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03.19.2009
JOHN RICH JOINS 2009 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP
NASHVILLE - Celebrating its 38th year, CMA Music Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 11-14, in Downtown Nashville. Over four jam-packed days, Nashville's signature music event features concerts, autograph signings, family activities, and more. The event (which started as Fan Fair in 1972) has been an unparalleled celebration of America's music, drawing thousands of fans and media from all corners of the globe to Nashville. CMA Music Festival was dubbed the "crown jewel of Country Music Festivals" by USA Today and winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association's 2004, 2006, and 2008 LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year.

Performer additions to the artist lineup for 2009 CMA Music Festival are:

Former CMA Horizon Award winner Dierks Bentley, who last performed at the Festival in 2007.
Superstars Brooks & Dunn, who have won 19 CMA Awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year and an unprecedented 14 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Awards. Kix Brooks & Ronnie Dunn last performed at the Festival in 2007.
Fan favorites and former CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Award winners Montgomery Gentry, who return again this year.
Reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Brad Paisley, who has received a total of 11 CMA Awards thus far in his career. Paisley last performed at the Festival in 2007.
Singer, songwriter, entertainer, and host of CMT's "Gone Country" television series John Rich, who last performed at the Festival in 2007 as part of Big & Rich.

Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Paisley, and Rich will all perform on the main stage during the Nightly Concerts on the VAULTTM Concert Stage at LP Field, along with previously announced performers Trace Adkins, Julianne Hough, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, and Reba McEntire. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

"It is a pleasure to host such great entertainers at CMA Music Festival," said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "We know our attendees are going to love these performances."


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