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Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker, Brett Eldredge Confirmed For “CMT Hometown Heroes” Special

Chris Stapleton [UMG Nashville]

A new CMT special will send three of country music’s biggest stars back to their hometowns.

Tuesday, CMT revealed those three stars.

Entitled “CMT Hometown Heroes,” the special will feature Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker, and Brett Eldredge. The three artists will make surprise returns to their hometowns, where they will give back and “perform for their very own hometown heroes.”

“CMT Hometown Heroes” will premiere at 10PM ET/PT on March 31.

Co-presented by RAM Trucks, the special will include performance footage and in-depth interviews. It will also introduce the people, places and circumstances that began helping to shape these artists at a young age.

CMT details the homecomings:

The special will chronicle Grammy award-winner Chris Stapleton’s return home to Paintsville, Kentucky last year to surprise his high school alma mater with much-needed improvements for the music program, including the donation of brand new band instruments, as well as Ram Nation volunteers constructing an outside stage where students can perform throughout the year. The special concludes with Stapleton surprising students with a one-of-a-kind salute to his alma mater.

Three-time Grammy-award winner and avid philanthropist Darius Rucker will return to MUSC Children’s Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, where he spent much of his childhood with his mother who was a nurse. Together with Ram Nation, Rucker will remodel and redecorate the teen room at the hospital before performing a few of his hits for staff and patients.

2014 CMA New Artist of the Year Brett Eldredge kicked off the year with his sixth consecutive No. 1 single, “Wanna Be That Song,” from his sophomore record Illinois. The breakout artist will travel to the album’s namesake, his small hometown of Paris, Illinois. With the help of Ram Nation, Eldredge will help refurbish Laker Stadium, the baseball fields near where he grew up, and will perform a surprise concert in his beloved high school gymnasium.

Written by Brian Cantor

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