The 6th Annual Las Cruces Country Music Festival Just Got Hotter: CMT Hot 20 to Broadcast from Las Cruces, NM October 19-21

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Country Music Television Hot 20 Countdown, a weekly three-hour series hosted by CMT favorites Cody Alan and Katie Cook, will be doing a special broadcast from the 6th Annual Las Cruces Country Music Festival October 19-21.

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The CMT Hot 20 Countdown, a weekly three-hour series hosted by Country Music Television favorites Cody Alan and Katie Cook, will be doing a special broadcast from the 6th Annual Las Cruces Country Music Festival October 19-21. Highlights of the show will feature 20 of the most popular country music videos, news stories, country music events, live performances, and candid interviews during the three-day festival, New Mexico’s biggest country music festival.

Since 2013, the festival has brought many of the greatest names in country music to the southwest during the city’s signature festival weekend. Previous acts have included Kenny Rogers, Lee Ann Womack, Travis Tritt, Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dustin Lynch, and The Swon Brothers, among others. The 2018 lineup features country legends Dwight Yoakam, Sawyer Brown, Randy Houser, Frankie Ballard, King Leg, Brennin and many other country talents rocking on two stages at the Hadley Complex.

The venue is located near downtown Las Cruces, with a unique national monument backdrop: the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is a stunning, one-of-a-kind mountain range that is a staple of New Mexico scenery.

Developed by Visit Las Cruces, the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, the festival provides a signature annual event for visitors from around the country to join locals in a genuine southwestern celebration. Festival and music lovers are encouraged to explore, experience, and discover Las Cruces this October and see what it is that makes this place like no other. Las Cruces is easily accessible by way of I-10, I-25; a short non-stop flight from all major southwestern cities; or a single connection from most of the US and Canada to El Paso, just a 45-minute drive from the City of Crosses.

Festival passes start at $35 for individual days, Weekend festival passes are $70, and VIP Passes cost $150, which includes access to the VIP party and VIP parking on Friday and Saturday. Sunday Funday adds a family focus, and features live music, the Giddyup Gallop, a 5K and 10K fun run; a horseshoe tournament; and a petting zoo and kid’s play area, guaranteeing fun for the whole family. Visit for more information about the festival and to purchase tickets.

About Las Cruces

Nestled in southern New Mexico’s Mesilla Valley between the Rio Grande River and Organ Mountains, Las Cruces boasts a rich history of western legends such as Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. Las Cruces also has increasingly close connections to space tourism as the gateway to New Mexico and the United States’ first commercial spaceport, Spaceport America; an Annual Space Festival; and a full-size replica of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo. Las Cruces partners with several aerospace companies including Virgin Galactic, Boeing, and NASA. The city blends a unique variety of such special events, attractions, culture and historical sites, as well as superb weather, with 350 days of sunshine per year. For more information on all Las Cruces has to offer, go to or contact Visit Las Cruces at (575) 541-2150.

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