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'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock' To Air On ABC This Summer

May 4th, 2007 11:22am EDT
Sara EvansABC's hottest music event is back and bigger and better than ever when today's most exciting Country Music artists hit the stage in Nashville for a four-day party and celebration of America's music for the special "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock."

Filming during the Festival June 7-10, the two-hour special will air Monday, July 23 (9:00 - 11:00 PM/ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Sara Evans has just been added to the star-packed lineup. Artists already scheduled to perform include Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Currington, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Jo Dee Messina, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson, The Wreckers, and after an 11-year absence from the Festival Reba McEntire.

Additional artists will be announced and surprise performances are a hallmark of the event.

This is the third time ABC will broadcast this special - which invites the whole country to America's biggest Country Music bash - since the original Fan Fair(R) was launched in 1972.

Last year, more than 161,000 fans from every state and 27 foreign territories attended CMA Music Festival, its biggest turnout yet. In 2006, the event won the International Entertainment Buyers Association's LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year. Now in its 36th year, the Festival continues to spotlight the unique relationship between Country Music artists and their fans.


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