truck” with HARDY.
“My heart is about to beat out of my chest, and I know a lot of it has to do with this award, but a lot of it has to do with standing on this Opry,” Wilson said when accepting the trophy for Female Artist, live from the Grand Ole Opry stage. “Every single time I get to stand on this stage, I feel overwhelmed. I feel honored and humbled and I feel like I got some very big shoes to fill … This year, we have played every kind of show you can imagine. We have played clubs, we have played stadiums with Luke Combs. You name it, we have played it.
“And every single night I look out there, and I see a lot of y’all wearing your bell bottoms and hats,” she continued. “It’s the craziest thing, and I just want to say, thank y’all so much for letting me express myself through my music, and even the way that I dress. I love seeing y’all do the exact same thing. Y’all keep showing up, and I’ll keep showing up too. God bless y’all. Thank you.”
More artists are expected to be announced for New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash in the near future.