The first day of CMA Fest kicked off today (06/08) which also began the Nissan Stadium nightly shows taped for the ABC special airing in August. Garth Brooks was a surprise guest on Thursday’s show, which also included Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Rogers, Brett Eldredge, and Cole Swindell.

You can see our video from the backstage down below. See more CMA Fest Day one photos/videos by visiting us on Instagram.